William Young

Emeritus Prof

1980 …2020

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Professor William Young is Chair of Civil Engineering, Monash University. He has a distinguished professional and academic career, having worked at Monash University since 1975 (43 years) and prior to joining Monash in the transport industry in England, Germany and several States of Australia for 4 years. He has also held visiting positions at Oxford, Nanyang, Karlsruhe, Michigan State and Hong Kong Universities, and the Australian Bureau of Transport Economics and Communication Economics.

He received his BE (with Honours) degree from the University of New South Wales (1970), his Graduate Diploma in Management and MBA from Deakin University (1997, 1999), and his Master of Science (1990) and PhD (1982) from Monash University.

Professor Young has wide-ranging interests and has researched, consulted and published widely in the land-use/transport/environment interaction, parking, engineering management and education areas. He has worked on several international research projects with teams from Sweden, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK, Germany and Indonesia, and was an Associate Editor of the international journal Transportation for 12 years. He has published over two hundred papers and co-authored four books on transportation. He has been awarded a Chartered Institute of Transport Excellence Award, Bureau of Transport and Communication Fellowship, Alexander Von Humboldt Fellowship, and Monash Postgraduate Award.

He has 43 years experience in teaching at an undergraduate and postgraduate level, and has also developed and run many distance education programs, short courses and workshops for industry.

Professor Young has held a number of senior administrative positions at Monash, including: Head of the Department of Civil Engineering (1999-2007), Head of the Caulfield Division of the Department of Civil Engineering (1995-7), Head of the Institute of Transport Studies (Monash) (1995-8, 2005, 10, 11-date), Head of the Monash Transport Group (1994,5,6, 2008-date), Director of Graduate and Further Education in the Faculty of Engineering (2001-7) and Chairperson of the Monash University Advisory Committee on People with Disabilities (1997-2002).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Research area keywords

  • Civil engineering
  • Parking Systems
  • Road Safety
  • Signal Treatment
  • Traffic Safety
  • Heavy Vehicles
  • Dilemma Zone
  • Traffic Engineering
  • Transport
  • Urban and regional patterns


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