At the end of a busy week for everyone, I'd like to offer my congratulations to the four new recipients of ARC Future Fellowships at Swinburne. Future Fellowship research grants are highly sought after and it is very pleasing to see so many of our talented academics recognised in this way.
Our four new ARC Future Fellows are Dr Barbara Catinella, Dr Jeffrey Davis, Dr Christopher Vale and Dr Hai Vu, whose projects span the fields of astronomical and space sciences, optical physics, quantum physics and distributed computing. Dr Catinella joins us from the Max Planck Institute and our other Fellows are currently Swinburne early career research stars.
It was a particularly strong outcome for Swinburne this year and one that placed us ahead of local competitors La Trobe, Deakin, RMIT and Victoria University. In fact, Swinburne was one of only a handful of universities outside of the Group of Eight to win more than three Future Fellowships this year.
In a few days' time, our new Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Development), Professor George Collins, will take up his role. I am tempted to tell George that four Future Fellowships is the new baseline and that his performance in building Swinburne's research strength over the next 12 months will be measured accordingly.
As we welcome Professor Collins to Swinburne, may I also take this opportunity to thank Professor Matthew Bailes who has acted as DVC (Research) since January. Matthew has brought the wit and frankness of an astrophysicist to our senior management meetings and I have immensely valued his advice and counsel during this time. He has also been instrumental in assisting our colleagues in Sarawak to better define their research future.
Once again, to Swinburne's four new Future Fellows, my sincere congratulations. We look forward to great things emerging from your respective research efforts.
Professor Linda Kristjanson
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