Professor Joe Chicharo
Professor Joe Chicharo was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) in February 2016. Prior to his current role, Professor Chicharo held the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Strategy) from 2015-16, the role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) from 2010-15 and previous to that, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) from 2008-10.
The role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) takes a leadership responsibility for providing services, programs and resources that support UOW staff and students and foster innovative teaching and learning, to enhance University-wide educational practice. The Academic portfolio also oversees Strategic Planning and Strategic Marketing & Communications at the University.
Professor Chicharo joined the University of Wollongong in 1985 as a Lecturer within the School of Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering. Prior to this appointment Professor Chicharo spent ten years working in the steel industry (BHP) firstly as a degree Trainee and subsequently as an Electrical Engineer and Senior Engineer. He has a distinguished academic and research track record having published over 200 refereed papers in prestigious journals and conferences. His research contributions are well cited and he has been the recipient of a number of best paper prizes such as by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Professor Chicharo has been highly successful in attracting nationally competitive research grants as well as substantial industry sponsorship for research work at UOW.
Whilst at the University of Wollongong, Professor Chicharo served as the Dean of Informatics (2003-2008), Head of the School of Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering (2002-2003), Research Director of the CRC for Smart Internet Technology (2000-2002), Managing Director of the Telecommunications and Information Technology Research (TITR) Institute (1999-2001) and Director of the Switched Networks Research Centre (1995-1998), amongst other roles.
Professor Chicharo has also served as the inaugural President of the Australian Council of Deans of Information and Communication Technology. He served as the Chair of the Mathematical, Information and Computing Sciences (Cluster 5), Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2010 assessment exercise. He was Chair of the Australian Research Council - Mathematics, Information and Communication Sciences Panel (2005-2007). He served as an Editor of the IEEE Transaction on Circuits and Systems, Part II (1998-2000).
Professor Joe Chicharo was awarded an Order of Merit (Portugal) (OM) in the 2007 Honours list to honour distinguished services in the public and private sphere.
Support Staff Contact:
Senior Executive Assistant to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
Phone: +61 2 4221 3962
The Vice-Chancellor’s Unit
University of Wollongong
NSW, 2522, Australia
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