Professor Morgan Heikal, Ricardo Professor of Automotive Engineering, is one of six academics from the University of Brighton who have recently been appointed to sit on panels for the national Research Excellence Framework (REF).
Professor Julian Crampton, the university's Vice-Chancellor, said: "This is a great personal achievement and well-deserved recognition for all those selected.
"This also confirms Brighton's position as one of the leading research universities of the future."
The appointments follow on from the selection last year of Professor Bruce Brown, the university's Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, as one of the REF's four main panel chairs.
Panel chairs and panel members, chosen by the four higher education funding councils for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, are responsible for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.
Professor Brown, responsible for REF's Main Panel D (arts and humanities), said: "I am delighted by the panel appointments which give due recognition to the research achievements of our colleagues and the rapidly growing research environment throughout our university.
"This is a significant marker for the University of Brighton that places us in the top quartile of universities in terms of numbers of academics appointed to REF panels."
The new University of Brighton panel members are:
- Professor Jonathan Cohen, dean of the Brighton and Sussex Medical School
- Professor Ann Moore, professor of physiotherapy (Health Professions)
- Professor Morgan Heikal, professor of thermofluids (Computing, Engineering and Mathematics)
- Professor Peter Squires, professor of criminology and public policy (Applied Social Science)
- Anne Boddington, dean of the Faculty of Arts
- Professor David Arnold, director of Research Initiatives and dean of Graduate Students.