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Recognising achievements for more than 40 years
Meet our most recent Alumni Achievement Award and Graduate Medal winners, along with past recipients.

2019 Alumni Achievement Award winners

Alumni Award for Cultural Contribution

Coastal pools are a unique part of the cultural heritage of New South Wales, and architect Nicole Larkin has used her design expertise to make sure they will remain that way. Nicole developed a method to fuse drone photography with mapping technology to make detailed, digital surveys of these complex topographies in order to maintain and preserve coastal pools. Nicole’s project, the Wild Edge, collects vital information, including aerial photographs and interactive 3D models of the pools. The Wild Edge website makes this information accessible to anyone who wants to preserve ocean pools, and will be invaluable in protecting these important cultural landmarks.

Alumni Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Edwina Sharrock is the founder of Birth Beat, an online service specialising in childbirth education, first aid and antenatal classes, delivered both online and face-to-face. The digital platform provides healthcare and advice to women who don’t have adequate access to prenatal and antenatal care, particularly in rural areas. Edwina is a registered nurse, a mother-of-two and has been a registered midwife for 13 years. After building the Birth Beat website herself, she now provides services to thousands of women and has secured investment from HCF.

Alumni Award for International Achievement

Rowe Morrow is a pioneer of permaculture and has spent over forty years providing aid and education to people in war-torn counties like Vietnam, Cambodia, Bosnia and Afghanistan. Rowe travels the world providing people with the practical skills to transform their communities via permaculture, which involves building sustainable agricultural practices. She is the author of two books, The Earth User's Guide to Permaculture, which has been translated into multiple languages, and The Earth User's Guide to Teaching Permaculture. Her latest work, with UN involvement, aims to provide refugee camps the world over with sustainable energy, clean water and other systems to meet the needs of their inhabitants.

Alumni Award for Professional Achievement

Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Mirvac Property Group in 2012. Prior to this, she held senior positions around the globe with LaSalle Investment Management, LendLease Corporation, MGPA and Macquarie Bank. As one of just eleven female CEOs in the top 200 ASX listed companies, Susan has led Mirvac to be recognised as the most sustainable real estate company by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index in 2017, and to a position as one of the top 50 companies on the ASX. She sits on multiple advisory boards and councils, and champions diversity and inclusion both within Mirvac and in the broader business community.

Alumni Award for Service to Humanity

Adjunct Associate Professor Rhett Butler developed a unique technological solution to address the urgent global issue of access to safe drinking water. The hand-held gravity membrane filter, which he calls the “Sky Hydrant”, has no pump, consumes no energy or chemicals, and can treat water anywhere to make it safe and potable, producing up to 10,000 litres a day. This technology has allowed Rhett to found SkyJuice, a charity that provides low cost, sustainable safe water solutions for developing countries, as well as emergency and disaster relief. Rhett and SkyJuice volunteers undertake almost all their activities without any active funding or donations, and to date, the foundation has supplied over 6,500 units to over 74 countries.

Outstanding Achievements of Young Alumni Award

Associate Professor Elizabeth New is one of Australia's most renowned inorganic chemists, having been nationally and internationally recognised for her research into chemical biology, which is helping to demystify Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and cancer. She won the Premier's Prize for Early Career Researchers, and a prestigious Eureka Prize, Australia’s highest-profile science award. She is also heavily involved in science outreach, giving public lectures and schools talks, and has had her teaching excellence recognised as a recipient of the RACI Chemistry Educator of the Year.

2019 Graduate Medal winners

The Convocation Medal for undergraduate leadership

As co-president of the University’s Engineers Without Borders chapter, Emelia helped expand the organisation by changing perceptions of engineering and encouraging women to study what has historically been a male-dominated degree. Emelia also achieved outstanding academic results throughout her degree, and was named NSW Humanitarian Engineer of the Year in 2017.

The Edmund Barton Medal for postgraduate leadership

After building a career as a pharmacist, Hannah completed a Doctor of Medicine in 2018, and now plans to pursue a career in paediatrics in a rural area to address the growing doctor shortage. During her time at university, she held leadership roles in the Australian Medical Students’ Association, the Sydney University Paediatric Society, and both the Med Revue and the Sydney Uni Revue.

The John C Harsanyi Medal for innovation

Sally was responsible for developing an award-winning aerosol technology to deliver stem cells directly to lungs. Having completed a Bachelor of Pharmacy, a Master of Philosophy (Pharmacy) and a Doctorate of Philosophy (Pharmacy), Sally’s ground-breaking achievements have been recognised by numerous awards, including the European Respiratory Society Fellowship.

The Nigel C Barker Medal for sporting achievement

Tom graduated with a Bachelor of Medical Science in 2015, and completed a Master of Public Health last year. Whilst achieving outstanding grades in medical science medicine, Tom has been heavily involved in Australian Rugby, representing the NSW Waratahs on 43 occasions, the Australian Wallabies on 23 occasions, and achieving the Chris Whitaker Award for Aspiring Waratahs in his debut year.

