Movers and shakers is a regularly updated record of the honours received by Academy Fellows.
Margaret Sheil, Ian Reid, Svetha Venkatesh, Greogry Clark and Hala Zreiquat
Professor Margaret Sheil AO, Professor Ian Reid, Professor Svetha Venkatesh, Dr Gregory Clark AC and Professor Hala Zreiquat AM for being named Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science
Dr Sarah Ryan has been appointed to the OZ Minerals’ Board of Directors.
Dr Stuart Cannon has accepted a board position with the Australian Diver Accreditation Scheme, which provides globally recognised for occupational diver certification.
Professor Shaun Coffey has been named a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology.
Dr Sarah Pearce has been named Director of the SKA Observatory’s low-frequency telescope in Australia, the most senior SKAO operations representative in Australia.
Professor Kadambot Siddique was named Western Australian Indian of the Year 2021 at the joint Australia Day and Indian Republic Day ceremony held in January this year. Professor Siddique was presented with his award by Federal Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP and the Chairman of the Federation of Indian Associations of WA, Atul Garg.
Professor Huanting Wang was awarded the 2021 Underwood Medal from the Institute of Chemical Engineers for his work in membrane separation that supports the provision of clean water and sustainable industrial development.
Dr David Noon has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of GroundProbe, a company that he co-founded in 2001.
Dr Ian Opperman has been appointed as chair of the inaugural New South Wales Artificial Intelligence Advisory Committee and will play a leading role on how AI is used in the state.
Professor Andrew Holmes was recognised in the 2021 Australian Academy of Science’s Premier honorific awards with the Matthew Flinders Medal and Lecture.
Professor Thomas Maschmeyer was recognised in the 2021 Australian Academy of Science’s Career honorific awards with the David Craig Medal and Lecture.
Professor John Church was recognised in the 2021 Australian Academy of Science’s Career honorific awards with the Jaeger Medal.
Professor Alan Finkel AO has been appointed to serve in the newly created role of Special Adviser to the Australian Government for Low Emissions Technology.
Professor Steve Powles was awarded the Seed of Gold at the Grains Research and Development Corporation Update 2021.
Professor Rob Fitzpatrick was awarded the “Pioneer Lecture Award” by Soil Science Australia, which honours an individual who has made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of soil science.
Sue MacLeman has been appointed to the Planet Innovation Board as a non-executive director.
Professor Martin Green has been awarded the Japan Prize for his revolutionary work in the field of photovoltaics.
Dr Tony Barry has been appointed President-elect of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers and is only the 3rd Australian to hold the role.
Dr Cathy Foley has been appointed Australia’s next Chief Scientist.
Yi Min Xie
Professor Yi Min Xie won the Victorian Prize in the Physical Sciences category for his leadership, determination and creativity in producing world-leading architecture and design algorithms.
Professor Genevieve Bell for being named an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.
Professor Bronwyn Fox, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) at Swinburne University, has received the Royal Society of Victoria’s 2020 Medal for Excellence in Scientific Research.
Dr Greg Ayers, Former Director and CEO of the Bureau of Meteorology, has been appointed Chair of the National Computational Infrastructure Advisory Board.
Emeritus Professor Harry Poulos has received the Peter Nicol Russell Career Achievement Award. He is a world authority on soil behaviour and his methods for designing foundations underpin some of the biggest skyscrapers in the world.
Dr Ya-Qin Zhang
Software entrepeneur Dr Ya-Qin Zhang has been appointed to the board of WPP as a non-executive director.
Emeritus Professor Lindsay Falvey has been appointed to the Commission of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research. The Commission provides advice to the Minister and the Centre.
Professor Xinhua Wu, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Precinct Partnerships) at Monash University, has been invited to speak at a United Nations Industrial Development Organization online event about how digital technology can further the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. She discussed 3D printing, agile manufacturing, industrial design metal-mechanic and aeronautic industries.
Distinguished Professor Mary-Anne Williams, Founder of the University Technology Sydney Magic Lab, has been named Michael Crouch Chair in Innovation by the University of New South Wales Business School.
