From our faculty executive and heads of department through to our faculty managers and external engagement team – find out who’s who in Monash Engineering.
Meet our senior people
Dean of Engineering
Professor Elizabeth Croft is recognised internationally as an expert in the field of human-robot interaction. Her work advances the design of intelligent controllers and interaction methods that underpin how people and autonomous, collaborative systems can work together in a safe, predictable, and helpful manner. She has an exceptional record of advancing women’s representation and participation in engineering. As Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Chair for Women in Science and Engineering, she worked with partners in funding agencies, industry, academe, and the education system to design and implement comprehensive strategies to improve women’s participation and retention in the STEM disciplines at all levels. As Associate Dean Education in the Faculty of Applied Science at UBC, she was responsible for 2200 Engineering student placements per year, in 25 countries around the world, and expanded the program by 40% during her tenure. She launched the Monash Engineering Cooperative Education program in 2018. She has won national and international awards for her scholarship, advocacy and educational contributions and is a fellow of the ASME, Engineers Australia, Engineers Canada and the Canadian Academy of Engineering.
Deputy Dean Operations
Professor Damon Honnery is Deputy Dean Operations and Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He undertakes research on a wide range of topics including engines, spray systems, particle flows, pollutant formation, renewable energy and climate change mitigation. He jointly directs the Laboratory for Turbulence Research in Aerospace and Combustion.
Deputy Dean External Engagement
Professor Chris Davies is Deputy Dean External Engagement and the Head of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. His research focuses on understanding the role of crystallographic texture in the deformation of light metals and alloys, and modelling the effects of texture and microstructure on mechanical behaviour.
Deputy Dean Strategic Initiatives
Professor Adrian Neild is Deputy Dean Strategic Initiatives and a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. His research interests are in the field of microsystems, specialising in microfluidics, his work often examines the use of acoustics for actuation of microfluidic systems, particle manipulation, fluid handling and cell culturing.
Associate Dean (Education)
Professor Julia Lamborn is the Associate Dean (Education) and a Professor of Civil Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering at Monash University. Her research interests include waste management, landfill modelling and environmental impact assessment.
Associate Dean (Research)
Professor Jacek Jasieniak is Associate Dean Research and a Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. His research interests include the development of nanomaterials and their use in various next-generation energy technologies.
Associate Dean (Graduate Research)
Associate Professor Timothy Scott is Associate Dean Research (Graduate Research) and a Associate Professor in the Departments of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering. His research focuses on the kinetics and thermodynamics of radical and dynamic covalent reactions for the fabrication and manipulation of polymers.
Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering
Professor Mark Banaszak Holl is the Head of the Chemical Engineering Department. His research program is focused in the areas of the structure and properties of biological materials, nanotechnology for drug and gene delivery, polymer composites, and sustainable polymer science and engineering.
Head of the Department of Civil Engineering
Professor Jeffrey Walker is the Head of the Civil Engineering Department. He is undertaking research on soil moisture remote sensing and data assimilation, including development of the only Australian airborne capability for simulating new satellite missions for soil moisture.
Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering
Professor Tom Drummond is the Head of the Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering Department. His research covers areas such as Computer Vision, Augmented Reality, Robotics, Machine Learning and more.
Head of the Department of Materials Science & Engineering
Professor Neil Cameron is the Head of the Materials Science and Engineering Department. His research interests lie at the interface between materials science and biology. His group develops new polymer materials and biomaterials which are designed for applications in biomedicine, nanomedicine and biotechnology. Examples include porous polymer scaffolds for tissue engineering, hydrogel-porous polymer composite and nanoparticles for drug delivery.
Head of the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Professor Chris Davies is the Head of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department and Deputy Dean External Engagement. His research focuses on understanding the role of crystallographic texture in the deformation of light metals and alloys, and modelling the effects of texture and microstructure on mechanical behaviour.
Head of the School of Engineering, Malaysia
Professor Anthony Guo is the Head of Monash Malaysia’s School of Engineering. His research interests include stress wave propagation, vibration, noise, and ultrasound, NDT/SHM, piezoelectric transducers, smart materials and structures, nanofluids.
