Advisory Board

About the Board

The Monash Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Industry Advisory Board engages with Australian industry in order to create engineering courses that are as relevant to our students as they are to the industries that will one day employ them. We’re working to train engineering graduates who will be committed to improving the human condition by advancing knowledge and fostering creativity.

Our aim

The aim of the Industry Advisory Board is to provide independent advice on the academic activities relating to the teaching of the Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering program in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Monash University.

The Board also advises on research in the department and enhances the visibility of the Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering program within the engineering community.

Terms of reference

  1. Provide input towards the development of the Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering program to ensure it meets industry requirements.
  2. Foster and encourage industry support for the Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering program.
  3. Foster and contribute to the development of research activities in mechanical engineering, particularly in areas relevant to industry.
  4. Promote Mechanical Engineering at Monash University within the engineering community.

Membership

The Industry Advisory Board comprises:

  • Monash Staff: the Head of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, the Director of Engagement, the Director of Teaching & Learning, Academic Program Manager and a further two academic members, chosen on recommendation of the Department’s Teaching & Learning Committee.
  • Industry members: Members chosen on recommendation from all available sources in Australia.

The Advisory Board has an Industry Chair. The Deputy Chair is the Director of  Engagement. The Secretary is the Academic Program Manager. No remuneration for participation is given to board members. Membership is renewable at the end of the 2-year tenure. Meetings are held twice a year, in April and September, on a date agreed by the board.

Contact us

Should you have any queries or if you’d like to know more, please don’t hesitate to email us: mae.general-enquiries@monash.edu

Meet our Board members

Maurizio Demontis

Maurizio Demontis
Company: Brüel & Kjær Australia

Maurizio has over 20 years of experience in Noise & Vibration (NVH). Over his career he has been involved in a variety of Automotive, Defence and Industrial projects ranging from Vehicle Modal Analysis and Sound Quality to Aircraft Ground Vibration Testing (GVT). In his role as Regional Manager, Maurizio is Brüel & Kjær Australia’s Southern States point of contact for structural and vibration qualification testing, multi-channel data acquisition solutions and other Sound & Vibration applications.

Peter Denison

Peter Denison
Company: Bombardier Transportation

Peter Denison began his long international career working for Skoda Locomotive Works in Pilsen in 1982 as a rolling stock engineer. In 1984 he joined Comeng in Melbourne and worked on a variety of local projects as a design and project engineer. From 1995 to 2003 he worked for Adtranz and Bombardier in India and Europe as a train systems engineer and bogie maintenance manager. From 2003 he returned to Bombardier in Melbourne and is currently responsible for vehicle testing and homologation. Peter Denison was born in Czechoslovakia and holds a Master of Mechanical Engineering degree (1977 – 1982).

Andrew George

Andrew George
Company: The Society of Automotive Engineers Australasia (SAE A)

After graduating as a Mechanical Engineer in 1989, Andrew has been employed in design, development, and management roles at companies including small consultancies, GM Holden, Iveco Trucks Australia, and Dana Australia. This included 16 years at GM Holden in various engineering roles, several years as the Director of Quality at Iveco Trucks Australia, and current employment as the Chief Engineer at Dana Australia, which includes responsibility for product engineering, manufacturing engineering, and quality in Dana's Australian Plants.

Andrew's philosophy is that all engineering activities require a combination of technical knowledge combined with the ability to rationally solve problems. Therefore, Andrew places a heavy emphasis on the continual development of technical knowledge in parallel with implementing process and support structures for effective problem solving.

Andrew is passionate about motor vehicles, which has led to several decades of racing, authoring several books and many magazine articles, as well as a long line of personal car and motorcycle projects.

Paul Gizinski

Paul Gizinski
Company: Acciona Australia Oceania Pty Ltd

Graduating with a Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering double degree in 2005 from Monash, Paul began his professional career working for GKN Aerospace Engineering Services on the JSF F-35 jet fighter. Then, like many Aerospace professionals, moved into the renewable energy industry where he has since become a Project Manager. He has contributed to the development of multiple utility-scale energy projects for Systems Pty Ltd and now ACCIONA Energy Oceania Pty Ltd.

Mark Hodge

Dr Mark Hodge
Company: DMTC

Dr Mark Hodge has served as Chief Executive Officer of DMTC since its inception in June 2008, overseeing the organisation’s success in a range of Defence activities and its transition to a sustainable industry capability partner under the 2016 Defence Industry Policy Statement.

Mark is a passionate advocate for applied research, science and technology in the defence of Australia and its national interests, and an experienced leader who has worked in the defence and aerospace fields in Australia and the United States. He is a fellow of The Academy of Technical Science and Engineering.

Bev Lyttle

Bev Lyttle
Company: Victorian Government Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources

Bev Lyttle is a Senior Investment Manager in the Victorian Government Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources.  She has 45 years’ experience working with industry, including a long career as a contracts manager and educating industry on how to do business with the Defence Department, followed by executive business development appointments with several leading Australian defence companies, before joining the State Government in 2012.

The key responsibility of her current role is to encourage business investment and growth in Victoria by raising industry awareness and assisting companies to access the various forms of support available from the State Government.  She regards her appointment to the Monash University Mechanical Engineering Industry Advisory Board as an opportunity to enhance collaboration between government, industry and research organisations.

Peter Seow

Peter Seow
Company: Holden Ltd

Peter is a graduate of Monash University with 18 years experience in the automotive industry. In that time, he has worked with Audi and Nissan in various design and development roles before joining Holden Ltd where he has been for the last 14 years.

Peter's current role is in Planning and Program Management where he is the Program Manager for Holden's vehicle programs from conception to production. He holds a Masters in Mechanical Engineering as well as an MBA.

Lynda Tangas

Lynda Tangas
Company: GHD Pty Ltd

Having graduated from Monash University as a Mechanical Engineer in 2008 Lynda joined GHD in the Consultant Development Program. Lynda works as a Project Manager within the Property and Buildings Business Group. Her project experience ranges from sectors including Defence, Telecommunications and Education. To complement her Project Management role, Lynda also works as a risk consultant conducting Qualitative and Quantitative Risk Assessments. Lynda attributes her transferrable skills from a technical role into project management to the broad offering of subjects that Monash provides and the experienced lecturers.

Lynda enjoys being on the Advisory Board for Mechanical Engineering and will commence an MBA this year to further add value to her involvement.

Richard Yeo

Dr Richard Yeo
Company: Austroads

Dr Richard Yeo has extensive research and management experience in the roads sector. He has held key roles with VicRoads, the Australian Road Research Board and Austroads. His current role is Austroads Program Manager, Assets, leading Australasian research programs covering asset management, pavements, surfacings, bridges, project delivery and tunnels on behalf of member road agencies.

Richard is a member of a number of national and international committees including Standards Australia Committee MB019 Asset Management (ISO 55000 series) and BD104 on Building Information Modelling (BIM).

Richard holds a Master of Engineering from RMIT and a PhD from Monash in the areas of construction quality and pavement materials testing respectively.