Ben Halkon
Field Of Expertise: Non-contact measurement techniques

Dr Benjamin Halkon is an experimental dynamicist specialising in the research development of non-contact measurement techniques and associated technologies for the determination of structural vibration characteristics. Ben’s particular focus is on the application of laser Doppler vibrometers in challenging measurement scenarios for the solution industry and defence relevant engineering challenges. Dr Halkon was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering and IT (FEIT), School of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering (SoMME) at University of Technology Sydney in Sept 2017. Ben has been a core member of the Centre for Audio, Acoustics and Vibration (CAAV) since joining. Between April 2018 and March 2020 Ben was Deputy Head of School (T&L), a 0.5 FTE role. Furthermore, Ben led the UTS-hosted 18th edition of the Asia-Pacific Vibration Conference in November 2019 with the proceedings published by Springer in three volumes in 2020. Ben is co-Technical Chair of the (ASA/AAS/WESPAC/PRUAC) Acoustics 2023 Sydney. Ben competitively secured promotion to Associate Professor in January 2023.

Ben concurrently established and now directs the UTS Tech Lab Vibration Laboratory which includes first-in-country non-contact vibration measurement capabilities for example the Polytec PSV-500 Xtra Scanning Laser Vibrometer. Ben has established a number of collaborative, industry, defence and government funded research projects on mechanical and vibration testing, sensors and signal processing, autonomous vehicles and materials in particular. As of July 2022, at the time of applying for academic promotion, Ben was supervising a total of two visiting scholars/industry fellows, three funded postdoctoral researchers and three HDR students. Ben publishes excellent research outputs in highly ranked academic journals and peer-reviewed international conferences, with a total publication count of >100 with Field-Weighted Citation Impact (FWCI) of 3.20 (SciVal data, 27/6/22; 28 documents, 2017-2022). Ben has lead >40 successful research grants with a total value of over $1.6m since joining UTS, surpassing the _Exceeding expectations_ Faculty Benchmark for both Levels D and E in this metric.

Ben is fully engaged with Teaching and Learning within SoMME through coordination and delivery of undergraduate subjects including 48660 Dynamics and Control and 48601 Mechanical Vibration and Measurement, among others. Ben also leads and contributes to a range of curriculum development projects including the new SoMME undergraduate curriculum for 2022/23 and post-graduate/professional microcredentials on Acoustics and Vibration. Ben offers a wide and varied range of industry-/research-informed group design and individual capstone projects, fully integrating all aspects of his “balanced” academic role at UTS.

Prior to joining UTS, Ben previously held a permanent position, ultimately as Senior Lecturer, within the Wolfson School: Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering at Loughborough University (LU), U.K. from Oct 2009 to Dec 2016. During this period, Ben secured significant levels (on the order of £1m over the most recent 5 yrs) of funding from a combination of funders including, to a large extent, the sports industry (including e.g. Ford Motor Company UK, Nike, Inc., HEAD Sport, the International Cricket Council, the England and Wales Cricket Board and the Great Britain Rowing Team).

At LU, Ben supervised multiple post-doctoral researchers, four PhD students to completion and many UG/PG student research projects, often industry supported/conceived and/or in support of his funded research. Ben also contributed to policy change including the revision of BS 7928:2013 – Specification for head protectors for cricketers. Furthermore, Ben has held a number of positions in industry both between completing his PhD and re-joining Loughborough University and prior to joining UTS upon arrival in Australia in early 2017. Ben is an Engineering Council accredited chartered mechanical engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a Chartered Professional Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and a Member of the Australian Acoustical Society.

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