Professor Zhiguo Yuan.
Professor Zhiguo Yuan.
16 October 2015

Transforming the way societies manage water has led The University of Queensland’s Professor Zhiguo Yuan to be named a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).

Professor Yuan, Director of the UQ Advanced Water Management Centre, was named a Fellow of the prestigious academy on Wednesday 14 October, 2015.

UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said Professor Yuan’s innovative technologies had helped save water providers hundreds of millions of dollars by managing sewer corrosion.

“By working with industry to deliver innovative, cost-effective solutions to a global problem, Professor Yuan has been able to create change on a massive scale, with the majority of water utilities in Australia adopting the outcomes of his research,” said Professor Høj.

“This prestigious fellowship is a fitting acknowledgement of Professor Yuan’s enormous contribution to the field of water management in Australia and internationally.”

ATSE fellowships recognise Australia's leading minds in technology and engineering, and are awarded to people who apply technology in smart, strategic ways for social, environmental and economic benefit.

Fellows are drawn from academia, research, government and industry.

Professor Yuan said the fellowship also reflected the commitment of his team of scientists and engineers at the Advanced Water Management Centre, as well as their strong industry partnerships.

“When it comes to a resource as precious as water, it’s so important that we work alongside industry partners to ensure the scientific findings are rapidly translated into useful applications which benefit society.

“We’re persistently working to find practical solutions to improve wastewater process engineering, overall systems optimisation and infrastructure operation and maintenance.”

Professor Yuan is the Future Technologies Program Leader for the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities and won an ATSE Clunies Ross Award earlier this year.

He is among more than 160 UQ staff (including honorary and adjunct appointments) and professors emeriti who are fellows of Australia's learned academies, which include the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Australian Academy of the Humanities, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

A full list of UQ’s learned academy members is available here.

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