Achievements and Announcements


Australia Day awards for UniSA community


New Dean of Industry and Enterprise


UniSA joins new defence innovation partnership

Can building energy efficiency and demand reduction make a difference?

Research projects with industry win $5m

Sci.C.Ed to be known as MOD


Australia Day awards for UniSA community

UniSA staff, students and alumni have been recognised in the 2017 Australia Day honours and awards for their outstanding contributions.

Former member of staff Emeritus Professor MaryAnn Bin-Sallik has been named an Officer in the Order of Australia for distinguished service to tertiary education as an academic, author and administrator, particularly in the area of Indigenous studies and culture, and as a role model and mentor. Prof Sallik was Dean, College of Indigenous Education and Research at UniSA and Head of the School, Aboriginal Studies and Teacher Education, before that.

Another former UniSA staff member, Professor James Gehling, was named an Officer in the Order of Australia for distinguished service to environmental science, and to higher education, as an academic and researcher, in the area of palaeontology, and to the community of the Flinders Ranges. Prof Gehling was a senior lecturer at UniSA in 1997-1998.

UniSA Bachelor of Education student Damien WalkerUniSA Bachelor of Education student Damien Walker was announced as joint South Australian Young Citizen of the Year.

Damien is an advocate for mental health and suicide prevention and is an ambassador for the Salisbury LGBTIQ Community and Self Awareness Program.

He also volunteers with homeless organisations, the Rotary Club, the local Christmas parade and the Twelve25 Youth Enterprise Centre.

A number of other alumni, staff and former staff received Australia Day honours.

Some of the others recognised in the list include:

Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)

His Honour the Honourable John Hardy AO, Radiography Certificate – for distinguished service to the people of the Northern Territory, and as a patron and supporter of a range of aviation, health, emergency service and charitable organisations.

Adjunct Professor Lyndsay Connors AO AM DUniv (Honorary Doctor of UniSA) – for distinguished service to national public education policy, to improved school performance and equitable funding delivery, and as a role model and mentor of young women.

Member of the Order of Australia (AM)

Mr Bruce Linn AM FUniSA (Fellow of the University) – for significant service to the community, notably in the areas of social welfare, education administration, and information technology, and to local government.

Mr Simon Schrapel AM, Bachelor of Arts in Social Work – for significant service to the community, particularly to children and families through social welfare organisations, programs and initiatives.

Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)

Mr John Kennedy OAM, Associate Diploma in Business (Management) – for service to local government, and to the community of Campbelltown.

Mr David Linn OAM, Master in Engineering – for service to the community through refugee support organisations.

Mr Graeme Martin AM, Graduate Diploma in Business Administration – for significant service to the real estate industry through executive roles, to professional property institutes, and to education.

Mr Alan Orrock OAM, Bachelor of Adult and Vocational Education – for service to the community through a range of organisations.

Mr Paul Prestwich OAM, School of Commerce – For service to the community of South Australia.

Mr Graeme Stratford OAM, Diploma of Technology in Accountancy – for service to higher education administration, and to the community.

Mr John Wittwer OAM, Graduate Diploma in Program Evaluation – for service to the community of Hahndorf.

Public Service Medal (PSM)

Ms Rosina Antenucci PSM, Graduate Diploma in Teaching English as a Second Language and Bachelor of Education: Inservice Education & Training of Adults – for outstanding public service to education and to the teaching of English as an additional language.

Australian Police Medal (APM)

Senior Sergeant Trudy Andresen APM, Bachelor of Social Science Justice Administration.

Australian Fire Services Medal (AFSM)

Mr Corey Dunn AFSM, Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) in Conservation Management and Bachelor of Computer and Information Science.

Emergency Services Medal (ESM)

Mr Shane Daw ESM, Graduate Diploma in Management.

For more, including UniSA’s past Australia Day honours, visit the Alumni website.


New Dean of Industry and Enterprise

Professor Andy KoroniosProfessor Andy Koronios has been appointed to the new role of Dean: Industry and Enterprise.

Prof Koronios has extensive experience in both commercial and academic environments and a strong track record of successful collaboration with industry partners both in Australia and abroad.

Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, Professor Tanya Monro says Prof Koronios will work closely with staff from across the University and provide a greater focus on the University’s activities in the area of enterprise.

“The Dean: Industry and Enterprise will provide leadership in the sourcing and development of partnerships with research end-users from industry, government and communities,” Prof Munro says.

“Many of you will know Andy from his most recent role as Head of the School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences here at UniSA.”

Prof Koronios is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society and a Foundation Fellow of the International Institute of Engineering Asset Management. He began his new role this month.


UniSA joins new defence innovation partnership

Manufacturing and Innovation Minister Kyam Maher and Defence Industries Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith announce the new Defence Innovation Partnership at Saab Australia.Manufacturing and Innovation Minister Kyam Maher and Defence Industries Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith announce the new Defence Innovation Partnership at Saab Australia.

UniSA will play a key role in a new partnership that will generate defence-related research and development activity for South Australia.

