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Philip Nelson is Chief Executive, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and Chair, Research Councils UK Strategic Executive.
Professor Nelson served from 2005-2013 as Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton, with particular responsibility for Research and Enterprise. He previously served as Director of the University's Institute of Sound and Vibration Research and as Director of the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Gas Turbine Noise. He holds the post of Professor of Acoustics and has personal research interests in the fields of acoustics, vibrations, signal processing, control systems and fluid dynamics.
Professor Nelson is a Chartered Engineer and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Institute of Acoustics, and the Acoustical Society of America. He is the recipient of both the Tyndall and Rayleigh Medals of the Institute of Acoustics, and served as President of the International Commission for Acoustics from 2004-2007. He also served as the Chair of the Sub-Panel for General Engineering in REF 2014. He is the author or co-author of 2 books, over 120 papers in refereed journals, 30 granted patents, and over 200 other technical publications.
Professor Nelson has had a long association with EPSRC, most recently serving as a member of the Council’s Strategic Advisory Network since 2010.