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Campus News : July 2010
Literature for his book, Lost Without Trace about Squadron Leader Wilbur Wackett, son of Australian aircraft designer Lawrence Wackett. The RAAF will publish Professor Kane- Maguire's book later this year. His award also included a $7500 prize. Professor Kane-Maguire has a strong association with war-time aviation after his father served as a pilot in 464 Squadron (RAAF) during the Second World War. Specialising in low level intruder and precision bombing attacks, the squadron achieved fame as the Gestapo Hunters, destroying a number of Gestapo headquarters in Occupied Europe. Tragically Noel Kane-Maguire was shot down and killed, leaving behind one- year-old twin boys, Leon and Noel. In 1999 Professor Kane-Maguire co- authored (with group Captain Mark Lax) a book about the squadron called The Gestapo Hunters. BG Welding research recognised The Welding Technology Institute of Australia (WTIA) presented two University of Wollongong Research Fellows with prestigious awards in May. Dr Mark Callaghan received the WTIA Chris Smallbone International Award to promote technology innovation in Australia through involvement in the outcomes of the WTIA and the International Institute of Welding (IIW). His prize is a trip to attend the IIW Annual Assembly and International Conference in Istanbul in July. It will allow him to interact with experts in welding and joining technology from IIW's 53 member countries. Nathan Larkin received the WTIA Sir William Hudson Memorial Award www.uow.edu.au University of Wollongong Campus News July 2010 15 Research Support Category. This will help fund Nathan's continuing research in special sensors for robot programming. The awards were presented at the WTIA Annual Awards Dinner in Sydney during National Manufacturing Week. Dr Callaghan and Mr Larkin are both Research Fellows of UOW's Faculty of Engineering and are involved in the Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC) Armour Applications program. BG PhD student's coveted prize A PhD student in civil engineering in the field of geomechanics, Ali Ghandeharioon, has been awarded the coveted 2010 NSW Research Students' Award of the Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS). The award is under the auspices of the young professional program promoted by the Institution of Engineers, Australia. The judging panel had initially screened written submissions from UOW's former Vice-Principal (International), Dr James Langridge, has been awarded the Peter A.Wollitzer Advocacy Award at a ceremony in the United States. The award was presented recently during the sixth Annual Forum on Education Abroad Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. The award recognises a forum member who has been remarkably effective in influencing educational institutions to understand and support education abroad through the dissemination of the forum's goals. Wollitzer Award Committee member Dr Jon Booth from Syracuse University presented the award to Dr Langridge. UOW Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Rob Castle delivered the citation. He noted Dr Langridge's outstanding contribution to international education at UOW, within Australia, the US and the Middle East and his pioneering efforts to set up opportunities for Wollongong students to study abroad. Professor Castle said Dr Langridge was a key player in transforming UOW into a truly global university. "He has driven the international mission and has developed programs, student exchange agreements and off-shore operations in regions which were not on the radar for many of his counterparts," he said. Many of these linkages which were established in the late 1980s are now entering their third decade of active collaboration. BG PhD students from various NSW universities, and then shortlisted the best three candidates from the University of Wollongong, University of Sydney and University of Newcastle. The final assessment was based on a peer-reviewed extended article, meeting the publication standards of the Australian Geomechanics Journal, as well as oral presentations. Ali's PhD thesis is focused on soft soil stabilisation techniques with particular reference to the experimental and computer-based simulation of mandrel-driven prefabricated vertical drains (PVDs). His research is conducted under the supervision of Professor Buddhima Indraratna and Dr Cholachat Rujikiatkamjorn as part of a project sponsored by the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Railway Innovation. Before joining UOW, Ali received a Master of Science in Geotechnical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering both from Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran. BG Award for Study Abroad pioneer Dr James Langridge Air Marshall Mark Binskin presents Professor Leon Kane-Maguire with the RAAF Heritage Awards first prize for literature for his book Lost Without Trace. Photo: John Carroll/ADF. Welding award recipients Nathan Larkin (at controls) and Dr Mark Callaghan pictured in UOW's laser-hybrid welding rig in the Manufacturing Research Laboratory.