As Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Infrastructure), Jacek will continue to hold the position of Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, as well as continuing in his role as a Chief Investigator of Exciton Science.
Jacek is an instrumental senior member of Exciton Science, driving the Centre’s world-class research output, guiding its strategic direction, leading by example in public outreach, and helping to establish a thriving culture of mutual respect and inclusion.
He joined Monash University in 2015 as Associate Professor of Materials Engineering and Director, Monash Energy Materials and Systems Institute. Under his leadership, the Institute was transformed through the development of innovative, large-scale research programs and was ultimately relaunched as the flagship Monash Energy Institute – now recognised as a thriving research ecosystem with a focus on accelerating a sustainable energy future.
Through his work with the Monash Energy Institute, Jacek played a key role in the development of strategic initiatives, such as the Monash Microgrid, which supported the University’s commitment to achieve Net Zero emissions by 2030; the Grid Innovation Hub and the Centre for New Energy Technologies, which focus on accelerating the Victorian energy transition; and the Woodside-Monash Energy Partnership, which drives next-generation leadership of sustainable energy technologies and carbon solutions.
In his role as Associate Dean (Research), Jacek has nurtured Monash Engineering’s $54 million research portfolio throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, while also launching a suite of academic engagement programs, fellowship, grant and infrastructure development schemes to support an interdisciplinary, excellence-focused research environment.
As a researcher, Jacek is focused on developing advanced materials for next-generation energy technologies and has extensively published in this area. This work has been supported through industry and granting bodies, and through significant funding for research infrastructure from the Australian Research Council and Australian Renewable Energy Agency.
His academic qualifications comprise a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from Flinders University and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Melbourne, for which he was awarded the University Medal and Chancellor’s Award, respectively. He previously held ARC Postdoctoral Research, Australian Solar Institute and Fulbright fellowships, was the Group Leader of Agile Manufacturing at CSIRO, and is the former Chair of the Energy Research Institute Council for Australia.
Please join us in congratulating Jacek on his appointment, which will commence on 1 December 2021.