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December

Nick Apostolidis (BE 1977, MEngSc 1983) Engineering leadership
The Faculty of Engineering will offer a scholarship for Indigenous students entering the Engineering Leadership Program thanks to the generosity of alumnus Nick Apostolidis (BE 1977, MEngSc 1983).
Bionic sight needs an eye-catching look
New bionic eye technology poses an intriguing design challenge: how do you make an external assembly that plugs into the brain look good?
Associate Professor Andreas Fouras, Dr Kris Ryan & Professor Jayantha Kodikara Research and teaching excellence recognised
The talent and dedication of some of the University's outstanding staff members have been recognised at the annual Vice-Chancellor's Education and Research Awards.

November

Professor Wei Shen in his lab. Source: TheAustralian Low-tech blood typing device a big deal
ALTHOUGH high technology is driving some of the big advances in medicine, Wei Shen is proud that a medical device he invented is low-tech.
Recipients Russell Scott and Joan Ko Engineering Alumni Awards 2013
The Engineering Alumni Awards, held on Wednesday, 30th October 2013, is an annual event designed to showcase two distinguished alumni who have made an outstanding contribution to engineering or the community and have demonstrated the ability to innovate and inspire those around them.
Aero team in the Monash tunnel testing the new rear wing in isolation. Designing for the Times
Monash SAE have taken construction one step further by anticipating the special needs for the 2014 competition.

October

Powder power
Technological advances are delivering new ways to produce dried milk: a homely ingredient that helps drive a multibillion-dollar dairy export industry.
Local Monash University student shares energy supply solutions at the Shell Global Energy Forum
Local Monash University student, Stefan Smith, took centre stage at the 2013 Global Energy Forum in Sydney this week, sharing his response to the question 'Where should the world get its future energy from?'
CAVE2 will allow researchers take a 3D look inside the brain. 'Science fiction' facility pushes research boundaries
A world-leading, room-sized virtual reality environment has been switched on at Monash University, allowing scientists to step inside their research and manipulate ultra high-resolution visualisations of data.
Bradley Ladewig awarded a 2013 Victoria Fellowship
In a ceremony at the Victorian Parliament House on 8 October 2013, Bradley Ladewig was awarded a prestigious Victoria Fellowship from VESKI and the Victorian Government.
The research team - (l-r) Timothy Moss, Andreas Fouras, Stuart Hooper, Graeme Polglase and Marcus Kitchen. Breathing new life into preterm baby research
Monash University researchers have received a prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) project grant to find ways to improve outcomes for very preterm infants who struggle to take their first breaths.
Dr Sarah Sinclair Success for Monash chemical engineers in prestigious awards
Three Monash engineers have been recognised for their contributions to the field of chemical engineering at the annual Chemeca conference held in Brisbane last week.
Professor Murray Rudman Australia-India partnerships address big challenges
Monash University researchers will lead collaborative projects to find more effective ways to protect coastal infrastructure from extreme weather events.
Professor Pauline Nestor, A/Prof Nick Birbilis, Dr Kate Hoy, Dr Norman Do, Dr Jose Polo and Professor Ian Smith Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Research Infrastructure). Monash cultivates four Tall Poppies
In recognition of their scientific and intellectual excellence, Monash researchers have taken out four of the eight Victorian Tall Poppy Awards for 2013.
Dr Samintha Perera Monash researcher wrote world's best PhD
Monash University researcher and alumna Dr Samintha Perera has become only the fourth Australian to be awarded the prestigious Rocha Medal for the world's best PhD thesis in Rock Mechanics.
The aim is to challenge stereotypes and open the girls’ minds to the possibility of pursuing a career in  engineering, IT, or at the interface of the disciplines. Where are the girls and why aren't they in engineering and IT?
EngenuITy, a joint event to be hosted by the Faculties of Engineering and Information Technology this week, will give more than 50 high-achieving Year 10 girls an opportunity to get their hands on technology, discover the world of engineers and techies, and meet women in engineering and IT.
A blended learning approach was used to embed sustainability concepts into the first year Engineering course at Monash. MSI a finalist in the Premier's Sustainability Awards
An innovative program to embed sustainability concepts in the Monash University first-year Engineering course, has earned the Monash Sustainability Institute (MSI) a spot in the finals of the Premier's Sustainability Awards.

