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Campus News : December 2012
8 CONNECT :UOW DECEMBER 2012 CONNECT: ALUMNI AUSTRALIA CHINA ALUMNI SUCCESS PROFESSOR JUN CHEN PhD (Materials Engineering) 1999 UOW PhD graduate Professor Jun Chen has won the Australia China Alumni Award for Research and Innovation for his immense contribution to the field of materials chemistry. The prestigious award, which was presented to Professor Chen at a gala event in Shanghai in September, recognised his advancement of current knowledge through significant research work. It is the second time a UOW graduate has won the award in its four-year history, following Bachelor of Mathematics graduate Simon Chung’s 2011 award. Professor Chen is Cheung Kong Scholar Professor at Nankai University as well as Director of the Key Laboratory of Advanced Energy Materials Chemistry (Ministry of Education). He completed his PhD through UOW’s Institute for Superconducting and Electronics Materials (ISEM). His research expertise is a combination of lightweight materials and nanostructures for energy storage and conversion with batteries, fuel cells and solar cells. Professor Chen was the recipient of China’s most prestigious national natural science award, winning second prize (first prize has not been filled since 2009) for a project entitled ‘energy storage and electrochemical performance of several types of inorganic materials including hydrogen, lithium and magnesium’. Professor Chen has published over 150 journal papers and edited four books on energy chemistry and advanced batteries. He is also the co-inventor of 20 (CN, US, and EU) patents that have been applied in battery industries. Professor Chen is a Vice-Chairman of the Chinese Society of Electrochemistry, member of the Science and Technology Committee (Ministry of Education), member of the experts of the National 863 Project (Ministry of Science & Technology) (2004-2011), member of the Advisory Committee of the Department of Chemistry of National Natural Science Foundation of China (2008-2011) and Vice Chairman of Tianjin Materials Society (2008-) . UOW ISEM Director Professor Shi Xue Dou was Professor Chen’s PhD Supervisor and provided a letter of support for the nomination. “We are very proud of his achievements and hope that our current postgraduate students follow in his footsteps,” Professor Dou said. The Australia China Alumni Awards were established in 2009 by the Australia China Alumni Association and are a high-profile initiative recognising the wide-ranging achievements of graduates of Australian universities who are currently based in China, and the deepening Australia-China relationship. JB WORDS OF WISDOM INSPIRE GEN NEXT SIMON CHUNG Bachelor of Mathematics (Computer Science) 1989 University of Wollongong alumnus and ChinaSoft International Chief Operating Officer Simon Chung returned to UOW to speak with Information Communication Technology (ICT) students about the future of the industry and how to prepare themselves for the workforce. Mr Chung, who graduated in 1989 with a Bachelor of Mathematics majoring in Computer Science and was awarded the Australia China Alumni of the Year Award in 2011, opened the Faculty of Informatics ICT Careers Expo held at the Innovation Campus in late July. Mr Chung told students of the importance of developing good leadership and communication skills. He said ICT specialists needed to not only know about products and software but also how to communicate and relate to people. “Cultural awareness and being able to bridge the culture gap is also very important,” he said. Mr Chung began his career in the Australian Department of Defence (Navy Division) as an IT officer and manager before transferring to become an IT database leader in the Department of Finance. He moved to Hong Kong in 1995, working for a range of IT consulting firms including ATOS Origin before joining ChinaSoft International in 2006. Under Mr Chung’s leadership, the IT consulting company has grown from 1500 employees in 2005 to 13,000. ChinaSoft is dedicated to corporate social responsibility and raised funds for both the 2008 Sichuan earthquake and 2010 Sichuan landslide disaster relief funds. Mr Chung said he was impressed by the changes UOW had undergone in the years following his graduation. “I am very proud to have studied at UOW. Its ICT courses in particular are world-class,” he said. “Its programs are innovative and creative and what is taught to students very closely reflects the real world and the skills that businesses look for in employees.” Mr Chung said UOW was the source of many good memories of his study time in Australia. “I was very happy at the University. I loved playing basketball with other students and spending time in the library,” he said. “My time at UOW really expanded my vision and view of the world. I’m pleased that my studies in Australia improved my cultural awareness, something that is very important when working in China.” JB Pictured at the 2012 Australia China Alumni Awards presentation in Shanghai (from left): Faculty of Engineering International Officer Anji Phillips, 2012 Australia China Alumni of the Year Professor Jun Chen, award finalist and UOW graduate Selina Ling, UOW Dean of Engineering Professor Chris Cook and UOW alumnus and Australia China Alumni of the Year 2011 winner Simon Chung. UOW 597 ConnectUOW.indd 8 UOW 597 ConnectUOW.indd 8 3/12/12 11:32 AM 3/12/12 11:32 AM