[ASC-media] Honours for heroes in science & technology

Cathy Reade creade at squirrel.com.au
Tue May 20 15:35:55 PDT 2014


The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE)

ATSE is an independent body of 800 eminent Australian engineers and

driving technological solutions for a better Australia






Honours for Australia's Heroes in Science and Technology


Australia's heroes in science and technology were tonight (21 May) presented
with prestigious ATSE Clunies Ross Awards. Like former winners Professor Ian
Frazer, inventor of the cervical cancer vaccine; Nobel laureate Dr Barry
Marshall who discovered the bacteria that causes stomach ulcers, and Dr
Fiona Wood, the inventor of spray-on skin, they are being recognised as
Australia's pre-eminent innovative scientists and technologists for
persisting with their ideas, often against the odds, to the point that their
innovations have provided broad economic, social or environmental benefits. 

The select group of 2014 ATSE Clunies Ross Award winners are:

.         Dr John Nutt (Lifetime Achievement Award) for his ongoing
contribution to the engineering profession and commitment to the advancement
of the industry over the last fifty years. He helped lead and shape the
world-famous engineering consultancy, Ove Arup and Partners. He specialised
in the design and analysis of high-rise buildings; pioneered the use of
computers in engineering practice; worked on the design and analysis of the
Sydney Opera House roof and helped oversee the construction and completion
of the building, and headed a task force that reviewed the Australian
Building Regulations for government, resulting in the development of the
first fire code. 

.         Professor Kevin Galvin FTSE from the University of Newcastle has
focused on mineral processing and the development of innovative, cost saving
and effective minerals industry technology. He invented the Reflux
Classifier which achieves the highest volume of minerals recovery of any
comparable system world-wide. Currently in use in eight countries,
generating both environmental and cost benefits, it solves a range of
previously intractable problems in coal and minerals processing and has
generated hundreds of millions of dollars in benefits to the Australian
economy, and revolutionised mineral processing around the world. 

.         Dr Ezio Rizzardo, Dr Graeme Moad & Dr San Thang have developed
better ways of making polymers and plastics. The technologies in this field
that they've been developing at the CSIRO are now used in the creation of
new and innovative products across cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, paints, and
electronic devices. Their work has already contributed significantly to the
progression of polymer science in Australia and promises to improve the
product experience for future generations of consumers around the world. 

.         Ravi Ravitharan, Peter Mutton & Graham Tew are the inspirational
leaders behind the highly successful Institute of Railway Technology at
Monash University. For over 40 years the group has played a significant role
in technical innovations in railway engineering worldwide. Their research is
offering major benefits to operators of heavy-haul and metro railway

.         Winthrop Professors Eugene Ivanov & Michael Tobar are the leaders
of the Frequency Standards and Metrology research group at the University of
Western Australia. They invented the world's lowest-noise oscillators and
their inventions have been purchased for multiple applications from
fundamental research, meteorology, high-tech communications and defence.

The ATSE Clunies Ross Awards were presented at a gala dinner tonight
(Wednesday 21 May) at the Perth Convention Centre attended by more than 300
eminent entrepreneurs, decision makers, government officials, researchers,
academics and business leaders. It was opened by Hon Colin Barnett MLA,
Premier of Western Australia, followed by a keynote address from Professor
Ian Chubb AC, Chief Scientist of Australia.


Tomorrow the winners join nearly 300 students and teachers from across
Western Australia in the 'Extreme Science Experience' with hands-on
activities to excite students about science and technology.


Issued by             Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and

Contact                Cathy Reade, Media Liaison, 0413 575 934
creade at squirrel.com.au or

                                Bill Mackey, Deputy CEO/Communications
Director ATSE 0418 923 370    bill.mackey at atse.org.au

Websites              www.atse.org.au/clunies-ross-award,
www.extremescience.com.au <http://www.extremescience.com.au/> 


The ATSE Clunies Ross Awards are made possible through the support of our
sponsors and supporters. The 2014 Awards are sponsored by:

Platinum: BHP Billiton, CSIRO, University of Western Australia; 

Silver: ANSTO, City of Perth, Curtin University, Monash University,
University of Queensland, University of NSW; 

Bronze: DSTO, Edith Cowan University, Leighton Holdings, Woodside Energy

Supporting: Murdoch University.




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