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Meet our most recent Alumni Achievement Award and Graduate Medal winners, along with past recipients.

2016 Alumni Achievement Award winners

Ben Quilty (BVA ’96)

Alumni Award for Cultural Contribution

Ben Quilty is an artist and activist in equal measure. His more public achievements, like his Archibald Prize winning portrait of artist, Margaret Olley, and being shortlisted for an Australian of the Year Award, happen alongside more personal projects. He uses his art to illuminate the experiences of the world’s refugees and has travelled to Afghanistan as the Australian War Memorial’s official war artist. Ben has also committed himself to honouring the true history of Aboriginal Australians.

Craig Barratt (BSc ’83 BE (Electrical) ’85)

Alumni Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Craig Barratt is Senior Vice-President and head of Google’s Access division. He believes technology can improve lives and he is currently working to provide free wi-fi at up to 400 railway stations across India. His career started at a Silicon Valley start-up and led to high-profile leadership roles across the technology industry. The Wall Street Journal once called him “a geek’s geek” and he became known as one of the business pioneers of wi-fi technology.

Tom Beer (BSc ’67)

Alumni Award for International Achievement

Dr Tom Beer is president of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG), fostering research and collaboration between Earth scientists from 68 countries. Joining the CSIRO in 1986 as the head of bushfire meteorology gave his research a greater focus on climate change. His work as the lead author for an expert panel advising the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) led to a joint Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 to the IPCC, with former US presidential candidate Al Gore.

Roberta Shepherd (DipPhty ’56 DHlthSc (honoris causa) ’16)

Alumni Award for Professional Achievement

Professor Roberta Shepherd is a world leader in physiotherapy education, research and practice, and has contributed to the field for more than 50 years. She was the Foundation Professor of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney and in 1974 published the first textbook on physiotherapy in paediatrics. Her collaborations with students and colleagues have led to scholarly publications in many languages, including the pioneering work with Dr Janet Carr, Neurological Rehabilitation: Optimizing Motor Performance.

Haydn Perndt AM (MBBS ’77)

Alumni Award for Service to Humanity

Dr Haydn Perndt AM is an anaesthetist who has dedicated himself to improving standards of surgery and anaesthesia in developing countries. He has worked in conflict zones with the International Red Cross and Médecins Sans Frontières, and taught in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. His key role in establishing a training program in Fiji has seen anaesthesia specialists from every Pacific island receive training. The program has now been self sufficient for 10 years.

Toby Thatcher (BMus(Perf) ’12)

Outstanding Achievements of Young Alumni Award

Just 18 months after graduating with an MA in Oboe Performance at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Toby Thatcher became assistant conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Pursuing his ambition to conduct, he was a joint recipient of the inaugural Neema Järvi Prize, and won third at the 2015 Georg Solti International Conducting Competition. The Ensemble Eroica, which he began, is now a leading orchestra for young classical musicians in the UK.

2016 Graduate Medal winners

Nina Ubaldi (BA (Hons) ’13 LLB ’15)

Convocation Medal for undergraduate achievement

Nina has had an impressive undergraduate career winning several academic prizes and scholarships including an International Exchange Scholarship 2015 and the Walter Reid Memorial Prize for Arts and Law in 2009 and 2012. Her original, thoughtful thesis on the politics surrounding Italian dialects earned her the University Medal in Government and International Relations in 2012. As a debater, Nina won three major tournaments, including the Australasian Debating Championship. She also volunteered as the Chief Adjudicator of the Women’s Debating Tournament, and ran training days for school students.

Adam Bruce Fovent (BSc (Adv) ’11 JD ’16)

Edmund Barton Medal for master’s by coursework achievement

The first in his family to undertake tertiary education, Adam achieved high distinction averages in both the Bachelor of Science (Advanced) and the Juris Doctor. Though faced with a significant medical diagnosis during his time at university, with ongoing related obstacles, he has been recognised with a range of academic prizes and scholarships from the faculties of Science, Medicine and Law. He served as a student representative on the University’s Disability Action Plan Consultative Committee, and completed a student placement at the Public Interest Advocacy Centre. In Cambodia, he has conducted fundraising campaigns for NGOs, and volunteered at an orphanage for children living with HIV, and with a grassroots NGO combating the causes of human trafficking.  

