Professor Bronwyn Fox
    Director, Manufacturing Futures
    Research
  Institute
    Swinburne University of Technology
  
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Professor Bronwyn Fox is the inaugural director of the Swinburne Manufacturing Futures Research Institute.  This is Australia’s first dedicated research institute focused on Industry 4.0 platforms that are aligned with the growth industry sectors. The Institute brings together Swinburne’s world leading expertise in advanced materials, industrial automation and robotics, advanced manufacturing, design, and data science to:
 
• develop high value bespoke manufactured products
• develop new materials and processes for smart products
• increase agility and productivity of Australia’s manufacturing base
• integrate Australia’s know-how into the global value chain
 
It is strategically positioned at the intersection of design, business, engineering and science where novel products and processes based on digital connectivity and interaction will be designed, developed and implemented, in partnership with industry.  The Institute is working in partnership with industry to create robust supply chains for graphene production, facilitating the commercialization of engineered graphene products
 
Professor Bronwyn Fox joined Swinburne University of Technology in December 2015 as the Director of the Factory of the Future. The facility features a state of the art suite of advanced manufacturing equipment – including visualization tools, computer-aided design, functional prototyping and rapid fabricating equipment.  The Factory of the Future will play a leading role in the global challenge to integrate the design, automation and control of manufacturing systems.
 
Prior to this appointment Professor Fox held the position of Research Director of the internationally recognised Carbon Nexus facility at Deakin University (a $100 million research precinct development in Geelong focused on advanced materials and manufacturing). Over a period of 15 years, Professor Fox successfully drove the University’s carbon fibre and composites strategic research vision. She joined Deakin at a time when resources and infrastructure were very limited and oversaw the growth of this area to a high impact, multidisciplinary research program in collaboration with industry. 
 
Professor Fox has published more than 150 refereed papers on polymers and composite materials.  She completed a PhD in Engineering at the Australian National University, a Bachelor of Science (Honours) at The University of Melbourne.