School of Engineering and IT

School of Engineering and Information Technology

Dean's Newsletter

June 2016


We have now entered June and are halfway through the year. Semester two teaching has ended and the long hours of exam marking have arrived. I trust that in this busy period you will find a few minutes to read this month’s news.

Please join me in welcoming two new colleagues to the School, Dr Giles Oatley, Senior Lecturer in Information Technology and Ms Dianne Noonan – Student Advisor.

I would like to congratulate the Senate and VC Award recipients:

  • Andrew Foreman - Senate Medal
  • Associate Professor Tanya McGill - Australian Award for University Teaching 2015 Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
  • Dr Mohammednoor Altarawneh - 2016 Vice Chancellor’s Excellence in Research Award for Early Career Development and Achievement
  • Dr Manickam Minakshi - 2016 Vice Chancellor’s Excellence in Research Award for Outstanding Research Development 

and the winners of the School Awards for Excellence in Education, Professional Services and Research

  • Dr Dan Churach - Unit Excellence Awards for both Semesters 1 and 2, 2015
  • Dr Amy Glen and Associate Professor Tanya McGill - 2015 Dean’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching
  • Messrs Stewart Kelly, Ken Seymour and Graeme Thompson - 2015 Professional Services Award
  • Dr Mohammednoor Altarawneh - 2015 AJ Parker Award for Outstanding Early Career Researcher
  • Emeritus Professor Philip Jennings - 2015 Ian M Ritchie Award for Life Long Research Achievement
  • Dr Nicola Armstrong - 2015 IR James Award for External Research Collaboration
  • Dr Zhong-Tao Jiang – 2015 Intra-School Collaborative Research Award

Two of our colleagues have been recently recognised by prestigious international invitations:

Professor Parisa Bahri has received an invitation to join the International Program Committee of the PSE-2018 that will be held during July 1-5, 2018 in San Diego, California, PSE is the highest regarded international conference in Process Systems Engineering; and

Dr Polychronis Koutsakis has been appointed as the Technical Program Chair for the 2017 IEEE International Symposium on a World of Wireless, Mobile and Multimedia Networks (WoWMoM), which will take place in Macao, China, and for his appointment as the General Chair of the 2018 edition of the same conference, which will take place in Chania, Greece. WoWMoM is a premier international conference in the field of mobile multimedia.

Remember, whether you are an academic, administrative or technical staff member, if you have a story to share please send it to the SEIT email - Please mention the article title in the Subject line of the email.

Best wishes,




Dr Giles Oatley – Senior Lecturer in Information Technology

Dr Giles Oatley received a BSc (Hons, 1988) in Biochemistry from University of Leeds (UK), an MSc (Distinction, 1996) in Cognitive Science and Intelligent Systems from University of Westminster (UK) and a PhD (2000) in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Sunderland (UK). He is currently a member of the BCS (MBCS, UK), a Chartered IT Professional (CITP, UK), and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA, UK).

Giles’ research output includes over 10 journal articles and over 40 conference papers, including publications in: Social Network Analysis and Mining, Artificial Intelligence and Law, Expert Systems with Applications, Knowledge Based Systems. His research has been supported by a range of UK funders including Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC; The EPSRC would be equivalent to the Australian Research Council), The Home Office (The equivalent to the UK's Home Office is the Australian Department of Immigration and the Department of Justice), HEFCE and HEFCW (HEFCE and HEFCW are Higher Education Funding Council for England and Wales respecti), The Nuffield Foundation, and The Department of Trade and Industry. The funding total amounts to nearly £1.25Million, appearing on some bids as Principal Investigator, on others a member of a larger team. Most recently, related to sports data analysis, Giles secured funding for a rugby study related to concussion, and also funding related to sensory textiles for people with dementia, implemented in a UK care home with a strong focus on music therapy.

Giles’ research interests focus largely around modelling human behaviour, developing an understanding of the value of different sources of data, and the aspects of behaviour and personality that they can reveal. In 1996 he wrote an innovative computer game for indirectly determining a users’ personality, and his affective and behavioural computing research continues, being applied to “serious games”.

