1983 …2021

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Professor Marc Parlange is the Provost and Senior Vice-President of Monash University and is Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering. Prior to his appointment at Monash in 2017, Professor Parlange was Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science at the University of British Columbia (Canada). He served as Dean of the School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (2008 - 2013) and Director of the Institute of Environmental Engineering (2004 - 2007) at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. He has also been a professor and department chair at Johns Hopkins University as well as Assistant and Associate Professor at the University of California at Davis. He has a Master of Science and PhD from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Griffith University.

A highly regarded research scientist, Professor Parlange is recognised internationally for his expertise in environmental fluid mechanics. His contributions in this broad area primarily relate to the measurement and simulation of air and water flows over complex terrain, with a focus on how air turbulence and atmospheric dynamics (atmospheric boundary layer flow) influence urban, agricultural and alpine environments. Professor Parlange is active in addressing water resources challenges and environmental change in remote communities, particularly West Africa, through his research on hydrology and climate change.

Professor Parlange has received prestigious awards for his academic achievements, including the Macelwane Medal and the Hydrologic Sciences Award of the American Geophysical Union, and the Dalton Medal of the European Geosciences Union. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Geophysical Union.

Professor Parlange is also a highly regarded graduate advisor and his numerous PhD students and post-doctoral associates have had much international success in universities and industry. In 2010 he was named a recipient of the Agepoly Excellence in Teaching Award from EPFL. He has served as Editor in Chief of Water Resources Research and Editor for Advances in Water Resources. In 2017 he became a member of the US National Academy of Engineering.


Telephone: +61 (3) 9902 9468
Address: Office of the Provost and Senior Vice-President, Monash University, Wellington Road, Clayton VIC 3800, Australia

Research area keywords

  • Hydrology
  • Environmental Fluid Mechanics
  • Water Resources
  • Environmental Engineering


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