Ramanan S Arampamoorthy (MCom ’15)

John C Harsanyi Medal for international student achievement

Ramanan was the recipient of the inaugural Business Dean’s Academic Excellence scholarship in 2014, achieving a high distinction average across all subjects. He was a facilitator of the PASS (Peer-Assisted Study Sessions) mentoring program at the University of Sydney Business School from 2014 to 2015 and managed the learning program for nearly 60 students. He also served on the Graduate Studies Board, representing nearly 4000 international students.

Lavinia Chrystal (BEc (SocSc) ’13 MMgmt (CEMS) ’15)

Nigel C Barker Medal for academic and aporting achievement

A long-standing member of the Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness (SUSF) Elite Athlete Program, and a snow sports athlete in alpine events, Lavinia has achieved numerous national titles, competed in world cups and qualified for, and competed in, the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. In 2014 and 2015 she was a student member of the SUSF Management Committee and still assists the Elite Athlete Program with promotional endeavours, volunteering her time to speak to high school students about her experiences. In summer she patrols Sydney’s beaches as a surf lifesaver. Despite her rigorous training and competition schedule, she maintained a distinction average in her master’s program.

Dr Tomonori Hu (BSc (Adv) ’10 MPhoOpSc ’11 PhD ’15)

Rita and John Cornforth Medal for PhD achievement

A dynamic and energetic researcher with a strong record of achievements, Tomonori has presented talks at international conferences, published papers, and won several awards. His research has resulted in novel technologies and patents. After submitting his PhD, he established a company through the Incubate program with the University of Sydney Union, Miriad Technologies Pty Ltd, to commercialise and secure seed funding for prototype development of the Miriad Spectrometer. Tomonori has been active in student affairs and has shown outstanding leadership as Chapter Secretary, Vice President and President of the Sydney OSA/SPIE Student Chapter Committee, President of the University Kendo Club, 2012 to 2014 and Team Leader for the CUDOS High Schools Outreach Program, 2011 to 2015.

Mykaela Saunders (BEd (AboriginalStud) ’10 MEd (Research) ’15)

Sister Alison Bush Medal for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander achievement

Awarded the Margaret Ida Howie Scholarship for Indigenous Women in 2012, Mykaela studied by mixed mode in an Indigenous enclave program. After graduating, she taught in the University’s Koori Centre as a casual lecturer in Indigenous Studies, receiving formal commendations. Mykaela has been active in Indigenous politics on campus. In 2014, she was invited to represent the University on the judging panels for the Multicultural and Indigenous Media Awards and the National Indigenous Human Rights Awards. Since 2013, Mykaela has written a blog, Defender of the Faith. Her article, ‘But you don’t look Aboriginal’ was shared 5700 times and published by The Stringer.

Past recipients

2015

Alumni Award for Community Achievement: Joan Hume OAM (DipEd ’69 BA ’69 MA ’84)

Alumni Award International Achievement: Professor Martin Silink AO (MMBS ’65 MD ’74)

Alumni Award Professional Achievement: Professor Mohamed Khadra (MEd ’94 PhD(Medicine) ’99)

Young Alumni Achievement Award: Jordan O’Reilly (BAppSc(OccThpy) ’13)

Convocation Medal: Alistair Kitchen (BA(Hons) ’15)

Edmund Barton Medal: Kerry Chen (BA(Adv)(Hons) ’12 MHPol ’15)

John C Harsanyi Medal: Linsong (Steven) Bai (BDesComp(Hons) ’14)

Nigel C Barker Medal: Hannah Matheson Buckling (BSc ’15)

Rita and John Cornforth Medal: Dr Michael Bowen (BA ’08 BA(Hons) ’10 PhD(Research) ’14)

Sister Alison Bush Medal: Chloe Jade Wighton (BA ’15)

2014

Alumni Award for Community Achievement: Mark Fraser LVO OAM (EMBA ’13)

Alumni Award for Community Achievement: Dr Peter Farrell AM (BE(Chem) ’64)