Dr Bruce Godfrey, Chair of the Academy’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, has been appointed Chair of Energy Renaissance, Australia’s first lithium-ion battery manufacturer.
Ben Eggleton & Robert Park
Professor Benjamin Eggleton, Director of the University of Sydney Nano Institute, and Professor Robert Park, Judith and David Coffey Chair of Sustainable Agriculture at The University of Sydney, were named finalists in the Eureka Prizes.
Professor Andrew Wilks, Executive Chairman at SYNthesis, was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Health amd Medical Services.
Professor Peter Dowd, Professor of Mining Engineering at the University of Adelaide, has been elected President of the International Association for Mathematical Geosciences for the next four years.
Emeritus Professor Jack McLean has been granted Honorary Membership of the International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety.
Ranjith Gamage, Yiu-Wing Mai and Hong Hao
Professor Ranjith Gamage, Professor Yiu-Wing Mai and Professor Hong Hao were listed in The Australian’s list of 250 top researchers. Professor Chris Moran, Professor Bronwyn Harch and Professor Tanya Monro contributed to the report.
Professor Graham Currie, Director of the Public Transport Research Group at Monash University, has been awarded the Engineers Australia Transport Medal. This medal, last awarded back in 2014, recognises outstanding individual contributions to transport in Australia.
The NSW Government has appointed CSIRO Chair David Thodey AO head of a new steering group to advise on the state’s Tech Central precinct being developed around Sydney’s Central railway hub.
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) have given Professor Tony Weiss AM an NHMRC Leadership Fellow Investigator Award totalling $2.9m over 5 years, and named him an NHMRC Leadership Fellow. This generous grant ensures that he can pursue unimpeded, funded research while retaining his current roles as McCaughey Chair in Biochemistry and Professor at the University of Sydney.
Professor Justin Gooding FAA, ARC Laureate Fellow at the University of New South Wales, has received the Jaroslav Heyrovsky Prize for Molecular Electrochemistry from the International Society of Molecular Electrochemistry.
Professor Mark Hoffman, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and a Vice-President of the University of Newcastle, has been appointed to a panel of building and construction specialists to help remove unsafe cladding across NSW.
Andrew Cuthbertson, Cathy Foley, Kevin Galvin, Robyn Owens, Simon Poole and Jenny Stauber
Professor Andrew Cuthbertson AO (Chief Scientific Officer and Director, CSL Limited), Dr Cathy Foley (Chief Scientist, CSIRO), Professor Kevin Galvin (Chemical engineer, University of Newcastle), Professor Robyn Anne Owens FAA (Computer vision mathematician, University of Western Australia), Dr Simon Poole AO (Director of Business Development, Cylite) and Dr Jenny Stauber (Ecotoxicologist, CSIRO Land and Water) have been elected as Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science.
Professor Huanting Wang FTSE has been awarded an ARC Australian Laureate Fellowship. His project aims to create a novel class of advanced membranes by making fundamental breakthroughs in nanofluidics, and harnessing this for developing new renewable energy and low-energy separation technologies.
Professor Rose Amal AC will lead the newly-announced ARC Training Centre for The Global Hydrogen Economy. The centre aims to develop and scale-up hydrogen generation and its export.
Dr Erol Harvey has been appointed CEO of the Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery (AMCD), Australia’s first hospital-based biomedical engineering research, development and education centre
Professor Craig Simmons is joining the Australian Research Council as Executive Director, Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Earth Sciences.
Leeanne Bond has been named non-executive Director of the Aurecon Board. She was also recently appointed chair of Mining3.
Zhiguo Yuan, Keith Hampson, Laura Poole-Warren and Doug MacFarlane
Professor Zhiguo Yuan AM, Professor Keith Hampson, Professor Laura Poole-Warren and Professor Douglas MacFarlane have received Australian Research Council Linkage Grantsfor projects they are involved in.
Emeritus Laureate Professor John Ralston AO was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
Professor Robert Fitzpatrick has been elected a Fellow of Soil Science Australia, one of just three elected this year. The Fellowship “recognises his distinction and exceptional achievements in the advancement, extension, teaching, technology and research areas of soil science”.
