Dean's Advisory Council (DAC)

The Dean’s Advisory Council has been established to support the Monash Engineering faculty to achieve our ambitious goals and strategic plan. The Advisory Council will share their perspective and understanding of how we can meet the needs of society through our academic endeavours.

Our council members encompass strong backgrounds from academia and industry and are highly accomplished individuals who share in our commitment to advance Monash Engineering to its greatest potential. Lending independent strategic guidance and experience, the council members will strengthen our ability to support research, education and innovation in engineering.

Elizabeth Croft

Professor Elizabeth Croft – DAC co-chair

Professor Croft is Dean of Monash Engineering, the highest ranked Engineering Faculty in Australia, where she oversees over 8,000 students and 500 academic and professional staff. Professor Croft is recognised internationally as an expert in the field of human-robotic interaction. She has an exceptional record of advancing women’s representation and participation in engineering. She completed a B.A.Sc. (University of British Columbia), a M.A.Sc. (University of Waterloo), and a Ph.D. (University of Toronto). She is a Fellow of ASME, Engineers Canada, Past NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering, BC and Yukon (2010-2015) and received the R.A. McLachlan Award from the Engineering and Geoscientists of British Columbia (EGBC) in 2018.

Collette Burke

Collette Burke – DAC co-chair

Dr Burke is Chief Engineer of Victoria, Managing Director at Exner Group and Director at VicTrack. She has spent more than 25 years in the Engineering and Construction Industry with major contractors moving through a variety of roles from site engineer, executive manager to managing Director of many organisations. She is an internationally acknowledged researcher, with a PhD in risk management and value for money on major infrastructure project.

Alec Broers

Professor Lord Alec Broers FREng FRS

Alec Broers was appointed a Cross-bench Member of the House of Lords in 2004. He is an engineer who has specialised in the design and use of electron microscopes, and in the fabrication of microelectronic chips. He studied at Melbourne and Cambridge Universities and was a researcher at IBM’s R & D laboratories in New York for nineteen years where he fabricated the first man made devices with nanometre dimensions.

Lucia Cade

Lucia Cade

Lucia is a non-executive director and advisor with a broad portfolio that spans utilities, technology and innovation, industry led research & development and infrastructure investment. She is committed to sustainability and is a Global Advisor to the United Nations Global Compact - Cities Programme. Lucia holds Bachelor and Masters Engineering qualifications as well as a Bachelor of Economics from Monash. She has also obtained a Master of Business Administration from the Melbourne Business School.

David Hawkins

David Hawkins

David has been Chairman and Managing Director of BASF Australia and New Zealand since July 2016. He is a graduate of Monash University with Bachelor degrees in Chemical Engineering and Science (Applied Mathematics). He holds a Master of Business Administration from Deakin University and is a graduate member of the Australia Institute of Company Directors.

Dr Anita Hill

Dr Anita Hill

Dr Hill is the Executive Director of Future Industries at CSIRO. Future Industries is a $310m pa sector comprised of over 1500 researchers across 25 sites in Australia and overseas. Dr Hill was awarded a Bachelor of Engineering and a Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science from Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA.

Peter L Lee

Professor Peter L Lee FTSE

Professor Lee is an experienced senior executive of large organisations that have complex stakeholder environments. Peter’s unique combination of technical excellence and understanding of human and stakeholder psyche means he has regularly been called upon to guide corporate, government and non-government organisations. He was the Vice Chancellor at Southern Cross University for seven years. Peter holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and a PhD from Monash University.

Ramesh Mashelkar

Dr Ramesh Mashelkar

Dr Mashelkar is director on boards of India’s leading companies, from Tatas to Reliance. 38 global universities have bestowed honorary doctorates upon him. As its leader, Mashelkar transformed CSIR, the world’s largest chain of laboratories - heralded as one of the top ten achievements of Indian Science & Technology in the 20th century. Mashelkar received the J.R.D. Tata Corporate Leadership Award in 1998 and was elected Fellow of Royal Society in 1998.

Angus Melbourne

Angus Melbourne

Angus Melbourne is currently the Chief Commercial and Technology Officer for Orica with responsibility for Strategic Marketing and Technology function, and Orica’s China business. Previously he held the position of Group Executive and President, Australia Pacific and Indonesia at Orica. Angus holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics.

Meg O’Neill

Meg O’Neill

Meg is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for Woodside Energy, based in Perth, Australia. She assumed this position in May 2018 and is responsible for Woodside’s global logistics, drilling, production, HSEQ, reservoir management and the operations of all Woodside producing facilities.

Adrian Schirrman

Adrian Schirrman

Adrian graduated from Monash University as a Chemical Engineer in 1974 and commenced his working career in the oil and gas industry with Esso Australia in Sale, Gippsland. Initially, he was responsible for providing engineering support to the offshore crude oil and natural gas platforms in Bass Strait and onshore processing plants at Longford and Long Island Point. Later assignments included supervisory and managerial roles in operations, corporate and business planning, coal and synthetic fuels, and natural gas marketing in Sale and Sydney.

Professor José L. Torero

Professor Torero is the Director of the Center for Disaster Resilience at the Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland. He works in the fields of safety, environmental remediation and sanitation. He holds a BSc from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (1989), and an MSc (1991) and PhD (1992) from the University of California, Berkeley. He received a Doctor Honoris Causa by Ghent University (Belgium) in 2016.

Megan Wheatley

Megan Wheatley

Megan received a Mechanical Engineering Degree from Monash in 1998, and since then she has worked in the energy sector both in Australia and the UK with a strong focus on sustainable energy. She is currently on the senior management team of Senvion Australia, a leading wind energy company. Prior to this, Megan was Head of Policy for the UK Business Council for Sustainable Energy in London.

Chee-Yoon Yue

Professor Chee-Yoon Yue

Professor Yue is Professor at the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore. He is Fellow of the Academy of Engineering Singapore and Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Singapore. Professor Yue obtained his Bachelor’s and PhD degrees in materials science and engineering at Monash University, Australia in 1979 and 1983 respectively.