Meet the RMIT Distinguished Professors
Distinguished Professor Andrew Ball is a Professor in Environmental Microbiology and Director of the ARC Training Centre for the Transformation of Australia's Biosolids Resource. His research expertise is in the fields of bioremediation, organic waste treatment, and environmental fate of organic pollutants.
Distinguished Professor Suresh Kumar Bhargava is the Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), STEM College and the Director of the Centre for Advanced Materials and Industrial Chemistry. His research expertise is in the fields of industrial chemistry and advanced material sciences, specialising in gold nanoparticles, broader nanoscience and technology.
Distinguished Professor Milan Brandt is the Technical Director of RMIT’s Advanced Manufacturing Precinct and the Director of RMIT's Centre for Additive Manufacturing. He is the leading Australian researcher in the area of macro processing with lasers and has conducted work in laser cladding, cutting, drilling, welding, assisted machining and more recently additive manufacturing. This has resulted in technological achievements, patents, research papers and commercial products, which have been recognized internationally and nationally in both scientific and industrial circles.
Distinguished Professor Sara Charlesworth is Professor of Work, Gender & Regulation in the School of Management and is Director of the Centre for People, Organisation & Work in the College of Business. Sara’s research interests centre on gender inequality in employment at the labour market, industry and organisational levels. She is currently working on a number of Australian Research Council and internationally funded projects in the area of frontline aged care work.
Distinguished Professor Brian Falzon is the Inaugural Director of RMIT University’s Space Industry Hub and SmartSat CRC Victorian Node. Prior to joining RMIT, he was appointed to the prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering – Bombardier Chair in Aerospace Composites, at Queen’s University Belfast, in 2013, and in 2015 became the Head of the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He is internationally renowned for his work on advanced, lightweight composite materials and structures.
Distinguished Professor Anthony Forsyth is recognised in Australia and internationally as a leading authority on labour and employment law, and union responses to platform work and the digital economy. He has a sustained record of publications in A* and A-ranked journals and with high quality legal book publishers, and has undertaken ARC Linkage and industry-funded research projects. In 2015-16, Anthony was the independent Chair of the Victorian Government Inquiry into the Labour Hire Industry and Insecure Work. Anthony’s impact in research and extensive engagement with the media have been recognised through the RMIT Award for Research Impact (Enterprise) and RMIT ‘Hall of Fame’ Media Award.
Distinguished Professor Billie Giles-Corti is a Vice-Chancellors Professorial Research Fellow. She is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Principal Research Fellow and directs the Centre for Urban Research’s Healthy Liveable Cities Research Group at RMIT’s Centre for Urban Research. Her research interests focus on city planning and health.
Distinguished Professor Larissa Hjorth is an artist, digital ethnographer and Professor in the Games Programs, School of Media & Communication and co-director of the Digital Ethnography Research Centre (DERC) with Heather Horst. Her research expertise involves the gendered and socio-cultural dimensions of mobile, social, locative and gaming cultures in the Asia Pacific region.
Distinguished Professor Elena Ivanova's professional activity is concentrated in fundamental and applied fields of Nano/Biotechnology. Her research interests also focus on the design, fabrication and operation of planar micro-devices, immobilization of bio-molecules and micro-organisms in micro/nano/environments, bacterial taxonomy and bacterial interactions with macro/micro/ nano-structured surfaces.
Distinguished Professor Helen Lingard from the School of Property, Construction and Project Management undertakes industry-based research into occupational health and safety and the health and work-life balance of construction workers. She was awarded an inaugural ARC Future Fellowship to deliver a program of research entitled Differentiation not disintegration: Integrating Strategies to Improve Occupational Health and Safety in the Construction Industry.
Distinguished Professor Qian Ma currently holds the appointments of Honorary Professor of The University of Queensland, Australia, and Specially Appointed Guest Professor of Osaka University, Japan.
Qian’s areas of research include metal additive manufacturing (3D printing), alloy design, powder metallurgy of light alloys (Ti, Al and TiAI), solidification processing (heterogeneous nucleation and grain refinement), coating, and modelling.
Distinguished Professor Arnan Mitchell from the School of Engineering is the RMIT Node Director of the Centre for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS). His research is dedicated to the creation of microtechnology solutions enabled by fundamental research in diverse disciplines spanning physics, chemistry and biomedical sciences.
