Professor Chris Rudd OBE
Professor Chris Rudd OBE is the Provost of The University of Nottingham Ningbo China. He is also the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of The University of Nottingham, UK and Professor of Mechanical Engineering of University of Nottingham.
Professor Chris Rudd OBE was appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Nottingham in 2008 and Provost of University of Nottingham, Ningbo China in 2015. His previous UK portfolio of External Engagement included Knowledge Transfer, Business Engagement, Commercialisation, Development and Alumni Relations driving UoN’s £150M fundraising campaign and leading on business engagement and research commercialization. He established UoN’s Innovation Park and its intellectual property and spinout boards. He was a founding Director of UK’s £40M Manufacturing Technology Centre and won several awards for innovative use of media in public engagement.
Chris has been the driving force behind UoN’s research and KE partnerships in China resulting in new relationships with several elite Chinese Universities and a rapidly growing portfolio of SOEs and private companies. He helped bring Chang’An’s European R&D Centre to Nottingham, and has subsequently initiated major investments from several corporate clients in East Asia. He was awarded the 48 Group Club Icebreaker Laureate prize for services to Sino-UK relations by HE Liu Xiaoming Chinese Ambassador to UK and won the Model Confucius Institute Award presented by Vice-Premier LIU Yandong in 2015. In September 2017, Chris was awarded the Camelia award by Ningbo Municipal Government in recognition of his contribution to the development of Ningbo.
He was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for services to Higher Education and Sino-UK relations in the 2018 New Years’ Honours list.
Teaching and Research Summary
Professor Rudd’s area of specialist interest is lightweight structures, especially fibre composites and he has developed several innovative processes for turning these unique materials into useful devices. His team works with the transport and medical devices industries to introduce new processes and products.