Alumni Award for International Achievement: Adjunct Professor Barry McCleary (BScAgr ’72 PhD ’76 DAgr ’89)

Alumni Award for Professional Achievement: Dr Amelia Afuha’amango Tu’ipulotu (PhD(Nursing) ’12)

Young Alumni Achievement Award: Dr Lachlan Blackhall (BE(Aerospace) ’07 BSc(AdvMaths) ’07)

Convocation Medal: HY William Chan (BDesArch(DigitalArch) ’11 BDesArch(Hons) ’13)

Edmund Barton Medal: Dr Benjamin Veness (MPH ’14 MBBS '14)

Nigel C Barker Medal: Angela Ballard (BSc ’11 BSc(Hons) ’14)

Rita and John Cornforth Medal: Dr Peter Hobbins (MMedHum ’09 PhD ’14)

Sister Alison Bush Medal: Dr John Gilroy (PhD ’13)

2013

Alumni Award for Community Achievement: Dr Russell Dickens OAM (BVSc ’54 MVSc ’75)

Alumni Award for Professional Achievement: Emeritus Professor Jeremy Davis AM (BEc ’64)

Young Alumni Achievement Award: Julie McKay (EMBA ’11)

Young Alumni Achievement Award: Majok Tulba (MSW ’09)

Convocation Medal: Daniel Ward (BA(Adv) ’09 BA(Hons) '10 LLB ’13)

Edmund Barton Medal: Eloise Howse (BA(Hons) ’12 MPHlth ’13)

John C Harsanyi Medal: Yun Liu (BIGS(Hons) ’13)

Nigel C Barker Medal: Dr Kiernan Dorney (BA ’08 MBBS ’13)

Rita and John Cornforth Medal: Dr Gregory Fox (MIntPHlth ’07 PhD(Medicine) ’13)

Sister Alison Bush Medal: Aaron Ellis (MIL ’13)

2012

Alumni Award for Community Achievement: David Handley (BA ’87 LLB ’89)

Alumni Award for Community Achievement: Mary Kostakidis (BA '77)

Alumni Award for International Achievement: Dr David Hunter (MBBS ’82)

Alumni Award for Professional Achievement: Belinda Hutchinson AM (BEc ’76)

Young Alumni Achievement Award: Dr Eric Knight (BA ’06 LLB ’07 )

Convocation Medal: Andrew Thomas (BEc(Hons) ’11 LLB '13)

Convocation Medal: Patrick Bateman (BEcSocSc(Hons) ’10 LLB ’12)

Edmund Barton Medal: Joanna Whitney (BScVet ’02 BVSc ’04 MVSc(Honoris Causa) ’11)

John C Harsanyi Medal: Christian Sautter (MIntBusLaw ’11)

Nigel C Barker Medal: Alexandra Croak (BAppSc(OT) ’10) MHlthSc(SexHlth) ’12)

Rita and John Cornforth Medal: Dr Jodie Ingles (PhD(Medicine) ’11 MPHlth ‘15)

Sister Alison Bush Medal: Scott Wilson (GradDipIndigH(SubUse) ’10 MIndigH(SubUse) ’12)

2011

Alumni Award for Community Achievement: Anne Crawford AM (BA ’85 BSW ’87)

Alumni Award for International Achievement: Associate Professor Robyn Alders AO (BSc(Vet) ’83 BVetSc ’84 DipVetClinStud ’86)

Alumni Award for International Achievement: David Anstice (BEc '70 HonFellow '09)

Alumni Award for Professional Achievement: Dr Wirginia Maixner (MBBS ’86)

Young Alumni Achievement Award: Corey Payne (BCom ’07 MCom ‘14)

Convocation Medal: Naomi Hart (BA(Hons) ’09 LLB ’11)

Convocation Medal: Nathaniel Ware (BEc(Hons) ’11)

Edmund Barton Medal: Erin Law (MN ’11)

Rita and John Cornforth Medal: Dr Kirsten Harley (BSc ’92 PhD ’10)

*Five Graduate Medal categories were introduced in 2011

2010

Alumni Award for Community Achievement: Clr Clover Moore (BA '69)

Alumni Award for International Achievement: Baroness Rachel Gardner of Parkes AM (BDS '54 Hon Fellow '07)

