Professor Bronwyn Fox

Bronwyn Fox

Founding Director
Swinburne University’s Manufacturing Futures Research Institute

Bronwyn Fox is the founding Director of Swinburne University’s Manufacturing Futures Research Institute where her mission is to support transition of Australia’s industries into Industry 4.0 – the fourth industrial revolution. She has demonstrated a sustained commitment to support the growth of the carbon fibre and composite industry in Australia through targeted research and was previously a co-founder of the Carbon Nexus facility at Deakin University. Leveraging her specific knowledge of materials engineering, Bronwyn builds multidisciplinary teams who work with the manufacturing sector to ensure they are digitally equipped and linked into global supply chains. Bronwyn is an internationally recognised expert on carbon fibre and composite materials and has published more than 150 papers during her career.

Key contributions have been made to understanding the relationship between the molecular structure of polymers and composites and their resulting properties, understanding the carbonization and manufacture of carbon fibres and nanomaterials and their composites.

What does the conference theme “Advanced Composites: Research to Impact” mean to you?
Translation of research leading to a “lights out” composites factory creating lightweight, functional materials capable of sensing and storing energy.

Why are you excited about participating in ICCM22?
This is the first time ICCM22 has been held in Australia for more than 20 years and we have a stellar line up of speakers.

Where do you see the composite materials industry in the next 5 to 10 years?
The composites materials industry will be creating new products that are highly engineered and multifunctional. Production rates will be much faster and the cost of these materials will mean that they are more accessible.