Provost and Senior Vice-President

Professor Marc Parlange – Provost and Senior Vice-President

Professor Marc Parlange is the Provost and Senior Vice-President of Monash University and a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering. As Provost, Marc leads the ten Monash Faculties and is responsible for the development and oversight of the University’s student profile and for the performance of academic staff. Marc also oversees the development, implementation and continuous improvement of the University’s research vision, within the context of Focus Monash.

Professional background

Prior to his appointment at Monash in 2017, Professor Parlange was Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science at the University of British Columbia (Canada). He served as Dean of the School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (2008 - 2013) and Director of the Institute of Environmental Engineering (2004 - 2007) at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. He has also been a professor and department chair at Johns Hopkins University as well as Assistant and Associate Professor at the University of California at Davis.

Academic interests

A highly regarded research scientist, Professor Parlange is recognised internationally for his expertise in environmental fluid mechanics. His contributions in this broad area primarily relate to the measurement and simulation of air and water flows over complex terrain, with a focus on how air turbulence and atmospheric dynamics (atmospheric boundary layer flow) influence urban, agricultural and alpine environments. Professor Parlange is active in addressing water resources challenges and environmental change in remote communities, particularly West Africa, through his research on hydrology and climate change.

Professor Parlange has received prestigious awards for his academic achievements, including the Macelwane Medal and the Hydrologic Sciences Award of the American Geophysical Union, and the Dalton Medal of the European Geosciences Union. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Geophysical Union. He is also a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering.

Professor Parlange is also a highly regarded graduate advisor and his numerous PhD students and post-doctoral associates have had much international success in universities and industry. In 2010 he was named a recipient of the Agepoly Excellence in Teaching Award from EPFL. He has served as Editor in Chief of Water Resources Research and Editor for Advances in Water Resources. In 2017 he became a member of the US National Academy of Engineering.

Professor Parlange has a Master of Science and PhD from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Griffith University.


Telephone: +61 3 9902 9468

Mr Nick Ginsburg, Executive Assistant
Telephone: +61 3 9902 9468

Office of the Provost and Senior Vice-President
Monash University
Chancellery, 27 Chancellors Walk
Wellington Road
Clayton VIC 3800 Australia