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The Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences would like to acknowledge the following achievements of our staff and students:
Dr Matthew Young and Dr Darren Grasso from the Department of Physics have been awarded UWA Student Guild’s Students’ Choice Awards for Semester 1, 2018. These awards were created in Semester 1 2014 to recognise academic and professional staff at UWA who have positively contributed to the educational experience of students on campus each semester. The nominations are open to all teaching and professional staff including lecturers, tutors, demonstrators, faculty advisors, counsellors and members of support staff.
Emeritus Professor David Blair from the Department of Physics was awarded The Royal Society of WA Medal. The medal is awarded every four years for distinguished work in science connected with Western Australia. Emeritus Professor Barbara York Main, another UWA graduate was also awarded the medal.
Louis Parker won the prestigious Asia-Pacific Mimics Innovation Award at the World Congress of Biomechanics for his work on the pre-surgical planning of aortic dissection using computational modelling. Louis is currently in the 3rd year of his PhD with Barry Doyle at Vasclab. This is the second year in a row that a member of the group has won the award, Nik Bappoo received the award in 2017.
Nik Bappoo won 2nd prize in the Bachelor Level Best Student Paper award, also at the World Congress of Biomechanics, for his work on feto-placental haemodynamics. There were approximately 400 submissions for the award. Nik is currently applying for a scholarship to do his PhD with Barry Doyle at Vasclab.
Dr David Matthews and Dr Ben Travaglione from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, along with their colleague Andrew Munyard from the Department of Defence, Science and Technology (DST) have been recognised by Dr David Kershaw, Chief of Maritime Division, DST, for their contribution and collaboration with the Faculty over the last eight years.
Dr Brendan Kennedy and the team from the start-up company OncoRes Medical, whose development is taking place in partnership with EMS through BRITElab, have been selected as a finalist in the WA Innovator of the Year Awards, for both the Emerging Innovation Category and the Business News “Great for State” Encouragement Award.
The following members of the Faculty have been successful in applying for the following research grants
Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowships:
Dr Vincent Wallace
Biological Applications of Terahertz Technology - from molecules to tissues
$870,125 over four years.
This project aims to develop new knowledge for exploring the interaction of terahertz (THz) radiation with different materials. THz technology is in use in diverse applications from security screening to biomedical imaging. A hurdle to the widespread adoption of the technology is the poor understanding of the basic interaction between THz radiation and molecules, proteins, cells and tissues. This project will enable development of advanced THz technology and applications and will lead to accelerated implementation for use in chemistry, biology and, ultimately, medical applications such as cancer detection.
Dr Gabriele Tartaglino-Mazzucchelli
Supersymmetry and Supergravity: New Approaches and Applications
$703,125 over four years.
This project aims to advance our understanding of supersymmetric quantum field, gravity, and higher-spin theories. Supersymmetry and supergravity play crucial roles in modern developments in fundamental particle physics and cosmology. They also have rich connections with many branches of mathematical physics. Major conceptual questions in the description of general supergravity-matter couplings are still unsolved. By performing state of the art analysis in supergravity and holographic dualities, the project will advance our understanding of quantum gravity, black holes, and cosmology placing Australia at the forefront of these important research fields.
Dr Luca Cortese
Beyond appearance: revealing the physics of galaxy transformation
$853,125 over four years.
This project aims to reveal the physical origin of the large variety of galaxies in the universe by utilising multi-wavelength observations of nearby galaxies combined with advanced data analysis techniques and cutting-edge numerical simulations. The project expects to generate new knowledge in the area of astrophysics by providing a physically-motivated foundation to the subjective and qualitative taxonomic scheme generally used to understand how galaxies, and ultimately stars and planets, formed and evolve.
Professor Eric May
Unlocking Australia's Offshore Gas Endowment
$998,125 over four years.
Ben Robson (UWA Faculty of Engineering Mathematical Sciences) (+61 8) 6488 7501
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