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Professor of Impact Dynamics (UNSW Canberra), UNSW Sydney

Paul J. Hazell is a professor of impact dynamics at UNSW Canberra. His main research interests are in the subjects of shock loading, penetration mechanics and lightweight armour optimization. He also teaches several courses related to terminal ballistics and armour design to undergraduate and postgraduate students at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra. Paul graduated from the University of Leeds in 1992 with a BEng (Hons) degree in mechanical engineering, and after a couple of years in the automotive industry, he pursued his doctoral studies at the Shrivenham campus of Cranfield University (at the Royal Military College of Science). He was subsequently taken onto the faculty to teach terminal ballistics – to a student cohort that mostly consisted of British Army Officers. He has been in the business of teaching the uniformed services ever since.

He is the author of 'Armour: Materials, Theory, and Design', (CRC Press, Boca Raton, USA, 2022), and 'The Story of the Gun: History, Science, and Impact on Society', (Springer Praxis, New York, USA, 2021).


  • 2012–present
    Professor of Impact Dynamics, UNSW Canberra


  • 1999 
    Cranfield University (UK), Doctor of Engineering