For over 15 years Giles has data mined and modelled criminal behaviour, the resultant analyses often embedded in decision support systems. The UK police forces and crime and disorder partnerships he has worked with include: consultant with City of London Police (Fraud Review Team - National Fraud Intelligence Bureau); Cleveland Police (prediction of repeat victimisation); Northumbria Police (information extraction and text analysis); West Midlands Police (classification and prediction of burglary networks); Greater Manchester Police (gun crime and gang networks); and, North East Retail Crime Partnership (retail crime networks).

Giles has been the supervisor/co-supervisor of 6 completed PhD/ High Degree by Research (HDR) students and has two more students recently submitted and receiving their viva voce exam in the near future.

Dianne Noonan – Student Advisor

Dianne is an educator by profession who has had experience in both the schooling and higher education sections. During her years in schooling, Dianne has held a variety of positions including classroom teacher, Principal, Project Officer, Curriculum Writer and has worked in both state and national arenas. Her schooling experience also saw her involved extensively in both Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse education. For the last four years, Dianne has been involved in higher education at the University of Notre Dame and at Curtin University. At the University of Notre Dame, Dianne’s responsibilities included coordinating units of work, lecturing and tutoring students in units of work for pathways courses. At Curtin University, she has tutored students in Communication units for pathways courses, and tutored in a Health and Science unit for undergraduate students. Her main areas of interest include improving student engagement, improving retention rates, and maximising the first year experience for undergraduate students.


Hofmeister effects at low salt concentration due to surface charge transfer


Dr Drew Parsons has published a review of the effects that salt ion adsorption has on the charge of surfaces and adhesion between surfaces. Minerals, protein molecules, redox electrodes all have different types of charging mechanisms, and that affects the way in which they stick to other particles. The van der Waals adsorption of potential determining ions also alters surface forces. Published in Current Opinion in Colloid & Interface Science, 23 (2016), 41–49,

New Research Monograph – by Dr Tania Urmee


This book showcases a detailed road map to guide those designing and implementing rural electrification projects in developing countries using solar PV. It includes case studies derived from personal participation in and observations of Solar Home Systems, their impacts, their advantages and disadvantages and their operation. The road map provides a comprehensive list of all of the factors that need to be considered in developing and implementing a SHS programme. It is a road map because rural electrification programmes are not simple, but are complex. The issues that need to be considered are large, and the contexts in which they are developed and implemented vary enormously. It therefore does not attempt to provide a list that needs to be rigidly applied or followed, but a way or map to help navigate through the complexities. An attempted was made to provide a road map that can be utilised to help in designing and implementing a SHS programme to ensure that the programme will be as successful and as sustainable as possible within the particular context in which it is implemented. ISBN 978-3-319-03789-9

Article submitted by Dr Tania Urmee  

Carbon is not just graphite and diamond


Classical carbon materials (e.g., graphite, diamond, carbon black, activated carbon and activated carbon fibres) have been known and applied in industry for many years. Just look at soda water, where bubbles are dissolved carbon dioxide that has been separated from gas mixtures using activated carbon. But, emerging carbon nanoscience is developing around other carbon structures, such as fullerenes, carbon nanotubes, carbon nanohorns, graphene, graphitic nanoribbons, stacked-cup carbon nanofibers, etc. Recent progress in carbon nanoscience is summarised in Carbon Nanomaterials Sourcebook (two-volume set) edited by Klaus D. Sattler and published by CRC Press, Taylor & Francis. Our recent research in carbon nanoscience is included in two invited chapters: Cubic Carbon Polymorphs (chapter 6, volume 2, by P. Kowalczyk, D. Parsons, A.P. Terzyk, P.A. Gauden and S. Furmaniak) and Carbon Nanohorns (chapter 4, volume 2, by A.P. Terzyk, P.A. Gauden, S. Furmaniak, K. Werengowska-Ciećwierz, P. Kowalczyk and M. Wiśniewski).

Article submitted by Drs Piotr Kowalczyk and Drew Parsons


School Research Grants 

Congratulations to the recipients of school research grants. 

