5 February 2018
Monash University has gained a highly accomplished software engineering leader ideally positioned to foster a new era of growth in the Faculty of IT. Taking up the new role of Senior Deputy Dean and Professor of Software Engineering, John brings 25 years of experience in research, teaching and nurturing IT leaders across Australian and New Zealand.
John comes to Monash IT from Deakin University, where he held the prestigious positions of Alfred Deakin Professor of Software Engineering and Pro-Vice Chancellor for ICT Innovation and Translation. Before Deakin, John held numerous leadership roles over 6 years at Swinburne University of Technology, including the Dean of the School of Software and Electrical Engineering, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of ICT, Head of Computer Science and Software Engineering and Director of the Swinburne University Centre for Computing and Engineering Software Systems. Originally from New Zealand, John spent 8 years at the University of Auckland as Professor of Software Engineer and was Director of Software Engineering and Head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.
A leading international software engineering researcher, John has received over $23M in awarded research funding, including 7 Australian Research Council grants in the last 5 years. He has authored over 350 papers, supervised over 60 PhD and Masters by Research students, and has been recognised as a Fellow of Engineers Australia and Fellow of Automated Software Engineering.
“My vision in research is to ‘make software engineering more like traditional engineering discipline,’ says John. “I do this by leveraging human-centric visual modelling approaches to model, reason about and generate complex software systems.”
Committed to improving collaboration between industry and academia, John also brings strong expertise in industry partnership, having led an ARC Research Transformation Hub and a large New Zealand software industry/academic research collaboration, co-led the NICTA/Swinburne Software Innovation Lab, acted as CI on several NICTA, Data61, DST Group and other large industry collaborative projects, and has co-led several academic/industry student training initiatives. Throughout his academic career, John has also consulted for companies including Sanitarium, Uniting AgeWell, Unisono, Thales Australia, MailGuard, CA Labs, Orion Health, First Data Utilities, XSol, Fisher & Paykel and Endace.
John also brings with him a love of teaching, which saw him rewarded with the prestigious 2014 IEEE Technical Council on Software Engineering Distinguished Education award. “I believe it’s one of the best things, if not the best thing, about being an academic,” he says.
Monash University is now in the fortunate position to benefit from his research strength, industry partnerships and enviable teaching and leadership experience. “I’ve always enjoyed helping to develop and mentor staff,” says John. “I’m very pleased to have this opportunity to now contribute to the future growth and success of Monash IT.”