After an extensive search, Professor Hung Nguyen AM has been appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor of Swinburne’s Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology.
Professor Nguyen comes to Swinburne with extensive experience and a significant global profile. His international, industry and community outreach and engagement have been pivotal to his success.
“As a transformational leader Professor Nguyen has focused his leadership on championing diversity and actively recruiting and retaining women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and Medicine (STEMM), both as academics and students,” says Swinburne Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Duncan Bentley.
“If we are to transform STEMM in Australia and develop the graduates and research to seize the opportunities of a digital society and global economy, we desperately need leaders who excite and engage the whole of our community.”
Professor Nguyen has been involved with research in the areas of biomedical engineering, artificial intelligence, neurosciences and advanced control for more than 25 years, and has developed several biomedical devices and systems for diabetes, disability, cardiovascular diseases and breast cancer.
“Professor Nguyen will bring to Swinburne his research expertise and his experience as Assistant Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Innovation) at the University of Technology Sydney. He will help lead and leverage Swinburne’s multiple strengths in innovation and accelerate our Future Ready Learner Strategy to embed innovation across our curriculum and integrate it with our Industry 4.0 Research with Impact Strategy,” Professor Bentley says.
“He is ideally positioned to help shape our industry-led creation of an ecosystem for Future Ready Learners. Swinburne’s learning platform enables a lifelong journey in partnership with the industries and sectors we serve to ensure our graduates are designing, creating and shaping the future.”
This is part of Swinburne’s new university strategy, with its vision to be a world-class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation.
Professor Nguyen was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2002 and was a finalist for the 2012 NSW Australian of the Year. He has also won numerous teaching and research awards.
Professor Nguyen will join Swinburne in February 2018.