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    Professor Brian G. Falzon is the Head of School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast and was the Royal Academy of Engineering – Bombardier Chair in Aerospace Composites (2013-2017).  He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. Between 2008 and 2012 he was the Foundation Chair in Aerospace Engineering at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, where he was also Director of Research and Head of the Aerospace Engineering programmes. Between 1996 and 2008, Prof Falzon was at Imperial College London where he joined as a postdoctoral research fellow before becoming an academic staff member. He has held visiting professorships at both Imperial College London and Monash University. Prof Falzon graduated with a PhD in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Sydney in 1996 and was awarded the Golden Jubilee graduate prize for his research into postbuckling composite aerostructures. He also gained a Bachelor of Engineering in Aeronautical Engineering with first class honours and a Bachelor of Science with a double major in Physics and Pure Mathematics from the same University.

    Prof Falzon is the Director of the Advanced Composites Research Group at Queen’s and is internationally renowned for his work on the computational analysis, design, manufacture and testing of advanced composite aerostructures and has published over 180 peer reviewed journal/conference papers and book chapters, one book, and edited three others. He has fostered extensive industry and academic collaborations with partners from Europe, Australia, India and China and is currently coordinating a H2020 research programme with fourteen academic and industry partners across six EU member states.  

    In 2008 Prof Falzon was awarded the George Taylor Prize by the Royal Aeronautical Society for the best paper published in 2007 in the design, construction, production and fabrication of aircraft structures. In 2009 he was honoured with an Australian Leadership Award, in recognition of his contribution to issues of national importance and demonstrated leadership in his field. He is a Chartered Engineer, a member of a number of professional organisations and scientific committees, and sits on the Editorial Board of three journals. In 2010 and 2012 he was selected to serve on the Research Evaluation Committee panel for the ‘Australian Research Council’s Excellence in Research for Australia’ exercise which is equivalent to the UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF). Prof Falzon is also co-founder of Veryan Medical Limited, a company spin-off from Imperial College London, which has developed a new vascular biomimetic stent,  and recently acquired by Otsuka Medical Devices Co. Ltd.



    Professor Falzon has extensive leadership experience in both research and academic administration. He is currently the Head of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, a school with an operating and research budget of approximately £10M per year, and Director of the Advanced Composites Research Group, which is the largest research group within the School. He was previously the Deputy Head and Director of Research, of the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Head of the Aerospace Programmes, at Monash University in Melbourne Australia (2008 – 2012). Between 2004 and 2008 he was Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Aeronautics at Imperial College London. In 2009 Prof Falzon was honoured with an Australian Leadership Award, in recognition of his contribution to issues of national importance and demonstrated leadership in his field.

    In 2017 Prof Falzon was appointed by the Vice Chancellor to assemble and lead a panel to address career development, progression and academic standards, within the institution. A number of initiatives and changes were proposed and subsequently approved by Senate. He currently sits on a number of strategic Boards and Panels including Queen’s Planning and Finance Committee, and MATRIX, an external Board which advises Government, Industry and Academia on the commercial exploitation of research and development in science and technology in Northern Ireland.


    Prof Falzon is a passionate educator. He has taught undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses in composite structures and materials, aircraft structures, mechanics of materials, structural dynamics, computational mechanics and finite element analysis. He is consistently rated very highly by students. At Imperial College London, he was Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Aeronautics with responsibility for developing and maintaining teaching policy and standards. At Monash, as Chair of Aerospace Engineering, he undertook an extensive restructuring of all aerospace-related undergraduate courses which included a number of double-degree courses shared with other faculties, to ensure and exceed accreditation requirements by Engineers Australia. Prof Falzon has also supervised numerous PhD and Master's students to completion. 



