It is my pressure to inform you that Distinguished Professor Buddhima Indraratna, A/Prof Cholachat Rujikiatkamjorn and Dr Ana Heitor have been awarded an Environmental Trust (ET) Grant for the project entitled: Performance of Rubber-based Energy Absorbing Layer for railroad stability. The total cash amount for the project is $150,000 with matching funding committed by Ecoflex Ltd. and Tyre Stewardship Association.
The 111 Project
Buddhima Indraratna is foreign expert and chief participant of the project "Railway engineering system dynamics" led by Southwest Jiaotong University, funded by the Chinese Ministry of Education and State Administration of Foreign Affairs for 4.5 million RMB (approx. 1 million Australian) for 5 years. The approved project under the auspices of China national program on "Expertise for Disciplinary Innovation of Universities", aims to draw leading overseas researchers as foreign experts for promoting academic exchange and research collaboration. Funding of jointly supervised PhD students and research associates between the successful local Universities and Foreign Experts is a key element in this program.
Successful EU project
An European Union project for 1.2 million Euros has been approved for RISEN - Rail Infrastructure Systems Engineering Network led by University of Birmingham's Senior Lecturer, Dr Sakdirat Kaewunruen (former UOW PhD graduate in Civil Engineering). This EU project includes Alex Remennikov and Buddhima Indraratna as international Partners. This project is part of HORIZON 2020 European Union programme which is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly 80 billion Euros of funding. This project, RISEN, aims to enhance knowledge creation and transfer among European Advanced Rail Research Universities and Non-EU, world-class rail universities including the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (USA), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA), Southwest Jiaotong University (China) and University of Wollongong . This project adds research skill mobility and innovation dimension to existing bilateral collaborations between universities through research exchange, joint research supervision, summer courses, international training and workshops, and joint development of innovative inventions. It spans over 4 years from April 2016 to March 2020.
Ray Tolhurst - Citizen of the Year Award
Ray received the Wollongong Council Senior Citizen of the Year Award for his contribution to mining education and for may mining and metallurgy/materials student support activities that he has conducted for more than 40 years. Congratulations, Ray. We are very proud of you.?