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The Title 'John Curtin Distinguished Professor' is awarded for 5 years, or until the retirement or resignation of the Professor from the University, whichever comes first. The title may be awarded for consecutive periods.

2021 John Curtin Distinguished Professors

Professor Ian Phau
Professor Ian Phau
DBA, MBA, AdPG Dip in Management Consultancy, Bsc (Econs)
Professor Ian Phau is an expert on luxury branding.  He is a frequent keynote speaker and panellist for various international conferences in luxury research.  He received national recognition in The Australian newspaper as a 'Research Superstar' - one of the top 40 Lifetime Achievers across all disciplines.  Professor Phau established the Biometric Consumer Research Lab at Curtin, the first of its kind in an Australian business school, specialising in integrated biometric methods, including eye tracking, EEG and facial expression recognition technologies.  The lab has won several awards including the Curtin Commercial Innovation awards and CSIRO ON Prime challenge.

Professor Christine Erbe
Professor Christine Erbe
MSc (Physics), PhD (Geophysics)
Professor Christine Erbe is Director of Curtin's Centre for Marine Science and Technology and one of Australia's leading experts on underwater acoustics.  Her research expertise on how human-induced underwater noise interferes with animal acoustic communication assists industry and government to understand the impact on the ocean environment of offshore activities such as shipping, oil and gas exploration and production, offshore wind farms, and port development.
Professor Abhijit Mukherjee
Professor Abhijit Mukherjee
BEng, MEng, PhD
Professor Abhijit Mukherjee is an exceptional international scholar with particular interest in sustainable building materials, infrastructural health monitoring and rehabilitation.  His role at Curtin has been pivotal to lifting the research standing of the civil engineering discipline to a world class level.  He has an extensive research track record of outstanding quality and has worked with international teams on projects of significance for the past three decades.  He is in high demand as an invited and keynote speaker around the world.

Professor Mukherjee is Director of the Bio-activated Materials Laboratory at Curtin, and serves as Dean International, South Asia, working to develop Curtin's markets and partners in the region.
Professor Kim Scott
Professor Kim Scott
BA, GDip Education
Professor Kim Scott is an internationally acclaimed author and scholar.  His research is embedded within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, specifically exploring Noongar languages, narratives, historical archives and the relationship of these to wider issues of identity and belonging.  Professor Scott is a two time Miles Franklin Literary Award winner, and has been the recipient of the Victorian, Western Australian and New South Wales Premiers Literary Awards.  As a recipient of an ARC Future Fellowship, Professor Scott's ongoing research will investigate how digital technologies in combination with on-country camps may consolidate, enhance and help share a specific Aboriginal heritage.


 


John Curtin Distinguished Professors - Title awarded for a consecutive period in 2021.


Professor Anna Haebich
BA(Curtin) BA(Hons)(UWA) PhD(Murdoch) FAHA FASSA
Professor Anna Haebich is a multi-award winning scholar of international repute, known for her leadership in interdisciplinary and cross-cultural research. Her career combines university teaching, research, centre directorship, curatorship, visual arts practice, working with Indigenous communities and international engagement. Her wide-ranging research, much of which centres on community engagement with Noongar peoples, has been the subject of academic and popular publications, exhibitions, videos, and CDs. A Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities and the Australian Academy of Social Sciences, Anna was named in the Australian Academy of Humanities publication, The Power of the Humanities, as one of Australia’s 20 leading national researchers.
Title awarded for a consecutive period: Professor Haebich was originally awarded the John Curtin Distinguished Professor title in 2011 and was then awarded the title for a consecutive period in 2016 and 2021.

