Mechanical Industry Advisory Board

About the Board

The Mechanical 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.


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

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Meet our Board members

Andrew George
Andrew George
Sigmatech Engineering Consultants.

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 senior partner, Sigmatech Engineering Consultants.

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
Energy Terrain 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 is Director and CEO of Energy Terrain Pty Ltd.

Mark Hodge
Dr Mark Hodge

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.

Thomas Kuen
Thomas Kuen
Melbourne Water

Joined Melbourne Water in 2008 and works in Applied Research within Integrated Planning. In addition to over three decades of experience in all areas of public works engineering, he has been involved with Standards Australia for nearly ten years, and was part of a national Steering Committees that produced two editions of the International Infrastructure Management Manual, numerous engineering Practice Notes, and the first edition of the Australian Infrastructure Financial Management Guidelines.

He has a Masters of Engineering (Building and Civil) and a Masters of Business Administration (Technology Management).

Bev Lyttle
Bev Lyttle
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.

Angelo Pacella
Dr Angelo Pacella

Dr Angelo Pacella graduated with BSc in 1991 and BDSc 1994 from Melbourne University.

Angelo has experience in heavy vehicle engineering and was involved with robotic and non-robotic automation from 1999 to 2008. This included overseeing design, building, installation and training of commissioned projects.

Currently, Angelo is on the board of a professional organisation and holds directorships on several research and development companies. He is also involved with training and mentoring of undergraduate students.

Angelo has a special interest in the progression of manufacturing in Australia and the implementation of smart technology enabling Australian companies to be more competitive.

Angelo is currently on a team, working on a project developing a fluid pathway for industry to engage with the University and mechanical engineering students. This will further promote a relationship for industry to develop ideas utilizing research done in collaboration with the University. This will also open up future employment opportunities for MUME students.

Peter Seow
Peter Seow
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.

Richard Yeo
Dr Richard Yeo
Australian Road Research Board (ARRB)

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.