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

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

Tom Stephenson
Professor Tom Stephenson

Professor Stephenson leads Cranfield's research and innovation activities that include delivery of major grant bids, exploitation of research and development of strategy. His responsibilities include delivery of the REF 2020 submission, research degrees and entrepreneurship; the latter covering intellectual property (IP), licensing and start-ups. Prior to his current role, Professor Stephenson was for the previous 10 years Pro Vice-Chancellor for the School of Applied Sciences.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Chartered Chemical Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM). 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. Prior to joining Cranfield in 1990, he was a Senior Lecturer in Biochemical Engineering at Teesside Polytechnic.

He is Managing Director 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 he set up. 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 holding a UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 'Platform' grant for 10 years.

View Professor Stephenson's academic profile and publications.