Professor Ben Eggleton wins Scopus Young Researcher of the Year - Physical Sciences
4 March 2010
Professor Ben Eggleton, from the School of Physics, has won the 2010 Scopus Young Researcher of the Year Award for Physical Sciences.
As Director of the Institute of Photonics and Optical Sciences (IPOS) at the University of Sydney, and the Research Director of CUDOS - the ARC Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems, Professor Eggleton has made a huge contribution to the fields of photonics and optical science.
Professor Eggleton was presented with his award by Senator Kim Carr, Federal Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, at a gala dinner held in Parliament House, Canberra, on 3 March 2010. His prize includes $5 500 to fund attendance at a scientific conference of his choice.
This is the first year that the Scopus Young Researcher of the Year Awards have been presented and honour researchers under 40 years of age, who conduct research at an Australian university in one of five categories: Humanities and Social Sciences; Physical Sciences; Engineering and Technology; Life Sciences and Biological Sciences; and Medicine and Medical Sciences.
Scopus is the citation data supplier for the 2010 Excellence in Research for Australia Evaluation (ERA), a federal government initiative aimed at improving the assessment and evaluation of the quality of research in Australia.
"It is an exciting prize because it is pointing at one of the very important metrics that we are using in the current research framework," said Professor Eggleton.
The award is judged on the basis of research impact in terms of quantity of citations, research output in terms of number of publications and patents, external impact and esteem contribution.
The judging panel, made up of members from 14 Australian universities, said that Professor Eggleton's career has been "remarkable in its productivity and impact, both academically and industrially."
Youngsuk Chi, vice-chairman of Reed Elsevier and chief executive of Elsevier Science and Technology, said that the awards were part of "a global initiative to recognise young researchers making significant contributions to their research fields."
Professor Eggleton's work in photonics and optical science explores photonic circuits to transmit, store and process information. His research impacts on a diverse range of areas, from telecommunications to astronomy to biomedical applications.
The CUDOS photonic chip, developed by Professor Eggleton and his CUDOS team, will revolutionise the internet by enabling internet speeds 1 000 times faster than the one megabit per second available to users in Australia currently.
Professor Eggleton is excited about building on the success of the CUDOS photonic chip, as well as exploring new research directions involving the mid-infra red region of the spectrum of light.
"Up until now, most of our research has focused on the infra-red region, which is the part of the spectrum utilised in optical communication systems," Professor Eggleton explained.
"It's important because mid-infra red light will interact with materials that are associated with life, a critical part of new technologies for health and biomedical applications."
The Scopus Young Researcher of the Year Awards are sponsored by Elsevier - parent company of Scopus - and Universities Australia.
Read more about the Scopus Young Researcher of the Year Awards at: http://asia.elsevier.com/elsevierdnn/ScopusYoungResearcherAwards2010/tabid/1397/Default.aspx
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