Professor Ian Young AO has had a career that has spanned both senior Higher Education administration and scientific research. He is presently Kernot Professor of Engineering at the University of Melbourne. Prior to this appointment he held the administrative roles of Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University and Vice-Chancellor of Swinburne University of Technology. During 2014 and 2015, he was Chair of the Group of Eight. When he retired from ANU in 2016, he was the second longest serving Vice-Chancellor in Australia. In 2012 he was awarded an Order of Australia (AO) for his services to Higher Education and research. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia. His research interests concern wind generated ocean waves. He has an extensive publication record in areas such as: the physics of air-sea interaction, the numerical modelling of waves, finite depth waves, satellite remote sensing and ocean wind and wave climate. In recent years, his research has concentrated on the use of satellite measurements of the ocean to understand changes in wind and wave climates on a global scale.
He presently holds a number of external roles including: Chair of the Board VERNet Pty Ltd., Chair of the Board of CloudCampus Pty Ltd., Chair Education Advisory Board of Cluey Pty Ltd., Chair Advisory Committee of Centre of Excellence in Gravitational Waves, Board Member International Centre for Democratic Partnerships, Chief Executive Conviro Pty Ltd.