Professor Zhiguo Yuan is the Director of the Advanced Water Management Centre. After completing a PhD in aeronautical engineering, Zhiguo shifted his research direction to wastewater management. His research focuses on development of innovative solutions for urban water management through effective integration of fundamental science and applied engineering. He has won over $30M in competitive research funding since 2001 including 20 ARC Discovery and Linkage grants as a Chief Investigator. Prof Yuan is an Executive of the $117m Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities and Leader of the Future Technologies Program.
He has to date published nearly 300 fully refereed journal papers including a paper in Nature (2013) and Science (2014). His h-index is 53 (Scopus, July 2015), with over 9000 citations. He is the founder of three biotechnology businesses namely SeweX, Cloevis and Lodomat, and his research has delivered documented savings of over $400 million to the Australian water industry. His research achievements and leadership have been recognized through national and international awards with the most recent being the 2015 ATSE Clunies Award and the International Water Association (IWA) 2014 Global Project Innovation Award (Applied Research Category) – as Project Leader. Prof Yuan is an IWA Fellow and was named as one of Engineers Australia’s Top 100 Most Influential Engineers for 2015. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).