Equipment Grants

Name Of Applicant/S

Equipment/Software Details

Amount Awarded

Fang Xia

Zero Background Sample Holders and Data Analysis Software for Enhancing School’s Power X-ray Diffraction Capability

Piotr Kowalczyk

Ultrasonic nozzle system

Martin Anda Test-bed for Demonstrating a Smart Residential Energy Management System $9,000.00
Damian Laird Specialised additional equipment for the research grade Shimadzu Prominence
HPLC system
Lubomir Hnedkovsky Keysight DSOX2002A Oscilloscope: 70 MHz, 2 Analog Channels
· Keysight 33511B Waveform Generator, 20 MHz, 1-Channel
Wendell Ela Set up a new practical data collection demonstration for units in Environmental Engineering (and others as may be required). This will involve the procurement and installation of hydraulic services equipment in buildings as follows:
1. Water meters;
2. Proximity switches;
3. A data logger.
Marc Hampton The requested device is a hardware-in-loop test facility, manufactured by
dSpace, model # ACE1007 R&D ACEKit. It is an Advanced Control Education (ACE) Kit, designed especially for university-level R&D applications in the electrical engineering field. It is manufactured by dSpace, a German company which is the most famous and one of the only 4 manufacturers of such devices in the globe. This hardware-in-loop (HIL) test device enables the researchers of the electrical engineering field to validate the control systems that they have developed for high voltage power systems or power electronic converters which cannot be built, even in smaller scales, in a laboratory due to the system size, power, large equipment and high costs.
David Murray WiFi Access Points for applied experiments. This equipment is capable of capturing raw WiFi traffic (monitor mode) at the most recent WiFi speeds and frequencies. Consumer grade access points are unable to capture the required raw WiFi traffic $5,000.00
Fairuz Shiratuddin Software and hardware to be used for teaching and research $21,300.00
Hans Oskierski Micro Balance including sample vial holder, Desiccator cabinet for standards, Temperature Humidity monitor logger $23,300.00
Kevin Wong Workstation, Matlat processing toolbox and matlab statistics and Machine learning toolbox $7,000.00
Terry Koziniec Video and audio recording equipment associated with the development of high quality online teaching materials $7,000.00
Ali Arefi A test bed for hyrid AC/DC microgrids: towards future energy distribution $9,200.00

Collaborative Research Grants 

Chief Investigator


Amount Awarded

Parisa A. Bahri, Ali Arefi, Farhad Shahnia Rooftop PVs integration and customer engagement for a reliable delivery of electricity and water supplies in urban areas $4,000
Zhong-Tao Jiang, Mohammednoor Altarawneh Catalytic and Adsorption Capabiliyies of Selected Metal Nitrides $7,000

Piotr Kowalczyk,Artur Deditius, Manickam Minakshi Sundaram

Metal Oxides-Doped Nanoporous Carbon for Electrochemical Supercapacitors $7,000
Damian Laird, David Parlevliet Characterising the hydro carbon content of Botryococcus braunii $4,000
Fang Xia, Xiangpeng Gao Exploring the mechanism of the evolution of porosity and permeability during in-situ leaching of copper minerals $5,000
Tania Urmee, Martin Anda Green Growth for sustainable development: A framework for estimating social and environmental parameters $4,000

Small Grants

Chief Investigator


Amount Awarded

Mohammednoor Altarawneh products arising from thermal-based recycling of materials $9,000.00
Martin Anda integrated water supply and effluent management system $9,000.00
Ali Arefi Optimal investment analysis needs to be extended to cover replacement life and costs as a function of loading considering battery storages and demand responses. $6,000.00
Nicola Armstrong DNA methylation and miRNA $8,000.00
Brenton Clarke Travel support $2,000.00
Ralf Cord-Ruwisch Development of Technology for the Desalination of Brackish Water using Salt Brines as the sole Energy source $5,000.00
Lubomir Hnedkovsky Thermodynamic Properties of the Sulfate Ion in Solution $6,000.00
Zhong-Tao Jiang Graphene-based Nanocomposites for Photoelectrochemical detection and supercapacitor applications $9,000.00
Graham Mann High altitude test flight of a Mars-capable quadrotor $6,000.00
Hans Oskierski Formation of modern microbialites in mining ponds $6,000.00
David Parlevliet Design and process optimisation of a building integrated spirulina production system for domestic use. $6,000.00
Drew Parsons Experimental validation of theoretically predicted salt-controlled forces between electrodes by measurement with electrochemical surface forces apparatus $6,000.00
Devindri Perera Developing a method of disease risk prediction for multiple sclerosis from SNP GWAS data $7,000.00
Eddy Poinern A combined sonochmical & Solvothermal approach towards synthesis of a superstrong namoenamel $9,000.00
Gamini Senanayake Leaching and separation of gold and uranium using non-cyanide lixiviants in acid and alkaline solutions and magnetic ion-exchange (MIEX) resins $6,000.00
Farhad Shahnia Stability Improvement of Future Green Electricity Grids consisting of Zero Carbon Emitting Generation Units $5,000.00
Ferdous Sohel Augmentation of natural and virtual scenes $5,000.00
Elaine Walker Performance evaluation of different state-of-the-art and innovative clean hot water systems at different climatic conditions in Australia $6,000.00
Fang Xia transformation of pyrrhotite to pyrite in warm fluids $5,000.00
Linda Li Synthesis of porous photocatalysts for degradation of organic dyes in wastewater $9,000.00

