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Barry Muddle

1996 - 2004


After graduating with a Bachelor of Science from the University of New South Wales in 1971, Barry Muddle went on to study for his PhD, graduating in 1975. From 1975-76 he held a Research Fellowship at UNSW, and one at the University of Cambridge from 1977-78. He was appointed Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois, USA in 1979 a position he held until 1983 when he joined Monash University as a Lecturer in the Department of Materials Engineering. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1985 and Reader in Materials Engineering in 1990, and he has held a Personal Chair in Materials Engineering since 1996. In 1998 he was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE).

Muddle served as Head of the Department of Materials Engineering from 1996 to 2004, and his record was one of strengthening the performance of a small, but research-intensive Department. He led its continued involvement in the successful renewal of funding of the CRC for Polymers in 1998 and 2004, and its engagement with the successful re-bid in 1998 to create the CRC for Cast Metals Manufacturing (CAST CRC). He served as a member of the Governing Boards of both CRCs, and the Deputy Chair of the Board of the CRC for Polymers and Chair of its Steering Committee for the successful renewal bid in 2004.

During 2000, Muddle led a re-structuring of the Department of Physics at Monash. As a result, in January 2001 there was a merger between the Department of Physics and the Department of Materials Engineering, and a new cross-Faculty School of Physics and Materials Engineering was born. As founding Head of School, Muddle oversaw an increase in academic staff from 22 to 28, including two new Chair appointments. During this time, Muddle also facilitated an increased interaction between the faculties of Science, Engineering and Medicine. This led to an increased interest in biophysics and bioengineering at Monash and the involvement of the School in the Commonwealth Centre of Excellence in Biotechnology (the Australian Stem Cell Centre) and the National Centre for Advanced Cell Engineering.

While Head of Department/School, Muddle was simultaneously Director of the (ARC) National Key Centre for Advanced Materials Technology (CAMT) during the period 1996-2005. Throughout his tenure at Monash University, Muddle has played a leading role in the development of electron microscopy facilities in the physical sciences and engineering. He was the driving force between the growth of electron microscopy at the Departmental and Faculty level, culminating in the formation of the University-wide Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis Facility. In his time at Monash he was also resposible for other major equipment acquisitions. 

Muddle finished as Head of School at the end of June, 2004. Very soon after he gained a prestigious Federation Fellowship and successfully lead the application for the new ARC Centre of Excellence for Design in Light Metals. This Centre involved many of the key researchers in light metals in many universities around Australia (as well as with CSIRO), and was based in the Department of Materials Engineering. He has held a number of prestigious leadership roles during his time at Monash and beyond. He was National President of the Institute of Materials Engineering Australiasia and Director of the Victorian Centre for Advanced Materials Manufacturing. Muddle has also published over 285 refereed journal and conference papers and spoken at more than 40 major international conferences.