Mathematics graduate and professor of Biology at Stanford University has received this year’s Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 Alumni Achievement Awards ceremony held on Friday 12 August.
Professor Marcus Feldman was joined by other extraordinary alumni, recognised in four other award categories – Women in Engineering, Changemaker: Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Community Service and Young Alumnus.
Now in its second year, the awards ceremony honours individuals from across the Faculty and attracted around 110 staff, alumni, students and industry partners.
Faculty Dean Professor John Dell said there are no greater ambassadors than alumni to embody the Faculty’s vision to empower people to change the world.
“Our Faculty’s alumni community is making an impact on a global scale. Covering a range of generations, alumni are found on every continent, each one changing the world.” Professor Dell said.
“By choosing to recognise and celebrate the success of our extraordinary alumni, we are inspiring current and future students to become the next generation of changemakers.”
Mr Darren Lomman was the recipient of two awards - Young Alumnus and Community Service – recognising his passion and dedication to people living with disabilities. Darren is the founder of Dreamfit, an organisation that encourages young engineers to use their talent to design and build disability-friendly equipment.
With a 25-year track record of success and innovation in the high-technology sector, Mr Paul Ostergaard received the Changemaker: Innovation and Entrepreneurship award. Having worked in senior executive roles for start-ups and large corporations across the world, he is an inspiration to the next generation of budding entrepreneurs.
Adjunct Professor Susan Murphy received this year’s Women in Engineering award, with an impressive list of professional accomplishments in her 25-year career. Sue’s mantra is “life’s too short for cheap wine, cask wine or instant coffee, you’ve got to do what you want to do, you’ve got to give 100 per cent”, and practices this as CEO of the Water Corporation.
A video celebrating Professor Feldman’s accomplishments is available here, featuring his lifelong friend and nominator Mr Tony Tate, also a mathematics graduate of UWA.
“The University has always formed the very basis of my career, that’s where I learned mathematics. If my parents were alive, they would be ecstatic about this contribution from their lifelong home,” said Professor Feldman.
Graduates are encouraged to nominate fellow alumni for an award, providing the opportunity to showcase their outstanding global community from the Faculty.
“I wish to congratulate all of our 2016 Alumni Achievement Award winners, all of whom are deserving recipients and have each changed the world while empowering others to do so, too” said Professor Dell.
Mary Schultz (UWA Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics) (+61 8) 6488 1868