September

Professor Ana Deletic, director of Monash Water for Liveability Forum draws focus to women in sciences
Three prominent female scientists from Monash University have been invited to speak at a government-supported forum for women in science, maths and engineering this week.
Rajeev Samarage (centre) with Professor Frieder Seible, Dean of Engineering and Andreas Fouras, PhD supervisor Outstanding Paper Award for PhD student
A PhD student in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering was awarded one of only two Outstanding Paper Awards selected from over 400 papers by Measurement Science and Technology.
Naveen Jason and Chung Chuo (front row, left) with The Hon Louise Asher MP and fellow scholarship recipients. Scholarship success for young researchers
Naveen Jason, who is currently undertaking his PhD in the Department of Chemical Engineering, is among ten international students awarded prestigious Victorian International Research Scholarships.
Professor Frieder Seible Ogden Transport Lecture 2013
The annual 2013 Ogden Transport Lecture was presented at a high profile function at the State Library of Victoria Theatrette in Melbourne in August.
Charles Lee (BE(Civil)(Hons) 1982) Distinguished Alumni Service Award
Engineer Charles Lee (BE(Civil)(Hons) 1982) is a committed volunteer with Monash University Alumni Singapore (MUAS) - an alumni network that supports more than 10,000 Singapore-based Monash alumni.

August

Peter Coleman (BE 1984) Distinguished Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award
Peter Coleman (BE 1984) is the recipient of the 2013 Monash University Distinguished Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award.
The aerospace industry is one that could benefit from a breakthrough in reducing the corrosion rate of lightweight metal, magnesium. Credit: iStock 'Poisoning' corrosion brings stainless magnesium closer
In a discovery that could have major implications for the aerospace, automotive and electronics industries, scientists have found a way to dramatically reduce the corrosion rate of lightweight wonder metal magnesium: adding arsenic.
Professor Frieder Seible Testing questions for engineers
Successful development of structures that will withstand events such as earthquakes or terrorist attacks requires large or even full-scale testing, according to an expert in seismic design and the retrofit of bridges.
Renewable energy is just one area set to benefit from a breakthrough in graphene engineering. Credit: ThinkStock 'Soft' approach leads to revolutionary energy storage
Monash University researchers have brought next generation energy storage closer with an engineering first - a graphene-based device that is compact, yet lasts as long as a conventional battery.

July

Mixing drugs and alcohol for better asthma inhalers
Asthma inhalers could soon become much more effective, thanks to a clever new way of making the particles they deliver invented by a Monash chemical engineer and his team.
A visit to the wind tunnel complemented by a Monash Motorsport tour will be part of the ultimate Mechanical Engineering tour during Open Day 2013. The wind factor wows
Aspiring future engineers can see the famed Monash Wind Tunnel first hand on Open Day at the Clayton campus.
Professor Emanuele Viterbo invited to Japan
Professor Emanuele Viterbo, Associate Dean Research Training and a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering, has been awarded a 2013 Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Invitation Fellowship for Research in Japan (Short Term).
Mr Md. Monir Morshed and Dr Liang Du of the Optical Communications Group. Monash optic fibre researchers on world stage
A Monash PhD student has presented the next step in creating superfast internet through the optimisation of optical fibre at a prestigious conference in Kyoto.
Members of the Monash Vision Group and Bionic Vision Australia following the funding annoucement. (l-r) Nigel Lovell and David Pennington of BVA, Anna Burke MP, David de Kretser, Senator Kim Carr, MVG Director Arthur Lowery and Aidan Byrne, CEO of the ARC Bionic eye gains more funding
Progress on the bionic eye is set to continue, with the Federal Government announcing further funding for the Monash Vision Group
Professor Arthur Lowery Prestigious fellowships for two researchers
The Australian Research Council has awarded two Monash researchers highly prestigious Australian Laureate Fellowships.
A former copper mine in Andalucia, Spain is currently seeking regulatory approval to recommence production. Credit: ThinkStock After millennia of mining, copper nowhere near 'peak'
New research shows that existing copper resources can sustain increasing world-wide demand for at least a century, meaning social and environmental concerns could be the most important restrictions on future copper production.

