Melbourne School of Engineering people have featured prominently in The Age Melbourne Magazine‘s annual list of Melbourne’s 100 most influential, inspirational, provocative and creative people.
Two academic staff members and one student have been profiled in the magazine, an impressive result for a feature which focuses on Melburnians from all walks of life, including academia, business, the arts, sport and community leaders.
Dr Georgina Such, who was recently awarded a L’Oréal Australia Women in Science Fellowship, was recognised for her work towards designing a drug delivery system that could potentially revolutionise the way cancer is treated. Dr Such is working on a smarter drug delivery system to target unhealthy cells and avoid healthy cells, thus reducing the unpleasant side effects of some treatments. Further details of her work are available here.
Prime Minister’s Prize for Science winner, Professor David Solomon was recognised, along with his research partner Ezio Rizzardo from CSIRO for their world-leading research into polymer creation. Professor Solomon and Professor Rizzardo’s work has had a profound impact on the composition of materials such as paint, tyres and plastics. It also has important applications in areas such as drug delivery.
Meanwhile Engineering student and founder of Robogals, Marita Cheng, was also profiled for the work she has been doing to promote Engineering careers to girls. Ms Cheng was recently announced as the Victorian Young Australian of the Year, and is a finalist in the National Awards next month.
The Melbourne School of Engineering congratulates Dr Such, Professor Solomon and Ms Cheng on their fantastic work and this latest honour.
The Melbourne Magazine is available now. A gallery of some of the winners, including Georgina Such, can be found at The Age website.