Study Group Grant from Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (HWK) Institute for Advance Study

A three-year grant has been awarded from Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (HWK), Germany for a study group coordinated by Tania Urmee. Within the three year term agreed by HWK, all financial support for workshops or similar events and/or HWK fellowships will be provided. The group will meet at least once a year.

The study group members are: Professor Daniel Karmmen, Professor in Energy and Resources Group and Director of Renewable and Appropriate Energy, University of California, Berkeley, Dr Shobhakar Dhakal, Professor, Energy Field of Study, Asian Institute of Technology, Professor Dr Antje Bruns, Governance & Sustainability Lab, Universität Trier, Germany, Mr Caspar Priesemann, Energy Access Advisor, GIZ, Germnay, Dr Deborah Sunter, AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, The Department of Energy, Virginia, USA, Md. Anisuzzaman, Director, Climatech International

The group will conduct research on ‘Developing a framework for estimating social, environmental and policy impact for Food, Energy and Water nexus.’

The group will publish the activities and output from the research jointly and develop future project.

Article submitted by Dr Tania Urmee

Australian Synchrotron beam time award

Antigorite heat activation for large scale mineralisation of CO2

The Australian Synchrotron has awarded four days of beam time for the project titled "Antigorite heat activation for large scale storage of CO2". Antigorite is a hydrated Mg-silicate mineral and one of the polymorphs of the serpentine group. Serpentinite, a rock predominantly consisting of serpentine minerals, is considered as the most promising feedstock for large scale CO2 storage by mineral carbonation. The experiments, carried out at the powder diffraction beam line in July by Dr Hans Oskierski, Professor Bogdan Dlugogorski and Dr Fang Xia, will investigate the dehydroxilation of antigorite and the associated structural changes during heat treatment.

Article submitted by Dr Hans Oskierski

Dissolution behaviour of chalcopyrite

During 14-20 June, Dr Aleks Nikoloski, Dr Fang Xia and Mr Tendekayi Tapera (PhD student) visited the Australian Synchrotron in Melbourne, to carry out experimental work as part of Dr Nikoloski's ARC Linkage Project on the hydrometallurgy and electrochemistry of chalcopyrite leaching. Understanding the dissolution behaviour of chalcopyrite (CuFeS2) is of significant interest because chalcopyrite is the most abundant copper mineral but it is also one of the most refractory of the copper minerals. It is refractory because when subjected to atmospheric leaching in sulfuric acid solutions, the leaching process is slow which is attributed to passivation of the chalcopyrite surface. Published reports and our own experiments have shown that certain additives have the ability to catalyse the leaching process, however, at present, neither the nature of the passivating layer that hinders the leaching, nor the mechanism for the catalytic effect observed in the presence of certain additives, are well understood. Solid understanding of the intermediate compounds that form during the dissolution may enable better elucidation of the catalysed reaction mechanism and the development of a practical process that could be applied on a commercial scale, something that if successfully achieved would be of major benefit to the industry as well as to the communities living in Australia and beyond. One way to elucidate the reaction mechanism is to monitor the phase changes that take place on the surface of the dissolving mineral during the leaching process. Ex-situ characterisation techniques are commonly applied to study these reactions, using conventional laboratory x-ray diffraction (XRD) instruments, where the solid residue left after a leach is taken away from the experimental environment and subjected to the XRD analysis. However, this approach is prone to missing important information as there may be alterations of the surface phases when the solids are removed from the reacting system. Therefore, our motivation for the present work at the Australian Synchrotron was to study the mineralogical phase transformations that take place under certain, shall we say 'optimal' leaching conditions, while the actual leaching is taking place, by conducting an in situ quantitative phase analysis of the XRD spectra. This is possible by using the Powder Diffraction Beamline at the Australian Synchrotron. In addition, besides enabling the generation of an in situ XRD data, the data from the synchrotron-based experiments are typically more accurate, more detailed, more specific and obtained significantly faster than data obtained using conventional laboratory equipment because the X-rays generated by the synchrotron are a 100 or more times brighter than X-rays generated from a conventional XRD instrument. In the current experiments, we use a capillary flow cell experimental setup. The generated data will be assessed qualitatively, initially, from overview plots and the major phase changes and their times identified. Each phase abundance as a function of reaction time will be obtained by Rietveld-based quantitative phase analysis using the TOPAS software. From these analyses, the mineralogical phase transformation mechanism should be clear. Then, selected data will be subject to kinetic analysis using the Avrami-Arrhenius model to get further insight of the dissolution reaction mechanism, and the data from the in situ diffraction will be coupled with data generated ex situ SEM and TEM techniques using instruments closer to Murdoch. By taking this approach we hope to be able to reveal the most complete picture to date on the chalcopyrite catalysed-leaching reaction mechanism.

