The CSIRO has named Professor Bronwyn Fox as its new Chief Scientist, nearly three decades after she first began her career at the national science agency as a research assistant.
Prof. Fox, the agency’s fourth female Chief Scientist, replaces Dr Cathy Foley, who became Australia’s Chief Scientist in January this year.
Prof. Fox joins the CSIRO from Swinburne University of Technology, where she became Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Enterprise, in February 2020. She is also chair of the Victorian division of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.
A materials and engineering scientist, she was the founding Director of Swinburne’s Manufacturing Futures Research Institute, with a mission to support the transition of Australia’s manufacturing sector to Industry 4.0 – the fourth industrial revolution. She joined Swinburne in 2015 as head of its Factory of the Future, from Deakin University.