UWTSD’s Associate Professor Carlene Campbell celebrates two years as Chair of the Institution of Engineering and Technology


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s (UWTSD) Associate Professor Carlene Campbell, an expert in Cybersecurity and Smart Systems, has reached the end of a two-year post as Chair of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Wales South West. Dr Campbell is the second female to hold the position during its history.

Carlene smiles brightly towards the camera.

Her final hosting IET lecture entitled Electricity II : Industrial Revolution or Industrial Restoration (Hybrid Event) takes place on January 26 at 7pm at UWTSD’s SA1 campus. It will be delivered by Dr Pete Arnold.

Normally a chair serves in this position for 12 months, but the committee voted unanimously for Dr Campbell to complete a second year. 

Professor Campbell said: “I was delighted to have served as the chair since 2021. My aim was to use this opportunity to find new ways for the university to explore, learn and grow through collaboration with industry to enhance the future of digital technology in Wales.”

The IET aims to inspire, inform, and influence the global engineering community to engineer a better world, encouraging collaboration and sharing knowledge and expertise that helps make better sense of the world in order to solve the challenges that matter.

As she steps down as Chair, her goals are to use the experience gained to collaborate and connect STEM research to applicable areas. She is the University’s Wales Institute of Science and Art’s Manager of Research Degrees and serves on the University Research & Research Degree Committees.

Professor Campbell’s journey to enhance research and development is continuous. Currently, she is organising the sixth IEEE International Conference on Computing, Electronics & Communications Engineering to be held in Swansea, on August 14-16. She is the research advisor for the SMART Digital Accelerator project (The Welsh government-funded project consists of a team of industry expert advisers who work with manufacturers in Wales to help them identify the right technology to boost their bottom line), and the research supervisor for researchers on MADE Cymru.

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David initiative is designed to support and upskill the manufacturing sector in Wales.  The founder of a new Applied Computing Research Innovation Centre (ACRIC) at UWTSD to drive and internationalise research collaboration within the centre and beyond, she has been working with a number of small businesses in South Wales who are currently applying for SMART partnerships.

She recently travelled to the Balkan region where collaborative agreements have been made in Macedonia and Albania, respectively.  In April 2023, an academic visit to Argentina will be undertaken for aligning research in the areas of Blockchain; Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning; and Smart Manufacturing systems.

Professor Campbell is currently responsible for delivering undergraduate and postgraduate modules in Cybersecurity, Computer Forensics, Data Security, Network Security and Security Analysis, Techniques & Procedures. She is also supervising undergraduate and postgraduate final year students' projects and is part of a team preparing validation document for new and existing courses for Computing.

Her research has generated over 20 peer reviewed international journal publications and conference papers, a book chapter  in the book entitled  Wireless Sensor Networks: Current Status and Future Trends and is published by CRC Press and a book, Carlene Campbell and Kok-Keong Jonathan Loo,  A Multichannel Wireless Sensor Networks MAC Protocol, Lambert Academic Publishing, 2016.  Book can be accessed at Amazon.

The chapter looks at the Medium Access Control (MAC) layer, where it focuses on the design of multichannel communication based on the 802.11 Distributed Coordinated Function (DCF) to improve its communication in WSN.

The Paper entitled “Multichannel Framework for Body Area Network in Health Monitoring” proposed a novel multi-radio multi-channel framework for efficient communication among devices in wireless body area networks (WBAN).  the focus is to ensure energy efficient and reliable communication in WBAN.

Note to Editor

Professor Campbell joined the University in January 2013 as a Lecturer in Computer Networks. Prior to that she worked as an Associate Lecturer at Coventry University from 2010-2012 and as a Teaching Assistant at Brunel University from 2008-2010.

She has also worked internationally (the Caribbean) in the industry, education, and central government sectors in various capacities such as Part-time Lecturer and Senior Network Administrator, managing and ensuring full operation of the entire computer networking infrastructure.

Professor Campbell completed her undergraduate degree in Computer and Management studies in 2000 at the University of Technology, Jamaica, her postgraduate degree in Telecommunications and Computer Networks at London South Bank University in 2004 and in 2011, was awarded a PhD from Middlesex University in London, where her research focus was in the area of Wireless Sensor Networks and investigating multichannel assignment for a Medium Access Control (MAC) protocol based on IEEE 802.11 Distributed Co-ordinated Function.

Professor Campbell is a Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and a member of Institute of Engineering and Technology (MIET).

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