Dragan Savić (57) will join KWR as its new CEO on July 1. He will succeed Wim van Vierssen, who has been serving as the institute’s CEO since 2007, and will step down due to retirement on July 1. The appointment by KWR’s Supervisory Board was communicated today to the employees of KWR.
Prof. Dragan Savić is currently the director – and co-founder – of the Centre for Water Systems in Exeter, which is an internationally recognised group for excellence in water and environmental science research. The Centre grew in size over the last 20 years to its current complement of over 80 staff, with funding exceeding £5M per annum. Dragan Savić is the first Professor of Hydroinformatics in the UK having held this post in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences since 2001.
Dragan Savic’s research interests cover the interdisciplinary field of Hydroinformatics, which transcends traditional boundaries of water/environmental sciences, informatics/computer science (including Artificial Intelligence, data mining and optimisation techniques) and environmental engineering. His recent work has concentrated on the theoretical development and application of Artificial Intelligence methods that have been applied to many fields of environmental science.