South Australia is establishing the Defence Innovation Partnership, a new organisation that will connect federal and state governments, the Defence Science and Technology Group, universities, and local and international defence industry.

Pro Vice Chancellor: Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment Professor Simon Beecham says UniSA’s strong relationships with the defence sector and industry will be crucial to the partnership.

“Through our research connections, we are helping the state and federal governments, and our industry partners to develop capabilities and expertise in research technologies that will put Australia in its rightful position at the forefront of defence technology and research,” Prof Beecham says.

“The partnership will provide a common platform where universities can support the defence sector.”

The partnership will improve access for South Australia’s three local universities, including UniSA, to information about defence science and technology priorities.

The key aims of the program are to:

  • provide a focal point to form defence-related research partnerships across government, industry and academia;

  • increase South Australia’s involvement in providing future technologies to Defence;

  • increase the State’s competitiveness for securing greater workshare in large Defence projects by developing a strong and collaborative South Australian research and development (R&D) ecosystem;

  • provide a route to market for industry commercialisation of future technology; and

  • attract new funding from the Australian Government, corporates, universities and overseas research entities by raising the defence R&D profile of South Australia.

Manufacturing and Innovation Minister Kyam Maher says innovation through connecting government, the research sector and the private sector is one of the key determinants of South Australia’s future prosperity.

“With much of our defence industries located in northern Adelaide, the Defence Innovation Partnership will facilitate research and development collaborations with universities and businesses particularly in northern Adelaide, creating jobs and economic opportunities,” he says.

“While the State is already positioned as a leader in defence industries, we must continue to support investment in research, development and commercialisation to keep capability in the State, grow the economy and create jobs.” Find out more here.

Can building energy efficiency and demand reduction make a difference?

Professor Tadj OreszczynUniSA is presenting guest lecturer Professor Tadj Oreszczyn from University College London who is exploring the question ‘Can building energy efficiency and demand reduction make a difference?’

The presentation will provide a historic perspective on the different drivers for energy demand reduction and energy efficiency in the UK residential stock.

Prof Oreszczyn will explore how the drivers will change in the future and what impact this will have on technologies, their deployment and the research required to support a future low carbon energy system. The presentation will conclude by exploring the role that energy epidemiology can play in the deployment of future energy systems.

The lecture is being presented on Wednesday 15 February at 12.30-1.30pm in the Bradley Forum, Level 5, Hawke Building, UniSA City West campus.

More information, including about how to register to attend, can be found here.

Research projects with industry win $5m

UniSA has played a key role in winning significant government grants – totalling $5 million – for two industry-led research projects fed through the Cooperative Research Centres – Project (CRC-P) Programme. The CRC-P is a new competitive, merit based grant that supports industry-led collaborative research partnerships between industry, researchers and the community with a focused commercial outcome.

The industrialisation of a novel diagnostic biosensor for bladder cancer received a grant of $2.4 million this month. UniSA is partnering on the diagnostic biosensor project with SMR Automotive, Flinders University, Maddern & Catt Unit Trust, and The Trustee for the Pro Health Care Hope Valley Unit Trust. UniSA’s grant application was led by Professor Krasimir Vasilev from the School of Engineering and the Future Industries Institute (FII).

The second project to be awarded a CRC-P grant was for the development of innovative surface cladding systems to extend the life of mining industry machine components. The partnership between UniSA, LaserBond and Boart Longyear received a $2.6 million grant. Dr Colin Hall and Professor William Skinner from FII led UniSA’s part of the grant application. Read more about the development of the technology to support the mining equipment technology and services sector in the Media Centre.

Sci.C.Ed to be known as MOD

An exciting new name has been revealed for the Science Creativity Education Studio (Sci.C.Ed), now to be known as MOD. – short for museum of discovery.

Sci.C.Ed stems from UniSA’s strategic plan, Crossing the Horizon, as a major plank in the University’s public engagement strategy to get more Australians excited about scientific creativity and innovation.

MOD. will offer immersive experiences with dynamic, changing exhibition programs and explore creativity in problem-solving.

Scheduled to open in May 2018, activities are underway under the new name of MOD., which follows the development of the strategic vision and consultation with young people and industry professionals.

Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd says the name change makes the museum easier to find, pronounce and understand for stakeholders, especially the target audience aged 15 plus.

“Discovery underpins our offer of experiences that show the inherent creativity in research and how it informs future possibilities,” Prof Lloyd says.

“The word ‘mod’ is a prefix meaning change; strongly supporting our vision and our plans to present a dynamic, changing exhibition program.”

MOD. will be a futuristic museum of discovery, a place to be and be inspired, and to consider how research shapes our understanding of the world to inform future possibilities.

The opening exhibition program called MOD.IFY, will focus on perceptions and multiple realities to explore how technologies are being applied to health, defence and entertainment.

Director Dr Kristin Alford and her new team are currently designing the MOD.IFY exhibition program, talking with a range of internal researchers and external partners to develop something truly mind-bending. MOD. will be free and open to anyone – inspiring future generations of South Australians.