Professor Bronwyn Fox

Chief Scientist at CSIRO and public speaker

2022 VIC Australian of the Year Nominee

CSIRO Chief Scientist Professor Bronwyn Fox has pioneered world-first digital techniques to 3D-print carbon fibre composites with the CSIRO and Swinburne University.

She’s created a growing, globally networked, manufacturing ecosystem in advanced composites which consists of extremely strong but lightweight fibre-reinforced plastics, used in high-performance products like aircraft, satellites and sporting equipment.

Bronwyn has established two public–private partnership platforms which have put Australia at the forefront of engineering achievement. The research precinct, Carbon Nexus, is valued at $100 million and has created 1,400 new jobs. Meanwhile, the $15-million Industry 4.0 Composites Testlab has generated two industry hubs in aerospace and hydrogen, creating $18 million worth of projects.

Bronwyn is the face of Business Events Australia’s ‘Launching a New Era in Manufacturing’ campaign. Her ability to communicate is evident in the success of her projects – and her inspirational TEDx talks. Bronwyn is a Fellow and the Chair of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (Victorian Division), and a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.