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Prof Peter Hodgson



Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)


Office of DVC (Research)


Office of DVC (Research)


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Queensland, 1994

+61 3 522 71251


Professor Peter Hodgson is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research at Deakin University leading a portfolio that includes responsibility for:

  • Deakin Research
  • Deakin Research Commercial
  • Institute for Frontier Materials 
  • Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation
  • Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research provides academic leadership to advance Deakin’s distinctive research and research training both nationally and internationally.  This includes research development, industry-focused research and commercialisation and research promotion.
Professor Hodgson was Victoria’s first Australian Laureate Fellow.  He was Pro Vice-Chancellor Strategic Partnerships (from 2015) and Director of the Institute for Frontier Materials.  Prior to that he was Professor of Engineering and Head of the School of Engineering and Technology at Deakin University.

Professor Hodgson has over 600 research publications and has presented more than 40 keynote lectures at international conferences related to the physical metallurgy and modelling of steels. In 2004 Professor Hodgson was made one of the inaugural Alfred Deakin Professors and also awarded a Federation Fellowship from the Australian Research Council.  He received a Doctoris Honoris Causa from the University of Valenciennes in France for contributions to metal forming in 2005 and a Faculty Medal from AGH Poland in 2006 for contributions to Materials Science.

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Career highlights

2008-present: Director of Research, Institute for Technology Research and Innovation, Deakin University
2006-2008: Director, Centre for Material and Fibre Innovation, Deakin University
2005-present: ARC Federation Fellow
1995- 2004: Professor of Engineering, Deakin University
2001- present: Associate Dean, Research, Deakin University
1999- 2001: Head of School, Engineering and Technology Deakin University
1985 -1995: BHP Research

Research interests

Professor Hodgson's research includes steel processing and the development of new alloys, and downstream ferrous and non-ferrous manufacturing processes associated with the automotive industry. He currently holds several ARC Discovery and Linkage grants, all related to metal processing. In 2004 he was made an Alfred Deakin Professor of the University for outstanding contributions to research and awarded an ARC Federation Fellow by the Australian Research Council. The University of Valenciennes award made him an Honoris Doctoris Causa in 2005 for contributions to metal forming research, while in 2006 AGH in Poland awarded him an Honorary Medal for contributions to materials science.


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