Microsoft Surface Pro

Article submitted by Dr Aleksandar Nikoloski


Snot and science club

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Science @ SEIT: student participation in S2T & Science Club

Thanks to all of you who continue to support the seminar series 'From Snot to Tissue' and the 'Science Club'. After Piotr's seminar last week, we have now had a dozen S2T seminars - across the interdisciplinary and diverse continuum of research into soft materials and biological tissues. It has been very satisfying to see the great mix of speakers: from our own School, from our big brother across the river, and from some of the world's most prestigious universities.

Thanks also to all those who make the 'Science Club' such a lively discussion forum. Held usually on Friday mornings, that event has seen some in-depth controversial but collegial discussion on science and science direction. If you are not on the Science Club email list, contact Almantas.

Both 'Snot to Tissue' and the 'Science Club' reflect the great research strengths and enthusiasm for science in our School. Please keep coming, and please help us attract more students - by recommending the event to both your postgrad and undergrad students. They are very welcome! 

Article submitted by Drs Gerd Schroeder-Turk and Almantas Pivrikas and Professor Bruce Gardiner

‘Women in Physics’ Lecture public lecture: The Offspring of Schrodinger’s famous cat

Our School will be hosting this year's "Women in Physics" lecture on 19 August, on behalf of the WA branch of the Australian Institute of Physics. The 'Women in Physics' lectures are an award by the Australian Institute of Physics that enables high-profile international physicists to come to Australia to give public lectures across the country. This year's lecturer is Dr Catalina Curceanu from Italy's prestigious Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati and her lecture is on "Modern Quantum Technologies: The Offspring of Schrodinger's famous cat". The lecture will be at 11am in the Kim Beazley theatre. In our quest to attract as many high school science classes as possible, please help us advertise the event: if you have any contacts to high schools (teachers or students), please let us know or distribute the flyer directly. Murdoch is making money available to cover bus transport for high school classes and will provide refreshments.

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Article submitted by Dr Gerd Schroeder-Turk


2016 VC University Staff Awards

Wednesday the 8th of June saw Murdoch University’s best and brightest staff gather for the annual Staff Awards night. Murdoch University prides itself on the quality and commitment of its staff and this was evident through the many accolades awarded on the night. The School of Engineering and Information Technology was well represented on the night with many esteemed professional staff and academics receiving Senate Medals, Vice Chancellors Awards and School Awards. The ceremony also rewarded the long serving staff members with 10, 20, 30 and 40 years of service.

The Senate Medal is one of the highest awards available to Murdoch Staff and recognises staff who have significantly contributed to Murdoch University and the wider community over a number of years. Andrew Foreman, the Technical Resource Manager within SEIT, was one of the three recipients of the Senate Medal for 2016. Andrew has worked for Murdoch University since 1991 beginning as a laboratory assistant in Chemistry. Throughout his career at Murdoch University, Andrew has worked tirelessly to improve and contribute to the University, particularly in the area of safety for students and employees.

