Dean’s Advisory Council

Professor Mark Hoffman, Dean of UNSW Engineering.The UNSW Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council (FAC) membership is made up of senior executive from various industry and government sectors, and reflects the breadth of the Faculty's eight schools. The FAC was established to provide the Dean with direction and advice to ensure that UNSW Engineering continues to offer the best undergraduate education in all engineering disciplines, appropriately specialised postgraduate courses, productive and stimulating research opportunities and continuing education programs for engineers in the workforce.

The FAC contributes to the Faculty's strategic planning process by providing insight into the needs of industry and the community.

In addition to ensuring that the Faculty's programs produce graduates with the skills and attributes sought by industry, the FAC is strongly committed to the promotion of engineering to Government and the community by demonstrating what engineers do and how engineering is important for Australia's future.

Role of the Committee

The Committee meets two or three times each year, and members

  1. Provide strategic advice on direction of UNSW Engineering
  2. Act as advocates for engineering in the broader community
  3. Provide support for resourcing major initiatives
  4. Provide influence on future directions for workforce and technology development
  5. Receive early access to research achievements
  6. Provide clearer pathway for graduates for future employment


There are 14 members on the Dean’s Advisory Council. Membership is determined by the Dean, with industry representatives for each of the Faculty's eight schools. The Chair is appointed by the Dean from the Committee membership.

The Chair oversees the organisation and affairs of the Committee. The Chair makes recommendations to improve the Committee's usefulness to the Faculty and the University.

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