Distinguished Professor Mary-Anne Williams, Director of The Magic Lab at University of Technology Sydney, has won an inaugural Google TensorFlow Faculty Award to develop educational content with TensorFlow 2.0, Google’s open-source deep learning platform.
Professor Brownyn Fox is Swinburne University’s new Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise). She will focus on leveraging the university’s research and innovation strategy to create social and economic impact.
David Thodey and Catherine Tanna
David Thodey AO will be Deputy Chair of the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission and Catherine Tanna will serve on its board.
The Federal Government has announced $28m funding for the Building 4.0 Cooperative Research Centre, which Dr Bronwyn Evans chairs.
Dr Ian Oppermann has been elected President of the Australian Computer Society.
Professor Johanna Westbrook, Director of the Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research, has received a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Research Excellence Award.
Professor Chennupati Jagadish AC has been elected as an International Member of the United States National Academy of Engineering “for contributions to nanotechnology for optoelectronic devices.”
Sue MacLeman, Chair and Non-Executive Director of MTP Connect Australia, has been appointed to the Digital Experts Advisory Committee for the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Michele Allan, Jacqueline Craig and Rosalind Dubs
Dr Michele Allan, Dr Jacqueline Craig and Dr Rosalind Dubs have been appointed to the board of the new SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre. The CRC represents one of the most significant space research collaborations ever forged in Australia.
Dr Surinder Pal Singh
Leading CSIRO agriculture researcher Dr Surinder Pal Singh has been awarded the 2020 Australasian Section of the American Oil Chemists Society Award for Scientific Excellence in Lipid Research. The award recognises sustained contributions to the lipid science by a scientist from Australasia.
Professor Robert Park and his University of Sydney teamreceived an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant for a project combating myrtle rust, a new disease threatening Australia’s unique flora.
SRI International has named Distinguished Professor Genevieve Bell the world’s inaugural Engelbart Distinguished Fellow for her trailblazing work on technology, artificial intelligence and culture.
Former Victorian Lead Scientist, Dr Leonie Walsh, has been appointed to Swinburne Council, the governing body of Swinburne University of Technology. Dr Walsh was also the inaugural Women in STEMM Ambassador and the first woman president of Australasian Industrial Research Group.
Professor Douglas MacFarlane and his Monash team received an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant for a project investigating new materials for zero carbon energy storage.
Biotech Daily named MTPConnect Chair Sue MacLeman Chair of the Year for 2019.
Professor Annabelle Duncan (deputy chair of our Education Forum) has been appointed as the new board Chair of the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship (SSE). The SSE is a collaboration of NSW universities and TAFEs.
Professor Ana Deletic, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at UNSW, has been named an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia for her exceptional contributions to the engineering profession and the Australian community.
The NSW Physical Sciences Fund has awarded Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla a grant for the SMaRT@UNSW Recycled Glass Panel Line, an innovative circular economy project. Read more.
Dr Alan Finkel AO was presented with the 2019 David Dewhurst Award for Biomedical Engineering Excellence. His acceptance remarks are available on the Chief Scientist website.
Professor Chennupati Jagadish AC, Distinguished Professor of Physics at the Australian National University, has been awarded the W.H. (Beattie) Steel Medal from the Australian Optical Society.
Professor Rose Amal AC has been named 2019 NSW Scientist of the Year. Professor Amal is a chemical engineer and the leader of the Particles and Catalysis Research Group at UNSW.
Professor Michael Hood has been elected a Foreign Fellow of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE). This prestigious Academy has only 93 Foreign Fellows, including Bill Gates and our former President Professor Robin Batterham AO.
Professor David Abramson, Director of the Centre for Research Computing at the University of Queensland, has received the 2019 Pearcey Medal for his contribution to Australia’s information and communications technology industry.
Dr Carrie Hillyard AM has been appointed chair of the Leukaemia Foundation of Australia. Dr Hillyard is an Academy Director with extensive experience in the health technology sector.
Five aspiring engineering leaders have recently received scholarships through the newly established Andrew N. Liveris Academy for Innovation and Leadership at The University of Queensland (UQ), thanks to a generous donation by Andrew Liveris AO.
