The Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences congratulates Mr David Gozzard, member of The International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) and PhD candidate from UWA’s School of Physics and Astrophysics who was named ExxonMobil Student Scientist of the Year at the 2017 Premier’s Science Awards.
Mr Gozzard’s research is focused towards developing stabilized time and frequency dissemination technologies with application to space science research. These technologies have applications to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) and Atomic Clock Ensemble in Space (ACES) projects.
This research will enable the SKA to disseminate frequency references to each of the hundreds of SKA antenna sites at a far lower cost than the standard approach of installing an atomic clock at each antenna site, which would be necessary if suitable signal stabilization technologies cannot be developed.
Mr Gozzard has had success at numerous national and international science competitions and devotes considerable efforts to science outreach. Mr Gozzard promotes science to school and university students through presentations, demonstrations and social media, as well as through direct involvement with Astrofest and the Gravity Discovery Centre.
"This is a huge honour, and I am immensely grateful for the support I have received over the years from my supervisors, Dr Sascha Schediwy and Professor Michael Tobar, as well as from the University, the Faculty, the School of Physics and Astrophysics, and ICRAR."
"I feel very fortunate to be a part of the outstanding research going on at UWA, and to have worked with many brilliant and dedicated engineers and scientists," said Mr Gozzard after receiving his award.
The winners were presented at a ceremony on Monday 14 August as a part of National Science Week, Australia’s largest annual celebration of science.
Ben Robson (Marketing Officer, UWA Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences) (+61 8) 6488 7501