Associate Professor Tanya McGill received an Australian Award for University Teaching 2015 Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. This is a national award and recognizes Tanya’s unique and enthusiastic teaching style. Tanya has worked for Murdoch for over 25 years.

Dr Mohammednoor Altarawneh has been at Murdoch University for just under two years and in this time he has written numerous articles in top notch journals. This phenomenal achievement was recognised on the awards night with Mohammednoor receiving the 2016 Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research.

The 2016 Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research is presented to researchers who show excellence in their field and whose research has national and international significance. Dr Manickam Minakshi was one of five academics to receive this award this year.

Congratulations to all recipients on their thoroughly deserved awards.

Article submitted by Dr Juita Juita and Ms Caitlin Sweeney

2015 School of Engineering and Information Technology Awards for Excellence in Education, Research and Service

Our shared purpose in the School is excellence in education and research as this makes us strong and prosperous. Our School Awards, four in education and four in research, recognise our colleagues who excel in these areas. In addition, the School confers the Professional Services Award for profession staff who excel in supporting our students and academics.

Many of you have probably heard about QILT – Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching. If you visit the QILT web site and look for Engineering, you will discover that, for 2014-2015, Murdoch Engineering is second in Australia for overall student satisfaction. Not just in WA, in the entire nation! Our Information Technology is close behind. Although our words of appreciations must go to all academics in Engineering and IT for their fantastic achievements, this success would not have been possible without our colleagues in Exact Sciences, who also educate our Engineering and IT students and have contributed to their satisfaction.

  • Dr Dan Churach won the Unit Excellence Awards for both Semesters 1 and 2, 2015. Dan has just retired from the School, but for one day a week, he will stay with us as the Postgraduate Director of Outreach and Student Diversity in SEIT.
  • Dr Amy Glen and Associate Professor Tanya McGill won the 2015 Dean’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching that recognises the top 1 % of educators in the School, crème de la crème.

About five years ago, Rio Tinto provided funds to the School to popularise Extractive Metallurgy, and our outreach trademark BAMFAD was born – be a metallurgist for a day. Over the years, thousands of high school students have come to Murdoch to participate in BAMFAD, or we have travelled wide and far to take BAMFAD to students in regional Western Australia. Working with many academics who freely volunteered their time and passion, three of our professional staff developed BAMFAD to its present success, Stewart Kelly, Ken Seymour and Graeme Thompson.

  • Stewart Kelly, Ken Seymour and Graeme Thompson are the recipients of our 2015 Professional Services Award.

Chemistry at Murdoch was established to support the Western Australian metallurgical industry. Our first Professor of Chemistry, Professor AJ Parker made the Extractive Metallurgy at Murdoch the best in the world. Not just one of the best, but the best! Upon the untimely passing of Professor Parker, Professor Ian M. Ritchie took over the position of Chair Professor of Chemistry. Ian was the only academic at Murdoch who has ever held the fellowships of both the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. For these reasons, the School named two if its research awards after Professors Parker and Ritchie.

  • Dr Mohammednoor Altarawneh was bestowed with the 2015 AJ Parker Award for Outstanding Early Career Researcher.
  • Emeritus Professor Philip Jennings won the 2015 Ian M Ritchie Award for Life Long Research Achievement.

The third named research award in our School bears the name of Professor Ian James, Professor of Mathematics and Statistics. Ian’s friendship with Professor Simon Mallal, and his commitment to translational research, led to the establishment of the Institute for Immunology and Infectious Diseases at Murdoch, perhaps the most research-intensive and best-known institute at Murdoch.

  • Dr Nicola Armstrong is the recipient of our 2015 IR James Award for External Research Collaboration.


  • Dr Zhong-Tao Jiang won Excellence in Intra-School Collaborative Research Award

If you happen to meet our exceptional colleagues, please congratulate them on their great success. Our School would be a different place without their excellence in education, research and service.

Article submitted by Professor Bogdan Dlugogorski


OHS E-Learning Safety Training – All staff

Course library includes:

  • WHS Induction
  • Bullying & Harassment
  • Chemical Management – ( Laboratory Staff requirement)
  • Hazardous Chemicals – ( Laboratory Staff requirement)
  • Ergonomics
  • Stress Management 

At the end of each module you will be invited to participate in a quick quiz, this section must be completed. The system will also record the date you have successfully completed the modules.