Professor Chennupati Jagadish AC, Distinguished Professor of Physics at the Australian National University is the new Editor in Chief of Applied Physics Reviews.
Laureate Professor Kevin Galvin will lead the newly-announced ARC Centre of Excellence for Enabling Eco-Efficient Beneficiation of Minerals at University of Newcastle. The centre will work towards achieving zero-emission mining.
Professor Gernot Heiser has won the ACM SIGOPS Hall of Fame award for a landmark paper he co-wrote 10 years ago describing the world’s first correctness proof of an operating system.
Dr Sarah Ryan has been appointed a Non-Executive Director of Aurizon.
Dr Martin Cole is is the new head of the University of Adelaide School of Agriculture, Food and Wine. He moves from CSIRO, where he is Deputy Director, Agriculture and Food.
Helene Marsh and Alex Zelinsky
Professor Helene Marsh, Emeritus Professor of Environmental Science at James Cook University, and Professor Alex Zelinsky AO, the Vice-Chancellor of Newcastle University, have been inducted as Bragg Members of the Royal Institution of Australia. The award recognises excellence in scientific achievement and commitment to science in Australia.
Chemistry luminary Professor Douglas MacFarlane has been appointed as a Sir John Monash Distinguished Professor at Monash University, the most prestigious title for serving professors of the University.
Professor Chennupati Jagadish AC, Distinguished Professor of Physics at the Australian National University, has been selected as the recipient of the 2019 IEEE Electron Devices Society Education Award for distinguished and sustained contributions to education, training and mentoring.
Kathryn Fagg AO has been appointed a Non-Executive Director of NAB.
Megan Clark and Peter Yates
Dr Megan Clark AC, Head of the Australian Space Agency and former Director of CSIRO, and Peter Yates AM, Chair of the Australian Science Media Centre and the Royal Institution of Australia, have been awarded the prestigious 2019 Australian Academy of Science Medal.
Professor Bogdan Dlugogorski FTSE will deliver the 2020 Howard Emmons Invited Plenary Lecture at the 13th International Association For Fire Safety Science (IAFSS) Symposium in Waterloo, Canada.
Professor Paul Wood AO has been appointed Chair of the Board of The Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines (GALVmed). Professor Wood is a co-founder and Director of IMNIS.
Emeritus Professor Max Lu AO has been named a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He is President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Surrey.
Distinguished Professor Yi Min (Mike) Xie AM has been awarded a 2019 Australian Laureate Fellowship by the Australian Research Council.
Professor John Mattick AO has joined UNSW’s School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences.
He has also been awarded the Advance Award for Global Impact. The Advance Awards recognise Australians who exhibit remarkable talent, exceptional vision, and ambition. Professor Mattick has “transformed the world’s understanding of the human genome”.
Professor Anton Middelberg has been named University of Adelaide’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research. He steps up from leading the university’s engineering, computing and maths science faculty.
Ken Matthews AO has been appointed Chair of a new independent review panel investigating Australia’s regulation of agricultural and veterinary chemicals.
Professor Robert Vertessy will lead a new $20m research program on the Murray Darling basin to inform water and environmental management decisions. It will look at how “hydrology and climate change impact the environment, and the livelihoods of people in the Basin.”
Emily Hilder and Paul Haddad
Professor Emily Hilder and Professor Paul Haddad are part of Team GreyScan from University of Tasmania, which has won the 2019 Defence Science and Technology Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia. GreyScan is the world’s first trace detection device that can identify inorganic explosives in under a minute.
The Federal Government has announced that Professor Veena Sahajwalla will lead the new ARC Research Hub for Microrecycling of Battery and Consumer Wastes.
This project will develop processes to transform waste into valuable materials and products, including metallic alloys, oxides and carbon, instead of becoming landfill. Turning waste into valuable materials will create jobs and has significant environmental and social benefits.
Former Australian Chief Scientist Professor Ian Chubb AC has been appointed Chair Elect of national peak pain organisation Painaustralia.
Professor Svend Peter Klinken AC, Chief Scientist of Western Australia, has been appointed to the Australian Space Agency Advisory Group.