Alumni Award for Professional Achievement: Dr John Laker AO (BEc '72)

Young Alumni Achievement Award: Ross Langdon (BSc(Arch) '02 BArch '05)

Young Alumni Achievement Award: Jack Manning Bancroft (BA(Media & Comm) '07)

Convocation Medal: Stephanie Mawson (BA(Hons) ’10 MPh(Research) '15)

2009

Alumni Award for Community Achievement: John Studdy AM FCA (BE ’52)

Alumni Award for International Achievement: Sir Michael Hintze AM (BS ’75 BE(Elec) ’77)

Alumni Award for Professional Achievement: Paul Dyer AO (DipMusEd ’81 BMus ’83)

Young Alumni Achievement Award: Anna Rose (BA ’05 LLB ’08)

Convocation Medal: Dr Jack Clegg (BLibStud(Hons) '04 PhD '08 LLB '09)

Convocation Medal: Anna Garsia (BSc(Adv)(Hons) '06 LLB '09)

2008

Alumni Award for Community Achievement: Associate Professor Ross Steele AM (BA '60)

Alumni Award for International Achievement: Professor Charles MacKenzie AO (BSc(Vet) '69 BVetSc '71 PhD '76)

Alumni Award for Professional Achievement: Professor Creswell Eastman (MBBS '65 MD '80)

Young Alumni Achievement Award: Andrew Tanner (BCom ‘04 BE(Mech) '04 EMBA ‘14)

Convocation Medal: Andrew McLeod (BSc(Adv)(Hons) '08 LLB ‘10)

*Three Alumni Achievement Award categories were introduced in 2008

2007

Alumni Award for Achievement in Community Service: Dr Neal Peres Da Costa (BMus '87)

Alumni Award for Achievement in Community Service: Adjunct Associate Professor John Gullotta AM (BPharm '86)

Alumni Award for Achievement in Community Service: Professor John Wong (BSc(Med) '66 PhD(Medicine) '72 MD(Honoris Causa) '95)

Convocation Medal: Nikolas Kirby (BA(Hons) '07 LLB ‘09)

2006

Alumni Award for Achievement in Community Service: Col James AM (DipTCPlan '77)

Alumni Award for Achievement in Community Service: Professor Jocelyn Chey AM (BA '61 PhD '71)

Alumni Award for Achievement in Community Service: Professor Kim Oates AM (MBBS '67 MD '85 DSc '06)

Convocation Medal: Fiona Roughley (BA(Hons) '06 LLB ‘08)

2005

Alumni Award for Achievement in Community Service: Associate Professor Joseph Canalese OAM (MBBS '73)

Alumni Award for Achievement in Community Service: Dr Veronica Lambert (BDS '82)

Convocation Medal: James Cowling (BCST(Hons) '05)

 

2004

Alumni Award for Achievement in Community Service: Hugh Mackay AO (BA '62)

Alumni Award for Achievement in Community Service: Louise Cox AM (BArch '63 DipTCPlan ‘71)

Alumni Award for Achievement in Community Service: Dr Malcolm Deall OAM (BDS '76)

Convocation Medal: Jonathan Bonnitcha (BEc(SocSc) '04 LLB ‘06)

2003

Alumni Award for Achievement in Community Service: Professor Margaret A Burgess AO (MBBS '61 MD '71)

Alumni Award for Achievement in Community Service: Associate Professor Mabel Lee (BA '62 PhD '66)

Alumni Award for Achievement in Community Service: Phillip J Tuckerman AM (BEc '76)

Convocation Medal: Sam Williams (BSc '03 BA(Hons) '03)

Convocation Medal: Louise Pounder (BA '00 LLB '03)

2002

Alumni Award for Achievement in Community Service: Margaret A Davidson (DSCM '53)

Alumni Award for Achievement in Community Service: Iain A Macdonald (Materia Medica '60)

Alumni Award for Achievement in Community Service: Dr Timothy McManus (BVSc '58)

Convocation Medal: Dr Sarah Kummerfeld (BSc(Adv)(Hons) '02)

2001

Alumni Award for Achievement in Community Service: John A Bell AM OBE (BA '63 DLitt(Honoris Causa) '96)

