Dr Ing Alex Rizzo

Dr Ing Alex Rizzo
Deputy Principal of Research and Innovation

Dr Alex Rizzo’s main areas of expertise are in vocational education & training (VET), alternative technologies, grounded theory research, and integrated water resources management. Alex presently acts as a Deputy Principal for the Applied Research Department at the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST). Prior to this he had set up and managed the MCAST Institute of Applied Sciences. Alex’s previous engagements included Deputy Chairman at the Malta Water Services Corporation (WSC), and various engineering and management roles within the water utilities sector where he has worked for over 15 years, taking on various engineering and management roles. Alex presently heads a number of research and skilling projects relating to the efficient use of water, as well as in grounded theory research on organisational behaviour. Alex is a Fellow and Chartered Member of the Institution of Engineering & Technology, the Chartered Management Institute and the Chartered Institution for Water and Environmental Management.

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Ing Louis Aquilina
Director – Partnerships Office

Ing Louis Aquilina is a warranted engineer with extensive experience in problem solving techniques, team building, manufacturing management, and cost reduction. He read for a B.Elec.Eng (Hons) (1982-1987) at the University of Malta, an MSc Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) (2000-2003) the University of Malta, and a PGC in VET at MCAST. Ing Aquilina worked as an engineer, senior engineer, section manager, and operations manager at STMicroelectronics Malta Ltd from 1987 to 2008, then moved on to General Soft Drinks Ltd where he worked as the Production and Quality Manager from 2008 to 2009. He joined MCAST as a lecturer in 2009 and progressed to senior lecturer until 2014 when he took up his post as Director. Ing Aquilina is actively involved in engineering education; robotics, sensors, electrical engineering, PLC application and programming, and quality and business improvement. In 1995, as team leader at ST Microelectronics, he was awarded the Best Team Gold Award (ST Microelectronics Worldwide). His interests include walking, jogging, trekking, swimming, playing chess.

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Mr Edwin Zammit

Deputy Director for Research and Innovation

Deputy Director for Research and Innovation

Mr Edwin Zammit is currently the Deputy Director for Innovation within the Applied Research & Innovation Office at MCAST. Edwin graduated with an honours degree in Chemistry and Biology in 2009 and subsequently graduating as a Master of Science (Biology) in 2012. Both degrees were followed at the University of Malta. Edwin has worked in an Environmental Research Laboratory as an environmental biologist with one of the main activities being the quality testing of water. Edwin has occupied the post of senior lecturer at MCAST and has taught a number of units related to the fields of health sciences, applied sciences, analytical chemistry (practical), water quality and water technology at EQF levels 3 – 6. He has mentored students carrying water research projects. Edwin has worked with a number of foreign VET institutions and has coordinated projects which involved local and foreign students. He was instrumental in the generation of MCAST’s first craft beer that was labelled as the Valletta 2018 official craft beer.


Edwin’s main interests include applied research & innovation; work-based learning, connecting VET and the workplace, applied science popularisation and internationalisation.

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Ms Liza Franco
Director of Library and Learning Resource Centre

Ms. Liza Franco is the Director of the Library and Learning Resource Centre. She is responsible for the effective management of MCAST library and its campus libraries in coordination with the rest of MCAST institutes.

Ms. Franco has vast experience of nearly two decades as a professional librarian in various well-known institutions in Malta, Dubai, and India. Prior to joining MCAST, she held the position of Library Manager of Middlesex University Malta. She came to Malta from Middlesex University Dubai with a challenging responsibility of starting Middlesex University Library at Malta when Middlesex opened its Malta campus in 2014.

Liza joined Middlesex University Dubai in 2004. Leaving traces of various successful contributions, she strongly believes her success was in teamwork, consultation, and participation.

Ms. Franco has graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and pursued Librarian studies after that. She did her Postgraduate Diploma in Library Science before her second degree of Bachelor of Library and Information Science. Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education with Middlesex University has helped her to take the librarianship profession to different levels.

A passionate professional who believes that Librarians indeed deeply influence the lives of youngsters by helping them achieve their dreams. According to her, Librarianship is a noble service to humanity than just being labeled as custodian of books.

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