Dr Gerardine Neylon has recently been appointed Assistant Professor in Early Childhood in the Faculty of Education. Ger hails from Ireland and completed her PhD at the University of Limerick. She is an expert in early childhood policy and pedagogy, with a special interest in the continued professional development of child care workers and the development of services for children aged 0 to 5 years. Her experience will guide the Faculty’s development of Early Childhood education and care to meet the ACECQA national standards for initial teacher education.
Dr Meysam Banimahd, PhD CEng, Senior Geotechnical Engineer at Woodside Energy, has been appointed as an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems (COFS). Meysam is currently working with Professors Susan Gourvenec and Conleth O'Loughlin and PhD student Dimitra Zografou to optimize cyclic load design methods for offshore geotechnical systems. Dr Banimahd will bring his industry, technical and theoretical expertise to COFS which will benefit a range of research projects and teaching.