Professor Brian Falzon
Queen’s University Belfast
Professor Brian G. Falzon joined Queen’s University Belfast in 2013, as the Royal Academy of Engineering – Bombardier Chair in Aerospace Composites, and in 2015 took up the role of Head of School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Between 2008 and 2012, Professor Falzon was the Foundation Chair in Aerospace Engineering at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, where he was also Director of Research, Head of the Aerospace Engineering programmes and Deputy Head of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Between 1996 and 2008, he was at Imperial College London’s Department of Aeronautics where he joined as a postdoctoral research fellow before becoming an academic staff member and later its Director of Undergraduate Studies. Professor Falzon graduated with a PhD in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Sydney in 1996 and was awarded the Golden Jubilee graduate prize. He also gained a Bachelor of Engineering in Aeronautical Engineering with first class honours and a Bachelor of Science with a double major in Physics and Pure Mathematics.
Professor Falzon is the Director of the Advanced Composites Research Group at Queen’s and is internationally renowned for his work on the computational analysis, design, manufacture and testing of advanced composite aerostructures. He made seminal contributions to the analysis of structural stability of thin-skinned composite aerostructures which had a significant influence on the innovative designs subsequently implemented by Boeing Aerostructures Australia on the Boeing 787 and FA-18E/F programs, and was key in helping define new modelling methodologies for the UK government-backed research program, ‘Next Generation Composite Wing’. His work on composite failure mechanisms, impact damage modelling and fracture toughness characterization have helped NASA projects, such as the NASA Advanced Composites Project, which focused on developing reliable methods to predict structural failure.
In 2009 he was honoured with an Australian Leadership Award, in recognition of his contribution to issues of national importance and demonstrated leadership in his field. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, member of a number of professional organisations and scientific committees, and sits on the Editorial Board of three journals.