Swinburne awards and achievements

Swinburne University of Technology community members are recognised for excellence in their fields, reflecting the depth and breadth of knowledge, experience and service.

Our international reputation as a leader in research and innovation continues to go from strength to strength, further elevating the cutting-edge technologies, partnerships and expertise for social impact and the benefit of our community. 

We congratulate our staff and students on their success, and we are proud to provide an environment in which excellence can thrive.

Professor Nilmini Wickramasinghe awarded prestigious Humboldt Research award

December: Deputy Director of Swinburne’s Iverson Health Innovation Research Institute, Professor in Digital health and Epworth Chair of Health Informatics, Nilmini Wickramasinghe, has been named as recipient of the prestigious Humboldt Research Award. This award is in recognition of Professor Wickramasinghe’s accomplishments in research and teaching.

Named after the late Prussian naturalist and explorer, Alexander von Humboldt, The Humboldt Research Award is awarded to internationally renowned researchers whose theories, discoveries or findings have had a lasting effect on their discipline beyond their immediate research area.

“I am very honoured and humbled to receive this award,” says Professor Wickramasinghe. She recently worked on a health technology project that culminated in the development of DiaMonD (Diabetes Monitoring Device) – a mobile solution for diabetes self-management with a feedback mechanism between patients and clinicians. 

As part of the award, Professor Wickramasinghe has been invited to conduct her research project focussed on the application of blockchain technology for healthcare and the development of a trusted network for the sharing of sensitive healthcare data in collaboration with other researchers and industry partners in Germany. “I look forward to this wonderful opportunity to collaborate with leading international colleagues, to exchange knowledge and ideas that will serve to further advance the digital health field,” Professor Wickramasinghe adds. 

Swinburne researcher honoured for services to multicultural communities

December: Associate Professor at the Centre for Forensic Behavioural ScienceDr Stephane Shepherd, has been named recipient of the 2020 Victorian Multicultural Award for Excellence in Justice by the Victorian Multicultural Commission. Read more.

Swinburne lecturer appointed as MedTech Actuator Menzies Fellow

December: Senior lecturer in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, Dr Chris McCarthy, has been appointed as a MedTech Actuator Menzies Fellow. The fellowship will provide Dr McCarthy with tailored mentoring from commercialisation experts and access to the MedTech Actuator™.

As part of his fellowship, Dr McCarthy will advance CueSleeve, a haptic training device for improving hand-eye coordination in individuals with visual and neuro-cognitive impairments. The prototype was developed as part of the PhD research with Dr McCarthy’s student, Deepa Prabhu. Through the fellowship Dr McCarthy will infuse his research with new commercial expertise from leading minds in the industry.

“As an academic researcher, I love solving problems but get most satisfaction in seeing theoretical solutions translate to real outcomes, this fellowship will give me the mentorship, focus and structured support I need to truly realise this for CueSleeve,” says Dr McCarthy.

The fellowship is a partnership between the Menzies Foundation and the MedTech Actuator as part of the foundation’s Entrepreneurship in Science mission. It unlocks the potential of Australia’s world-class research and researchers, particularly in the areas of human health, medicine and biotechnology. 

Forensicare and CFBS win ACHS Quality Improvement Award

December: Forensicare and Swinburne’s Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science (CFBS) have been awarded the Clinical Excellence and Patient Safety award at the Australian Council on Healthcare Standard (ACHS) 23rd Annual Quality Improvement Awards.

The national awards acknowledge healthcare organisations that show excellence and innovation in clinical care, organisation-wide practice, service delivery and performance measurement. Forensicare and the CFBS received the award for quality improvements achieved following the development and implementation of the eDASA+APP – an electronic instrument and clinical decision support system designed to assess imminent aggression and structure nursing interventions.

“We are absolutely delighted to receive this award,” says Senior Lecturer in Forensic Mental Health Nursing Dr Tessa Maguire, who led the research study.

