Ms Miriam Tawk (CGRE PhD student) won the coveted 2019 Australian Geomechanics Society’s Young Geotechnical Professional Award on the 12th June in Sydney. Miriam competed against several short-listed young and bright geotechnical professionals (research students and practitioners).

The final assessments were based on their written submissions and oral presentations, and the panel of judges represented both academia and industry. Miriam’s PhD research conducted under the auspices of two ARC Discovery and Linkage projects is highly challenging, and is based on the innovative concepts developed at UOW in which Recycled Rubber Crumbs and Mine Waste Materials are compacted as a Synthetic Energy Absorbing Layer (SEAL) within the rail substructure designed to minimize track damage caused by heavy haul trains travelling at elevated axle loads and speeds. The impact that Miriam’s research outcomes offer to industry is substantial apart from the cutting-edge scientific advancement in the field of rail technology.