Civil engineer, former Federation Fellow and research leader at The University of Western Australia's Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems, Winthrop Professor Mark Randolph, has been elected to the prestigious Royal Society.
Professor Randolph is one of 44 new Fellows to join the ranks of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth's leading scientists as the Royal Society marks 351 years since it was established.
UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Alan Robson said Professor Randolph's election to the Society put him alongside the leading scientists, engineers and technologists of his generation.
"Professor Randolph is an internationally recognised geotechnical engineer working in a world-class Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems at our University," Professor Robson said.
"He has worked hard to align the Centre's research themes to facilitate developments within the oil and gas industry."
The Royal Society is the world's oldest scientific academy in continuous existence, and has been at the forefront of enquiry and discovery since its foundation in 1660. The backbone of the Society is its Fellowship of the most eminent scientists of the day, elected by peer review for life and entitled to use FRS after their name.
Professor Randolph founded the Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems in 1997 to better understand the particularity of Australian soils and to develop suitable foundation solutions. Within the last decade knowledge of the North West Shelf seabed conditions has progressed significantly through the work of COFS, with particular insights gained from model tests conducted using the innovative centrifuge facility - the only such facility in Australia.
Professor Randolph is also a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Royal Academy of Engineering in the UK and the Institution of Engineers Australia.