Professor Bashir Al-Hashimi is opening doors to create significant and sustained impact from academic research. He is Dean of the University of Southampton’s prestigious Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering and an internationally recognised authority on energy efficiency and dependable computing systems.
In an industrial and academic career spanning 25 years, Bashir has established two research centres, attracted over £12m of grant income as a principal investigator and authored more than 350 publications. He has successfully supervised 35 PhD students to completion and is very proud of their achievements, with some having senior roles in industry and others having academic positions in the UK and abroad. He currently leads the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council-funded PRiME programme, a £5.6m scheme investigating the future of high performance, energy efficient, dependable embedded systems.
Bashir is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and the British Computer Society. He is an ARM Professor of Computer Engineering and a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award Holder.
“I am very proud to support our students and their startup companies,” he says. “Enterprise and impact is an important component of our Faculty’s strategy. Future Worlds is a powerful resource for those who want to innovate and it’s acting as a hub for creating relationships between our various stakeholders. Get in touch with the Future Worlds team and together we will be able to realise your ambitious plans.”
Bashir was born in Baghdad, Iraq, and educated in the UK, attending the University of Bath before completing a PhD at the University of York. He gained experience of commercialising new technologies in four years with Philips research labs and broadened his expertise further with three stints at UK-based electronics design companies. With more than a decade of industrial experience behind him, he joined the University of Southampton in 2000.
“I knew when I decided to join Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) that this was a very successful place,” he says. “I wanted to contribute to that success. My time in industry has helped me to do that and establish relationships between electronics and computer science. I have been able to encourage research and education collaborations ranging from devices through to building software.”
Bashir is a committed advocate of research-led education. As Deputy Head of ECS from 2005 to 2008, he led the creation of a world-leading education programme based on the strength and capability of the department’s research environment, securing three successful external accreditations with the Institution of Electrical Engineers, the British Computer Society and the Quality Assurance Agency, and securing a national best standing in the National Student Survey 2006. In 2014, he was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering, a role providing strategic and operational leadership for ECS, the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC), Physics & Astronomy, the Zepler Institute and the Web Science Institute.
“Our Faculty attracts some of the best and brightest students from all over the world,” he says. “We are committed to providing them with the best student experience along with the best employability prospects. We recently invested over £4m in building state-of-the-art electronic and computing laboratories, which is giving our students the training they need to make an impact when they join industry. We have also invested in the learning environment at Building 46, home Physics & Astronomy and the ORC, and enhanced our cleanroom complex’s advanced research capabilities.
“In research, our academics are tackling problems that really matter to our society and the economy. For over 60 years our staff have made big advances in science and engineering and we are committed to continue providing our academics and researchers with the best facilities possible.”