Paul Harrison

  • PVC - Innovation & Engagement
  • Executive
Paul Harrison

About Me

Pro Vice-Chancellor for Innovation & Engagement including: collaborative and contract research; consultancy; spin-outs and partnership development, together with oversight of enterprise, FE college partnerships and IT (cyber) security.  Chair of the Board of USW Commercial Services Ltd.  Chair of the Board of USW Services Ltd.  Chair of the Industrial Advisory Board for the Centre for Automotive Power Systems Engineering (cell, module and battery pack design, development, testing and validation). Point of contact for Thales strategic partnership and the National Digital Exploitation Centre (NDEC). 

Research background in developing microscopic physical models of quantum opto-electronic devices such as mid- and far-infrared (Terahertz) quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) and quantum well infra-red photodetectors (QWIPs) by combining solutions of Schrodinger’s equations with electron-phonon and electron-electron scattering mechanisms and solving the resultant rate equations self-consistently. Author of `Quantum Wells, Wires and Dots: theoretical and computational physics of semiconductor nanostructures’ the 4th edition of which was with Alex Valavanis and published by Wiley in 2016.

Current research interests are in technologies such as: hydrogen, batteries, rail, air pollution monitoring for a sustainable environment; cyber security; medical technologies.

Consultancy: developing and implementing strategy.

Skills And Qualifications

  • Computer physical models of quantum opto-electronic devices
  • Research and innovation strategy
  • Spin-out companies
  • Partnership development
  • International branch campus
  • Dean of faculty leadership
  • Head of school leadership
  • Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • Quantum mechanical scattering
  • Interests


    Publications And Past Projects