Western Sydney University appoints new Dean of Engineering, Design and Built Environment

Western Sydney University is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Brian Falzon as its new Dean of the School of Engineering, Design and Built Environment.

An accomplished engineer, Professor Falzon joins the University from RMIT University, where he currently holds a Chair in Composite Materials and Aerospace Structures and is the Director of the University’s Space Industry Hub and the Smart Satellite Cooperative Research Centre (Victorian Node), and Director of Education and Training for the Sovereign Manufacturing Automation of Composites Cooperative Research Centre.

He will officially commence his new role at the University on Monday 4th December, taking over from Professor Mike Kagioglou, who served as the School’s inaugural Dean.

Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Clare Pollock said Professor Falzon, as a globally recognised researcher and senior leader, would bring much to the University.

“An accomplished engineer and researcher, Professor Falzon will contribute greatly to the world-class teaching, research and engagement the School of Engineering, Design and Built Environment is delivering, including through his commitment to research-led teaching and work-integrated learning,” said Professor Pollock.

Among Professor Falzon’s professional achievements is his early work on structural stability analysis which significantly influenced Boeing Aerostructures Australia's innovative designs. He also contributed to new modelling methodologies for the UK's 'Next Generation Composite Wing' program, and assisted NASA's Advanced Composites Project in predicting structural failure.

He has held several senior leadership positions in the higher education sector, including roles at Queen’s University Belfast, the UK Royal Academy of Engineering, Monash University and Imperial College London.

Professor Falzon said he was delighted to be joining the School of Engineering, Design and Built Environment at this exciting time.

“As a multidisciplinary School providing leading education and research and building strong partnerships, I’m very pleased to join the School of Engineering, Design and Built Environment and look forward to working with new colleagues, students and alumni,” said Professor Falzon.

Professor Pollock again thanked Professor Kagioglou who among his achievements as Dean, provided steady leadership during the height of the global pandemic.


21 September 2023

Media Unit