The Power of Three

A/Professors Vinayak Dixit, Linlin Ge and Denis O'Carroll to Professor “This is a wonderful achievement’ said Professor Nasser Khalili, Head of School, as he announced that three more of our brilliant academic staff have entered the ranks of Professor.  “It gives me great pleasure to announce the promotion of A/Professors Vinayak Dixit, Linlin Ge and Denis O'Carroll to Professor.

This is a great result for the School, and an acknowledgement and recognition of their outstanding contributions to leadership in research and teaching and engagement with the university and profession.”

Professor Vinayak Dixit is Director, TRACSLab@UNSW and Director, UNSW Research Centre for Integrated Transport Innovation (rCITI). He has a keen interest in topics such as planning for risk in transportation, emergency evacuation and management, and the important issue of fairness in transportation. TRACSlab is the world’s first networked driving simulator laboratory, which has been developed as part of an ARC grant, to study travel behaviour associated to value of time and value of reliability.

Vinayak joined UNSW after serving as the Associate Director of Research for the Gulf Coast Centre for Evacuation and Transportation Resiliency at Louisiana State University. At Louisiana State University he founded the Driving Simulator Laboratory in collaboration with other faculty in the department. His key research interest lies in studying risk in the transportation infrastructure system as it relates to highway safety, travel time uncertainty, as well as natural and man-made disasters. His projects have been funded by the Australian Research Council,  United States National Science Foundation, Federal Highway Administration and the Strategic Highway Research Program of the Transportation Research Board.

This is a great result for the School, and an acknowledgement and recognition of their outstanding contributions to leadership in research and teaching and engagement with the university and profession

Prof Nasser Khalili - Acting Head

Professor Linlin Ge is an expert in remote sensing and earth observation techniques. Among many other prestigious awards, Professor Ge and his team’s work to support the Sichuan Earthquake rescue effort won them the highly prestigious JK Barrie Award for Overall Excellence at the 2008 Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards. He was named "NSW Scientist of the Year 2009" in the category Physics, Earth Sciences, Chemistry and Astronomy for his work in near real-time satellite remote sensing. He received his BEng (1st Hons) in Optical Engineering from the Wuhan Technical University of Surveying and Mapping (1985), MSc in Crustal Deformation from the Institute of Seismology (1988), and PhD in GPS and remote sensing from UNSW (2001). In 1997-1998, he was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Meteorological Research Institute of the Japan Meteorological Agency sponsored by the Science and Technology Agency of Japan.

Linlin is a foundation member of the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute. He is a Member of the IEEE (the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.) and a Life Member of the AGU (the American Geophysical Union). He is also a Principal Investigator for satellite missions such as Envisat, ALOS, COSMO-SkyMed, Radarsat-2 and ALOS-2.

Professor Denis O’Carroll’s research evaluates the fate of engineered nanoparticles that have leached out of commercial products and their ecotoxicity. The theme of his ARC Future fellowship is: ‘Fate of engineered nanoparticles: Challenges in informing human and ecological health risk assessments’. Prior to moving to UNSW in 2015 he was an Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Western Ontario.

Denis completed his BASc at the University of Ottawa, his MS at Clarkson University and his PhD at the University of Michigan. Upon completion of his PhD Denis completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan and was awarded a NSERC postdoctoral award to complete a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto.

Professor O’Carroll is an Associate Editor for Water Resources Research, the Vadose Zone Journal and the Journal of Contaminant Hydrology. He has ongoing research projects developing nanometals for contaminated site remediation, investigating the environmental fate and ecotoxicity of nanoparticles released from commercial products, improving the understanding of the fate of nonaqueous phase liquids in the subsurface and developing climate change mitigation measures in urban areas.

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