Date: 05/03/2002

Eminent scientist Professor Michael Wilson joins the University of Western Sydney as the new Dean of the College of Science, Technology and Environment.

Professor Wilson is the former head of the Department of Chemistry, Materials and Forensic Science at the University of Technology, Sydney and a former chief research scientist at CSIRO.

An expert in nanotechnology and geochemistry, Professor Wilson says he is thrilled to be joining the ranks of the UWS scientific community.

"I am really impressed with the quality of work being carried out at the University of Western Sydney," says Professor Wilson.

"The University's scientific research groups in horticulture, food science and construction technology are internationally competitive.

"I am also impressed with the bright young scientific minds who are working in exciting new areas such as artificial intelligence, ecotourism, mechatronics, satellite telecommunications including space science, nanotechnology and the genetic engineering of natural animal and plant production.

"My biggest challenge is to make students see how traditional disciplines such as chemistry, physics, biology, mechanical engineering and new agriculture are the building blocks that lead to jobs that will grow in the 21st century."

Professor Wilson brings to UWS a list of academic achievements and research strengths that are as impressive as they are varied.

As well as his expertise in nanotechnology, his other areas of research include the organic chemistry of soils and the geochemistry of petroleum formation.

Professor Wilson's experience in the area of forensic science has also seen him recently become a member of the Prime Minister's working party on crime and science.

The author of over 300 scientific refereed publications, including seven in Nature, Professor Wilson wrote the benchmark monograph, the Applications of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance to Geochemistry and Soil Science. He is also co-authored the textbook Nanotechnology to be published later this month.

He has received awards from the United States and Japan as well as Australia and New Zealand (DSc) for his work in pioneering nuclear magnetic resonance in geochemistry and energy science.

Professor Wilson takes up his appointment in early March 2002.