Dario Toncich was born in Melbourne Australia in 1960 and graduated, with honours in Electrical Engineering from the University of Melbourne, in 1983. His industry based research led to a Master of Engineering (by Research) from SIT and a PhD from SUT. Since that time, he has held industrial, academic and research leadership positions, and has been involved in numerous research and development programs. After working as an industry researcher in advanced manufacturing control systems at Zenford Ziegler, in 1988, Dr. Toncich was appointed as the foundation research manager for the (then) recently established Key Centre for Computer Integrated Manufacture (CIM). In 1996, when the university expanded the CIM Centre into an industrial research institute (IRIS), he went on to become the research leader in automation and control; headed the Institute’s postgraduate research and coursework programs, and contributed towards its strategic planning activities. Dr. Toncich was chair of the Institute's postgraduate research committee from 1997 to 2007, and was responsible for the development of the Institute's "Knowledge and Innovation" program, teaching graduate students about research commercialisation through entrepreneurship and business planning.
Dario Toncich has authored and coauthored a number of research papers in his field. He has also contributed to federal reviews of national university/research policy and expenditure. His views on industry research and development have been cited in government reviews and editorialized in various forums. Dario Toncich has supervised more than 20 Doctoral and Master’s (by research) candidates to successful completion, and has authored seven books, including two on postgraduate research. His first book on postgraduate research (Key Factors in Postgraduate Research - A Guide for Students) is used in universities and research institutes as a training text, and has been in wide circulation since its initial release in 1999.
Dario Toncich's field of research and Doctoral supervision has been in the areas of automation and control, with emphasis on feedback signals and signature analysis for both industrial and biomedical devices. His views and papers on higher education and research practice have been cited by governments and universities and have appeared in Campus Review.
In 2007 he was appointed as the Project Manager for the University- wide research degrees admissions project at Monash University and in 2010 he worked as the Research Performance Analyst for the Office of the Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor and Deputy Vice Chancellor Research at Monash University, in the Research Strategy Unit.
Dario Toncich advises on university research performance and benchmarking and postgraduate research supervision. His regular articles on Linkedin have thousands of followers from universities around the world.