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Sydney professor honoured by top UK engineering body


14 July 2011

Professor Yiu-Wing Mai has been elected to one of the world's leading engineering bodies.
Professor Yiu-Wing Mai has been elected to one of the world's leading engineering bodies.

The University of Sydney's Professor Yiu-Wing Mai has been elected as an international fellow of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering in recognition of his groundbreaking work in the field of advanced materials and fracture mechanics.

Professor Mai is a member of the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering in the University's Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.

His research has contributed to the development of asbestos-free cements, testing protocols and improved manufacturing processes.

He was one of just six experts elected as an international fellow by the Royal Academy of Engineering at its annual meeting in London this week.

Professor Mai said: "I am very happy to be elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering and I share this honour with my past and present colleagues, research fellows and graduate students.

"It is particularly pleasing that our research on advanced materials and fracture mechanics and its influence in Australia and overseas is internationally recognised."

Professor Mai studied in Hong Kong before joining the University of Sydney as a lecturer in 1976. Since then he has held numerous positions, including Associate Dean (Research and Development) of Engineering, Pro-Dean of Engineering, and Director of the Graduate School of Engineering.

He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2010, holds two US patents and has written four books, 29 book chapters, more than 600 Science Citation Index papers and more than 150 refereed conference papers.

Professor Archie Johnston, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, said: "Professor Mai's work will have a global impact on the further development of new materials with improved properties. His work will also advance the testing standards and protocols for materials development resulting in improved processes for industry."

A total of 59 new fellows joined the academy, representing the most eminent names in the profession from the UK and internationally.


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