Philipp Sueltrop from the College of Engineering won first place in the UC Thesis in Three finals with his very engaging presentation on Rocket fuel slosh. Who knew coffee and rockets had so much in common?
Stop-the-Press: Congratulations again to Philipp who has just returned from representing UC at the Asia-Pacific 3MT (Three-Minute-Thesis) competition in Brisbane. Philipp got into the top 10 finalists from 55 Asia-Pacific Universities.
Each year, the Dean of Postgraduate Research at UC sponsors and organises the Thesis in Three competition for postgraduate students. PhD and Masters students give a three-minute presentation to describe their thesis research with only a single presentation slide. The top three students from each college round go on to compete in the UC final.
It is with genuine delight that I announce that the University Research Committee has resolved to award the 2017 University of Canterbury Early and Emerging Career Researcher Award to Dr Laurie McLay from the School of Health Sciences for her outstanding research contribution.
The award recognises emerging UC researchers for the development of their research careers and the contribution they are making in raising the international research reputation of the University of Canterbury.
The award will be presented to Laurie at a function in early 2018, where she will present the highlights of her research to her university peers.
Please join me in congratulating Laurie on her very worthy success.
Professor Ian Wright
Deputy Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Tuarua
Congratulations to all Tech Jumpstart winners announced yesterday (Thursday 5 October) evening.
The prize from each Technology Incubator (WNT Ventures and Astrolab) is a “pre-incubation”, where the incubator spends $35k doing a commercial assessment, and coming up with a commercial strategy for the technology. After this, if the incubator likes the look of the technology, they form a start-up to commercialise it.
KiwiNet also funds $20k for each of the winners.
Commercialisation support from R&I is provided to winners as well.
WNT Ventures prize:
Designing functional dresses for plants
Associate Professor David Leung
Laser Detection of Nitrates in Waterways and Soils
Dr Deb Crittenden and Associate Prof Sally Gaw
High Performance Printed Heat Exchangers
Professor Conan Fee and Dr Tim Huber
In-situ Damage Detection
Giuseppe Loporcaro and Professor Milo Kral
Miniature Electrochemical Sensing Elements for Detection of Nitrate
Dr Vladimir Golovko and Dr Aaron Marshall
Congratulations to our UC students who won New Zealand Institute of Forestry awards last week.
The awards encourage and support forestry-related education, training and research through the provision of grants, scholarships and prizes; promoting the acquisition, development and dissemination of forestry-related knowledge and information and other activities.
A Future Forest Scholarship of $10,000 was awarded to Fei Guo, a PhD student at the University of Canterbury looking at the use of spectroscopy of cellulose and wood to predict growth-stress levels in standing trees and logs. This is a new award for the Foundation, made possible by a donation of $70,000 from the forest investment company New Forests.
The Otago/Southland Award of $1,500 went to Luke Holmes, a Bachelor of Forest Engineering Honours student at University of Canterbury whose research topic is the productivity of fully mechanised cable logging operations. He is studying a cable logging operation in Southland using an innovative method of cable logging.
Michael Pay, a second year Master of Forestry Science student at University of Canterbury received the Frank Hutchinson Scholarship of $1,000 for a postgraduate student. Michael’s project is estate modelling of a multi species, multi-objective forest.
A University undergraduate scholarship of $1,000 was received by Morgan Scragg, a first year Bachelor of Forestry Science student at the University of Canterbury.
UC winners of the student poster competition held at the NZIF Conference were:
Okey Francis Obi, a PhD student at University of Canterbury, for a poster on the efficiency of logging crews (second prize of $500)
Michael Pay, a Master of Forestry Science student at University of Canterbury for a poster on outcomes from management of a marginal hill country forest property (third prize of $200).
A great time was had by all last Friday 25 August celebrating the recipients of the VC General Staff and Health & Safety Awards! A massive congratulations to everyone who won and thanks to everyone who came to support their efforts.
Find more information on what the awards were for here.
Recipients of the VC General Staff Award
- Ashalyna Noa
- Damian Cairns
- Leonie Partridge
- Nigel Harris
- Pauline Luafutu-Simpson
- Stuart Broughton
Recipients of the Health and Safety Awards
- Catherine Sellin
- Julian Farmer
- Kirsten Carey
- Student Services and Communications Engagement Group
- Will Shannon
Well done to everyone!