Meet the President of Academic Senate

Professor Mark Jones
BSc(Hons), PhD(CNAA, UK), FIMechE, CEng, FIEAust, CPEngMark Jones

Why did you join the University Council?

I am a member of Council as the elected President of the Academic Senate. I am delighted and privileged to have the opportunity to help shape the future direction of the University.

What do you look back on most fondly when it comes to your own education?

University was a wonderful mix of academic and social formation for me as a young adult. I look back my time as a PhD student with great fondness.  There is never a time in life when one can have so much academic and research freedom.


Professor Mark Jones is currently Head of the School of Engineering, Director of TUNRA Bulk Solids Handling Research Associates and Director of the Centre for Bulk Solids and Particulate Technologies. He has extensive teaching experience at undergraduate, postgraduate and professional levels.

He has held the Chair in Bulk Solids Handling at the University of Newcastle since 1999.  His research interests span the broad area of Bulk Materials Handling and he specialises in pipeline transport.

He has worked with many multi-national companies in the US, Europe, South America, India, China, Russia and South Africa.  He has been a Member of Council of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), London, Chairman of the UK National Bulk Material Handling Committee, Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Particle Technology Subject Group Committee and a Member of the Board of the CRC for Integrated Engineering Asset Management.

He is currently President of the International Freight Pipeline Society (USA), Honorary Secretary of the Australian Society for Bulk Solids Handling, Vice-President of the International Federation of Measurement and Control of Granular Materials and has been appointed Guest Professor of Central South University, Changsha, China and Visiting Professor at Teesside University in the UK.