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New appointments bolster Faculty ranks

7 November 2017
School of Civil Engineering welcomes new additions

The academic ranks of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies have been strengthened by the arrivals of Associate Professor Amin Chabchoub and Doctor Edward Hoffman to the School of Civil Engineering.

Associate Professor Amin Chabchoub

Associate Professor Chabchoub’s research activities span a vast range of areas related to environmental fluid mechanics, including water wave propagation, rogue and shock waves, and also nonlinear optics.

His more recent activities have focused purely on coastal and ocean engineering topics such as investigating localised wave structure dynamics on fluid surfaces and general turbulence problems – areas he will continue to explore as the latest researcher within the Centre for Wind, Waves and Water.

”The School of Civil Engineering is regarded as one of the most prestigious schools in Australia and is highly ranked on an international scale,” said Associate Professor Chabchoub.

“I look forward to the opportunity of collaborating with distinguished researchers both within the School of Civil Engineering and the School of Physics, as well as conducting my research utilising the outstanding infrastructure housed within the Fluids Laboratory.”

Associate Professor Chabchoub joins the Faculty after most recently serving as Assistant Professor of Hydrodynamics within the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Aalto University (formerly Helsinki University of Technology).

Furthermore, retired NASA Chief Knowledge Officer Dr Hoffman has joined the School on a short-term basis to assist with the delivery of PMGT5896: Sustainability & Intelligence in PM, a unit component of the Master of Project Management degree.

His duties as Chief Knowledge Officer included overseeing system-wide strategy, integration and deployment of knowledge services within the American space agency. He was also the founding director of the NASA Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership, a role he held for more than 20 years.

Hoffman is currently the Executive in Residence at the Columbia University School of Professional Studies and serves as adjunct professor at the George Washington University. He also directly supports the Project Management Institute as a Strategic Advisor with a focus on integrated systems for talent management, knowledge engagement and learning strategies.

“I would like to welcome both Amin and Edward to the School of Civil Engineering and look forward to witnessing the positive contributions both will play in expanding our respective offerings relating to environmental fluids engineering and project management,” said Professor Brian Uy, Head of School at the School of Civil Engineering.