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Outstanding professor awarded fellowship

Date posted: Tuesday 6 Jul 2010

Outstanding professor awarded fellowship

Swinburne University’s world-class photonics researcher Professor Min Gu will be awarded an Australian Laureate Fellowship from the federal government. 

One of 15 fellows announced today, Professor Gu will tomorrow attend an award ceremony led by the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research Senator Kim Carr. 

According to Minister Carr, the fellowships will allow our world-class researchers to tackle some of the most urgent and complex research issues facing Australia and the world. 

“The Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme gives outstanding research leaders the opportunity to solve big problems and pass on their skills to the next generation,” he said. 

“These 15 top-flight researchers and their teams will receive a total of $35.5 million.” 

Regarded as an international authority on three dimensional (3D) optical imaging science, Professor Gu’s fellowship will enable him to further advance his pioneering research in this field.    

“Professor Min Gu from Swinburne University of Technology will use his fellowship to research a ground-breaking petabyte data storage technology which will allow us to store the equivalent of 10,000 DVDs on one disc,” Senator Carr said.  

Professor Gu is a university distinguished professor and Director of the Centre for Micro-Photonics at Swinburne. 

According to Senator Carr the 15 Australian Laureate Fellows will collaborate with research partners from 28 countries.  

“This will not only make for better research outcomes; it will extend Australia’s international research connections, which are vital for our performance in the increasingly integrated research system,” he said. 

Administered by the Australian Research Council, the Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme is in its second year. All up it will provide $239 million over five years to up to 75 talented researchers.  

The 2010 awards ceremony will be held at James Cook University in Cairns on Wednesday 7 July. 

Biographies of all the fellows, including Professor Min Gu, are available at: www.arc.gov.au/media/major_announce.htm    

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