UOW’s annual Alumni Awards

Outstanding UOW alumni and distinguished members of the community were recognised at the 2019 Fellowship and Alumni Awards Dinner on Wednesday, 27 November.

UOW’s annual Alumni Awards recognise the very best, those leading their industry and those who have set their sights on something bigger than themselves.

The winner of this year’s Young Alumni Award is UOW Medical Radiation Physics graduate Julia Green.

Julia is a dynamic and inspiring young clinical leader and researcher delivering high-quality cancer care to the people of the Northern Territory.

Young Alumni Award winner Julia Green

At just 32 years of age, Julia is Chief Medical Physicist at the Alan Walker Cancer Care Centre in Darwin, where she has designed novel treatment programs to overcome the absence of key medical equipment, allowing more patients to be treated faster, and closer to their homes and families. She has encouraged her team to learn the basics of the traditional language of the local Yolngu people.

Julia is committed to inspiring more young people, and girls in particular, to follow their passion and explore the possibilities of STEM careers and subjects. She regularly speaks to UOW students on the importance of communication, human interaction and business management in working as a physicist, and welcomes students into her department for experiential learning.

Other EIS Alumni winners included:

Alumni Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship – Mike Sneesby

Through prodigious entrepreneurial skill and innovation, Mike Sneesby has transformed an idea into a multi-million-dollar business.

Mike is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Stan Entertainment, Australia’s leading local subscription video on demand service. Today the service has more than 1.7 million subscriber households representing over five million active users.

Mike took the calculated risk of signing multi-million-dollar content deals, including exclusive rights to Breaking Bad, before having a single subscriber on the platform, and was commissioning original productions within a few months of launch. This courageous approach set Stan apart from its competitors from day one.

Through passion, hard work and a gift for innovation and entrepreneurship, Mike has built a thriving business, reshaped the entertainment landscape and shone an international spotlight on the Australian film and television industry.

Alumni Award for Research and Scholarship – Professor Aibing Yu

Professor Aibing Yu has profoundly advanced research and development in the complex field of particle science and forged strong, mutually beneficial academic bonds between Australia and China.

Aibing is a world-leading scientist in the fields of particle science and technology and among the globe’s most influential experts in chemical and process engineering. He has attracted in excess of $75 million in competitive research funding, won multiple prestigious awards, and is one of the world’s most highly cited experts in mineral, metallurgical and chemical engineering science.

Aibing’s efforts have created the foundation for subsequent wide-scale research and development programs in sectors as diverse as minerals and metallurgy, materials, chemical, pharmaceutical, nanotechnology, energy and environment. He collaborates extensively with industry so that his research contributes directly to society.

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