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2015 Australia to US Fellows Announced

Friday, October 16, 2015   (0 Comments)
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Fellowships awarded to top Australian Scholars

The American Australian Association's Education Fund is awarding Australian innovators and professionals Fellowships  to undertake research and study on science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM),sustainability and medicine at prestigious American institutions. The American Australian Association facilitates intellectual alliances and collaboration between Australia and the USA.  

The Fellowships are funded through a series of Annual Benefit Dinners honoring prominent Australians and Americans. Our 2015 Benefit Dinner honors Mr. Bill McDermott, Chief Executive Officer and executive board member of SAP .  The Benefit Dinner will be held on November 4, 2015, at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. 

Since the Association’s Education Fund inception in 2002, over $5 million dollars have been awarded in Fellowships to more than 200 outstanding Australian and American scholars.

Applications are now open for the 2015 US to Australia Fellowship for American researchers or students wishing to undertake advanced research or study in Australia. The Fellowships close on 15 October 2015

2015 Bechtel Fellow :Sarah Morris
Monash University/ Cornell University
Research Interest : Engineering

Sarah completed her Bachelor of Engineering (First Class Honors) and Bachelor of Arts (French) at Monash University. She is completing her graduate studies in the Cornell University Fluid Dynamics Research Laboratory, researching the dynamics of aircraft wingtip vortices. She also enjoys competing for the Cornell University Dressage Team in equestrian events.


Chevron Fellow :David Wang
University of Queensland/ Ohio State University
Research Interest : Engineering

Dr. David Wang is the 2016 Chevron Fellow and an ARC-Discovery Early Career Research Award Fellow. David’s research focuses on the development and deployment of new inorganic membranes for water treatment and gas processing applications for the energy and chemical industries with a particular emphasis on rapid thermal processing technology.

ConocoPhillips Fellow :Nicholas Rodd
Melbourne University/MIT
Research Interest : Physics

Nicholas Rodd is a physics graduate student working at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research encompasses the structure and experimental signatures associated with beyond the standard model phenomena. His current focus is dark matter and a potential signal seen in the galactic center.

Dow Chemical Company Fellow :Mark Richardson
University of Melbourne/University of California, Irvine
Research Interest : Chemistry

Mark completed his Bachelor of Science (Hons) at Macquarie University, Sydney in 2010, and his PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2015. He is fascinated by problems in chemistry and biology, and tries to marry these two fields in his research pursuits.

Folkestone Fellow :Amanda Kazacos
University of New South Wales/ New York University
Research Interest : International Taxation Law

Amanda is undertaking the Masters of Law – International Taxation Program at New York University. Her focus is on international tax arbitrage and identifying appropriate taxation mechanisms to account for multinational commercial transactions.

Northrup Grumman Fellow :John Bartholomew
Australian National University/California Institute of Technology
Research Interest : Quantum Mechanics

John received his PhD at the Australian National University. His research focuses on harnessing the quantum interactions between light and atoms in crystals to create new information technology. By joining a team at Caltech he hopes to advance this technology by combining quantum optics with nano-scale fabrication.

Qantas Fellow :Dylan Lino
Melbourne University/Harvard University
Research Interest : Indigenous Rights

Dylan Lino is a Visiting Researcher and Graduate Program Fellow at Harvard Law School and a doctoral candidate at Melbourne Law School. In 2015–16, Dylan will complete his dissertation on whether constitutional recognition of Australia’s Indigenous peoples can achieve a just and sustainable Indigenous–settler relationship.

University of Queensland Fellow:Matthew Herington
University of Queensland/ Washington University in St. Louis
Research Interest : Energy Accessibility

Matthew’s interests are motivated by the role that energy systems play in poverty alleviation. His PhD research, strengthened by a partnership with Washington University in St Louis, examines the drivers of social change among the energy impoverished. Matthew is a University of Queensland graduate with an energy policy background.

Westfield Fellow :Daniel Fink
University of Sydney/MIT
Research Interest : Urban Design

Daniel is an urban designer and researcher, whose focus is the creation of decision-making frameworks and digital tools that enhance the way we design our cities. Bridging across both practice and academia, Daniel has chosen to pursue large-scale development projects that build sustainable, equitable and economically productive urban communities.

2015 APSA Fellow :Stephen Dietz

Stephen Dietz is a trade and investment lawyer in the Office of Trade Negotiations at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). He joined DFAT in 2009 and served in Australia’s Permanent Mission to the UN and World Trade Organization in Geneva from 2011 to 2014. Prior to DFAT, Stephen was a judicial clerk at the Federal Court of Australia and a researcher at the Tim Fischer Centre for Global Trade and Finance.

Sir Keith Murdoch Fellow :Andrew Guirguis
Royal Australasian College of Physicians/ Brigham and Women’s Hopsital
Research Interest : Leukemia

Andrew’s post-doctoral fellowship at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Broad Institute in Boston, Massachusetts under the supervision of Asst Professor Benjamin Ebert, will focus on developing better predictive models of response to treatment in myelodysplastic syndrome and generating novel models of disease using newly described gene-editing CRISPR/Cas9 technology.

Sir Keith Murdoch Fellow :Elizabeth Manning
University of Melbourne/ University of Pittsburgh
Research Interest : Medicine

The goal of Elizabeth’s research is to understand the neural changes which underlie disrupted cognition in mental health disorders. This fellowship is supporting her training at the University of Pittsburgh, where she is learning to use several advanced neuroscience methods that will allow her to address this question.

Sir Keith Murdoch Fellow :Jessica Neil
University of Melbourne/New York University
Research Interest : Medicine

Jessica’s work with Asst Prof Ken Cadwell at the Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York will explore how viruses contribute to the development of other complex chronic diseases, such as Crohn’s disease, and the circumstances during which virus infections can actually be beneficial to the host. This work has the potential to contribute substantially to our understanding of viruses in health and disease.

Sir Keith Murdoch Fellow :Rachel Slatyer
Australian National University/University of Wisconsin, Madison
Research Interest : Sustainability

Rachel is currently completing her PhD at the University of Melbourne, where she has been studying the evolutionary ecology of alpine insects. She will be working as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, exploring cold adaptation and developing models to predict responses of alpine species to climate change.

The Education Fund
The Association annually awards Fellowships for postgraduate and postdoctoral research, in medicine, technology, sustainability, and engineering. Fellowships are awarded to Australian and American researchers through the Australia to US and US to Australia Fellowship Programs to promote advanced studies. To date, over 200 Fellows have received awards totaling over $5M.

The Fellowships are funded through sponsorship of key corporate members and a series ofAnnual Benefit Dinners honoring prominent Australians and Americans. Further information on the Education Program is available here.





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