UTS Vice-Chancellor Professor Attila Brungs has been announced a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.
Professor Brungs is among 25 new Fellows, including 10 women, selected by the academy to further its aim of ensuring Australia remains a world-leading technology economy. The group includes industry experts in infrastructure, mining and agriculture, leaders in federal government departments and world-renowned researchers.
“We’re motivated by what’s best for our nation’s future,” Academy President Professor Hugh Bradlow, said. “And we do that by bringing together the brightest minds in technology, engineering and science to offer impartial, evidence-based, and practical advice.”
Professor Brungs is recognised as a leader in innovation and shaping higher education to meet community needs and employer demands for the jobs of the future. Core to his approach at UTS has been collaboration, engaging with industry to tackle real-world research problems and the community to tackle social justice issues.
Professor Brungs has been at UTS for almost a decade, joining in 2009 from CSIRO and, earlier, McKinsey. He became Vice-Chancellor in 2014.
Under his leadership, UTS has helped to drive development of the Ultimo precinct as a hub for the tech-driven and start-up economy. The university was chosen by the NSW government to host the Creative Industries Knowledge Hub and is home to leading facilities such as the UTS Data Arena, Protospace and UTS Tech Lab.
At the same time, UTS has advanced its reputation for research and teaching and learning, and has been top young university in Australia (aged under 50) since 2015, according to the QS and Times Higher Education rankings.
The 25 experts will be formally welcomed into the Academy at its Annual Meeting in Melbourne on 23 November.