June

Kristian Handberg The long road for electric vehicles
Kristian Handberg from the Institute of Transport Studies in the Department of Civil Engineering argues that electric vehicle (EV) technology will one day have a meaningful role in a more sustainable transport future.
Ants are helping design exits that function more effectively during evacuations. Image: Thinkstock Ants helping to design exit strategy
Taking inspiration from nature, engineers have observed the crowd flow of ants to help design exits that function more effectively during evacuations of large buildings and sporting arenas.
Professor Jerry Tien Seasoned mining engineer joins Monash
Professor Jerry Tien recently commenced in Monash University and will be leading the Division of Mining and Resources Engineering within the Department of Civil Engineering.
In the news: Bionic eye promises vision for the blind
Monash University is preparing to launch technology that should allow blind users to make out objects and other people.
Technology to help reduce milk wastage
Ahmet Sekercioglu from the Department of Electrical and Computer Systems has received an industrial grant under the Technology Voucher Program for a collaborative project with Iqbal Gondal from the Faculty of Information Technology.
Professor Yuri Estrin Nanomaterials expert joins elite ranks
Professor Yuri Estrin of the Department of Materials Engineering was among the 20 new fellows who were formally admitted to the Australian Academy of Science during the Science at the Shine Dome 2013 conference in Canberra last week.

May

Olga Trivailo, Monash Engineering PhD student Graduate lands a role in high-flying project
Olga Trivailo, who is undertaking her PhD at Monash's Engineering Faculty, is an external candidate at the German Institute of Space Systems and part of the team behind the SpaceLiner project.
Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship recipient Abel-John Buchner On the wings of Fulbright success
A Monash University aerospace researcher will initiate a collaborative research project at Princeton University developing biologically inspired renewable energy technology after being awarded a prestigious Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship.

April

Professor Arthur Lowery Faster-than-superfast internet, and why we can't have it (yet)
Professor Arthur Lowery explains some of the hurdles to delivering super-fast internet to our homes.
The New Horizons building, shared by Monash and the CSIRO. Three cheers for Six Stars rating
The New Horizons building at Clayton campus has received the honour of being the first Monash building to be awarded a Six-Star design rating under the Green Building Council Australia Green Star system of holistic environmental ratings.
Peter Mutton and Iman Salehi in the IRT workshop. Coveted awards for rail researchers
Researchers from the Institute of Railway Technology (IRT) have taken out two prestigious awards for their research on rail weld fatigue and fracture in railway tracks supporting high axle loads.
Dr Viete receiving his Fulbright Scholarship from US Ambassador to Australia, Jeffrey Bleich. Fulbright scholar on cusp of geological discovery
A Monash University researcher will study at the University of California - Santa Barbara (UCSB), focusing on geological changes caused by devastating earthquakes, after being awarded the Fulbright Victoria Postdoctoral Scholarship.
Clinician and engineer work together to solve asthma
The innovative collaboration between a paediatric surgeon and an engineer to find a new approach to solving lung diseases such as asthma recently featured in a newspaper article.

