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Fellowships recognise excellence in research


4 November 2011

University of Sydney researchers have been recognised for their outstanding contributions to chemistry, genetics and social sciences by being elected Fellows of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA).

Both ATSE and ASSA are independent, non-government organisations that promote research and development in their various fields. Election to the academies recognises the exceptional work of the academics as leaders in their fields.


New fellows of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE)

Professor David Hill is the Ausgrid Chair of Electrical Engineering in the School of Electrical and Information Engineering, as well as an Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow. He is recognised for his research in the areas of power systems, control and networks, which come together in the design of smart grids. He has been a regular consultant to power utilities in Australia, New Zealand and Sweden.

George Maltabarow, President of the University of Sydney's Electrical and Information Engineering (EIE) Foundation, has personally influenced the future of modern electricity supply systems. He leads Australia's largest electricity distribution company as managing director of Ausgrid. In his role as President of the EIE Foundation, Mr Maltabarow helps create partnerships between with the School of EIE and industry leaders to support education, research, and professional development programs. Mr Maltabarow is also an alumnus of the University of Sydney.

Professor Thomas Maschmeyer, ARC professorial Future Fellow and Professor of Chemistry, has been recognised for his groundbreaking research in materials and catalysts. Professor Maschmeyer is also an inventor with many patents, who has applied his science to commercial developments overseas and in Australia. He is also increasingly focusing his research in the direction of "green chemistry" - the chemistry of sustainability.

Professor Ronald Trent, Foundation Professor of Medical Molecular Genetics, has been recognised for his pivotal role in the establishment of molecular medicine as a new clinical discipline. His research work has led to the introduction of state-of-the-art genetic testing for Australian patients, and he has played a key role as chair of the National Health and Medical Research Council's (NHMRC) two major human genetics committees.


New fellows of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA)

Professor Anthony Aspromourgos, Professor of Economics, is a leading expert in economic policy and development, particularly in the areas of classical economics, history of economic thought and monetary economics. He has published extensively in international economics publications.

Professor Peter Freebody, Professorial Research Fellow in the Faculty of Education and Social Work, is recognised for his contribution to literacy and English education in Australia. He has acted as an adviser on literacy and curriculum design to both state and federal governments, and was lead consultant on the development of the national English curriculum. He has authored or edited 10 books and more than 20 research reports to governments, as well as publishing in numerous international journals.

Professor Geoffrey Garrett is founding Chief Executive Officer of the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney and a Professor of Political Science. He is an eminent commentator on US politics, economics and foreign policy, and has published and spoken widely on the topics. Professor Garrett will commence his role as Dean of the University of Sydney Business School in 2012.

Professor Elspeth Probyn, Professor of Gender and Cultural Studies, is an authority on identity, material and cultural practices. She has published more than 100 refereed journal articles and book chapters with competitive funding from Canada, Hong Kong, the UK and Australia totalling several million dollars. Her research spans a broad range of topics, including sexuality and cultural studies, food cultures, spatial theory and social science methodologies.


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