New Deputy Dean (Research) for the Faculty of IT

The Faculty of IT is proud to appoint Professor Maria Garcia de la Banda as Deputy Dean (Research) starting 25 July.

Professor Garcia de la Banda is an award-winning researcher and academic who has been innovating in IT for more than 25 years. Throughout her career, she has upheld several leadership roles in the faculty – including Head of the Caulfield School of Information Technology and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of IT.

In addition to her new position as Deputy Dean (Research), Professor Garcia de la Banda is Acting Co-Chair of the Woodside FutureLab, Chair of the Athena SWAN STEMM Women Academic Network and President of the Association for Constraint Programming.

Among many achievements, Professor Garcia de la Banda was the recipient of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid's ‘Best PhD Award’, the co-winner of the First International Constraint Programming Challenge, and the winner of the first and only prestigious Logan Fellowship from the Faculty of IT – a role she held for six years.

During her time, Professor Garcia de la Banda has led and contributed to many transformative projects in areas such as constraint programming, program analysis and transformation, programming languages and bioinformatics. She has also published extensively in these disciplines and co-chaired global conferences including the International Conference in Logic Programming.

‘We’re very pleased to have Professor Garcia de la Banda as our new Deputy Dean (Research). Her experience and passion for diversity, equity and inclusion make her well-suited to guide the research in our faculty – and further our mission, IT for Social Good.’ said Interim Dean, Professor Ann Nicholson.