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ECU Staff and Students Honour Roll – September and October 2020

Friday, 30 October 2020


ECU's Staff and Students Honour Roll celebrates the significant achievements and awards presented to members of our University community.


Dr Margaret Merga from the School of Education

In partnership with the Australian School Library Association, Chief Investigator, Dr Merga led a team of researchers at ECU and Murdoch to a success in the 2020 round of BUPA Grants. The project will receive $90,617 in funding to look at how to support schools to provide frontline support for children’s wellbeing and mental health through their school libraries. Read more

Dr Melanie Blanchette from the School of Science

Senior Research Fellow Dr Blanchette has been accepted into the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia (MRIWA) College of subject matter experts, in recognition of her research into the ecology of mine-impacted catchments. MRIWA College was established by the WA Government for the purpose of supporting research investment in WA's mineral industry. Read more

Dr Esme Franken from the School of Business and Law

Dr Franken has been recognised in the 2020 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards. This international award celebrates excellence in doctoral research. Dr Franken recently completed her PhD in human resources and industrial relations at Victoria University of Wellington. Read more

Igor Radmilovich and Aganze Matembela from the School of Science

School of Science students Igor and Aganze were each awarded a 2019 CommBank Cyber Prize at the first ever Virtual CommBank Cyber Prize ceremony. The award recognises talented students from across five different Australian universities, including ECU, UNSW, RMIT, University of Sydney and Monash University. Winners of the CBA Cyber Prize received $1,000 and, in lieu of the face-to-face ceremony normally held in Sydney, students were treated to virtual masterclasses from CommBank cyber security experts. Read more

Drew Garcia, Nitin Hirani and Saman Akbar Zadeh from the School of Engineering, Liam Burke-Rowe from the School of Nursing and Visahl Samson David Selvam from the School of Science.

Congratulations to the following ECU students who received placings within the top three teams in the Joondalup Innovation Challenge:

  • 1st place: Drew Garcia from Diversiform (Team 1)
  • 2nd place: Liam Burke-Rowe and Visahl Samson David Selvam from Cipher (Team 21)
  • 3rd place: Nitin Hirani and Saman Akbar Zadeh from Benang (Team 28)

The Joondalup Innovation Challenge is a virtual entrepreneurship challenge designed to build the employability and resilience of university students. It brings together educators, business leaders, entrepreneurs and artists to build a community unlike any other. Drew’s team Diversiform developed an initiative to match international students with businesses in the Joondalup area to leverage knowledge international students have on international markets. The winning team was invited to a networking morning tea event to present their idea to the City of Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob JP and industry professionals. Read more

Associate Professor Elin Gray from the School of Medical and Health Sciences

Hats off to Associate Professor Elin Gray who recently received a 2020 Georgina Sweet Award for Women in Quantitative Biomedical Science, for her research vision and mentorship of the next generation of scientists through her world-leading melanoma research. Read more

PhD student Ankje Frouws from the School of Science

Comparing the Avengers to Western Australian seagrass meadows was a winning strategy for PhD student Ankje Frouws in the Asia Pacific Three Minute Thesis (3MT) final. Ankje was named runner-up champion for her engaging presentation “Seagrasses, the Avengers of the sea: a story of diversity and resilience”. Read more

Professor Hongqi Sun from the School of Engineering, Dr Jun Wen and Dr Mohammad Iranmanesh from the School of Business and Law and Dr Luke Hopper from WAAPA

Professor Sun, Dr Wen, Dr Iranmanesh and Dr Hopper were recognised as research leaders in their respective fields in a special report on Australian research in The Australian. The report highlights lifetime and early achievers, and individual and institutional leaders across 250 different research fields, divided into eight broad discipline areas. Read more

Dr Mohiuddin Ahmed from the School of Science, Dr Stephanie Godrich from the School of Medical and Health Sciences and Dr Naomi Godden from the School of Arts and Humanities

Thanks to Business Events Perth and the Aspire Program, three ECU researchers have been awarded $5,000 to attend an international conference in their field.

  • 2020 ECU Aspire Award winner: Dr Mohiuddin Ahmed for his research on the effectiveness of blockchain in developing a dependable and secure e-health system. He will use the funds to attend the upcoming IEEE TrustCom conference.
  • 2020 Regional Aspire Award winner: Dr Stephanie Godrich specialises in food security among children living in rural Western Australia and has worked with nearly 50 remote communities to assist in ensuring children have access to nutritious food. She will use the funds to support her attendance at the International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity Conference.
  • 2020 Regional Aspire Award winner: Dr Naomi Godden is a community worker, social justice and environmental activist, and feminist participatory researcher whose research focuses on climate justice. She will use the funds to attend the International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability.

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