Dr Christopher Pigram AM, Chair of AuScope Limited, has been appointed to the Australian Space Agency Advisory Group.
Professor Margaret Sheil AO, Vice-Chancellor of the Queensland University of Technology, has been appointed to the Australian Space Agency Advisory Group.
Professor Emily Hilder has been named as a new member of the South Australian Premier’s Science and Innovation Council. She is the Director of the Future Industries Institute at the University of South Australia.
Australia’s Chief Defence Scientist Professor Tanya Monro has won the 2019 South Australian Award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership. Professor Monro is the first woman to lead the Defence Science and Technology Group and is a founder of the SAGE initiative.
The Royal Academy of Engineering in the UK has awarded Professor Richard Williams OBE one of its highest accolades, the President’s Medal.
Professor Mark Cassidy, Dean of the Melbourne School of Engineering, has been elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.
Professor Lyn Beazley AO, Sir Walter Murdoch Professor of Science at Murdoch University, has been elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science. Professor Beazley was also featured in a segment on 7:30 on the ABC on 27 May 2019.
Distinguished Professor Peter Corke, Professor of Robotic Vision at Queensland University of Technology, has been elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.
Professor Alexander Zelinsky AO, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Newcastle, has been elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.
Dr Bruce Godfrey, Academy Director and Vice-President Diversity, gave a seminar to the Parliament of Victoria on 20 July. He discussed the future of energy storage and the opportunities this presents for Victorian industries.
HE David Hurley AC DSC has been sworn in as Governor-General of Australia. He was elected an Honorary Fellow in 2016 and has been a support of the STELR schools program.
Professor John Alexander Church is a co-winner of the BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge award for climate change science. He receives €400,000 in recognition of his research on sea level response to climate change. BBVA is a Spanish bank.
Uniseed, the early stage commercialisation fund run by universities and the CSIRO, has appointed former South Australian chief scientist Dr Leanna Read to its board as an independent member. Dr Read was South Australia’s first woman chief scientist, and chairs two Adelaide-based biotechnology companies and the CRC for Cell Therapy Manufacturing.
She said that Uniseed played an “important role in helping its research partners turn their research into real products and services”.
Mineral and petroleum pioneer Dr Erica Smyth AC has been awarded the Western Australia Business Award 2019 for her groundbreaking work over 45 years in the sector. Dr Smyth has chaired or been a director of more than 20 listed and private companies, charities and government boards and is one of few women to chair an ASX-listed company.
Dr Smyth is a passionate advocate for gender equality in her field, and has done substantial work for diabetes research and the Royal Flying Doctor Services. One of the first women geologists in WA, she has worked across the oil, gas, uranium, gold, iron ore, diamonds and mineral sands industries.
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, the chair and managing director of Biocon Limited, Bangalore, India, has been elected as a full-term member of the MIT Corporation, the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Academy CEO Dr Margaret Hartley spoke at the closing panel of the Collaborate Innovate 2019 conference. The theme of the panel was “maximising research impact”.
Dr Peter Yates AM, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Australian Science Media Centre and the Royal Institution of Australia, delivered the prestigious Ralph Slatyer address on science and society at the opening of the Collaborate Innovate 2019 conference. The theme of his speech was “fake news and pseudoscience under the microscope”.
Professor Veena Sahajwalla, Founding Director of the UNSW Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) Centre, has been appointed Executive Director of the newly announced Circular Economy Innovation Network (CEIN).
The CEIN is an initiative of the NSW Government to reduce waste and enhance sustainability by developing a circular economy in which waste is valued as a resource.
Professor Bogdan Dlugogorski has been appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President, Research and Innovation at Charles Darwin University. He was previously Dean of the School of Engineering and Information Technology at Murdoch University in Perth.
Professor Chennupati Jagadish AC, Distinguished Professor of Physics at the Australian National University, has been elected a Foreign Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences.
Professor Peter Høj, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Queensland, has been awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University of Adelaide. The Honorary Doctorate acknowledges his exceptional leadership in science, including the commercialisation of science, and in the higher education sector.
He has also received the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) award for Asia-Pacific Leadership in recognition of his philanthropic work.
