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Rhys Jones

1999 - 2000

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Rhys Jones started at Monash University in 1993, after more than 15 years working in the industry. Like his colleague Bill Melbourne, Rhys Jones also completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Adelaide, graduating with an Applied Mathematics degree with honours in 1972. Jones went on to complete a PhD also at the University of Adelaide. From there he held a number of different positions within universities in Australia and overseas, before landing a job at the Aeronautical Research Laboratory at Fisherman’s Bend, Victoria. Having an interest in aircraft, Jones worked here for the next 16 years before joining the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Monash University in 1993.

Jones spent three years in total as Head of Department, one year in 1994 while Bill Melbourne filled the post of Acting Dean of the Faculty, and then an additional two years from 1999 to 2000. His research interests include: Experimental and Computations Structural (solids), Aircraft Structures, Plasticity, Repair Technology and Aging Structures. During this career he has had a number of outstanding achievements, including being the recipient of the St George Julius Award, Institute of Engineers Excellence Award, and his 2008 publication on thermo-elasticity was included as one of the 10 best publications published between 1907-2007, by the Department of Defence. Rhys Jones also acted as an expert witness for the Royal Commission into the Esso Longford Gas Disaster. He is currently Head of the DSTO Centre of Expertise in Structural Mechanics.