Director of GPG Courses
Associate Professor Edoardo Daly is the Director of Graduate/Postgraduate (GPG) Courses and a member of the Department of Civil Engineering. His research focuses on the understanding and modeling of the hydrological processes that determine the temporal and spatial soil water dynamics and related biogeochemical processes both in rural and urban environments. Since these dynamics are strongly nonlinear and deterministically unpredictable, part of his research is dedicated to the study of general nonlinear dynamical systems and stochastic processes that can find applications in hydrology.
Director of First Year Studies
Dr Jon Li is an education focused academic in the Department of Electrical and Computer Systems. He has a strong interest in teaching first year students and has trialled and implemented a number of new strategies in his teaching including: flipped learning, active learning in lectures using MARS (audience response systems) and alternative assessment regimes.
Director of Engineering Education
Associate Professor Nicoleta Maynard is Director of Engineering Education and a member of the Department of Chemical Engineering. Her research is focused on employing Engineering Education Research Methodologies and Methods to develop, implement and assess innovative curriculum models aimed to enhance engineering students’ design, teamwork, leadership and reflective practice skills.
Director of Student Clubs and Teams
Dr Scott Wordley is the Director of Student Clubs and Teams for the Faculty, and is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He also oversees the Monash Makerspace and Woodside Design and Build Studios. His main research interests are Engineering Education, Student Teams, Makerspaces, Automotive and Race car Aerodynamics, Turbulence and Computational Fluid Dynamics.
Mr Ashley Keleher
Faculty General Manager, Faculty of Engineering
Ms Lindsay Guy
Group Manager, Student and Academic Services
Ms Shelley Pawsey
Manager, Strategy & Planning
Mr Jasbir Multani
Faculty Finance Manager
Mr Shankar Cumarasamy
Business Development & COO (Infrastructure Institute)
Mr Shankar Cumarasamy works with industry, government and Monash researchers, to develop major cross disciplinary collaborative programs and consortia, delivering economic and societal benefits. Shankar is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, holds degrees in technology and science and has extensive experience bringing together industry, government and academia. Over the past 20 years, he has delivered a number of successful R&D, business improvement, NPD, regulatory and IP development programs in Australia & New Zealand.
Andrew is a Professorial Fellow at Monash University, where he serves on a number of advisory boards including Chair of the Monash Energy Institute, the Monash Business School, the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute and the Monash Sustainability Institute. Outside of Monash, Andrew is the Australian Government’s National Wind Farm Commissioner and he serves on a number of boards including Chair of BidEnergy Ltd and Cancer Council Victoria. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Engineering with first class honours from Monash and an MBA from Georgetown University.
Industry Portfolio Manager
Marc Pizzi collaborates with industry for projects at Monash Engineering, drawing on the wide-ranging and significant talent of researchers in the faculty. Marc works in partnership with the leadership team of Monash Engineering and aligned institutes and centres to deliver mutually beneficial research projects with our industry partners.
Senior Lecturer (Practice) & Industry Portfolio Manager
Yoni Sharon works closely with the Faculty's academics and their industrial partners to create impactful research projects. Yoni enjoys using his previous academic and industry experience to close gaps within industry-academia partnerships. Yoni services the faculty via business introductions, relationships management and project management support. His previous experience is in AgTech, FoodTech, BioTech and the Water sectors. Yoni holds a bachelor degree from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology and a PhD from Tel Aviv University.
Professor Frieder Seible
Sir Louis Matheson Distinguished Visiting Professor
Professor Frieder Seible was the Academic Vice-President (Industry Engagement), Dean of the Engineering Faculty at Monash University. He is an Elected Fellow of the US Academy of Engineering and a Foreign Fellow of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.
Lord Alec Broers
Sir Louis Matheson Distinguished Visiting Professor
Lord Broers is a leading microelectronics engineer and university administrator and is regarded as one of the pioneers in the field of nanotechnology. Lord Broers' last visit to Monash University was in September 2016.
Dr Ramesh Mashelkar
Sir Louis Matheson Distinguished Visiting Professor
Dr Mashelkar is a National Research Professor and is currently the President of Global Research Alliance. Previously, he has held the positions of Director General of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) (1995–2006) and President of Indian National Science Academy (2005–2007).