2015 Dean's Awards

On Tuesday 18 August 2015, staff were welcomed to a forum to celebrate recent successes, recognise outstanding achievement through the ‘Dean’s Awards’, and learn more about the Monash Institute of Medical Engineering (MIME).

The following were the 2015 recipients of the Dean’s Awards:

Dr Chong Meng NanAward: Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research by an Early Career Researcher

Winner: Dr Chong Meng Nan

Department/School: Malaysia School of Engineering

Dr Chong Meng Nan is a Senior Lecturer and the Research Leader of Sustainable Water Alliance (SWA), a multidisciplinary campus level water research group at Monash University Malaysia. His research areas include nanotechnology for water purification and solar energy conversion as well as integrated resources management.



Associate Professor Cordelia SelomulyaAward: Dean’s Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Supervision 2015

Winner: Associate Professor Cordelia Selomulya

Department/School: Chemical Engineering

Since joining Monash in 2006, Associate Professor Cordelia Selomulya has supervised 14 students (11 PhDs, 3 Master by Research) at Monash and 1 PhD at UNSW to completion, the majority of which as the main supervisor. She has demonstrated several innovative approaches to supervising graduate research candidates at Monash such as organising a monthly group meeting where students take turns to present their work, sponsoring regular social events for her students, encouraging students to join different technical societies and to seek counselling or take intermission if necessary.



Professor Mark ThompsonAward: Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research 2015

Winner: Professor Mark Thompson

Department/School: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Professor Mark Thompson’s research covers a broad range, including diverse topics such as cycling and vehicle aerodynamics, insect aerodynamics, wake transitions, passive and active control of wakes, transition to turbulence and biological fluid dynamics.

He has had 18 articles published in the prestigious Journal of Fluid Mechanics since 2013.



Monash Centre for Additive Manufacturing (MCAM) TeamAward: Dean’s Award for Research Impact (Economic and Social Impact) 2015

Winner: Monash Centre for Additive Manufacturing (MCAM) Team

Department/School: Materials Science & Engineering and Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

The MCAM team's research covers software development for user-friendly design tools for weight reduction of the components, processing parameters optimisation for all metals, engineering microstructure and required mechanical properties in the printed parts, understanding mechanisms for the formation of surface roughness of different alloys, thermal residual stress analysis, defect inspection and processing optimisation to achieve maximum build speed, subsequently lowest cost.

The research that led to the development of impact can be divided into the following categories: 

  1. Development of a user-friendly software to reduce weight of the component whilst maintaining the same mechanical performance of aero engine components 
  2. Development of optimum processing parameters for 3D printing a range of Ni alloys, AI alloys, and Ti alloys to ensure mechanical properties of 3D printed components meet international aerospace standard and suitable for flying 
  3. Carrying out in-depth fundamental research on formation mechanisms of surface roughness of Ti, AI and Ni alloys, of optimum microstructures and performance 
  4. Develop manufacturing process, such as optimise laser scanning patterns and support structure, to produce the components with international aerospace whilst with the fastest speed in the world



Dr Scott WordleyAward: Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching 2015

Winner: Dr Scott Wordley

Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Dr Scott Wordley is committed to the ongoing development of pedagogies, education technologies and learning spaces to allow students to develop the team work and interpersonal skills that they need to succeed, both at university and in the real world.

He has pioneered the first flipped classrooms in Engineering, a pedagogical model in which students gain first exposure to course material outside of class, while in-class time is devoted to more personalised guidance and interaction with students.

This teaching model was very well-received by students, with 93% of them reporting satisfaction.


This article was adapted from Faculty of Engineering's website, eng.monash.edu.au/news