Professor Attila Brungs, BSc(Hons) (UNSW), DPhil (Oxon)
The Vice-Chancellor and President, Attila Brungs, is UTS's chief executive officer. He is responsible to the UTS Council for the effective management of the university. Professor Brungs's role includes:
- building and maintaining strong working relationships with the UTS Council
- the strategic positioning of UTS and building the external profile of the university, both in Australia and internationally
- developing and communicating a clear vision for UTS and inspiring the university community to work together to achieve its strategic objectives
- establishing broad planning targets and priorities
- building a strong and united senior executive team
- defining annually the strategic change priorities to be progressed by each member of the executive
- working to ensure UTS acquires the necessary public and private resources to underpin the successful achievement of the university's goals and objectives
- playing a leading role in the development of public higher education policy in Australia
- pursuing the interests of UTS at the highest levels of government, industry and the community.
Professor Brungs has been a researcher in both industry and academia, with interests in the area of heterogeneous catalysis. Prior to his appointment as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at UTS in September 2009, Professor Brungs was general manager, science investment, strategy and performance at CSIRO. His role incorporated the determination of broad research direction and resource allocation, performance monitoring of CSIRO research programs including its flagship programs, and the development and implementation of organisational strategy.
Before joining CSIRO in 2002 Professor Brungs was a senior manager at McKinsey and Co, managing teams in North America, Asia, New Zealand and Australia. He has also been on the board of a number of entities including not-for-profit organisations such as Greening Australia NSW.
Professor Brungs is a Rhodes Scholar, with a Doctorate in Inorganic Chemistry from Oxford University, and recipient of the University Medal in Industrial Chemistry from the University of New South Wales.
Some of Professor Brungs’s present key appointments include the federal government's Research Data Infrastructure Committee; the NSW Innovation and Productivity Council; Convenor, NSW Vice-Chancellor’s Committee; Chair, UniProjects; and the federal government’s National University Precincts Advisory Committee. His experience includes many distinguished past board and committee memberships, including not-for-profit organisations, in addition to numerous state and federal government and institutional appointments.