Movers and shakers is a regularly updated record of the honours received by Academy Fellows.
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.
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 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, Chair of the Academy’s WA Division Committee, 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, 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.
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 Peter Høj AC, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Queensland, has received the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) award for Asia-Pacific Leadership in recognition of his philanthropic work.
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 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.
Professor Veena Sahajwalla has been appointed Executive Director of the new NSW Circular Economy Innovation Network, based at the University of NSW.
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.