Engineering Dean elected to Australian Academy
Thursday, 17 October 2013
The University of Adelaide's Professor John Beynon has been elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, one of the highest honours available for achievement in the field in Australia.
Professor Beynon, Executive Dean of the University's Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences (ECMS), was one of 25 eminent Australian engineers and scientists elected to the Academy.
The Academy Fellows are among the most influential names in technological sciences and engineering and have been responsible for key advances over the past 40 years.
"John Beynon has made a major contribution to metallurgical research, academic leadership and developing links between research and industry," the Academy's citation says.
"His research has had important applications in the manufacture of steel and in the development of railway track systems. He is a leader in the development of engineering education in Australia, at a time when the sector is evolving rapidly."
Professor Beynon became ECMS Executive Dean at the University of Adelaide last year and is well regarded for his capacity to build partnerships in both academic and industry settings.
"I'm greatly honoured to be elected to the Academy," says Professor Beynon. "It's wonderful recognition for the importance of engineering education, and gives prominence to the key role of technological innovation in Australia's future."
Professor Beynon takes over as Chair of the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) next week for two years, having been Chair-Elect for a year. He's the first Australian Dean to have this role.
He is also a recent President of the Australian Council of Engineering Deans. Over the past three years he has been listed by Engineers Australia as one of Australia's 100 most influential engineers. He is Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining in the UK and Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia.
Professor Beynon's research interests include the interaction of materials science (principally physical metallurgy) and applied mechanics to solve engineering problems, using computer-based modelling, experiment and industrial input.