Ian Bryden was appointed in autumn 2013 to the post of vice-principal (research) – a position created by the University Court to strengthen the university’s research programme and ensure that it takes full advantage of the research opportunities in the Highlands and Islands.
Professor Bryden, who is also a director of the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney, worked at Heriot-Watt University and Robert Gordon University before joining The University of Edinburgh as Professor of Renewable Energy and subsequently becoming Head of the Institute for Energy Systems in the School of Engineering. His qualifications include a BSc (Hons), a PhD, and Chartered Engineer status.
Ian’s principal research interests relate to the artificial extraction of energy from the sea. Most recently this has been directed towards tidal current power, with emphasis on the interactions between the extraction process, the technology and the resource itself. He was Principal Investigator in the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council funded project which resulted in the design and construction of the revolutionary new circular wave and ocean current test facility, FloWave, which is located at the Kings Buildings site of the University of Edinburgh. He remains a director of FloWave TT Ltd, the company formed to operate the facility. Until accepting his post at UHI, he was also research director for the multi-instructional Supergen Marine research consortium, otherwise known as the UK Centre for Marine Energy Research (UKCMER).