Distinguished Professor Adrian Mouritz performs research into fibre reinforced polymer composites and other engineering materials used in aircraft. Adrian has performed research which has led to significant discoveries on various topics associated with composite materials. This has included their mechanical, fracture and fatigue properties, impact and explosive blast properties, fire structural properties, non-destructive inspection and smart health monitoring, and damage tolerance using through-thickness reinforcement (orthogonal weaving, stitching, pinning).
Distinguished Professor Lee Parker from the School of Accounting is an Honorary Fellow of the Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research at the University of St Andrews, and research advisor/assessor in management and accounting to universities, government research granting bodies and professional associations across the globe.
Distinguished Professor Magdalena Plebanski is an internationally recognised, award-winning researcher and Director of the Biomedical and Health Innovation Enabling Capability Platform at RMIT. Her focus is on understanding the immune system in older individuals, and the development of practical immunotherapies and vaccines targeting cancer and infectious diseases. She also pioneered the use of synthetic size-defined non-inflammatory nanoparticles in vaccines.
Distinguished Professor Jason Potts is Professor of Economics and Co-director of the Blockchain Innovation Hub in the College of Business and Law. He is also a chief investigator on the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society. His research work focuses on the economics of innovation and new technologies, economic evolution, institutional economics, and complexity economics. He has written five books and published over 80 articles on topics including growth theory, creative industries, economics of cities, innovation commons, and recently on crypto-economics and blockchain.
Distinguished Professor Julian Thomas is Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society, and a Distinguished Professor in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University. He is also a member of RMIT’s Digital Ethnography Research Centre and Blockchain Innovation Hub. Thomas was elected to the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2017. Recent publications include Wi-Fi (Polity, 2021), the Australian Digital Inclusion Index (Telstra, 2016-), Internet on the Outstation: The Digital Divide and Remote Aboriginal Communities (INC, 2016), The Informal Media Economy (Polity, 2015), and papers on automation in digital advertising, the history of mapping and navigation in autonomous vehicles, and recommendation systems in the book industry.
Distinguished Professor Mike Xie is an ARC Australian Laureate Fellow. He served as the Head of Civil Engineering discipline at RMIT University between 2002 and 2012. Since 2012 he has been the Director of RMIT Centre for Innovative Structures and Materials. He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) in 2011. Professor Xie won the Clunies Ross Innovation Award from the ATSE in 2017 and received the AGM Michell Medal from the Institution of Engineers Australia in the same year. In 2019, he was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his significant service to civil engineering and higher education, and the Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation in 2020.
Distinguished Professor Charlie Xue is a World Health Organization consultant and chairs the National Chinese Medicine Board of Australia. His primary areas of research specialty are evidence-based integrated healthcare for chronic diseases. His current focus is on evidence-based integrative healthcare research to assess and correlate the efficacy of key Chinese medicine treatments that have been in practice for over 2000 years, by establishing clinical trials to see whether these practices meet the expected rigorous requirements in the development of any new therapeutics in a modern medical environment. One of the herbal medicines under Professor Xue’s research is Panax Ginseng.
Distinguished Professor Irene Yarovsky holds the position of Leader of the Materials Modelling and Simulation research group at RMIT University. She concurrently has a Visiting Professor position at the Department of Materials, Imperial College London, UK. She was elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) in 2021. At present, she is particularly interested in studying the interface between biological systems and nanomaterials as they interact in the living organisms, the environment and novel nano-bio devices for biomedical applications.
Distinguished Professor Leslie Yeo is a Professor of Chemical Engineering with specific expertise in acoustically and electrokinetically driven microfluidics for engineering and biological applications such as drug delivery and nanomedicine, point-of-care diagnostics, tissue engineering and biosensor technology. He is co-author of the book Electrokinetically Driven Microfluidics & Nanofluidics (Cambridge University Press), and the author of over 200 research publications and 25 patent applications. Leslie currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the American Institute of Physics journal Biomicrofluidics as well as on the editorial boards of Scientific Reports and Interfacial Phenomena & Heat Transfer.
Distinguished Professor Xinghuo Yu is is the Chair RMIT Professorial Academy and a Vice-Chancellor's Professorial Research Fellow. His research expertise is in control systems, signal processing, complex network systems, artificial intelligence in engineering systems, and smart energy systems.
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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.
Acknowledgement of Country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.