Swinburne appoints new Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise)

Thursday 2 April 2020

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Professor Bronwyn Fox has played a key role in putting Swinburne at the forefront of manufacturing and Industry 4.0

In summary

  • Swinburne has appointed Professor Bronwyn Fox as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) 
  • Professor Fox will evolve Swinburne’s research innovation ecosystem to deliver research excellence 
  • Professor Fox joined Swinburne in 2015 as Director of the Factory of the Future 

Following an extensive international search, Swinburne’s Professor Bronwyn Fox has been appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise).  

Professor Fox will drive the university’s global research and innovation strategy, focusing on initiatives that will shape our future, drive innovation and create social and economic impact. 

“I thank Bronwyn for the excellent contributions she has already made to Swinburne, and welcome her ambition, passion and expertise in this new role,” says Swinburne’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Linda Kristjanson AO. 

“I have no doubt Bronwyn will take this strategy to the next level, evolving our already unique research innovation ecosystem to deliver on Swinburne’s next chapter of research.”  

Professor Fox started her Swinburne journey in 2015, initially taking on the role of Director, Factory of the Future. In 2016, she was appointed as the Director of the Manufacturing Futures Research Institute, and most recently, she has been acting as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) since the beginning of February. 

Professor Fox has been instrumental in positioning Swinburne at the forefront of manufacturing, building extensively on our Industry 4.0 initiatives and capabilities. She has led a number of significant initiatives and research partnerships through the Manufacturing Futures Research Institute, including: 

  • world-first technology focused on space age materials to revolutionise the aerospace industry 
  • establishing the world’s first operational Industry 4.0 Testlab for carbon composite manufacturing 
  • collaborating with ARENA 2036, a flexible factory of the future on the University of Stuttgart’s Baden-Wuerttemberg campus 
  • leading the development, innovation and commercialisation of graphene, as part of the Graphene Supply Chain CRC-P. 

Professor Bronwyn Fox spoke at the 2019 Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry 'ignite' event about the world-first technology Swinburne is developing with industry, focused on space age materials using 3D printing and digitalisation.

As an internationally recognised expert on carbon fibre and composite materials, Professor Fox is Chair of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (Victorian Division). She is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2018 Professor Fox was awarded the GCMM Research Leadership Award at the 14th Global Congress on Manufacturing and Management.