Professor San Ping Jiang
Professor San Ping Jiang
BEng(SCUT) PhD(City)
Professor San Ping Jiang is an internationally renowned leading researcher in the electrochemical energy conversion and storage technologies.  He has over 25 years R&D experience in the field, and established a distinguished national and international academic reputation.  He has participated in a number of national and international conferences and given over 80 public seminar in the US, Denmark, UK, Korea, Japan and China.
Title awarded for a consecutive period: Professor Jiang was originally awarded the John Curtin Distinguished Professor title in 2016 and was then awarded the title for a consecutive period in 2021.
Professor Pete Kinny
Professor Pete Kinny
BSc(Hons)(Sydney) PhD(ANU)
Professor Pete Kinny is one of Curtin’s most highly cited geoscientists. His expertise is isotope geochronology, which uses the natural radioactive decay of minerals to determine their age and evolution, with applications that include fundamental aspects of Earth history, such as the development of Earth’s earliest crust and diamond creation in the Earth’s mantle, and the formation of Earth’s ore deposits that meet society’s growing demand for the critical metals needed to support the transition from fossil fuels to more sustainable sources of energy.
Title awarded for a consecutive period: Professor Kinny was originally awarded the John Curtin Distinguished Professor title in 2016 and was then awarded the title for a consecutive period in 2021.
Professor Moses Tade
Professor Moses Tadé
BSc(Hons)(Ife) MSc PhD(Queens) FIChemE CEng HonFIEAust CPEng
Professor Moses Tadé is well recognised and respected nationally and worldwide for his research achievements in Chemical Engineering and specifically in Process Systems Engineering (PSE) in which he holds the only Personal Chair at Curtin University since 2001. He is a leading researcher in PSE internationally and is well known for his significant contributions to process modelling, optimisation and control and especially at closing the gap between theory and industrial practice in PSE.
Title awarded for a consecutive period: Professor Tadé was originally awarded the John Curtin Distinguished Professor title in 2011 and was then awarded the title for a consecutive period in 2016 and 2021.

Professor David Treagust
Professor David Treagust
CertEd(Birmingham) BSc(UWA) PhD(Iowa)
Professor David Treagust is recognised nationally and internationally as a leading researcher in science education. His research interests include diagnostic assessment of students' science knowledge, teaching for conceptual change using multiple representations including analogies and models. He is committed to the broad dissemination of research and to ensuring that opportunities are made for research across cultures and countries. Professor Treagust has received $3.6 million from 12 Australian Research Council large grants and the Qatar National Research Fund. He has also successfully supervised a large number of doctoral research students and has received many awards and fellowships in recognition of this research.
Title awarded for a consecutive period: Professor Treagust was originally awarded the John Curtin Distinguished Professor title in 2011 and was then awarded the title for a consecutive period in 2017 and 2021
 


2020 John Curtin Distinguished Professors

Professor Craig Buckley
PhD BSc. (Hons), FAIP
Professor Craig Buckley leads the Hydrogen Energy Research Group and is recognised internationally for his work on hydrogen storage materials. He is the Australian Executive Committee member on the International Energy Agency (IEA) Hydrogen Technology Collaboration Program (TCP), and is an Australian expert on the IEA Hydrogen TCP Task 40 Hydrogen Energy Storage and Conversion. Throughout his career he has been a lead/co-investigator on over $100 M of research funding. Professor Buckley is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics, and has published 179 peer reviewed Journal articles, which have attracted over 5338 citations. 


Professor Donna Chung
BSW, M.Pub.Pol, PhD
Professor Donna Chung is a Professor of Social Work and Social Policy. She is internationally recognised for her expertise and leadership in the prevention of gendered violence. Her work has impacted on policy and practice influencing government and community and supports in her area of expertise. Professor Chung has demonstrated sustained exceptional high impact research skills though her work in gendered violence. Professor Chung has been CIA or senior investigator on 10 category one grants since 2013 demonstrating both national and international collaborations. Donna has also demonstrated an outstanding long term commitment to social work education demonstrated by the strength of the course provided at Curtin University.


Professor Phill Della, AM
PhD, MBus, GDipMngt, BAppSci
Professor Phill Della's career has been spent at the interface of academia and professional practice in nursing and midwifery. He served as the Head of the School of Nursing, Midwifery, and Paramedicine since 2008, and was Deputy PVC, Health Sciences from 2011-2012. In recognition of his significant contribution, Prof Della was named as Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia in 2019. In 2018, he received the Lifetime Achievement Honour at the Western Australian Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards.
Professor Della has been described by the WA Minister of Health, Roger Cook as, "a trailblazer who created new career pathways for nurses and midwives and oversaw the creation of the nurse practitioner pathway in WA".

