UNSW Engineers amongst New South Wales’ brightest scientists

Dr Danielle Moreau from Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.Congratulations to Dr Danielle Moreau and Dr Robert Taylor - winners of the Young Tall Poppy Science Awards

Tonight, two of UNSW Engineering’s young researchers will be recognised with the prestigious Young Tall Poppy Science Awards. They are among 13 NSW researchers and will receive their awards at the Museum of Applied Arts and Science in Sydney.

Winner Dr Danielle Moreau, from Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, is investigating aeroacoustics - for instance how the shape of an aircraft wing can affect noise.

Engineering’s second Young Tall Poppy winner is Dr Robert Taylor from the schools of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy and Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. Dr Taylor is looking at new solar technologies which convert sunlight into heat, rather than electricity.

Dr Robert Taylor is investigating new solar technologies.

The awards are run by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science (AIPS) to honour up-and-coming scientists who combine world-class research with a passionate commitment to communicating science. The awards are held on a state by state basis to celebrate researchers across science, engineering and mathematics.

“These Tall Poppies are already showing great promise here in NSW,” said AIPS General Manager, Ms Camille Thomson.

“We are excited to see them become the guiding lights of science to future generations of enquiring minds.” she said.

 As part of the Young Tall Poppy campaign, award winners will spend a year sharing their knowledge with school students, teachers and the broader community through workshops, seminars and public lectures.

Young Tall Poppies are peer nominated and are early career researchers who have under 10 year’s post-doctoral experience. Selection is based on research achievement and leadership potential. Over 500 young scientists have been honoured nationally since the awards were established in 2000.

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