Ana Deletic is Associate Dean of Research in the Faculty of Engineering, Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of Monash Infrastructure.
Ana became involved in urban water research in the 90s, studying stormwater management in Yugoslavia and Sweden. She completed her PhD at The University of Aberdeen in Scotland, where she lectured between 1995 and 2003. Since then she's worked at Monash University, forming a world renowned research group in stormwater management, conducting research on technologies that employ sustainable, innovative ways for treating urban runoff for stream protection and human consumption. Biofiltration developed under her leadership was implemented across Australia and exported to Singapore and Israel. Ana led development of MUSIC V4, the industry-recognised tool for design of WSUD systems. She co-leads Australian involvement in the EU FP7 project PREPARED, that aims to adapt urban water systems to climate change. As co-director of the Centre for Water Sensitive Cities now renamed Monash Water for Liveability, she helped attain the Commonwealth and industry funding to establish CRC for Water Sensitive Cities (approx. $57 million), managing the CRC Melbourne Node with over 20 industry partners and 70 researchers from Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. Ana has published over 240 journal articles, conference papers and book chapters and supervised around 27 PhD students.
In 2011 she became a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and is now Deputy Chair of the ATSEs Water Forum Committee. She regularly consults with government at local, state and federal levels; e.g. National Recycled Water Regulators Forum, chairing the Technical Review Committee of Best Practice Environmental Management Guidelines (BPEM) and, until recently, serving on the Urban Water Stakeholder Reference Panel of SEWPC (an Australian Government Dept). She is Fellow of Engineers Australia, and won the 2008 Deans Award for Research. She has served as Associate Editor of Water Research and Water Science and Technology, two of the top international journals in her field; also on the Joint Committee on Urban Drainage (IWA/IAHR) and as expert adviser to the Pennine Water Group in the UK. A highly sought-after keynote speaker, Ana has chaired, led delegations to, or presented keynotes in, numerous international conferences and appeared in media documentaries or interviews.
In 2012, Parliament awarded Ana the Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation for Physical Sciences, which is given to only one researcher in Victoria each year. She is the first woman to receive this award in its 15-year history.