Nanotechnologist Is Rmit's Alumnus Of The Year

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Nanotechnologist is RMIT’s Alumnus of the Year

A young, internationally renowned nanotechnologist has been named RMIT

University’s Alumnus of the Year.

Dr Amanda Barnard, who graduated from the University as an undergraduate in

2001 and finished her PhD in record time in 2003, will be presented with the honour

in a ceremony at RMIT Storey Hall tonight.

Dr Barnard said she was thrilled with the award. 

“With the current pressures to ensure scientific research is targeted to practical

outcomes, the applied focus of RMIT science degrees are invaluable in creating the

right mind-set,” she said.

RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Margaret Gardner AO, will present

the award to Dr Barnard.

“Dr Barnard has done so much in a short time,” Professor Gardner said. 

“RMIT can be truly proud of her. She is an excellent role model for young women


Dr Barnard’s achievements since receiving her PhD include: 

A 2008 L’Oréal Australia for Women in Science Fellowship – one of only four

awarded in Australia. She will use this Fellowship to develop new computational

tools to predict the behaviour of nanoparticles in the environment.


prestigious Australian Research Council award – the Queen Elizabeth II

Fellowship – with a total grant amount of $775,000 over five years.

A position as a Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Nanoscale

Materials at Argonne National Laboratory (USA).

Three years as a Violette & Samuel Glasstone Fellow at the University of Oxford

(UK), where she investigated the safety of nanoparticles and wrote a commentary

on nano-hazards for Nature Materials.

Dr Barnard is the second recipient of the Alumnus of the Year award. The RMIT

Alumnus of the Year awards acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of

exceptional RMIT graduates. 

For interviews: Dr Amanda Barnard, 0488 604 128.

For general media enquiries: RMIT Media and Communications, David Glanz,

(03) 9925 2807 or 0438 547 723.

9 December, 2008

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