“It was a very rewarding experience to be part of a multidisciplinary collaboration to develop and test the eDASA+APP. This project has signalled an important step in mental health nursing intervention, which is really exciting.”

“It is really wonderful to see this innovation recognised on a national level. The success of this work highlights the importance of conducting practical and collaborative research. As a result, I feel optimistic that we will continue to see positive improvements in our workplace,” says Chief Executive Officer of Forensicare, Dr Margaret Grigg.

Journalism student wins prestigious international fellowship

December: First-year journalism student Jack Meehan has received a prestigious fellowship to spend a month in Denmark working at the Independent Centre for Constructive Journalism.

Jack is one of two winners who were among hundreds of students across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific to take part in the collaborative Constructive Journalism: Making a Difference 2020 project. This is a multimedia project, encompassing a three-day television broadcast, radio show and podcast series, as well as published work on The Junction, a national journalism initiative that publishes the best student journalism from 27 universities and colleges across the region. As part of the project, students are guided by academics and seasoned journalists to produce high-quality pieces and gain valuable reporting skills.

Jack’s winning story was about the implications of the Australian Government’s drive for increased gas production. The judges described it as an excellent backgrounder, based on extensive research and complemented by strong multimedia elements.

“It means so much to me to get this opportunity to work with leaders in the constructive journalism movement, learning new skills that will provide a perspective, depth and solutions to critical issues we are facing today,” says Jack. 

2020 Swinburne Vice-Chancellor Awards

December: Swinburne University of Technology’s Vice-Chancellor Awards 2020 recognised a range of achievements amid challenges and disruptions during the year under the theme ‘Celebrating resilience and creativity’. 

Five individual lifetime achievement awards were also celebrated for Professor Matthew Bailes, Mr Chris Goetze, Ms Isabella Chor, Professor Syed Masood and Associate Professor Mary Elizabeth DunkleyRead more...

PAVE staff member honoured with CFA Chief Officer’s Commendation award

December: Pathways and Vocational Education (PAVE) Nursing and Health Technical Officer, Jessica Jacobs has received a CFA Chief Officer's Commensation award for courage in recognition of her actions in saving the life of a fellow firefighter during the 2019 - 2020 bushfire season. Read more...

HESTA Team Excellence (Aged Care) Award 2020

November: Led by Professor Sunil Bhar,  Swinburne’s Wellbeing Clinic for Older Adults  team was recognised with a HESTA Excellence (Aged Care) Award 2020  for providing outstanding mental health care and support for aged care residents.

An Australian first, the National Telehealth Counselling and Support Service provides support to vulnerable aged care residents who may be experiencing mental health issues, including depression, anxiety and loneliness. The service was developed in response to significant restrictions to face-to-face visiting as a result of COVID-19.

The team is passionate about training psychologists, social workers and counsellors on how to provide mental health care to residential aged care populations. 

The team includes Professor Sunil Bhar, Aida Brydon, Rebecca Collins, Sofie Dunkerley, Dr Deborah Koder, Jenny Linossier and Mark Silver.

Dr Emma Lee receives inaugural William Jonas Award 2020

November: Swinburne’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Impact  Dr Emma Lee is the inaugural recipient of the William Jonas Award from the Institute of Australian Geographers.  

The award acknowledges Dr Lee’s excellence in significant contributions made to Indigenous geographies and to Australian geography throughout her career. Dr Lee, a trawlwulwuy woman of tebrakunna country in north-eastern Tasmania was nominated by colleagues from across Australia.  

Named for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Dr William Jonas AM, the award celebrates and remembers Dr Jonas as the discipline’s first Indigenous PhD, paving the way for more than 500 Indigenous PhDs to flourish. 

Dr Lee was appointed to the National Co-Design Group for Indigenous Voice earlier this year. 