Professor Alan Duncan
DPhil (York). BA Econ (Hons) (Manchester)
Professor Alan Duncan has an established international reputation for academic scholarship in the development of econometric and policy evaluation methods, and their application to economic, social, health and public policy issues. He is ranked in the top 5% of economists worldwide overall. One of the most significant of Professor Duncan's achievements has been the development of the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre. The highly influential industry partnership with Bankwest has been an outstanding success. The partnership has delivered exceptional value, and is held in high regard by external stakeholders from politics, government, industry and the community sectors.

Professor Rod Ellis
PhD, MEd, MA, BA (Hons)
Professor Rod Ellis is a Kenneth W. Mildenberger Prize winner British linguist. He has also been elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, and is currently: Research Professor in the School of Education; professor at Anaheim University, visiting professor at Shanghai International Studies University as part of China’s Chang Jiang Scholars Program; and an Emeritus Professor of the University of Auckland.  
Rod has worked in language teacher education for forty five years  in Zambia, United Kingdom, Japan, United States, New Zealand, China and now Australia. 


Professor Marylene Gagne
PhD, MA, BA
Professor Marylene Gagne has significantly contributed to the development and refinement of self ­determination theory for use in the field of organisational psychology and management. Much of Professor Gagne's research has been produced in collaboration with industry, resulting in several company reports. This research has also led to the production of practical tools and resources for industry participants, including the creation of a new leadership training program, volunteer management frameworks and guides, and targeted recruitment campaign materials for volunteer involving organisations.

Professor John Mamo
B.Ag. Sc. (Hons) PhD
Director of CHIRI since September 2014, Professor John Mamo is a physiologist known internationally for his lipoprotein and vascular kinetic studies in the context of heart disease and cerebro-vascular based disorders.
John's laboratory was the first to demonstrate changes in the integrity of the blood-brain barrier with ageing, as well as interactive effects with dietary fat. They have identified potential restorative approaches that, if successful, could substantially improve the quality of life of people with Alzheimer's disease and their families.
John was awarded the National Health and Medical Research Council's most prestigious award for the most potentially innovative and transformative project among grant applications received in 2014.
Professor Zhonghua Sun
PhD, MB (Clinical Medicine), FSCCT
Professor Zhonghua Sun has demonstrated significant contribution to the medical radiation science and healthcare profession through his outstanding research knowledge and skills, as well as outstanding service to the professional bodies. His main contribution is recognised by his excellent research impact in cardiovascular disease with use of novel 3D visualisation and diagnostic tools for assisting clinical diagnosis, effective patient management and improvement of patient care. His excellent teaching skills have led to supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate research students to completion of numerous research projects with use of latest cutting edge technologies in medical imaging and radiology practice. 
Professor Tele Tan
B.Eng (Electronics Engineering), PhD (University of Surrey, UK)
Professor Tele Tan is an advocate of cross discipline research, spanning Engineering, Computing and Health Sciences. He is passionate about using technology to benefit people with health, developmental or socio economic disadvantage and utilises his varied skill set to promote research in this area. One of his key contribution to the Curtin and Australian community is the establishment of Curtin’s Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance (AASQA), assisting neurodiverse students in education training and employment.

    John Curtin Distinguished Professors - Title awarded for a consecutive period in 2020.

    Professor Igor Bray
    Professor Igor Bray
    PhD FAPS FAIP FInstP
    Professor Bray, Head of Curtin’s Physics and Astronomy Department, is a world leader in the field of atomic collision theory, an excellent science communicator and a big-picture thinker - a combination of skills that has made him a great advocate and prominent speaker for science and science policy at local, national and international levels.
    Title awarded for a consecutive period: Professor Bray was originally awarded the John Curtin Distinguished Professor title in 2010 and was then awarded the title for a consecutive period in 2015 and 2020.

