16 December 2011

The University of Queensland's (UQ) Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology (EAIT) has performed extremely well in the latest round of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Project grants.

Attracting more funding and approval of research projects than any other Australian university, UQ topped the nation in ARC Discovery and Linkage Projects and placed second in both Future Fellowships and Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA).

Executive Dean of the Faculty of EAIT, Professor Graham Schaffer said that the Faculty played a significant role in ensuring UQ's overall ARC success.

"The Faculty of EAIT was awarded 19% of the total funding to the University, which is an outstanding outcome," Professor Schaffer said.

"I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to all of the staff who have made this possible, and in particular to the successful grant winners.

"The ARC grants and fellowships reflect the high calibre and excellence of our staff within the Faculty.

"It is due to their pursuit of excellence and commitment to ground breaking research that they have received this funding from the ARC.

The ARC is a statutory authority within the Australian Government's Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (ISSR) department, which aims to support the highest quality of fundamental and applied research.

Some of the successful researchers from the Faculty of EAIT are:


Associate Professor Udantha Abeyratne (School of ITEE)
Project: Breathing and snoring sound analysis in sleep apnea

Professor Hubert Chanson (School of Civil Engineering)
Project: Optimum design of hydraulic structures in rural and urban Australia: dealing with floods and droughts

Professor Zhiguo Yuan and Dr Phil Bond (Advanced Water Management Centre)
Project: Biofilm control in wastewater systems using free nitrous acid - a renewable material from wastewater

Linkage Projects

Dr Steven Pratt and Professor Paul Lant (School of Chemical Engineering)
Project: Adsorption on activated alumina: mitigating fouling of water treatment processes caused by deposition of silica, organics and hardness ions
Australia Pacific LNG Pty Ltd

Future Fellowships

Dr Han Huang (School of Mechanical & Mining Engineering)
Project: Mechanisms and innovative technologies for machining nanoscale multilayered thin film solar panels

Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA)

Dr Hideaki Ogawa (School of Mechanical & Mining Engineering)
Project: Design optimisation and physical behaviour of fuel injection and mixing for innovative scramjet concepts

Linkage Equipment and Infrastructure

Professor Anh Nguyen, Professor Vic Rudolph, Professor Suresh Bhatia, Dr John Zhu, Dr Simon Smart (School of Chemical Engineering)
Project: A facility for non-destructive quantification of coal structures, composition and percolation fluid flows in energy and environmental applications

Media: Madelene Flanagan (m.flanagan@uq.edu.au or 3365 8525)