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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 Willy Zwaenepoel

Professor Willy Zwaenepoel
Dean 

Professor Willy Zwaenepoel, an established global leader in experimental computer science research, joined the Faculty of Engineering and IT in July 2018.

Professor Zwaenepoel previously held the position of Head of School at the School of Computer and Communication Sciences at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) for nine years. Before this he spent almost two decades on the faculty at Rice University, USA. Professor Zwaenepoel has been elected as a Fellow of both the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Association for Computing Machinery.

Professor Zwaenepoel has worked in a variety of aspects of operating and distributed systems and he is best known for his work on the TreadMarks distributed shared memory system, which was licensed to Intel and became the basis for Intel’s OpenMP cluster product. He was a key advisor to Nutanix from 2010 (currently valued at US$5.5 billion) and his research has led to two startups, iMimic and BugBuster, being acquired by Cisco. He continues to advise several start-ups and is as a member of the board of ICTSwitzerland.

Professor Zwaenepoel completed his undergrad studies at Ghent University, Belgium in 1979 and obtained his master’s and doctorate degrees from Stanford University, USA in 1980 and 1984 respectively.


Professor Kim Rasmussen

Professor Kim Rasmussen
Deputy Dean, Research


Professor David Lowe

Professor David Lowe
Deputy Dean, Education


Mr David Cox
Faculty General Manager

Associate Professor Javid Atai
Associate Dean, Research Training

Associate Professor Vincent Gomes
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

Dr Petr Matous
Associate Dean, Indigenous Strategy and Services

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