Dr Abdul Farooq is an experienced Associate Head of Department with a strong record of achievement in higher education and industry. He has a significant professional background and skilled in leading teams to success, operational and strategy management, education, research, knowledge exchange and international and domestic partnership building. Abdul’s specific role concerns Business Engagement and Partnerships in the School of Engineering (SoE) and is also a senior member of the Centre for Machine Vision, Bristol Robotics Laboratory. He graduated from Cardiff University in 1990 with a first degree in Electronics and subsequently successfully completed an MSc in Systems Engineering (Robotics and Automation) in 1992. He then worked for a number of years as a Systems Engineer at a leading edge high-volume board manufacturing plant. Following this Abdul was drawn back to academia and completed (with distinction) a further Masters degree followed by a PhD in Machine Vision. Abdul has been and involved with numerous of successful projects and bids within the group and lead an exceptional Knowledge Transfer Partnership which was awarded a grade A and considered ‘Oustanding’ by Innovate UK. His research outcomes have included successful PhD supervisions and a number of journal papers. Abdul is a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority, member of the IET and a Chartered Engineer.