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23 June 2015


Curtin researchers WA’s only winners at prestigious awards

Curtin is the only WA university recognised at the Thomson Reuters Citation and Innovation Awards presented in Melbourne today.

Five Curtin researchers involved in two international projects have been acknowledged for their significant contributions to science.

Professor Steven Tingay, Dr Randall Wayth and Mr Mark Waterson are part of a team of eight astrophysics researchers recognised for their productivity and scientific innovation with the Curtin-led Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) low-frequency radio-telescope – the only operational precursor telescope for the billion dollar Square Kilometre Array.

Professors Simon Wilde and Zheng-Xiang Li of Curtin’s Department of Applied Geology have been acknowledged for their long-standing contribution to the geology of China, along with two other colleagues (all Chief Investigators) in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Core to Crust Fluid Systems. Both have previously been recognised as Highly-Cited Researchers by Thomson Reuters.

To see not one, but five of our researchers recognised through these prestigious awards vindicates Curtin’s commitment to being a provider of leading research, not only in Australia, but globally. Congratulations to all those recognised on this significant achievement.

Prof Zheng-Xiang Li Prof Simon Wilde Prof Steven Tingay Dr Randall Wayth (3)

Professor Zheng-Xiang Li, Professor Simon Wilde, Professor Steven Tingay and Dr Randall Wayth

Australian Laureate Fellowship

Professor Zheng-Xiang Li has another reason to celebrate today, as he is also a recipient of a $2.9 million Australian Laureate Fellowship announced this afternoon by the Minister for Education and Training, Christopher Pyne.

Professor Li’s Fellowship project How the Earth works — toward building a new tectonic paradigm aims to build on the latest technological and conceptual advances to establish the patterns of Earth evolution, and use this information to examine a ground-breaking geodynamic hypothesis which links cyclic plate aggregation and dispersion to deep Earth processes.

Half a century after the inception of plate tectonics theory, we are still unsure how the Earth ‘engine’ works, particularly the forces that drive plate tectonics. The project involves extensive national and international collaboration to create a paradigm shift in our understanding of global tectonics, and hopes to contribute to an understanding of the formation and distribution of Earth resources to provide a conceptual framework for their exploration.

I am sure you will join me in congratulating Professor Li on this success.

WAITTA Incite Awards 2015

Two innovative Curtin projects have been acknowledged in the recent WAITTA Incite Awards.

In the Service Award Education category, Curtin and ThoughtWorks Australia Pty Ltd were finalists with Fireballs In the Sky (FITS) and will now enter the National iAwards.

Built around the world-leading research of Laureate Fellow, Professor Phil Bland from the Curtin WA School of Mines, the FITS mobile application allows the general public to become involved with the Desert Fireball Network research by reporting meteor sightings to Curtin scientists. These are then used to track the trajectories of meteors from their orbit in space to where they might have landed on Earth.

Recent Curtin graduate Anthony Phan won the overall Student Award for his Robotic Hand Exoskeleton project supervised by Dr Lei Cui in the School of Civil and Mechanical Engineering as a final year mechatronics project. The project led to development of a rehabilitation device for hand tendon surgery using 3D printing and robotic technologies. Mr Phan will now be entered into the National iAwards.

In addition to this award, Mr Phan also won the prestigious iAWARD for HILLS Young Innovator of the Year – Data. The Hills Young Innovator of the Year Award sponsored by Hills is inspired by the outstanding achievements of Lance Hill who invented the Hills Hoist clothesline in 1945.

Congratulations to all those involved in this work.

  1. Chris Ford June 23, 2015 3:11pm

    Fantastic recognition – congratulations to everyone mentioned!

  2. Kliti Grice June 23, 2015 4:50pm

    Well done Li we are very proud of you!!! Simon congratulations too.
    Also well done all colleagues- Phil et al.,

  3. Valerie Raubenheimer June 23, 2015 7:13pm

    What an amazing list of achievements. Congratulations to all for this fantastic and well deserved recognition. We will be sure to promote these awards to the broader community. best wishes, Val.

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