Professor Mark Hoffman, Dean of UNSW Engineering

Professor Mark Hoffman, Dean of UNSW Engineering

Prior to his appointment as the Dean of UNSW's Faculty of Engineering, Professor Mark Hoffman was the University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) and also held positions of Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Science and Head of its School for Materials Science and Engineering for six years.

Throughout his career, Mark has maintained high levels of research productivity. He is recognised as an international leader in the field of structural integrity of materials, with a particular focus on cyclic fatigue. Over the past eight years he’s focused on piezoelectric ceramics, and was recently awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) grant to investigate lead-free alternatives.

Mark’s research and academic career has taken him around the world – two years as a visiting scientist in the USA and Tokyo, time as a researcher in India and two stints in Germany as a Research Associate, and then Humboldt Fellow. His international reputation led him to his appointment as Director to the Board of the International Congress on Fracture, a premier international body for scientists and engineers involved with the mechanics and mechanisms of fracture, fatigue and strength of materials.

Mark was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in 2014 after becoming a Fellow of the Institute Engineers Australia in 2011. He also has an impressive list of awards that go back to when he was an undergraduate mechanical engineering student at The University of Sydney, where he was presented with the Phil Jones “all-round achievement” award and a Blue in Rowing.

What’s evident when you look at Mark’s academic profile is his passion for top-quality teaching. Mark has two Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Awards and also a Carrick Citation for outstanding contributions to student learning. He chaired the Educational Committee on the National Council of Materials Australia and has authored four teaching publications.

We asked Mark Hoffman, Dean of Engineering, to tell us why he thinks Engineering at UNSW is consistently ranked among the nation's best:

"UNSW Engineering is consistently ranked as the number one engineering faculty in Australia and one of the top 50 in the world. Our students are inspired to be internationally renowned teachers who are also leading researchers. UNSW Engineering graduates are highly sought after in Australia and well as internationally. Career opportunities for our students are enhanced through our strong industry partnerships and extensive international alumni network.

Quality student experience

Our $1 billion investment in new facilities includes state-of-the-art laboratories, virtual reality cinemas and modern teaching spaces to enhance our students' learning experiences. We have an absolute focus on providing a well-rounded student experience. Our graduates emerge from their studies with theoretical and technical ability along with skills in problem solving and management. We offer the most comprehensive range of undergraduate degrees, including double-degree programs, in the country.

UNSW Engineering's student-led projects are the most highly regarded in Australia and are internationally renowned. They include the world record-breaking sUNSWift solar car, the world champion RoboCup team and the amazing UNSW Redback Racing team.

Mutually beneficial external partnerships

The partnerships we have with industry and government are very strong and provide many opportunities for students and researchers alike. These partnerships provide our students with valuable workplace experience and allow us to be up-to-the-minute with what's going on in the commercial space.

Strong international reputation in research

We are globally recognised for our multidisciplinary research in many areas, with innovations and discoveries paving the way for a better future for society.

In addition to being the leaders in traditional areas, such as civil, electrical and mechanical engineering, we have responded to change over time with our investment in emerging fields such as transport, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, energy, water and climate change.

There are many people who can imagine the world to come, but it takes an engineer to make the future real."

Professor Mark Hoffman
Dean, Faculty of Engineering