Professor Barry Winn was took up the post of Vice Chancellor at Sohar University on the 1st April 2015 and was previously Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the University of Bradford, UK. He was Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise at the University of Hull between 2003 and 2008. He served on a number of community and business related groups such as the Wilberforce 2007 Committee, World Trade Centre steering committee, the Humber Economic Partnership Strategy Group and was a board member and non-executive director of the Institute of Knowledge Transfer. He worked at the University of Bradford between 1994 and 2003 as Professor of Optometry, Head of Department and as the inaugural Dean of Life Sciences. He has served on a number of national committees such as EPSRC KT panel and has Chaired the Quality Assurance Agency benchmarking group on Subjects Allied to Medicine. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and a former educational advisor to the General Optical Council.
Dr. Hamdan Al-Fazari is a former Lieutenant Colonel and Wing Commander of the Royal Air Force of Oman and served as Assistant Principal of the Air Force Technical College and Assistant Academic Advisor of the Military Technological College.
As an Air Force career professional, Dr. Hamdan accrued twenty eight years of experience in personnel training, academic programme management, strategic organisational planning and Quality Assurance. He was appointed Pro-Vice Chancellor, Resources, for Sohar University in 2013, and brings a quality of experience that will generate a new level of enablement to the University’s own strategic programme of expansion in both campus facilities and academic programmes, one that is probably unique in Oman.
Few people can boast the wealth of academic and administrative experience accrued at Sohar University by Professor Hamza.
Professor Hamza joined the Faculty of Sohar University in 2003, following a research tenure at Strathclyde University, and has served bas Acting Vice Chancellor and Acting Dean of the Faculty of Computing and Information Technology. However, it is his Deanship of the Faculty of Engineering which, perhaps, has been his stand-out achievement: today, the Faculty offers Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Programmes in Civil, Chemical and Mechanical Engineering, and, as of 2016, in a programme of studies unique to Sohar University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Engineering.
Professor Hamza is now Sohar University’s Pro Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and, currently, is bringing his administrative expertise to the post of Dean of Quality Assurance.
Professor Ghassan Al-Kindi is the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation at Sohar University. He has more than 32 years work experience from which 16 years industrial/manufacturing experience and 16 years of academic and research experience. His main specialty is manufacturing and automation. He worked at several design and manufacturing companies including light and heavy products/equipment manufacturing. Professor Ghassan has obtained his PhD from the University of Leeds (UK) in 1990. He has published more than 60 papers in high quality international journals and conference proceedings. He had won the 1989 Joseph Whitworth Prize from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (UK). He has successfully delivered more than 10 funded research and consultancy projects. He has also supervised more than 40 PhD’s and Masters’ students. Professor Ghassan served as visiting professor and honorary research associate to both Monash University (Australia) and the University of Queensland (Australia). He is an editorial board member of 3 international journals and reviewer of many international journals.