Pro-Vice-Chancellor - Research and Innovation and member of the Senior Management team

Professor Tom Stephenson, FREng, is Pro-Vice-Chancellor - Research and Innovation.

Professor Stephenson was appointed to his current role in 2013. He leads Cranfield's research and innovation activities that includes development and delivery of research and knowledge exploitation strategies, leading relationships with research funders and submission of major grant bids. His responsibilities include the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021) submission, research degrees and entrepreneurship; the latter covering intellectual property (IP), start-ups and the Cranfield University Business Incubation Centre (CUBIC). Prior to his current role, Professor Stephenson was for 10 years the Pro Vice-Chancellor for the School of Applied Sciences, a multi-disciplinary faculty with over 300 staff and 800 postgraduate students.


Tom Stephenson
Professor Tom Stephenson

He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng), a Chartered Chemical Engineer (CEng), Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (FIChemE) and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (FCIWEM). Professor Stephenson is a graduate in Biochemistry from the University of York and has a PhD in Civil Engineering, specialising in public health engineering, from Imperial College London. Prior to joining Cranfield in 1990, he was a Senior Lecturer in Biochemical Engineering at Teesside Polytechnic.

He is Chairman of CIM Ltd, a company wholly owned by Cranfield that specialises in vehicle crash testing and is FIA approved for Formula One. Professor Stephenson is also Chairman of Water Innovate, a Cranfield spin-out company which was sold to Bluewater Bio in 2010. Between 2010 and 2012 he was Chairman of British Water, the trade association representing 180 water sector supply chain companies.

Professor Stephenson's personal reputation for internationally leading research in water and wastewater engineering is demonstrated through publication of over 200 papers and as Principal Investigator of numerous grants, including two UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 'Platform' grants.

View Professor Stephenson's academic profile and publications.