Professor Durrani received his MSc and PhD degrees in 1967 and 1970 respectively, from the University of Southampton. After postdoctoral research at Southampton, he joined the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, as a Lecturer in 1976, and was appointed Professor of Signal Processing in 1982. He was Head of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering from 1986 to 1990 and Special Advisor to the Principal, on Information Technology, from 1990 to 1994. He has been Deputy Principal (Provost equivalent) responsible for the University’s IT and computing infrastructure, Staff Development, Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, Centre for Lifelong Learning. He is currently Senior Advisor to the Principal at Strathclyde.
For the past twenty-five years, he has worked on and supervised some sixty projects sponsored by the UK Research Councils, government and industry, the US Navy, and the EU, amongst others. He has supervised over 30 PhD students, and is the author/co-author of more than 320 papers and six books. His research interests are in the areas of Communications Signal/ Image Processing, Technology Management and Higher Education Management.
Professor Durrani is a Director of:
- UK Leadership Foundation for Higher Education
- Glasgow Chamber of Commerce.
- The Institute for System Level Integration
- Scottish Funding Council (Member of Council)
Scottish Funding Council is the main body that distributes Government funding to all Scottish Universities and Colleges for research, tertiary education and knowledge transfer.
He is active in professional circles. He is the 2006-2007 President of the IEEE Engineering Management Society, and is a Past President of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. Member of the IEEE Medal of Honor Committee, and of the IEEE/RSE Wolfson Maxwell Medal Committee.
Professor Tariq S Durrani is also the Vice President for Applied Sciences and Engineering at the Royal society of Edinburgh (RSE). The RSE is Scotland’s National Academy for Science and Letters. He is also the Deputy Convener of the RSE’s International Committee (www.rse.org.uk).
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the IEEE, and the IET. He was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Honours List in December 2002 for services to higher education and electronics research.