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Professor Michael Bell appointed Foundation Chair in Ports and Maritime Logistics

03 May 2012

Professor Michael Bell will join the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS) in The University of Sydney Business School as the Foundation Chair in Ports and Maritime Logistics in early August, 2012.

Michael's appointment comes at an important time in Australia's port and maritime transport industry, and his expertise will allow ITLS to contribute to the positioning of the state and country to cope with the predicted surge in container and bulk trades expected over the coming years.

"I am looking forward to joining the deepening pool of logistical expertise in ITLS," Michael said. "The newly-established Chair offers a unique and timely opportunity  to make a significant contribution to the ports and maritime logistics field, and I am well-prepared for the challenge that lies ahead."

Michael brings to this newly-created role a wealth of industry and academic experience. In 2005, he founded the Port Operations and Technology Centre (PORTeC) at Imperial College, London. a virtual research centre linking Civil Engineering and the Business School. His research and teaching interests span ports and maritime transport, logistics, transport network modeling, traffic engineering and control, intelligent transport systems, transit assignment and journey planning.

"Professor Michael Bell has exceptional intellectual and proven leadership capabilities in building a world class Centre focusing on ports and maritime logistics, which is a priority research and teaching area for ITLS within the Business School," said Professor David Hensher, Founding Driector and Professor of Management at ITLS. "We wanted someone who can lead this endeavour who is impeccably networked and has a specific interest in the Asia-Pacific Region, and Mike Bell fits this need perfectly."