This New Year, SMART Infrastructure Facility has celebrated the appointment of Professor Pascal Perez to the position of Director.

Professor Perez has been a member of SMART’s team since 2011 and in 2013 was appointed Research Director, a position in which he has overseen the ground-breaking infrastructure research being conducted at the world-class facility.

An international leader in participatory modelling of complex systems, Professor Perez brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his new position, in which he is responsible for providing academic governance and establishing strategic scientific partnerships in Australia and beyond.

Since his appointment, Professor Perez has already had a significant positive impact on the operation of the facility, through his foundation of the SMART Scientific Advisory Committee. Comprised of a number of leading industry professionals and researchers from around the world, the mission of this committee is to provide advice on research strategy and scientific direction for the facility’s executive team.

“It is an honour to be given the opportunity to develop a long-term strategy for SMART and to implement it with the support from our Executive Dean,” commented Professor Perez.

“After our initial period of successful growth, the next 5-year period will aim at establishing SMART as a trusted scientific powerhouse on infrastructure research in Australia and beyond.”

Professor Perez completed his PhD in Environmental Studies at University Montpellier 2, France, in 1994. Since then, he has gone on to be involved with a number of notable organisations across the globe, including his work for the World Bank on the Coral Reef Targeted Research project, and his receipt of an ARC-International Linkage Fellowship to work on groundwater management. Prior to his initial appointment at SMART, Professor Perez worked as a Team Leader at CSIRO, and held the position of Associate Professor at the Australian National University.