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Our people

Meet the faculty’s leadership team and key management staff

Our team comprises world-class academics and researchers in the fields of engineering, project management and information technologies, with strong industry connections and a passion for educational excellence. 

Faculty leadership

Professor Kim Rassmussen

Professor Kim Rasmussen
Dean (Interim)

Professor Kim Rasmussen took up the position of Interim Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies from 1 January 2018, having previously held the roles of Deputy Dean and Associate Dean, Research (Management and Education). Professor Rasmussen is Challis Professor of Civil Engineering and served as the Head of School Civil Engineering at the University of Sydney for 11 years from 2005.

He is Chairman of the Centre for Advanced Structural Engineering, as well as Chairman of numerous Australian and American design standard committees for steel, stainless steel and aluminum structures. Professor Rasmussen is member of the editorial boards of five international journals, including the Journal of Constructional Steel Research, Thin-walled Structures and Steel Construction.

Professor Rasmussen served as a member of the Australian Research Council panel from 2013–2015 and will be continuing his active role in research including the execution of five current ARC projects. He has published more than 150 journal papers, 180 conference papers and 190 research and investigation reports with his main research interests being theoretical and experimental structural mechanics.

He obtained his Masters of Science in Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark in 1982 and his PhD from the University of Sydney in 1988.

Professor David Lowe

Professor David Lowe
Deputy Dean and Associate Dean, Education

Ben Thornber

Associate Professor Ben Thornber
Associate Dean, Research (Acting)

Mr David Cox
Faculty General Manager

Associate Professor Javid Atai
Associate Dean, Research Training

Associate Professor Peter Gibbens
Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching

Professor Salah Sukkarieh
Associate Dean, Industry and Innovation

Associate Professor Ben Thornber
Associate Dean, Research Management

Associate Professor Marjorie Valix
Associate Dean, Coursework

Associate Professor Tim Wilkinson
Associate Dean, Student Life

Mr Keiran Passmore
Executive Director, Engineering Sydney

Ms Robyn Turner
Director of Academic Services

Mr Rajah Varatharajah
Associate Director of Finance

Ms Sandra Margon
Manager, International and Research Partnerships

Ms Jane Cusack
Executive Assistant to the Dean

Our researchers

Please find a researcher (academic profiles) or refer to the staff directory for contact information.

To find out more about our research expertise or find a researcher associated with a particular project or centre, please visit our research section

Faculty of Engineering and IT