Industry Advisory Board

The School’s Industry Advisory Board is an integral part of its management structure and provides a link with a key stakeholder group. Its purpose is:

  1. To contribute to the strategic direction for teaching and research by reviewing and providing industry input to undergraduate course content, research directions, recruitment and staffing and to provide support for student recruitment and scholarships
  2. To provide an external stakeholder voice with Government to influence investment and priorities with regard to facilities and equipment and research grant programmes
  3. To act as an industry network that the School can use to test ideas and seek advice.

Industry Advisory Board Members:

Mr Steve Kennedy

Head of NPI

Cochlear Limited

Dr Adam Berkovich

Manager - Carbon

Pacific Technology Centre

Pacific Aluminium

Professor Lyndon Edwards

Head, Institute of Materials Engineering



Dr Jason Hodges

Open Innovation and Intellectual Property Manager


Bluescope Research

Dr Catherine Foley

Chief - Division of Materials Science and Engineering


Mr Michiel Freislich

Director, Energy and Environment

Iron and Steel


Dr Edward Humphries

Pump Technology Centre Manager

Weir Minerals

Mrs Cathy Inglis

General Manager - Innovation and Building Solutions


Dr George N. Melhem

UNSW Adjunct Professor

Managing Director, Perfect Engineering Pty Ltd

Mr Michael Gow

Technical & Quality Manager

Boral Clay & Concrete

Mr Andrew Petersen


Sustainable Business Australia

Professor Emma Johnston, Dean, Faculty of Science

Professor Michael Ferry, Head of School, Materials Science & Engineering

Dr Owen Standard, Deputy Head of School, Materials Science & Engineering

Ms Lucy Zhang, School Manager, Materials Science & Engineering