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AUS mourns the loss of trustee Andrew Palmer
The Board of Trustees of American University of Sharjah (AUS), along with the faculty, staff, students and alumni of the university, express their sorrow at the passing of Trustee Professor Andrew Clennel Palmer. He served the Board with distinction since his appointment in 2014.
Speaking on Professor Palmer’s sad demise, Chancellor Mitchell said:
“AUS was fortunate to have benefitted from Professor Palmer’s depth of disciplinary knowledge and extensive academic experience. His support for the mission of the university, as well as his commitment to the success of AUS faculty and students, was clearly evident in his work as a Board member.”
Professor Palmer had a distinguished academic and professional career after earning a BA in Mechanical Engineering from Cambridge University and a PhD from Brown University. Professor Palmer most recently served as Keppel Chair Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the National University of Singapore from 2006 until he retired in 2015. Prior to that he was the first Jafar Research Professor of Petroleum Engineering at Cambridge University from 1996 until 2005. Professor Palmer was a Visiting Professor at Harvard University during the 2002–2003 academic year and previously taught at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology and the University of Liverpool. Professor Palmer was Vice President of Engineering at R.J. Brown and Associates from 1982 until 1985. He founded Andrew Palmer and Associates Limited in 1985 and led the company until it was purchased by Science Applications International Corporation in 1993, after which he continued to serve as Technical Director until 1996. At the time of his death, he was the Managing Director of Bold Island Engineering (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
Professor Palmer was a Chartered Engineer and a recognized expert on pipelines and Arctic offshore construction. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and Member of the UK Register of Expert Witnesses.