The EU Council Presidency has invited Professor Eric Wolanski, Leading Scientist at the Australian Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research at James Cook University, to give a talk in Bucharest on 9 May. He will speak about how his work on ecohydrology could be applied to better manage the Danube River-Delta-Black Sea ecosystem.
Professor Bronwyn Fox, Foundation Director of the Manufacturing Futures Research Institute at Swinburne University, has secured $1 million through the Global Innovation Linkages Program for a project focused on manufacturing high-volume lightweight composites.
Professor David Abramson, Director of the Centre for Research Computing at the University of Queensland, has been elected as this year’s President of the Computing Research and Education Association of Australasia (CORE).
Professor Tony Weiss AM from the University of Sydney has been elected the next President of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society. This is the first time a President of this global society was elected from the southern hemisphere.
Professor Deo Prasad AO from the University of New South Wales has received the Australian Institute of Architects’ National Leadership in Sustainability Awards 2019. It will be formally presented in June.
Professor Peter Klinken has been reappointed WA Chief Scientist to June 2022. He was first appointed in 2014.
Marlene Kanga, Judy Raper, Bronwyn Evans and Elizabeth Taylor
These four Fellows were recognised among “10 of Australia’s influential women in engineering” by Create magazine on International Women’s Day 2019.
Dr Sarah Ryan has been appointed to the Director Advisory Panel of ASIC (the Australian Securities and Investments Commission) for a four-year term.
The South Australian Government has appointed Di Davidson AM as the Presiding Member of the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board. Ms Davidson was re-appointed as a Board member in February, having previously served as a Board member from 2004 to 2006.
“Despite almost 15 years in water policy and management in South Australia and the Murray-Darling Basin, I’m keen to see greater integration of soil and land management as part of the overall concept of natural resources management,” she said.
Dr Vaughan Beck AM has been appointed to the NT Environment Protection Authority. He was a member of the NT Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing in the Northern Territory between 2016 and 2018.
Dr Beck was the Academy’s Executive Director – Technical, responsible for the Academy’s research projects and the development of policy advice to government in energy, water, infrastructure, innovation, technology, technology and health, education and climate change.
Professor Karen Reynolds, an Academy Director, has been awarded the Flinders University Convocation Medal for outstanding contributions to the Medical Device Partnering Program and as a biomedical engineering leader and a champion for women in STEM.
Professor Fiona Stapleton has received the H Barry Collin medal for outstanding research from Optometry Australia.
Professor Anne Simmons has become inaugural Provost at the University of New South Wales. Professor Simmons is a biomedical researcher and has led two schools in the university’s engineering faculty. She moves up from PVC Academic Excellence.
Dr Katherine Woodthorpe AO has been appointed Chair of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC.
The chair and managing director of Biocon Limited, Bangalore, India, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, has been elected a Foreign Fellow of the National Academy of Engineering in the USA. The honour was given for her work in developing affordable biopharmaceuticals and the biotechnology industry in India. She has also been conferred with an Honorary Doctorate by Deakin University.
University of Queensland Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Høj AC has been elected to the Fellowship of the National Academy of Inventors in the United States. This distinction is awarded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have had a significant impact on society.
Professor Lyn Beazley has been awarded an Honorary Degree from the Australian National University “for her efforts to encourage every Australian child to learn and love science”.
Director of the Australian Synchrotron Professor Andrew Peele is one of two Australians appointed to assist with the development of a $500 million synchrotron facility in Mexico, the first and largest of its kind.
Australian of the Year and quantum computing expert Professor Michelle Simmons led a team that demonstrated a compact sensor for accessing information stored in the electrons of individual atoms – a breakthrough that brings us one step closer to scalable quantum computing in silicon.
The research, conducted within the Simmons group at the Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology (CQC2T) with PhD student Prasanna Pakkiam as lead author, was published in the prestigious journal Physical Review X (PRX).
President of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations, Professor Marlene Kanga, was named the 2018 Professional Engineer of the Year by Engineers Australia.
Previously the National President of Engineers Australia, Professor Kanga has had a successful career in oil, gas and chemical industry.
