Dean of Engineering
University of New South Wales
Professor Mark Hoffman is Dean of Engineering at the University of New South Wales. He has also held the roles of Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research (2013-15), Associate Dean Research for Science (2009-12), and Head of School of Materials Engineering (2007-12).
Professor Hoffman holds a Bachelor of Engineering and PhD from the University of Sydney and a Master of Business and Technology from UNSW. He has also held research positions at the University of California, Berkeley, Tokyo Metropolitan University, the University of Technology, Darmstadt, Germany, and at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
Professor Hoffman is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and a Fellow of Engineers Australia. He is currently a member of the Excellence Commission for the German Science Foundation and Convenor of the Engineering Panel for the 2020 Hong Kong Research Assessment Exercise. He has published more than 200 scientific papers and has supervised more than 20 PhD students. He has twice received the UNSW Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching, for undergraduate education and research supervision.
How long have you been volunteering with Engineers Australia?
Why did you become a volunteer?
I was initially invited to be a member of the Sydney Division Honours and Awards Committee and have then been asked to contribute in a wide variety of other activities.
What do you enjoy most about being a volunteer?
Volunteering provides and opportunity to have real impact on the profession and more widely, in an area where I have a real passion.
What has been your greatest achievement in your time volunteering with Engineers Australia?
I believe the opportunities I have had to bring profile to the profession in the broader community through public and media presentations have been very fulfilling. I have also appreciated the opportunity to bring the university sector and the profession closer together.
How has your career informed your work as a volunteer?
As Dean of Engineering of Australia’s largest engineering faculty, I have had the opportunity to be exposed to a wide range of contributions that the engineering profession makes to Australia.
How do you balance work and volunteering?
I would not even think of it as balancing, I consider it more that they are in harmony. Each benefits the other.
What would you tell other members who are considering becoming a volunteer?
Become involved and give it a go. Not every opportunity will suit you, but there will be something which you will find very fulfilling.
Image: courtesy of Mark Hoffman.