// Curtin University is continuing its streak of churning out prize winning trailblazers, most recently in the field of esteemed research grants.
Four Curtin university researchers have recently been awarded Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowships from the Federal Government.
Dr Mark Hackett from Curtin’s School of Molecular and Life Sciences, Dr Natasha Hurley-Walker from Curtin’s Institute of Radio Astronomy, Dr Jun Li from Curtin’s School of Civil and Mechanical Engineering and Dr Simone Ciampi from Curtin’s School of Molecular and Life Sciences were recognised for their outstanding research.
Worth $3.29 million overall, the fellowships will fund research ranging from deep exploration of the galaxy to examining brain function during ageing.
Keeping it local
The ARC Future Fellowships support research in areas of critical national importance by giving outstanding researchers incentives to conduct their research in Australia.
Curtin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry congratulated the University’s ARC grant recipients, who are all outstanding mid-career academics.
“These four remarkable recipients represent the future of research in Australia and these grants confirm they have an exciting future ahead” said Professor Terry.
The success of these researchers is predicted to play a vital role in boosting Australia’s research and innovation capacity as well as ensuring they continue to work locally.
“The ARC Future Fellowships are only granted to the nation’s brightest and best researchers to continue their world-class work right here in Australia, and Dr Hackett, Dr Hurley-Walker, Dr Li and Dr Ciampi are all leaders in their respective fields”Professor Deborah Terry
Winners are grinners
The achievement of these scientists reflects the excellent ongoing work of Curtin researchers in the field of Science and Engineering, further solidifying Curtin’s reputation as a hub of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit.
Dr Mark Hackett (School of Molecular and Life Sciences): Delivering new tools to visualise how changes to blood vessels during ageing affect the amount and distribution of metal ions in brain cells ($739,302)
Dr Simone Ciampi (School of Molecular and Life Sciences): Creating new methods to convert friction into continuous sources of electricity to benefit the design and function of silicon-based devices such as pacemakers ($880,383)
Dr Jun Li (School of Civil and Mechanical Engineering): Developing technologies, including cutting edge AI techniques, for innovative data collection, analysis and prediction to efficiently monitor engineering assets and to detect possible structural degradation and potential failure ($821,000)
Dr Natasha Hurley-Walker (Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy): Exploring the entire radio sky visible to the future Square Kilometre Array ten times more deeply than before. The resulting survey will have broad application including the study of galaxy clusters and cosmic ray tomography of the Milky Way ($857,533)
Natasha gave a TEDxPerth talk on her research in Oct 2016, which has had 1.2M views on TED.com…
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