Professor Mark Cassidy has been appointed the new Dean of the Melbourne School of Engineering.

Professor Cassidy is currently Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of the Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems at the University of Western Australia. He will start at the University of Melbourne in July.

University of Melbourne Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Carolyn Evans said that Professor Cassidy will bring knowledge and expertise to lead the Faculty at a critical time.

“Professor Cassidy will join the Faculty at a particularly significant juncture as it delivers its 2025 engineering strategy with an ambitious plan for a new world-class engineering campus at Fishermans Bend,” Professor Evans said.

“We are confident he will bring the vision, drive and commitment to excellence to lead during this exciting time.”

Professor Cassidy currently holds substantive roles as an Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Fellow, the Lloyd’s Register Foundation Chair in Offshore Foundations, and Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering.

He also serves as the Governor of the Board of the Forrest Research Foundation and the Director of the Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems at the University of Western Australia.

Professor Cassidy holds a Bachelor of Engineering, 1st Class Honours and University Medal from the University of Queensland, a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Oxford and is a Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a Rhodes Scholarship, the Institution of Civil Engineers’ David Hislop Award, the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Hsue-Shen Tsien Professorship for Engineering Science Lecture and Western Australian Scientist of the Year.