Chief Scientist of Australia and former Academy President, Dr Alan Finkel, has been awarded the 2018 Peter Nicol Russel Memorial Medal, the most distinguished award granted by Engineers Australia.
He was awarded in recognition of his eminent career characterised by the broad spectrum of impactful contributions on the engineering profession, technology and the community.
David Abramson wins gold at ACS Digital Disruptors Awards
University of Queensland’s Research and Computing Centre (RCC) won a gold Australian Computer Society Digital Disruptors Award for its latest high-performance computer Wiener. RCC Director is Academy Fellow Professor David Abramson FTSE, who attended a gala to claim the award with a colleague.
Robert Vertessy chairs MDBA advisory committee
The Murray Darling Basin Authority has appointed Professor Robert Vertessy FTSE as Chair of the Advisory Committee on Social, Economic and Environmental Sciences. Professor Vertessy, who also chairs the Academy’s Water Forum, is Enterprise Professor at the University of Melbourne, and the former CEO of the Bureau of Meteorology.
Tony Barry appointed Vice-President of FIDIC
Aurecon senior consultant Tony Barry FTSE has been appointed Vice President of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC).
This global role will involve Mr Barry supporting FIDIC’s mission of developing and implementing strategic goals for the consulting engineering industry on behalf of its 104 member associations.
Ian Poiner appointed Chair of GBRMPA
Dr Ian Poiner FTSE has been appointed Chair of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Dr Poiner has previously chaired the Integrated Marine Observing System, and he was the CEO of the Australian Institute of Marine Science.
Chennupati Jagadish elected to INAE
Australian National University physicist Professor Chennupati Jagadish AC FAA FTSE has been elected as a Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE).
Among his many achievements, Professor Jagadish pioneered the creation of high-performance next generation optical devices set to change the field of communications, solar cells and data storage. In 2016, he was named a Companion of the Order of Australia for his services to physics and engineering.
David Rand writes fuel cell tech book
The third edition of the book, Fuel Cell Systems Explained, was recently published, co-authored by Academy Fellow and former CSIRO Chief Research Scientist Dr David Rand AM FTSE.
Published by Wiley, the book explains fuel cell technologies from the ground up, assuming no prior knowledge and bringing together all the essential principles and topics in this diverse field.
Tony Wong wins IWA Global Water Award
Professor Tony Wong FTSE received the International Water Association’s prestigious Global Water Award, recognising his influential work and research in water sensitive urban design.
For more than 30 years, Professor Wong has devoted his career to the important field of urban water across sectors and disciplines. He has led many award-winning urban design projects in Australia and overseas, and was formerly the Chief Executive and Director of Monash University’s Centre for Water Sensitive Cities.
Three Academy Fellows become Honorary Bragg Members
The Royal Institution of Australia have inducted three Academy Fellows as Honorary Bragg Members: Dr Megan Clark AC FTSE, Professor Maree Smith FTSE and Alan Joyce AC FTSE.
Honorary Bragg Membership is the highest category of membership awarded by The Royal Institution of Australia and recognises excellence in scientific achievement and commitment to science in Australia.
Denise Goldsworthy joins CRC Advisory Committee
Managing Director of Alternate Futures, Denise Goldsworthy FTSE, has been appointed to one of two vacancies on the Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Advisory Committee. She will be part of the assessment panel for all CRC and CRC-P applications, which recommends which submissions receive funding from the Federal Government.
Kathryn Fagg appointed to CSIRO board
Engineer and President of Chief Executive Women Kathryn Fagg FTSE has been appointed to the CSIRO Board for a five-year term.
The Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews, said Ms Fagg’s background in engineering, combined with her executive skills and wide business experience, made her an excellent choice for the Board.
Nigel Lovell wins US Naval Research grant
Professor Nigel Lovell FTSE is part of a University of NSW team that recently won a US Naval Research grant of almost $500,000 to continue their research into neural interfacing.
The team invented the first chip that uses fibre optics technology to measure signals from the brain and convert them to an image that can be read by a machine. And the grant is aimed at advancing the development of these chips, which could lead to the creation of an interface to restore lost functions in disabled people.