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Note to staff

22 August 2016


International science-business grants

Congratulations to Dr Richard Alorro in the Department of Mining Engineering and Metallurgical Engineering and Dr Kit Yan Chan in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering who were successful the first round of federally funded Priming Grants, announced last week by Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Greg Hunt.

The grants are part of the Australian Government’s Global Innovation Strategy funded under the National Innovation and Science Agenda, aimed at enhancing collaboration between Australian small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and researchers.

Dr Alorro will engage with an SME based in the Republic of Korea to develop a process applicable to urban mining of gold from wastewater or effluents containing dilute concentration of gold and some base metal impurities. Dr Chan will engage with an SME in China on a project to develop precise technologies for electronic packaging, which will promote manufacturing of electronic products.

New Dean of Engineering at Curtin Sarawak

I am pleased to advise that Professor Lau Hieng Ho has been appointed as Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Science at Curtin Sarawak.

Professor Lau graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering before obtaining a doctoral degree, both from Oxford Brookes University. He also holds a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching from Curtin University.

I wish Professor Lau every success in his new role.

Curtin Sarawak’s new Dean of Faculty of Engineering and Science, Professor Lau Hieng Ho.

Curtin Sarawak’s new Dean of Faculty of Engineering and Science, Professor Lau Hieng Ho.

 Curtin staff recognised in Master Builder Awards

Congratulations to Sidney Thoo and Gerry Kho of the School of Built Environment for their involvement in projects recognised in the 2016 Master Builders Association Excellence in Construction awards.

Architect Sidney Thoo designed The Siding project in Lathlain for Right Homes that won the awards for Excellence in Waste Management under $5 million and Excellence in Energy Efficiency under $5 million.

Architect Gerry Kho designed the Ronald McDonald House project in Nedlands, which was built by Doric Contractors. The project won the Master Builders Association award for Best Multi-unit Development over $20 million. It’s fantastic that our students will benefit from the expertise of award winning and industry recognised academics.

National Student Leadership Forum on Faith and Values

Congratulations also to Curtin students Emma Garlett and Zemyna Kuliukas who have been granted scholarships in collaboration with the Curtin Leadership Centre to attend the National Student Leadership Forum (NSLF) on Faith and Values in Canberra. The NSLF is a four-day conference that brings together Members and Senators of the Australian Federal Parliament with leaders of tomorrow to discuss their identity and beliefs.

Daffodil Day 25 and 26 August

I encourage all staff to participate in Curtin’s annual Daffodil Day fundraiser for the Cancer Council this Thursday 25 and Friday 26 August. Between 11 am to 2 pm you can show your support by buying fresh cut daffodils or special merchandise, making a donation or volunteering your time outside Hayman Hall, building 102. Daffodil Day raises funds for research, education and support programs for cancer patients and their families. Last year, Curtin’s Daffodil Day raised $4450.

To volunteer or place an order, please contact Maureen Meredith ( or 0409 109 025).

Krishna Janmashtami

One of the most important events in the Hindu calendar, Krishna Janmashtami falls on August 25. The festival celebrates the birth of the Hindu deity Krishna more than 5000 years ago.




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