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EAIT - Teaching Excellence Awards

The following EAIT Faculty staff who were recognised this year at our Teaching & Learning Week Showcase on 31 October with awards for Teaching Excellence from the Faculty, presented by Professor Graham Schaffer. These awards are given in recognition of exceptional teaching and innovative practices that enrich the learning experience of our students.  

  • Dr Chandima Ekanayake (ITEE)
  • Dr Joel Fenwick (ITEE)
  • Professor Peter Knights (SoMME)
  • Dr Mithulan Nadarajah (ITEE)
  • Dr Philip Terrill (ITEE)

EAIT – Research Innovation and Supervision Awards

(presented on Friday 20 September by Professor Max Lu)

Early Career Researcher Award  - Recognising an outstanding research contribution made by an early career researcher

Winner – Dr Bing-Jie Ni (Advanced Water Management Centre)

Bing-Jie completed his PhD four years ago and has already established an exceptional track record with 63 refereed journal papers (42 in A and A* journals). He has also been awarded ARC DECRA and Discovery grants in 2013 and an ARC Linkage grant in 2011. Bing-Jie commenced at UQ in 2011 as a UQ Postdoctoral Research Fellow and in this short time has already contributed significantly to the waste water treatment research of the AWMC.

Pictured: Winner, Dr Bing-Jie Ni (Advanced Water Management Centre), and Professor Max Lu

RHD Supervision Award - Recognising sustained success in the support and completion of RHD students with outstanding quality, impact or esteem outputs

Winner – Professor Hal Gurgenci (School of Mechanical & Mining Engineering)

Over the past 17 years Hal has supervised 21 RHD students to completion, the majority of whom have completed PhDs within 3.5 years. Many of these students have gone on to hold senior industry positions and have successful academic careers. His past students include the current Global General Manager for Underground Mining & Technology at Rio Tinto and the Principal Engineer for Bechtel Australia. Many of his past students have provided testimonials attesting to his exceptional supervisory skills in creating a supportive and challenging environment for his students. Hal currently supervises 9 PhD students and is the principal advisor to 5 of these.

Pictured:  Highly Commended, A/Prof Aleksander Rakic, and Professor Max Lu

Internationalisation Award  - Recognising the outstanding contribution made by  a researcher or team that have established significant networks with substantive impacts in terms of esteem, growth and international positioning.

Winner – SCRAMSPACE Flight Team  (School of Mechanical & Mining Engineering)

(Prof Russell Boyce, Dr Sandy Tirtey, Dr Melrose Brown, Dr Michael Creagh, Dr Bianca Capra, Ms Amy Dedman, Mr Paul Van Staden, Mr Igor Dimitrijevic, Mr Brad Sharp, FLGOFF Adrian Pudsey)

This team, led by Prof Russell Boyce, have established collaboration with 13 international partners on the Scramjet access-to-space project, gaining over $14M in funding to support the project. The connections of the team on this project include the German Aerospace Centre, the Italian Aerospace Research Centre, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency, the University of Minnesota and a number of Australian partners. This project exemplifies research led international collaboration to position UQ and Australia as world leaders in scramjet technology.

Translation Award  - Recognising research that has translated into benefits for the broader community beyond academia with a demonstrated impact of outcomes for industry or society.

Winner – Associate Professor Kazuhiro Nogita (School of Mechanical & Mining Engineering)

Kazuhiro joined UQ in 1999 and is a highly respected research in the field of lead free solder alloys and Director of the Nihon Superior Centre for the Manufacture of Electronic Materials (CMEM).  He has an exceptional publication record with over 100 articles and more than 1100 citations. The commercial value of his research is evidenced by 9 international patents and strong an ongoing support by Hydrexia Pty. Ltd. Who have committed significant ongoing funding over the next 10 years. Kazuhiro’s research as contributed to UQ’s global profile as a leader in commercialised research and industry research partnerships.

Pictured: Winner, Professor Kazu Nogita, and Professor Max Lu

UQ Research Week Award  - EAIT winners:

​(presented by Professor Max Lu on 16 September)

UQ Foundation Research Excellence Award –  aims to foster excellent early-career researchers and support their career advancement.

Dr Gene Tyson (Advanced Water Management Centre and the Australian Centre for Ecogenomics)

Gene received this award for outstanding achievements as a researcher and international leader in his field of biological sciences. He has an outstanding track record with a number of high-impact publications, including  Nature. Gene was awarded a QEII Fellowship in  2010 and has collaborated with a number of influential international researchers, indicating his strong reputation as a leader in his field. This award included $90,000 of funding for his project, Microbial dynamics in a warming world, focusing on the processes underpinning methane emissions from thawing permafrost. These northern hemisphere areas are of particular concern as climate change-induced permafrost melt is transforming methane sinks into sources.


UQ’s Inaugural Top Five Inventors and Top Five Innovators – to recognise researchers who delivered significant outcomes for the global community and making basic scientific discoveries useful and accessible for practical application. (co-presented by Professor Peter Høj and Dr Dean Moss, CEO UniQuest, on 18 September)


Top 5 Inventor Award – Prof John Zhu and Dr Jiuling Chen

Dr Jiuling Chen and Professor Zhonghua (John) Zhu received this award for their carbon fuels research, which is transforming the production of clean energy.


Top 5 Innovator Award – Professor Stuart Crozier

Professor Crozier's research has helped to improve the functionality and effectiveness of high-field magnet technology. Two-thirds of the world's clinical magnetic resonance imaging machines use signal correction technology that Professor Crozier co-invented.