Alumni Award for Achievement in Community Service: Dr Sandra Meihubers (BDS '77 Grad Dip H. Dent '82)

Alumni Award for Achievement in Community Service: Dr Rowan Nicks AO OBE (MD(Honoris Causa) '85)

Convocation Medal: Dr Annaleise Howard-Jones (BSc(Adv)(Hons) '01 MSc '02 MBBS ‘12)

2000

Alumni Award for Achievement in Community Service: Maree Gwendoline Browne (BA '81)

Alumni Award for Achievement in Community Service: Andrew W Gullotta OAM (Materia Medica '62)

Alumni Award for Achievement in Community Service: Dr Donald James Weatherburn (BA '74 PhD '81)

Convocation Medal: Dr Stuart Prescott (BSc(Adv) '00 PhD '04)

1999

Alumni Award for Achievement in Community Service: Rhondda E Figgis Close (Materia Medica '53)

Alumni Award for Achievement in Community Service: Dr Antonia M Scott (BDS '71)

Convocation Medal: Dr Chloe Amy Flutter (BA '99)

1998

Alumni Award for Achievement in Community Service: Dr Maxwell R Banks AM (BSc(Hons) '47)

Alumni Award for Achievement in Community Service: Anne Edgeworth (BSc '42)

Alumni Award for Achievement in Community Service: Hugh H Ralston AM (BE(Aeronautical) '57)

Convocation Medal: Dr Malcolm Kennett (BSc '98 MSc '00)

1997

Alumni Award for Achievement in Community Service: Paul A Pholeros AM (BSc '74 BArch(Hons) '77)

Alumni Award for Achievement in Community Service: Associate Professor Paul J Torzillo AM (MB BS '76)

Convocation Medal: Dr Anthony Henderson (BSc '97)

Convocation Medal: Dr Kathleen Riley (BA ‘97)

1996

Alumni Award for Achievement in Community Service: Dindy Belinda Vaughan (BA(Hons) '67)

Alumni Award for Achievement in Community Service: Dr Miklos J Pohl OAM (MBBS '73)

Convocation Medal: Dr Josephine Trott (BScAgr '96)

Convocation Medal: Dr Christina Ho (BEc(SocSc) ‘96 PhD ‘04)

1995

Alumni Award for Achievement in Community Service: Major William "Digger" James AC MBE MC OStJ (MBBS '64)

Alumni Award for Achievement in Community Service: Huon M Hassall OAM (BSc(Agr) '56)

Convocation Medal: Dr Benjamin Kremer (BSc '95 LLB '97)

1994

Convocation Medal: Dr Michael Fullilove (BA '94)

1993

Alumni Award for Achievement in Community Service: Dr Berel L Behrens (MBBS '64)

Alumni Award for Achievement in Community Service: James M Gosper AM OBE (BE(Civil) '32)

Alumni Award for Achievement in Community Service: Sydney Saville (BSc(Agr) '51 Dip Ed '52)

Convocation Medal: Dominique Hogan-Doran (BEc(SocSc) '91 LLB ’93 LLM ‘04 

1992

Alumni Award for Achievement in Community Service: Emeritus Professor Ronald Bracewell AO (BSc '41 BE '43 ME '48)

Alumni Award for Achievement in Community Service: Dr Hugh Gordon (BVSc '31 DVSc '69)

Alumni Award for Achievement in Community Service: June Jeremy (MEd '88)

1991

Convocation Medal: Dr Andrew Berry (BSc '91)

1989

Convocation Medal: Dr Anna K Donald (BA '89)

1988

Convocation Medal: Dr Andrew Bell SC (BA ‘88 LLB '90)

1986

Convocation Medal: Dr Andrew Bell SC (BA ‘88 LLB '90)

1985

Convocation Medal: Dr Christopher Mark Kelly (BA '86)

1982

Convocation Medal: Jeremy Martin Kriewaldt (BA '83 LLB '85 LLM '94)

1981

Convocation Medal: Chris J. Wilkinson (BSc '80 BE(Civil) '82 BA '91)

1980

Convocation Medal: Alan John (BA '80)