Professor James Trevelyan was recognised at the Western Australian of the Year awards last week winning the professions category.
Professor Trevelyan has been an engineer, researcher and educator since 1971, and is a current Winthrop Professor in the School of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering, as well as a Fellow of Engineers Australia. He practices as a mechanical and mechatronics engineer and his main area of research is on engineering practice, and he teaches design, sustainability, engineering practice and project management.
From 1977 until 1989, Professor Trevelyan led the team that developed the first sheep shearing robot for the wool industry, a major achievement in robotics at the time. In 1993, he led another team at UWA that created ‘Australia’s telerobot on the Web,’ which was one of the earliest demonstrations of ‘The Internet of Things.’
Most recently, Professor Trevelyan has been using his profile to inspire engineers to help alleviate poverty and has invented a pioneering low-cost air conditioner that could reduce carbon dioxide emission by 12 percent, and which could have a life-changing impact on the lives of those in developing countries.
Congratulations Professor Trevelyan on this latest achievement.