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Kernot Professor of Engineering, The University of Melbourne

Professor Ian Young holds the position of Kernot Professor of Engineering at the University of Melbourne as well as a number of business roles including: Chair of the Board of VERNet Pty Ltd, Executive Chair of PAL Digital Pty Ltd, Chief Executive of Conviro Pty Ltd and President of CloudCampus Pty Ltd. He was previously the Vice-Chancellor and President of The Australian National University (ANU), a position he held until his retirement in February 2016. Prior to joining ANU, Professor Young held the position of Vice-Chancellor at Swinburne University of Technology (2003 – 2011), the dual positions of Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences and Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) at the University of Adelaide, as well as positions at the University of New South Wales, James Cook University (JCU), and the Max Planck Institut für Meteorologie, Germany. Professor Young has also held many positions associated with education and research including: President of Education Australia Ltd., Board Member of IDP Education Australia Ltd., Board Member of Open Universities Australia Ltd., Member of the Australian Qualifications Framework Council, Board Member of the Business Higher Education Round Table, Chair of the Learning Capital Council, Board Member and Deputy Chair of Universities Australia and Chair of the Group of Eight. Professor Young has published more than 100 journal papers, 80 refereed conference papers and is author of 3 books. As a result of his research interests he has been Chair of the United Nations International Waves in Shallow Environments Group, and a technical advisor to the US Navy and NASA. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia and a Fellow of the Academic of Technological Sciences & Engineering. In 2003, he was awarded a Centenary Medal for services to Australian society, and in 2012 he was appointed an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia. Professor Young obtained his Bachelor’s Degree (Hons) in Civil Engineering, Master of Engineering Sciences in Coastal Engineering and PhD in Ocean Engineering from James Cook University.


  • 2017–present
    Professor of Engineering, University of Melbourne