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Campus News : October 2010
www.uow.edu.au University of Wollongong Campus News October 2010 11 Appointments Professor Andy Hughes Professor Henry Ergas Professor Brian Cullis CTCP recruits international officer Professor Andy Hughes' ongoing roles with the United Nations and the Australian Federal Police will provide an "interesting synergy" with his new part-time position at UOW's Centre for Transnational Crime Prevention (CTCP). Professor Hughes hopes his other roles will prove a bonus to research students able to tap into his wide-ranging policing experiences. He has previously been Fiji's Police Commissioner, Assistant Commissioner with the Australian Federal Police and ACT Chief of Police. In 2007, Professor Hughes was appointed as Police Adviser to the United Nations, a role that placed him at the head of the UN Police Peacekeeping for two years. CTCP Director Professor Andrew Goldsmith said: "Professor Hughes' international contacts and depth of professional experience are unique, and this makes him an especially valuable research partner in the centre's activities, and in teaching in our postgraduate programs." Leading economist joins SMART team One of Australia's leading economists, Professor Henry Ergas, has been appointed Professor of Infrastructure Economics at UOW's SMART Infrastructure Facility. SMART Director Garry Bowditch described Professor Ergas as an accomplished economist and an established opinion leader in the national infrastructure debate. Professor Ergas will focus on the economic, regulatory and public policy research program at SMART, with a special interest in the development and application of cost- benefit analysis. He will also be running a program examining the issues involved in ensuring the timely deployment and upgrading of infrastructure, with a focus on our major cities and on export industries. Professor Ergas is a regulatory economist who held a range of leading positions at the OECD before returning to Australia in the mid-1990s. He chaired the Australian Intellectual Property and Competition Review Committee for the Australian Government in 1999-2000 and was a member of the Prime Minister's Export Infrastructure Task Force in 2005 and of the Defence Industry Policy Review in 2006. Post addresses Biometry shortage UOW and CSIRO have teamed up to appoint Brian Cullis to the position of Professor of Biometry -- a vital but under- resourced field of statistics. Biometry develops and applies statistical theory and methods in the biosciences, including agriculture, forestry and fisheries in the primary industries sector and biomedical science and public health. Professor Cullis' appointment has been supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), which has identified the lack of sufficient statisticians available for research and development as a significant hindrance to the success of its research program. Professor Cullis' research and collaborative work focus on the development and use of statistical methods for primary industries, and at UOW he will also undertake the development and training of the next generation of biometricians. BG ITC takes flight UOW's commercial arm ITC Limited has taken over full ownership of the International School of Aviation Australia (ISAA), formerly Avondale College School of Aviation, based in the Hunter Valley. "We are thrilled with this acquisition as we believe it will help to boost the aviation training industry," ISAA Business Manager Nerrin Warr said. "Pilot training has never been more in demand than it is right now, so we expect our school to grow quite significantly over the next year or so. "This acquisition strengthens our commitment to continue to provide pilot training opportunities within the local Hunter Valley community. It will save trainees the need to travel to the city to undertake pilot training and in the Hunter the airspace and training environments are just so much better." Ms Nerrin said the flying school was also attracting international students wanting to become pilots, which was a boost to the local economy. ISAA has been involved in flying training for 30 years and located at the Cessnock Airport for more than three years. It offers a range of private or commercial pilot training programs, charter flights and aerial photography and its graduates have gone on to work for major airlines in Australia and around the world. Garry Fraser will continue in his role as Chief Pilot/Chief Flying Instructor along with other key staff. ISAA will also host an open day on 21 November with tours of the facility, career guidance presentations, discussions with current staff and students and test flights. BG Integral Energy has announced further funding of $1 million to improve power quality and reliability to customers by funding power engineering activities at its Power Quality and Reliability Centre at UOW. Integral Energy, which provided the initial funding for establishing Australia's first power quality centre at UOW in 1996, has now invested more than $4 million. Integral Energy Deputy Chairman Terry Downing signed a new three-year agreement with UOW Vice-Chancellor Professor Gerard Sutton in July. Over the past 15 years the centre has saved major companies hundreds of thousands of dollars by helping them understand how to best operate their businesses within the capabilities of the electricity network. As part of the agreement between UOW and Integral Energy, funding will be used to continue to employ two full-time academics at the centre. For the first time the funding will also be used to supplement two scholarships aimed at encouraging local students to undertake postgraduate study and consider an academic career in the power quality field. BG Integral boosts power centre International School of Aviation Chief Pilot and Flying Instructor Garry Fraser. ITC Limited has taken over full ownership of the school.