Two of UOW’s leading research experts count receiving the Vice-Chancellor’s Researcher of the Year Award as among their proudest achievements and cite how happy they were to be recognised and appreciated by the University and their colleagues.

Professor Zhengyi Jiang, an international leader in materials manufacturing and Professor Willy Susilo, a world renowned cryptographer and cyber security expert were joint winners of the award in 2016. Both are from the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences.

“I feel very honoured that my contributions have been recognised by my university and the faculty. Being recognised provides me stronger motivation to endeavour and lead my group to continuously develop our research capabilities. I am delighted with the other awards and achievements such as the ARC fellowships, but I feel the Research Award from UOW gives it that personal touch. It is a pleasure to have the University recognise your achievements and contributions to research. It also reflects my continuous efforts and that my pioneering research in the engineering field nationally and internationally is highly regarded by the University,” said Professor Jiang.

Professor Susilo agreed. “I was very happy to know that my work has been recognised and appreciated by my colleagues. I feel very honoured to have received such as award. The most important thing is the fact that my research peers and colleagues recognise and appreciate my work. A UOW award is as prestigious as other awards and achievements. This particular award is very competitive and having this award is very honourable.”

Professor Zhengyi Jiang is from the School of Mechanical, Materials, Mechatronics and Biomedical Engineering. Professor Jiang is an outstanding researcher and international leader in materials manufacturing. Professor Jiang has made exceptional contributions internationally to advanced manufacturing in theory, modelling, tribology and their industrial applications. He has also successfully established a unique research base on micro-manufacturing at UOW. Thanks to Professor Jiang, research and development on advanced micro-manufacturing has placed UOW and Australia in an internationally leading position in this field.

Professor Willy Susilo is from the School of Computing and Information Technology and is a well-known international research leader in cryptography and cyber security. Professor Susilo’s major contribution has been in the development of authentication systems and signature schemes. he has invented many important cryptographic primitives, as well as techniques to secure data in the cloud. His invention of a short signature scheme has now been adopted as part of the Internet Engineering Task Force standard.

The 2018 Vice-Chancellor’s Award nominations close on 25 May. Nominate someone in your team today.