The University of Southampton

Southampton appoint new Dean to lead Engineering and Physical Sciences

Published: 16 November 2020
Michael Butler is a Professor of Computer Science in the Cyber Physical Systems group.

Computer scientist Professor Michael Butler has been announced as the next Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Professor Butler, an internationally-recognised leader in the area of mathematical methods for design and verification of safe and secure software-based systems, will take up his role on 1 January 2021.

A highly respected member of the Cyber Physical Systems research group, he leads the UKRI Digital Security by Design HD-Sec Project and works as part of the Southampton team supporting the UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Hub.

Professor Butler says: "It is an honour to be entrusted with the role of Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences. My work as Associate Dean has given me a great appreciation of the strength and breadth of the education, research and enterprise across our Faculty.

"I have seen how we responded to COVID-19 with impressive agility and creativity, highlighting our ability to work together to address the challenges we face as a community and a society. I look forward to working more closely with colleagues across the Faculty and University to ensure we continue to thrive."

Professor Butler joined the University of Southampton in 1995 as a lecturer, rising to Reader in 2000 and then Professor in the same year. He currently serves as the Faculty's Associate Dean for Academic Infrastructure within the School of Electronics and Computer Science.

He succeeds Professor Philip Nelson who has served as Interim Dean of the Faculty since the departure of Professor Bashir Al-Hashimi for King's College London earlier this year.

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