Professor Marc Parlange

Professor Marc Parlange is the Provost and Senior Vice-President of Monash University and is Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering.  Prior to assuming his position at Monash, he served as Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science at the University of British Columbia (Canada) and Dean in Switzerland at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland) in the School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering.  He was professor and department chair at Johns Hopkins University and Assistant and Associate Professor at the University of California at Davis.  He did his MS and PhD at Cornell University and BS at Griffith University.

His research in the broad area of environmental fluid mechanics primarily relates to the measurement and simulation of air and water flows over complex terrain, with a focus on how air turbulence and atmospheric dynamics (atmospheric boundary layer flow) influence urban, agricultural and alpine environments.  He is also active in addressing water resources challenges and environmental change in remote communities (West Africa) through his research on hydrology and climate change.  He has received prestigious awards for his academic achievements, including the Macelwane Medal and the Hydrologic Sciences Award of the American Geophysical Union, and the Dalton Medal of the European Geosciences Union. He is Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Meteorological Society, and the American Geophysical Union. 

Professor Parlange is a highly regarded graduate advisor and his numerous PhD students and post-doctoral associates have had much international success in universities and industry. He has received the University Excellence in Teaching Award from EPFL. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of Water Resources Research and Editor for Advances in Water Resources.  In 2017 he became a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and in 2020 will be awarded the Hydrologic Science Medal of the American Meteorological Society at their Centennial celebration in Boston.