John Beynon

John Beynon
The University of Adelaide, Australia
Executive Dean ECMS

John Beynon has been the Executive Dean of the University of Adelaide’s Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences since July 2012, after seven years as Dean of Engineering at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. Born on the Isle of Man, he spent much of his academic career at Sheffield University in the UK, where he held professorial positions in metallurgy and mechanical engineering, the latter including a period as Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He has served as President of the Australian Council of Engineering Deans and is Chair of the Global Engineering Deans Council for 2013-15.

John Beynon’s first degree was in physical metallurgy, also the topic of his PhD, both from Sheffield University. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for Ferrous Research in Düsseldorf, Germany, before taking up a lectureship in the Department of Engineering at Leicester University, UK. He left Leicester for Sheffield to take up a Chair in Mechanical Engineering in 1995.

His research is industrially oriented, combining materials science, applied mechanics and computer-based modelling, and applied to manufacturing and structural integrity issues. He has published over 200 papers, edited several conference proceedings and co-authored a book on oxide scale behaviour in high temperature metal processing in 2010.

John is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK, of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering, of the Institute of Engineers, Australia, and of the UK-based Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. Since 2011 he has been annually listed by Engineers Australia as one of Australia’s 100 most influential engineers.


Current Position:
Executive Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Computer & Mathematical Sciences, The University of Adelaide, Australia

Current International Activities:
Chair-Elect, Global Engineering Deans Council

National / Regional / Global Interests:
Engineering Policy

Academic Leadership Experience:
Previously Dean of Engineering & Industrial Sciences at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia

Areas of Research:
Physical metallurgy, applied mechanics modeling, advanced manufacturing, structural integrity.

Selected Published Articles and Works:
"Oxide Scale Behaviour in High Temperature Metal Processing" M. Krzyzanowski, J. H. Beynon and D C J Farrugia, WILEY (2010) ISBN: 978-3-527-32518-4, 376 pages

J. H. Beynon and C M Sellars "Models for predicting microstructural evolution" Chapter in ASM Handbook Volume 14A: Metalworking: Bulk Forming, Edited by S. L. Semiatin (2005) 660-670

M. A. Kariem, J. H. Beynon and D. Ruan "Misalignment effect in the split Hopkinson Pressure bar technique" International Journal of Impact Engineering, volume 47 (2012) 60-70

G. Angella, B. P. Wynne, W. M. Rainforth and J. H. Beynon "Strength of AISI 316L in torsion at high temperature" Materials Science and Engineering A, Volume 475 (2008) 1-2, 257-267

R. I. Carroll and J. H. Beynon "Rolling contact fatigue of white etching layer" Parts 1 & 2, Wear, volume 262 (2007) 9-10, 1253-1266 & 1267-1273.

Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK);

Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia;

Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (UK)

Bachelor of Metallurgy and Ph.D., The University of Sheffield (UK)