Professor Thas Nirmalathas of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, has been appointed the Director of the University of Melbourne’s Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society (IBES), replacing Laureate Professor Rod Tucker who retired in August 2013.
IBES is the University of Melbourne’s interdisciplinary research institute examining the applications of broadband technology for the benefit of society. IBES conducts broadband research across four themes: business and government, culture and community, education and learning and health and ageing.
Professor Nirmalathas was previously Associate Director of IBES and was Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering from 2010 – 2012. Professor Nirmalathas was also the Research Group Manager of the Networked Systems Group of Victoria Research Laboratory (VRL) at the National ICT Australia (NICTA) between 2006 and 2008.
He is currently the Director of the Melbourne Accelerator Program, the University of Melbourne’s startup incubator, which has just been ranked 13th in the world by the UBI index. He is also an Associate Editor of IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology, and a Senior Member of IEEE, a member of Optical Society of America and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia.
The Melbourne School of Engineering congratulates Professor Nirmalathas on his appointment.