Staff profile

Professor Philip Broadbridge


Faculty of Science, Technology and Engineering
School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Melbourne (Bundoora)


BSc(hons)(Adel), DipEd(Tas), PhD(Adel)

Membership of professional associations

Vice Pres ANZIAM, member Aust Math Soc, AIP, IAMP

Area of study

Mathematics and Statistics

Brief profile

Phil Broadbridge rejoined La Trobe in 2009 as Head of the School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. From 2005 to 2009, he was Director and CEO of the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute and in that capacity was presented with the 2008 Fast Thinking/ Open Universities National Innovation Award in the category of science innovation. He was previously a professor of applied mathematics for 14 years, including a total of 8 years as department chair at the University of Delaware and at the University of Wollongong, where he was also Deputy Chair of Academic Senate. Having worked also as a secondary teacher and as a CSIRO researcher, he has strong interests in education and in industry outreach. He is particularly interested in the links between engineering and mathematics, and was part of the original writing team that secured HEIF funding for SMART Infrastructure at the University of Wollongong.

His PhD was in mathematical physics (University of Adelaide). He has an unusually broad range of research interests, including fundamental physics, applied nonlinear partial differential equations, hydrology, heat and mass transport and population genetics. He has published two books and 100 refereed papers, appearing in 30 different scientific journals. He is a member of the editorial boards of four journals and one book series. Since 2012, he has been Editor-in-Chief of the US-based journal, Mathematical and Computer Modelling, as well President of Australia New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics, the main professional association of applied mathematicians in Australia and New Zealand.