Professor Brian G. Falzon
Professor Brian G. Falzon is the Head of the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast. He holds the prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering – Bombardier Chair in Aerospace Composites and 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, Professor Falzon was at Imperial College London where he joined as a postdoctoral research fellow before becoming an academic staff member. Professor 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.
Professor Falzon is internationally renowned for his work on the analysis, design, manufacture and testing of advanced composite aerostructures and has published over 120 peer reviewed journal and conference papers in this area. He has fostered extensive industry and academic collaborations with partners from Europe, Australia, India and China.
In 2008 Professor 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, from the Australian Davos Connection, in recognition of his contribution to issues of national importance and demonstrated leadership in his field. In 2016 he was the recipient of Queen’s University Belfast’s Postgraduate Supervisory Excellence Award. He is a Chartered Engineer and a member of a number of professional organisations and scientific committees. Between 2006 and 2009 he was a member of the UK’s EPSRC Peer Review College and 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). Professor Falzon is also co-founder of Veryan Medical Limited, a company spin-off from Imperial College London.