    Professor Barry Fraser
    Professor Barry Fraser
    BSc(Melb) BEd PhD(Monash) FTSE FASSA FIAE FAAAS FAERA FACE
    Professor Barry Fraser was one of the first three Professors at the Western Australian Institute of Technology, Curtin’s predecessor institution, having been promoted to a Personal Chair in 1985. For more than three decades, he was Director of the Science and Mathematics Education Centre (SMEC) and a leader in graduate studies in the Faculty of Science and Engineering.
    Title awarded for a consecutive period: Professor Fraser was originally awarded the John Curtin Distinguished Professor title in 2010 and was then awarded the title for a consecutive period in 2015 and 2020.
    Professor Lin Fritschi
    Professor Lin Fritschi
    MBBS(Queensland) PhD(ANU) FAFPHM
    Professor Lin Fritschi, Head of the Occupational Epidemiology Group in Curtin’s School of Public Health, is a cancer epidemiologist with a particular interest in occupational causes of cancer. Professor Fritschi has led many large case-control and cohort studies investigating occupational hazards as well as non-occupational causes of cancer.
    Title awarded for a consecutive period: Professor Fritschi was originally awarded the John Curtin Distinguished Professor title in 2015 and was then awarded the title for a consecutive period in 2020.
    Professor Julian Gale
    Professor Julian Gale
    BA DPhil FAA FRACI FRSC
    Professor Julian Gale is a computational chemist and researcher in Curtin’s Department of Chemistry. He is well known for his work on the kinetics and mechanisms of crystallisation processes in materials science, mineralogy and geochemistry. Professor Gale has an exceptional reputation internationally for his research.
    Title awarded for a consecutive period: Professor Gale was originally awarded the John Curtin Distinguished Professor title in 2010 and was then awarded the title for a consecutive period in 2015 and 2020.

    Professor Hong Hao
    Professor Hong Hao
    BEng(Tianjin) MSc PhD(Calif) FTSE FIEAUS FASCE FISEAM
    Professor Hao, from Curtin’s School of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, has research interests in earthquake engineering, blast and impact engineering and structural health monitoring. His strong international standing is evident in his many publications and citations, leadership positions on professional committees and demand for his services by many government and industrial organisations globally.
    Title awarded for a consecutive period: Professor Hao was originally awarded the John Curtin Distinguished Professor title in 2015 and was then awarded the title for a consecutive period in 2020.
    Professor Zheng-Xiang Li
    Professor Zheng-Xiang Li
    BSc(Peking) PhD(Macq)
    Professor Zheng-Xiang Li’s research interests lie mainly in regional to global tectonics and paleogeography, paleomagnetism and geodynamics. He is also interested in the relationships between major tectonic events, large mineralisation systems and major environmental/climate changes.
    Title awarded for a consecutive period: Professor Li was originally awarded the John Curtin Distinguished Professor title in 2015 and was then awarded the title for a consecutive period in 2020.
    Professor Peter Love
    Professor Peter Love
    MSc(Bath) ScD(Curtin) PhD(Monash)
    Professor Peter Love works in Curtin’s School of Civil and Mechanical Engineering and has a multi-disciplinary background with significant industry experience. His varied research interests include safety and reliability engineering, project management, risk management, infrastructure engineering, operations and productions management, and modelling and optimisations in complex projects.
    Title awarded for a consecutive period: Professor Love was originally awarded the John Curtin Distinguished Professor title in 2010 and was then awarded the title for a consecutive period in 2015 and 2020.

    Professor Peter Newman
    Professor Peter Newman
    BSc(Hons) Dip ES&T(Delft) PhD(UWA)
    Peter Newman is a Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute (CUSP), a globally significant research centre with more than 110 PhD students. His work includes government-associated roles, public activism and world-recognised research.
    Title awarded for a consecutive period: Professor Newman was originally awarded the John Curtin Distinguished Professor title in 2010 and was then awarded the title for a consecutive period in 2015 and 2020.

