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Professor Ehsan Mesbahi

Professor Ehsan Mesbahi

Governance Representative Board Member

September 2020 - present

Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Wellington Faculties of Science, Engineering, Architecture and Design Innovation (SEADI)

Victoria University of Wellington


Professor Ehsan Mesbahi is responsible for providing strategic leadership across the Wellington Faculties of Science, Engineering, Architecture and Design Innovation (SEADI) at Victoria University of Wellington.

Professor Mesbahi holds undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in marine engineering, and a PhD in Modelling, Design and Control of Engineering Systems using Intelligent Algorithms from Newcastle University. He has more than 26 years’ experience in the higher education sectors in Europe and Asia, with a strong focus on engaging with industry and forming mutually beneficial partnerships to build research with impact. Much of his academic career has been at Newcastle University in England, where he held a number of teaching and senior management roles—including seven years in Singapore as founder and Chief Executive Officer of the University’s Science, Agriculture and Engineering campus, where he led the team through a period of exponential growth in student numbers and research activities. Prior to moving to New Zealand, Professor Mesbahi served as Vice Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the University of the West of Scotland in Glasgow—the top ranked university in Scotland for successful industrial partnership applications and the number of on-going partnerships.

Professor Mesbahi’s research interests are multi-disciplinary and applied, and have expanded from modelling, control, design and optimisation of engineering systems early in his career to environmental management and, most recently, informatics and application of artificial intelligence in data-mining/clustering.