Nick Birbilis joined the Australian National University in 2018 as the Deputy Dean of Engineering and Computer Science.
He is a passionate about the role that engineering and computer science will increasingly play as we head into the third millennium. This led him to the ANU to team up with a forward thinking set of colleagues, and to work to grow the College with future leaders who are also committed to reimagine a new type of engineering and computing, fit for the middle of the 21st century. The future will be about understanding and shaping large-scale systems of people acting and interacting with each other through their digital and physical environments and it is also about creating a safe and prosperous future for all. For example, Australia faces unique challenges in areas such as manufacturing, but is capable of positioning to be a leader in future manufacturing, biotechnology, space, advanced materials, and various fields of computing. The way we educate engineers, the content we teach engineers, what engineers resemble, and who are the diverse people that represent the future of engineering, must all be reimagined.
The future will involve a wider cross section of the population interacting with technology, and will require engineers and technologists to be more diverse, more representative of the communities in which we live and which we hope to serve, and inclusive of a number of broader skills – in particular, empathy and social consciousness.
Prior to joining the ANU, Nick was Head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Monash University (2013-18); where he was also the inaugural Woodside Innovation Chair. He has a PhD (2004) in Materials Engineering, and was a postdoctoral fellow at The Ohio State University prior to joining Monash University. He is a passionate educator and passionate advocate for diversity in STEM, who enjoys working in projects of social relevance and impact.
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Prof. Birbilis’ research interests span several areas of materials science. He is principally concerned with materials design, materials durability, and sustainability. In other words, creating (from computational design to production) materials to meet the needs of a rapidly evolving world, ensuring such materials remain durable, and imposing responsible consideration of life cycle. Such areas of research involve the spectrum of advanced materials characterisation, electrochemistry, and machine learning. Nick has >300 publications and numerous patents. His research has been instrumental in the development of corrosion resistant lightweight alloys, and in elucidating the role of microstructure in the corrosion of engineering materials.
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- 2017 - Batterham Medal, Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Australia.
- 2016 - Fellow, The Electrochemical Society, U.S.A.
- 2015 - Lee Hsun Award, Institute of Metals Research, CAS. China.
- 2014 - T.P. Hoar Award, Institute of Corrosion, United Kingdom.
- 2014 - Fellow, NACE, U.S.A.
- 2013 - Tall Poppy Science Award. Australian Institute of Policy and Science.
- 2012 - Vice-Chancellors Research Award, Monash University.
- 2012 - H.H. Uhlig Award, NACE, U.S.A.