The Rita and John Cornforth Medal for research excellence

Moritz has made significant contributions to the field of optical science, having been awarded the Jak Kelly Prize for excellence in postgraduate research by the Royal Society of NSW in 2017, and had his work published in the prestigious journal Nature Communications. His work has also been featured by news outlets worldwide, including the BBC.

The Sister Alison Bush Medal for contribution to Indigenous community

After investigating the history of his community’s language, Gunggay, Nathan became committed to reintroducing the language back into the daily lives of his community. He studied a Master of Indigenous Languages in order to fully understand the structure of Gunggay, and now teaches the language to primary and secondary students in his hometown of Yarrabah.

Past recipients

Alumni Award for Cultural Contribution: Michelle Leonard OAM (BMusEd ’93)

Alumni Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Nicholas Molnar (BCom ’12)

Alumni Award for International Achievement: Dr Vandana Joshi MBBS, MPH, DCH (MPHlth ’99)

Alumni Award for Professional Achievement: Professor David Black AO (BSc ’59 MSc ’60)

Alumni Award for Service to Humanity: Professor Rose McGready (MBBS ’90)

Outstanding Achievements of Young Alumni Award: Dr Mohit Tolani (BMedSci (Hons) ’11)

Convocation Medal for Undergraduate Achievement: Sam Coggins (BSc(Agr) '18)

Edmund Barton Medal for Master’s by Coursework Achievement: Georgina Kreutzer (MArch '17)

John C Harsanyi Medal for International Student Achievement: Drew Trahms (MPolEc '17)

Nigel C Barker Medal for Academic and Sporting Achievement: Nicholas Hough (BIT(Hons) '17)

Rita and John Cornforth Medal for PhD Achievement: Dr Kylie Gwynne (PhD '17)

Sister Alison Bush Medal for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Achievement: Dean Cross (BVA '17)
 

The President's Award: Dr Colin Mathers (BSc ’75 PhD ’79)

Alumni Award for Cultural Contribution: Penelope Seidler AM (BArch '64)

Alumni Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Emeritus Professor Vaughan Pratt (BSc '67 MSc '70)

Alumni Award for International Achievement: Antony Walker (BMus ’91)

Alumni Award for Professional Achievement: Dr Patricia Selkirk AAM (BSc ’64 PhD ’69)

Alumni Award for Service to Humanity: Annabelle Chauncy OAM (BA ’07 LLB ’10)

Outstanding Achievements of Young Alumni Award: Eddie Woo (BEd(Second)(Math)(Hons) ’08)

Convocation Medal for Undergraduate Achievement: Philippa Specker (BPsych(Hons) ’17)

Edmund Barton Medal for Master’s by Coursework Achievement: Rhys Michie (MHR ’17)

John C Harsanyi Medal for International Student Achievement: Nate Phumitharanon (BA(Hons) ’17)

Nigel C Barker Medal for Academic and Sporting Achievement: Kane Townsend (BSc(Hons) ’17)

Rita and John Cornforth Medal for PhD Achievement: Dr Lukasz Swiatek (BA(Media&Comms) (Hons) ’11 PhD ’16)

Sister Alison Bush Medal for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Achievement: Geoffrey Winters (BA(Hons) ’11 LLB ’16)

Alumni Award for Cultural Contribution: Ben Quilty (BVA ’96)

Alumni Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Craig Barratt (BSc ’83 BE(Electrical) ’85)

Alumni Award for International Achievement: Tom Beer (BSc ’67)

Alumni Award for Professional Achievement: Roberta Shepherd (DipPhty ’56 DHlthSc(honoris causa) ’16)

Alumni Award for Service to Humanity: Haydn Perndt AM (MBBS ’77)

Young Alumni Achievement Award: Toby Thatcher (BMus(Perf) ’12)

Convocation Medal: Nina Ubaldi (BA(Hons) ’13 LLB ’15)

Edmund Barton Medal: Adam Bruce Fovent (BSc(Adv) ’11 JD ’16)

John C Harsanyi Medal: Ramanan S Arampamoorthy (MCom ’15)

Nigel C Barker Medal: Lavinia Chrystal (BEc(SocSc) ’13 MMgmt (CEMS) ’15)

Rita and John Cornforth Medal: Dr Tomonori Hu (BSc(Adv) ’10 MPhoOpSc ’11 PhD ’15)

Sister Alison Bush Medal: Mykaela Saunders (BEd(AboriginalStud) ’10 MEd(Research) ’15)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

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)

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)

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

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)

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)

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)

 

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Convocation Medal: Dr Michael Fullilove (BA '94)

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 

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)

Convocation Medal: Dr Andrew Berry (BSc '91)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Convocation Medal: Alan John (BA '80)

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