Professor Rob Evans worked as an engineering officer with the Royal Australian Air Force and completed a PhD at the University of Newcastle, followed by postdoctoral positions at MIT and Cambridge University.
His academic roles include Head of the Electrical Engineering Department at both the University of Newcastle and the University of Melbourne, and Executive Dean of Engineering at the University of Melbourne.
He has served in leadership roles in a number of research centres including the ARC Centre on Industrial Control Systems, the Cooperative Centre for Sensor Signal and Information Processing, the DSTO Centre for Networked Decision Systems, the Victoria Research Laboratory of National ICT Australia, and the Defence Science Institute.
Over the past 40 years Professor Evans has worked extensively with industry in Australia and overseas especially in the areas of industrial control and electronics and civil and military radar systems.
He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, USA, and Institution of Engineers Australia.