    Professor Zongping Shao
    Professor Zongping Shao
    PhD
    Professor Zongping Shao works in Curtin’s faculty of Science and Engineering and is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. He is internationally recognised and respected for his research achievements in chemical engineering, in particular for his work in solid oxide fuel cells and hydrogen energy.
    Title awarded for a consecutive period: Professor Shao was originally awarded the John Curtin Distinguished Professor title in 2015 and was then awarded the title for a consecutive period in 2020.
    Professor Simon Wilde
    Professor Simon Wilde
    BSc(Hons) PhD(Exon)
    Professor Simon Wilde is currently a Deputy Director of the International Precambrian Research Centre of China and Curtin Node Leader of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Core to Crust Fluid Systems. Professor Wilde’s research is focused on the early Earth, the evolution of continental crust and the geology of China.
    Title awarded for a consecutive period: Professor Wilde was originally awarded the John Curtin Distinguished Professor title in 2010 and was then awarded the title for a consecutive period in 2015. and 2020.

    2019 John Curtin Distinguished Professors

    Professor Fran Ackermann

    Professor Fran Ackermann is a Research Professor in the School of Management. Fran's main research interests lie in two areas. The first is complex project management with a particular interest in systemic risk, which stemmed from extensive work in disruption and delay modelling. Fran is interested in helping project managers avoid many of the pitfalls experienced on projects. The second is strategy development concentrating on elements of strategy making such as the identification of distinctive and core competences and stakeholder management within a negotiate paradigm. Her work has been cited more than 10,000 times.

    Professor Dawn Bennett

    Professor Dawn Bennett continues to make important contributions to higher education policy and practice through her research into the employability of university graduates. This research program has engaged a strong network of researchers globally, with projects extended across 30 institutions. Professor Bennett's professional practice as a muscian academic also informs her research program into the broader creative industries workforce. An outstandingly collaborative and prolific researcher who seeks at every step to ensure that her excellent research makes a meaningful impact to communities of practice, Dawn Bennet is a worthy holder of the title John Curtin Distinguished Professor.

     

    Title awarded for a consecutive period: Professor Bennett was originally awarded the John Curtin Distingished Professor title in 2014 and was then awarded the title for a consecutive period in 2019.

    Professor Mark Griffin
    Professor Mark Griffin is Director of the Future of Work Institute at Curtin University. His research examines the link between individual and organisational capability in areas such as safety, leadership, well-being, and productivity. He has conducted large-scale collaborative projects with a range of industries including transport, health, education, energy, mining, and finance. He has developed assessment tools for use in these industries across four continents. Mark is a Fellow of the US Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Past Chair of the Research Methods Division of the US Academy of Management, and past recipient of an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship.

    Professor Boris Gurevich
    Professor Boris Gurevich is globally renowned for his research in the area of rock physics. In addition to conducting cutting-edge research in these areas, he is also responsible for inspiring a culture of research excellence in Geophysics, which has resulted into several excellent outcomes including the HiSeis technology. In 2011 he was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Physics in recognition for his contributions to theoretical rock physics. In 2019, Prof Gurevich was made a Society of Exploration Geophysicists Honorary Lecturer to the Pacific. He serves as an associate editor of GEOPHYSICS, Wave Motion, and Journal of Seismic Exploration.

    Professor Iain Murray
    Professor Iain Murray embodies the Curtin Values of Excellence and Impact. He is recognised as an outstanding educator through Curtin, state and national awards. He pioneered remotely accessible laboratories which provide 24/7 access to equipment and allow scaling of class size. Iain’s impact beyond Curtin is globally significant. He established the CISCO Academy for the Visually Impaired, a first-of-its-kind partnership between Curtin and organisations in five countries that provides ICT training for blind and visually impaired learners and an otherwise unavailable pathway to University. He led the development of the Internet of Things micromasters which has had over 150,000 enrolments.

    ARC Laureate Fellow Professor Sharon Parker
    Professor Sharon K. Parker is an ARC Laureate Fellow, Director of the Centre for Transformative Work Design at Curtin University, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Science. She is a recipient of the Kathleen Fitzpatrick Award, and the Academy of Management OB Division Mentoring Award. She is currently an Associate Editor for Academy of Management Annals. She has published more than 80 articles in leading journals on topics like work design, proactive behaviour, and job performance. Her research has been cited more than 17,000 times.

     

    Professor Andrew Rohl
    Professor Andrew Rohl is a distinguished researcher in computational science who leads both the Curtin Institute for Computation and the ARC Centre for Transforming Maintenance through Data Science. He was instrumental in establishing the $100 million Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, which is a key resource underpinning radioastronomy and many other computational fields in Western Australia and nationally. Through his leadership, Curtin has become a forerunner in data science, attracting both industry and government investment, leading to the development of the Building 216 precinct.

