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Prestigious award for rail technology leaders

28 May 2014

L-R: Peter Mutton, Graham Tew, chair of the selection committee Emeritus Professor Alan Robson AO FTSE and Ravi Ravitharan.

Three technology pioneers have received the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) Clunies Ross Award in recognition for their visionary leadership within the University's Institute of Railway Technology (IRT).

Ravi Ravitharan, Peter Mutton and Graham Tew have been recognised by the ATSE as being among Australia's top innovators for their contributions to worldwide economic, social and environmental technologies from leading the highly influential track and railway research centre.

Director of IRT Mr Ravitharan said it was a great honour to receive the prestigious award, which recognises the work IRT has conducted over the past 40 years.

"The Institute has worked to improve the way the world made use of railway technology by supporting increasing productivity while improving safe operation within the industry," Mr Ravitharan said.

The ATSE is a universally recognised body of influential thinkers in technology and engineering. The annual awards are named in tribute of esteemed scientific leader Ian Clunies Ross.

The IRT is Australia's premier applied research centre for research and technology service provision for the railway industry. It is internationally known as an industry leader for technical innovations in worldwide railway engineering.

With clients from top global railway systems including Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Brazil and Dubai, IRT has played a significant role in developing revolutionary technology to solve crippling railway issues.

Previous Clunies Ross Award recipients include key science figures such as the cervical cancer vaccine inventor Professor Ian Frazer, and Nobel laureate Dr Barry Marshall who discovered the bacteria that causes stomach ulcers.