As the Innovation Professor, Aeronautical Design, at RMIT University in Melbourne, Graham leads research into the degradation of aircraft components, repair, life extension and crashworthiness. He has served as the Australian National Delegate to the International Committee on Aeronautical Fatigue, as the National Leader of the Materials Performance in Systems panel of The Technical Cooperation Program, and on numerous structural review teams/panel. He has written over 250 publications in the structural integrity area, and has received numerous ‘best paper’ awards.
Prior to joining RMIT, Prof. Clark was Research Leader, Structural Integrity at DSTO Melbourne. He was responsible for leading basic research on aircraft structures, including full-scale testing, and providing program support to the Australian Defence Force. This included responsibility for providing DSTO’s advice to the Australian Defence Force on all fleet aircraft life and structural integrity issues. During his career at DSTO he held key roles in DSTO's efforts in support of the ADF, including assessing aircraft structural and materials defects, failures and deterioration, providing support for defect assessment, NDE and major full-scale fatigue tests. He also led DSTO's Accident Investigations Team over a period in which some 50 accidents and incidents were investigated, including several very demanding investigations which identified major issues with fleet airworthiness and led to extensive research programs for fleet recovery.
He is a fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia.
Graham’s lifetime of achievement in aviation engineering has been recognised in many ways:
- John W Lincoln Medal (awarded by USAir Force
- Plantema Memorial award (International Committee on Aeronautical Fatigue)
- Air Vice Marshal Dietz Medallion for Outstanding Quality of Advice to RAAF (RAAF)
- Director's Award for Outstanding Research, DSTO Materials Research Laboratories (DSTO)
- DSTO Achievement Award for Outstanding Science & Technology (DSTO)
- Achievement Award, The Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP)
- Chief Defence Scientist’s Award for Excellent Science and Professional Judgement in support of HMAS Collins (ADF)
- Award for Best Technical Advice to Australian Defence Force (ADF)
- Editorial Board Member, Engineering Failure Analysis
- Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Fatigue
- Masters Degree in Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge
- PhD in Fatigue and Fracture, University of Cambridge
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