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Note to staff

February 5, 2008


Appointment of PVC Curtin Business School

I am pleased to announce that Professor Duncan Bentley has been appointed as the new Pro Vice-Chancellor CBS.

Professor Bentley is currently Pro Vice-Chancellor Teaching and Learning at Bond University and has also served as Dean of the Faculty of Law there. He is an international taxation law specialist and has practised as a taxation consultant for two of the world’s largest chartered accounting firms in London and Sydney, and continues to consult in the taxation area.

Professor Bentley will be a great asset to Curtin’s leadership team with a strong understanding of the higher education sector combined with expertise in business, taxation and law.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, England and Wales and also sits on several boards and committees, including the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s International Legal Services Advisory Council and the Council of Australian Law Deans.

Professor Bentley’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, a Master of Laws with a focus on European and International Law from Queen Mary College at the University of London, and a Masters of Law (Corporate and Commercial) with a focus on International Taxation Law from Bond University.

Professor Bentley succeeds Professor Geoff Crockett who retired from the University in February 2008. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Professor Bentley to the University and to reiterate my appreciation to Professor Crockett for the tremendous contribution he has made to both Curtin and to CBS throughout his career.

Winners of the 2007 Curtin New Inventor Competition

I am delighted to announce the four winners of the 2007 Curtin New Inventor Competition. Generously sponsored by Mr Charles Morgan, Ms Jessie Inman (both Curtin Investment Committee members) and Stone Ridge Ventures (a prominent venture capital management firm), the competition attracted fifteen applications which were assessed for their innovation, value proposition and potential market application.

The judges were impressed by the high standard of the entries and each of the winners received a prize of $5,000. The commercial potential of these inventions is being pursued through Curtin’s IP Commercialisation Office.

Congratulations to our four winners:

Mr Andrew Reid, IT Technician with the Department of Art
A video camera that tracks a target or switches between several targets based on their priority, all the while maintaining focus without manual intervention. Possible applications include tracking players or balls in various sports.

Dr David Calder, Research Fellow with the DEBII Centre at CBS
A mobility aid for the visually impaired in a portable electronic device that is either hand-held or worn by the client, which warns of obstacles ahead. The research is especially related to the extreme interfaces associated with disability requirements.

Mr Andrew Woods, Research Engineer with the Centre for Marine Science & Technology
The Mini 3D Underwater Stereoscopic Video Camera provides a stereoscopic 3D view of the underwater environment. The camera has a depth rating of 1000m (1km) and is designed for use on remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) which are routinely used in the offshore oil and gas industry.

Mr Glen Lawson, Lab Manager for the Department of Imaging and Applied Physics
A portable Electroplating Device for Corrosion Protection of Steel. Galvanic protection, coating steel with zinc or aluminium metal, is the number one method of protecting steel from rust. This invention provides a way of electroplating zinc onto steel without the need to immerse the entire item in a liquid bath.

The competition has been extremely successful and will be continued in 2008. Invitations to participate in the next round will be announced soon.

Creation of Curtin IT Services – CITS

As many of you will be aware, in 2006 the University Council endorsed the creation of the position of Chief Information Officer (CIO) with responsibility for all IT strategy and budgets and to specifically oversee the implementation of an IT Governance Framework within the University.

Earlier this year Planning and Management Committee accepted a recommendation by the CIO that we adopt a structure with three Director roles responsible for University-wide IT services along with IT Managers in each of the key faculty and service areas. It was also recommended that the University adopt a consistent naming convention for all IT areas to reflect that IT is now a consistent University wide service. The name which was accepted was Curtin Information Technology Services (CITS) with each of the area names being an addendum e.g. Curtin IT Services – Humanities or Curtin IT Services – Health Sciences. Additional information about the model can be found online.

I am pleased to announce that the three Director positions within CITS have been filled by:

  • Ms Maureen Murray as CITS – Director Business Systems;
  • Ms Elaine Cross as CITS – Director Client Services; and
  • Mr Kelvin Lindley as CITS – Director Infrastructure Services.

With these three roles now filled, the new Curtin IT Services (CITS) has been established under the CIO and previous naming conventions no longer exist.

Guild Excellence in Teaching Awards – omission

In my previous Note we announced the winners of the 2007 Guild Excellence in Teaching Awards. I have just been advised that Kirrily Manning and William Gibson from Health Sciences also received an honourable mention and I would like to extend congratulations to them both.



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