Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
Professor Chris Cook
Chris Cook is an electrical engineer with a BSc and BE from the University of Adelaide, and he received his PhD from the University of New South Wales in 1976.
After graduation he worked for Marconi Avionics in the UK as a project engineer designing aerospace computing systems, and later with GEC Australia as the Technical Manager of their Automation and Control Division, where he set up a group which designed and installed robot controlled automation systems for manufacturing applications. He then became the founding Managing Director of the Automation and Engineering Applications Centre Ltd., a non-profit company of the University of Wollongong, which built and installed automation and robotic systems for manufacturing companies around Australia.
He became Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Wollongong in 1989 and was Head of School for 12 years before taking up his current position as Dean of Engineering. In this time he was instrumental in setting up three joint Industry-University research centres which now employ full-time researchers and research students working on finding solutions to industrial problems related to power engineering.
This research contributed to Wollongong University becoming one of the core members of the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Manufacturing in 1995. This has since led to a number of current research projects with several of the industry members of the CRC in various areas of industrial automation such as the development of automation techniques for the assembly of aircraft components (with Boeing), the development of precision mechanisms using high speed computing (with ANCA machine tools) and the development of a robotic cleaning system for ships (with Allied). His other research interests include the application of power engineering and real-time control to improve arc welding, and also to the development of new electrical engineering applications of high temperature superconductors.
He has taught across many areas of the electrical engineering curriculum, and has received a number of teaching grants to develop courses for undergraduates, postgraduates and also modular short courses for professional engineers in Industry. He has published over 100 technical papers and is currently Chief Investigator for several ARC and CRC grants. He is a Member of the Research Advisory Committees for the CRC in Renewable Energy, and also for the CRC in Intelligent Manufacturing. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia and a Chartered Engineer.
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