Western Sydney University – Dean, EDBE

Thank you for your interest in this role with Western Sydney University.

An appointment has now been made with the following announcement released by the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost.

Dear colleagues, 

I am delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Brian Falzon, who will be joining the University as Dean of the School of Engineering, Design and Built Environment.

Professor Falzon joins the University from RMIT University, where he currently holds a Chair in Composite Materials and Aerospace Structures, and is the Director of the University’s Space Industry Hub and the Smart Satellite Cooperative Research Centre (Victorian Node), and Director of Education and Training for the Sovereign Manufacturing Automation of Composites Cooperative Research Centre. 

An accomplished and passionate engineer, Professor Falzon has held several senior leadership positions in the higher education sector, including as Head of the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast, UK Royal Academy of Engineering / Bombardier Chair in Aerospace Composites, and Foundation Chair in Aerospace Engineering at Monash University.

With a genuine and deep interest in pedagogy/andragogy, research-led teaching, work integrated learning and authentic assessment, Professor Falzon has taught undergraduate, postgraduate, and professional courses in composite structures and materials, aircraft structures, mechanics of materials, structural dynamics, introductory orbital mechanics, computational mechanics, manufacturing, and finite element analysis.

Professor Falzon is a dedicated researcher whose work has global impact, publishing over 240 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, as well as one book, and editing three others. Early in his career, his groundbreaking work on the analysis of structural stability of thin-skinned composite aerostructures influenced innovative designs adopted by Boeing Aerostructures Australia. He was also key in defining new modelling methodologies for the UK government-backed research program, ‘Next Generation Composite Wing’ and his work on composite failure mechanisms, impact damage modelling and fracture toughness characterisation have helped the NASA Advanced Composites Project. 

More recently, Professor Falzon worked with McLaren F1 to develop state-of-the-art crush modelling of composite structures for crashworthiness assessments. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of several professional organisations, scientific and thought leadership committees.

Professor Falzon graduated with a PhD in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Sydney in 1996. He also gained a Bachelor of Engineering in Aeronautical Engineering with first-class honours and a Bachelor of Science with a double major in Physics and Pure Mathematics from the same University.

Professor Falzon will join the School following Professor Mike Kagioglou’s departure earlier this year. 

Please join me in welcoming Professor Falzon to the School of Engineering, Design and Built Environment.

Professor Clare Pollock
Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost
Western Sydney University

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