Good Design Gold Award for alum James Chapman

November: Industrial Design alum James Chapman has been recognised in Australia’s 2020 Good Design Awards program for his Honours project, the ‘Kami’ chair. Read more…

Deloitte Australia-UK GRAVITY Challenge

November: A blended team of staff and students from Swinburne University of Technology has won the ‘Delivering a sustainable future through technology’ challenge category in the Deloitte Australia-UK GRAVITY ChallengeRead more…

2020 Phillip Law Postdoctoral Award for Dr Nisa Salim

November: Swinburne University of Technology’s Dr Nisa Salim has been awarded the 2020 Phillip Law Postdoctoral Award for the Physical Sciences by the Royal Society of Victoria. The award is for excellence in scientific research by an early career researcher in the physical sciences within seven years of completing a PhD from a Victorian research institution.  Read more…

Dr Ali Yavari awarded Victoria Fellowship in Physical Sciences  

November: Dr Ali Yavari has been awarded a prestigious Victoria Fellowship to explore opportunities for the Internet of Things (IoT). Dr Yavari is one of six Victorian scientists awarded a prestigious Victoria Fellowship in Physical Sciences announced by the Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy, the Honourable Jaala Pulford. Read more...

Professor Alan Duffy wins Academic of the Year at inaugural Australian Space Awards

November: Swinburne's most recognisable space communicator, Professor Alan Duffy, has been named Academic of the Year at the inaugural Australian Space Awards. Professor Duffy is Project Lead of SpaceTech Applications at Swinburne's Data Science Research Institute, and is also a regular media commentator on astronomy and space. Read more...


Twelve academics on Highly Cited Researchers list 

November: Swinburne is proud to announce that 12 of our academics have been named on the Highly Cited Researchers™ list from Clarivate. They have been ranked in the top one per cent by citations for field and publication year in the Web of Science™ citation index. Read more...

Professor Bronwyn Fox awarded 2020 Medal for Excellence in Scientific Research 

November: Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise), Professor Bronwyn Fox, has been awarded the prestigious 2020 Medal for Excellence in Scientific Research by the Royal Society of Victoria (RSV). The research medal recognises peak research career achievement and outstanding research leadership. Read more...

Associate Professor Amanda Scardamaglia wins 2020 Victorian Premier’s History Award 

October: Swinburne Law School’s Associate Professor Amanda Scardamaglia has taken out the 2020 Victorian Premier’s History Award for writing the first book that documents the visual history of print advertising in Australia. Read more…

Professor Baohua Jia elected to Optical Society (OSA)

October: Founding Director of the Centre for Translational Atomaterials at Swinburne, Professor Baohua Jia, has been elected one of 118 The Optical Society (OSA) Fellow Members for 2021. The distinction acknowledges significant contributions to the advancement of optics and photonics through education, research, engineering, business leadership and service. Elected by their peers, this year’s fellows include 23 women, the largest number of women ever elected in one year.  Read more…

Dr Dan Golding nominated for ARIA Music Award 

October: Dr Dan Golding, from Swinburne's Media and Communication department, has been nominated for an Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Music Award for his soundtrack for the megahit video game, Untitled Goose Game. It is the first video game soundtrack to be nominated in ARIA Music Award history. Read more…

Interior Graduate of the Year (GOTYA) 2020 

October: Swinburne Design student, Jessica Love has taken out a top prize and two honourable mentions in the Design Institute of Australia’s Graduate of the Year Awards (GOTYA) for 2020. Read more…

Adobe Innovation Grant recipients

October: Ten projects developed by Swinburne staff to support new approaches to learning and teaching have received Adobe Innovation Grants. The projects focus on innovations in digital literacies using the Adobe Creative Cloud suite.  Read more…

Bwe Thay appointed to Victorian Multicultural Commission 

September: Swinburne’s Bwe Thay was appointed Deputy Chairperson of the Victorian Multicultural Commission. As Deputy Chairperson, Mr Thay will help work to identify and address issues faced by Victoria’s multicultural and multifaith communities. Read more…

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