March

Prestigious fellowships for Monash researchers
A microbiologist and a materials engineer from Monash University are among the 22 researchers honoured by their peers with election to the prestigious and influential Australian Academy of Science (AAS).
Professor John Sheridan Professor John Sheridan ends term as Deputy Dean
Professor John Sheridan will end a ten-year term as Deputy Dean of Engineering when he steps down on the 31st of March. He will be replaced by Professor George Simon.
Engineers have optimised the carrying capacity of fibre optic cable, providing a way to boost the performance of networks like the NBN. Credit: ThinkStock Improving the flow of the fibre optic freeway
Monash University researchers have played a pivotal role in the invention of an energy-efficient method of increasing the data capacity of optical networks to the point where all of the world's internet traffic could travel on a single fibre.
Professor Noel Murray showing rips in mitre bends of tested pipes. Noel Murray Scholarship
In honour of Professor Noel Murray, The Faculty of Engineering is is offering a $40,000 p.a. tax-free equivalent scholarship package for Monash University students graduating with a First Class Honours degree in civil engineering.
Chancellor of Monash University Dr Alan Finkel Chancellor re-appointed
Dr Alan Finkel has been re-appointed Chancellor of Monash University.
Monash Motorsport members wheeling out the M12 to the Grand Prix track for their on-track demonstration. Monash Motorsport on track
Monash Motorsport's 2012 Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (F-SAE) Championship winning race car was on display at this year's Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix.

February

Professor Xinhua Wu, Director of the newly-opened Monash Centre for Additive Manufacturing. A high-flying future for Australian Manufacturing
The Monash Centre for Additive Manufacturing (M-CAM), built to drive the establishment of high-end, waste-free, tailored manufacturing for the aerospace industry was launched in Melbourne today.
Water ways - the city liveability challenge
Around the globe, city dwellers and planners are rethinking the way we capture, store and manage urban water. A new Australian centre, with more than A$100 million and a spectrum of expertise on tap, is ready to lead the way.
Professor George Simon, Head of the Department of Materials Engineering Eyes on new horizons
Some of the country's greatest minds are meeting in a space custom-built for collaboration - and the possibilities are endless.
Nicholas Choo Loke Sinn was chosen for the Sir John Monash Medal for Outstanding Achievement among 4,852 students at the Faculty of Engineering. Monash in Malaysia produces another award winner
For the first time, an Engineering student of Monash University Sunway campus has won the distinguished Sir John Monash Medal for Outstanding Achievement.
A new material powered by sunlight could help to drastically cut carbon emissions. Carbon sponge could soak up coal emissions
Emissions from coal power stations could be drastically reduced by a new, energy-efficient material that adsorbs large amounts of carbon dioxide, then releases it when exposed to sunlight.
Engineering at Monash Sunway "top rated in Malaysia"
The School of Engineering at Monash University Sunway campus received a Tier 5 (Excellent) rating by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency, making it one of the top rated engineering schools in Malaysia.
Sir John Monash John Monash: a remarkable life
Get a rare insight into the extraordinary life of Sir John Monash, an engineer, military leader and public administrator who was a pillar of Melbourne society in the early 20th Century.

January

Australia Day Honours for Monash Engineering
Alumnus Clive Weeks (BE (Hons) 1969 and (MEngSc) 1972 and Emeritus Professor Owen Potter from the Department of Chemical Engineering were among those recognised in the Australia Day 2013 Honours List.
A new metal organic framework can effectively filter toxins from water. Nanosponge filters out herbicide poisons
New research has demonstrated the potential of a new kind of nanomaterial to filter out environmental toxins in water.
Emeritus Professor Paul Grundy Rest in Peace Emeritus Professor Paul Grundy
The Faculty of Engineering is sad to announce the passing of Emeritus Professor Paul Grundy earlier this month. With heavy hearts we remember this brilliant man and his achievements.
Emeritus Professor Ray Jarvis and Mr Sam Burrell of the Australian Computer Society Artificial intelligence award success
Actively contributing to artificial intelligence (AI) research has seen a professor of engineering at Monash University win an Australian Artificial Intelligence Foundation Award.
2012 MPA Supervisor of the Year winner David McCarthy with MPA President Sunshine Kamaloni and PVC (Research and Research Training) Max King. Photo credited to MPA. MPA Supervisor of the Year Award 2012
Dr David McCarthy of the Civil Engineering Department has been named the Monash Postgraduate Associations Supervisor of the Year for 2012
Professor Xinhua Wu Light metals alliance to manufacture better future
A new Australia-China collaboration between research and industry leaders could transform the high-end manufacturing and aerospace industries of both countries, leading to both cost and carbon emissions savings.
 
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