Go to - - then press the E-Learning Safety training
Username: (Staff number)
Password: (MAIS)

Submitted on behalf of Brad McKell OHS

OHS Training – Managers, Supervisors and Team Leaders

If you supervise any staff member (including casual academic staff who may be tutors or demonstrators in your units) and have not attended OSH Training -Managers, Supervisors & Team Leaders course please consider attending the course (sessions still available below).

On completion of this program participants will be able to: - Identify the legislative responsibilities (Duty of Care) in relation to the Western Australian Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 and Regulations 1996 - Detail the principles of safety and health at work through the application of proactive strategies, including consultation and co-operation in keeping with the OSH policy and procedures at the University - Recall the requirements of a proactive workplace advocate and role model for the promotion of health and safety back at the workplace location - Identify and assess occupational workplace hazards - Detail the University's procedures relating to the undertaking of workplace inspection and reporting requirement, and - Know the procedures to follow in the event of a workplace incident or accident.

OSH Training -Managers, Supervisors & Team Leaders - 5th July - Enrol

OSH Training -Managers, Supervisors & Team Leaders - 10th October - Enrol

Submitted on behalf of Andrew Foreman 


Batterham Medal Recognises Engineers

One of Australia’s best young engineers will win the 2016 Batterham Medal, which will be awarded in November by the Academy of Technology and Engineering.

  • Nominations for the Batterham Medal are now open and will close on 14 August.

The Batterham Medal is an early career award for a graduate engineer who has achieved substantial peer/industry recognition for his/her work in the past five years. The Academy of administers the award on behalf of the Group of Eight Deans of Engineering and Associates and the Medal will be awarded at ATSE’s Oration Dinner on 25 November 2016 in Melbourne.

The award consists of a medal (The Batterham Medal) and a cash prize of $5000.

The Batterham Medal is an early career award for a graduate engineer who has achieved substantial peer/industry recognition for his/her work in the past five years. The Academy of administers the award on behalf of the Group of Eight Deans of Engineering and Associates and the Medal will be awarded at ATSE’s Oration Dinner on 25 November 2016 in Melbourne.

The award consists of a medal (The Batterham Medal) and a cash prize of $5000.

The winner will be an engineering graduate of an Australian university, under 40 at 1 January 2016 and will:

  1. have demonstrated excellence, innovation and impact in a field of engineering;
  2. be clearly acknowledged by peers for a signature contribution to engineering in the five years prior to his/her nomination; and
  3. have advanced the standing of the engineering profession.

The Batterham Medal will be more accessible to women engineers this year with applicants who have taken career breaks for family or carer responsibilities eligible for an extension to the age criterion, for the period equivalent to the break.

The award is intended to:

  • elevate the profession of engineering among the technology and innovation communities;
  • bring to the attention of Federal and State parliamentarians and administrators the key role engineers play in the nation’s development; and
  • reinforce with these communities the contribution engineering makes to Australia’s reputation as a centre of technology and innovation leadership.

The Batterham Medal recognises Professor Robin Batterham AO FREng FAA FTSE, an Australian science and technology leader who was Chief Scientist of Australia from 1999 to 2006, President of the Academy from 2007 to 2012 and is Kernot Professor of Engineering at the University of Melbourne.

The Batterham Medal Guidelines and Nomination form are online

  • Professor Batterham graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1965 with a degree in chemical engineering, and received a PhD from the same institution in 1969. He received a scholarship from the CSIRO to undertake postgraduate studies at the central research laboratories of ICI in Britain. He returned to Australia in 1970 and took up the position of chief scientist of the CSIRO's Division of Mineral Engineering, and was later promoted to division chief. In 1999, he was appointed Chief Scientist of Australia, a role which he undertook simultaneously to acting as chief technologist for the multinational mining company Rio Tinto. In May 2005, he stepped down as Chief Scientist and took on a full-time position at Rio Tinto. He was appointed a Fellow of the ATSE in 1988 and served as its President 2007–2012. He was named a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia in 1999. He became a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2000. From May 2004 to May 2005, he was President of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, of which he became a Fellow in 1988. He became a Foreign Member of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2004. After retiring from Rio Tinto in 2009 Professor Batterham joined the Melbourne School of Engineering as Kernot Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in 2010. He was awarded an AO in 2004.

 Issued by: Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering

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