    Membership of Professional Bodies, Societies and Committees:

    • Chair of 23rd International Conference on Composite Materials (ICCM23), Belfast, UK (2021).
    • Member of QUB’s Planning and Finance Committee (since 2018).
    • Member of the Northern Ireland MATRIX panel (since 2018).
    • Member of the International Scientific Committee for the 8th EASN-CEAS International Workshop on Manufacturing for Growth and Innovation, Glasgow, UK (2018).
    • Board Member of the William Wright Technology Centre (since 2017)
    • Member of the International Advisory Committee – 21st International Conference on Composite Materials (ICCM21), Xi’an, China (2017).
    • Chair of the QUB VC’s appointed Sub-Group on Academic Standards and Career Progression (2017).
    • Editorial Board member of Advances in Aircraft and Spacecraft Science, An International Journal (since 2016)
    • Member of the Scientific Committee of the 6th EASN International Conference, Porto, Portugal (2016)
    • Member of the NIACE Steering Board (since 2015)
    • Member of the Council of Mechanical Engineering Professors (since 2015)
    • Council member of ADS Northern Ireland (since 2014)
    • External Examiner for MSc/MRes degree programmes at the University of Bristol’s CDT in Advanced Composites for Innovation and Science (2014-2017)
    • Co-chair of the 2014 EU-US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, Seattle, USA (2014).
    • Local Organising Committee Member of the RAeS 4th Aircraft Structural Design Conference, Belfast, UK (2014)
    • Member of the NIAECC Technical Committee (2013-2015)
    • Member of the NIAECC Management Board (2013-2015)
    • Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (since 2013)
    • Associate Editor for the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Aeronautical Journal (since 2013)
    • Member of the Organising Committee for the 1st Australasian Conference on Computational Mechanics (ACCM2013)
    • Chair of the 15th Australian Aeronautical Conference (2013)
    • Co-chair of the 15th Australian International Aerospace Congress (2013)
    • Member of the Board of Directors of Aerospace and Aviation Australia (2011-2012)
    • Panel member on the Research Evaluation Committee for ERA 2010 (2012)
    • Committee Member of the 14th Australian International Aerospace Congress (2011)
    • Panel member on the Research Evaluation Committee for ERA 2010 (2010)
    • Member of the EPSRC Peer Review College (2006-2009).
    • Member of the International Advisory Committee – Sixteenth International Conference on Composite Materials (ICCM-16), Kyoto, Japan (2007).
    • Member of the Editorial Board of the Applied Composites Materials Journal (since 2005).
    • Editorial board member for Computational and experimental Methods in Structures, World Scientific Press (since 2008).
    • Committee Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) - Structural Stability Group (2004-2010).
    • Chairman of GARTEUR (Group of Aeronautical Research and Technology in Europe) Action Group AG 28 (2003-2005).
    • GARTEUR leader of Action Group 28 (AG-28) dealing with the postbuckling of composite aerostructures (2002 – 2005).
    • International Advisory Committee member for the International Congress on Computational Mechanics and Simulation (ICCMS-04) (2004).
    • Chartered Engineer (since 2004).
    • Member of the European Society for Composite Materials (since 2004).
    • Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (since 1999).
    • Fellow of Goodenough College (since 1997).
    • Member of the Australian Composite Structures Society (since 1996)


    • EPSRC RISE (Recognising Inspirational Scientists and Engineers) Connector award – 2017.

    • QUB Graduate School PGR Supervisory Excellence Award - 2016

    • Australian Leadership Award - 2009

    • Silver Award from the Royal Aeronautical Society - 2008

    • George Taylor Prize from the Royal Aeronautical Society - 2008

    • Foreign Commonwealth Office Global Opportunities Fund: UK-Japan Collaboration Award – 2006.

    • International Aircraft Development Fund award (Japan) – 2004.

    • Isaiah Berlin Israel Award – 2003.

    • London Technology Network Business Fellowship – 2003/4.

    • Euromech Fellowship – 1999.

    • Graduates Golden Jubilee Research Prize for Aeronautics – 1994.

    • Silver Medal at the Airshow Canada Symposium Design Competition – 1991.

    • Science Foundation Scholarship for Physics – 1989.

    • William and Jane Grahame Mechanical Engineering Prize – 1988.

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