College of Science and Engineering
Born on the Isle of Man, John Beynon spent much of his career at Sheffield University in the UK, where he held professorial positions in metallurgy and mechanical engineering. He also graduated from Sheffield with a Bachelor of Metallurgy degree (in physical metallurgy) followed by a PhD in the same Department. He then went to the Max Planck Institute for Ferrous Research in Düsseldorf, Germany, followed by a lectureship and senior lectureship at Leicester University before rejoining Sheffield as a Professor, and later Head, of Mechanical Engineering. Sabbaticals in the USA and Australia preceded moving to Australia as Dean of Engineering at Swinburne University of Technology in 2005. Seven years later he moved to the University of Adelaide to be Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences. He began as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Flinders University in July 2016. He has been President of the Australian Council of Engineering Deans for two years and was subsequently Chair of the Global Engineering Deans Council for over two years until December 2015. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining in the UK, and is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE). He has been listed in Engineers Australia’s Top 100 Most Influential Engineers in Australia for 2011-2015, and in 2015 was awarded the Bessemer Gold Medal in the UK for services to the steel industry.
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