Research Awards recipients 2012


Vice-Chancellor’s Research Excellence Award

Professor Arnan Mitchell

School of Computer and Electrical Engineering

Professor Arnan Mitchell is Chief Investigator and RMIT Node Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence CUDOS. His research is highly multi-disciplinary, spanning integrated optics, photonic signal processing, functional materials, microsystems, nanomaterials and lab-on-a-chip technology. His aim is to create innovative platforms to enable research in fundamental science and biomedicine and then connect these new technologies to real world applications.

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Vice-Chancellor’s Research Excellence – Early Career Researcher Award

Dr Adrian Orifici

School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Dr Adrian Orifici is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, and Program Director for the Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering Programs. His research focuses on aerospace structures using fibre-reinforced composite materials and includes damage modelling, postbuckling aircraft structures, multi-axial material characterisation and composite aircraft repair.

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Vice-Chancellor’s Research Supervision Excellence Award

Professor Brian Corbitt

College of Business

Professor Brian Corbitt PhD FACS CP has a long track record in research and research training combining competitive funds from the ARC and NCCARF with industry and government funds. Brian’s research addresses problems in Australia, NZ and S.E.Asia related to National IT Policy, improving service delivery, climate change adaptation and improving manufacturing work processes through designing and building business driven, ICT-based solutions. Brian currently supervises 13 PhD students having supervised 61 PhD students to completion.

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Vice-Chancellor’s Doctoral Research Excellence Award

Dr Jerry Yu

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr Jerry Yu’s research involved the design and fabrication of many new highly sensitive hydrogen and hydrocarbon gas sensors using different metal oxide nanostructures. He investigated the physical, electronic and catalytic properties of these structures, and developed new theoretical mechanisms to incorporate the unique effects exhibited by matter on the nanoscale.

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Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Award for Higher Degree by Research Publication Excellence

Mr Laith Al Mashat

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Mr Laith Al-Mashat's PhD research was focused on developing novel nanostructured conducting polymers and nanocomposites based gas sensors. His work featured collaboration with universities in USA, Korea and France. He published a number of articles in high quality journals and international conferences.

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RMIT University Research Excellence Award

Professor Peter Fairbrother

College of Business, School of Management

Professor Peter Fairbrother, known internationally for work on union renewal and public service restructuring. Peter’s recent research investigates regional transitions to low carbon futures and local preparedness for bushfires. Peter has published ten books, numerous articles, presentations and reports.

Professor Helen Lingard

College of Design and Social Context, School of Property, Construction and Project Management

In 2009 Professor Helen Lingard was awarded an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship to deliver a programme of research in construction health and safety. Helen has been a Chief Investigator in five ARC Linkage Projects and One Discovery Project. She frequently undertakes contract research for industry and government in Australia, and internationally.

Professor Jiyuan Tu

College of Science, Engineering and Health, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Professor Jiyuan Tu has made significant contribution to the field of computational fluid dynamics. He has published four research books by Elsevier and Springer, in particular, one of his books was awarded a prestigious Brennan Medal by IChemE in UK. He has received 14 ARC grant awards over the last ten years.

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RMIT University Research Excellence – Team Award

Professor Arnan Mitchell and team

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Arnan Mitchell is Chief Investigator and RMIT Node Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence CUDOS. Until 2012, he led the Microplatform Research Group, a diverse team of over 50 researchers. Through 2012, this research strength has grown with several new, high profile micro-technology research leaders joining RMIT. As a member of this vibrant community, Professor Mitchell aims to ensure that RMIT is recognised as a national and international leader of this discipline.

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RMIT University Research Excellence – Leadership Award

Joint recipients from the College of Design and Social Context

Mr Keith Cowlishaw

School of Fashion and Textiles

Dr Rajiv Padhye

School of Fashion and Textiles

Dr Olga Troynikov

School of Fashion and Textiles

The research leadership over the last five years has contributed to substantial growth in the School’s research performance across research income, publications and research activity.

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RMIT University Higher Degree by Research Supervision Excellence - Early Career Researcher Award

Dr Peter Radcliffe

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr PJ Radcliffe was initially employed by RMIT because of his industry and teaching skills. When the opportunity to do a PhD finally arose he completed that in 18 months and then started taking research students of his own. He now thoroughly enjoys both teaching and research.

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RMIT University Invention Disclosure Award

Joint recipients from the College of Science, Engineering and Health

Professor Suresh Bhargava

College of Science, Engineering and Health Office

Dr Sam Ippolito

School of Applied Sciences

Dr Ylias Sabri

School of Applied Sciences

This award recognises early stage innovation with the potential to have a dramatic impact on society. Professor Bhargava, Dr Ippolito and Dr Sabri have developed mercury sensing technologies which will contribute to the health and wellbeing of communities and the environment.

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RMIT University Doctoral Research Excellence Award

Dr Bhavani Sridharan

College of Business, School of Business IT and Logistics

Dr Bhavani Sridharan developed a novel e-learning success model for an Australian tertiary education environment. The model has led to the identification of the critical success factors intertwined between pedagogies, technologies, learning resources and management of learning resources in e-learning. Specific policy initiatives are suggested for the effective implementation of the proposed model.

Dr Ehsan Gharaie

College of Design and Social Context, School of Property, Construction and Project Management

Dr Ehsan Gharaie’s research investigates house completion time within the Australian housing industry. His work addresses the issue of lengthening house completion times at various levels, investigating production factors at the national, state and company levels. Ehsan’s research area also includes mobile plant safety, and construction modelling, simulation and optimisation.

Dr Haidong Zheng

College of Science, Engineering and Health, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr Haidong Zheng made significant contributions to the understanding of the photoanode materials for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). He developed a method for efficiently growing titania nanotubes on transparent conductive substrates and fabricated the first DSSC based on nanostructured tungsten oxide with respectable efficiency.

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RMIT University Higher Degree by Research Publication Excellence Award

Ms Asmidah Alwi

College of Business, School of Business IT and Logistics

Ms Asmidah Alwi’s research investigates the interactive effects between the way humans process the information they receive and the museum information representational format on museum learning experiences. The data was collected using quasi-experimental design, and then analyzed using Rasch Model to provide measurable outcomes that could facilitate museum exhibit design.

Mr Saniyat Islam

College of Design and Social Context, School of Fashion and Textiles

Mr Saniyat Islam investigated wound-dressing developed from wool and wool blends using different techniques such as pad-dry-cure, electrospraying and dissolution – regeneration. Bio-active and absorbent wound-dressing materials were engineered utilising biopolymer and nanoparticle additives. Morphological, structural, chemical characteristics of the fabricated dressing materials were determined.

Mr Jos Laurie Campbell

College of Science, Engineering and Health, School of Applied Sciences

Mr Jos Campbell completed his B.Sc. in bio-nanotechnology before undertaking honours in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. During his PhD, Jos developed nanoparticle based systems for applications in targeted MRI contrast, catalysis and sensing applications in the School of Applied Sciences.

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Malcolm Moore Industry Research Award

Dr Suelynn Choy

School of Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences

Dr Suelynn Choy completed her PhD in 2009. Her current research interests are in multi-Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Precise Point Positioning and using GNSS for atmospheric remote sensing. Suelynn is the co-chair of the International Association of Geodesy Working-Group 4.5.2: PPP and Network RTK under Sub-Commission 4.5: High Precision GNSS Algorithms and Applications.

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