    Professor Leon Straker
    Professor Leon Straker is a physiotherapist and a senior researcher with extensive national and interntional research collaboations and has generated an external research income of more than $18 million. He led the Early Childhood Australia Statement on young Children an dDigital Technology and Commentary on young children screen time cites in UK national policy. Leon established the Raine Study as an unincorporated joint Council Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child, funded with $35 million over the next seven years.

    Title awarded for a consecutive period: Professor Straker was originally awarded the John Curtin Distinguished Professor title in 2014 and was then awarded the title for a consecutive period in 2019.

    Professor Kate Trinajstic
    Professor Kate Trinajstic was awarded the Malcolm McIntosh Award for Physical Science 2010, for work on synchrotron microtomography as an analytic tool in the study of fossils. Her integration of geochemical and synchrotron tomography and the discovery of vertebrate muscle in fossils led to a QEII Fellowship. Kate is a multidisciplinary scientist whose research led to the co-discovery of reproductive appendages in fish without pelvic fins, previously considered impossible. As Dean of Research in Science and Engineering Kate develops and implements strategies to improve research success with an emphasis on career development for women and actively participate in STEM outreach.

    2018 John Curtin Distinguished Professors

    Professor Brian Evans
    MAppSc(WAIT) PhD(Curtin)
    Professor Brian Evans is a multi-award-winning scholar of international repute, known for his research in geophysical seismic methods and petroleum engineering. He is based in Curtin's WA School of Mines.

    Author of the internationally acclaimed textbook Seismic Acquisition in Exploration 4th print, Professor Evans has also won a number of national and international awards, including the 2016 National Instruments U.S. Engineering Impact Award in Energy, the 2013 Society of Petroleum Engineering International Faculty award for his work on quality of petroleum engineering PhD students and the prestigious 2006 International Distinguished Achievement Award from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists. Professor Evans has published more than 150 international journal articles, authored 27 major reports (including two on Gorgon geosequestration Reviews for the Western Australian Government) and generated an external research income of $29 million over the last 30 years. He led the Curtin science and engineering teams of four CRCs associated with exploration and Carbon Geosequestration.

    Professor Evans played a key role in Curtin's involvement with the University of Aberdeen, through his work in developing the Global Subsea University Alliance which provided the initial concept of the now successful Aberdeen-Curtin Alliance. Professor Evans was responsible for developing the Curtin Continuing Professional Development program through his industry contacts with Woodside. His ongoing research interests include geomechanical fracturing of geological formations and high stress-fracture relationships with vasa vasorum of the aorta leading to heart attack.

    Professor Judith Finn
    DipAppSc(SACAE) MEdSt(Adel) PhD(UWA) RN RM ICCert FACN FAHA ERC(Hon.)
    Professor Judith Finn is the Director of the Prehospital, Resuscitation and Emergency Care Research Unit (PRECRU) in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine at Curtin University. She is also the Director of the "Australian Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium" (Aus-ROC) - a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centre of Excellence.

    In addition to her role at Curtin and Aus-ROC, Professor Finn also holds an Adjunct Research Professor position with St John (Ambulance) Western Australia and adjunct professor positions at Monash University and the University of Western Australia. Professor Finn has generated an external research income (including NHMRC and Heart Foundation) of more than $10 million over the past decade.

    Professor Finn is internationally recognised for her expertise in resuscitation science and prehospital emergency care, appointed an honorary member of the European Resuscitation Council and a Fellow of the American Heart Association. She Co-Chaired one of the five International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) Taskforces, which coordinated the 2015 international review of scientific evidence underpinning resuscitation policy and practice, including the publication of evidence and treatment recommendations in both Circulation and Resuscitation journals.

     

    Professor Kliti Grice
    BSc(Hons)(Kingston) PhD(Bristol) FRACI CChem FGSEAG
    As Director of the WA-OIGC, Professor Kliti Grice leads a large team funded through her ARC fellowships and other ARC grants, including many female scientists (over 30 female staff and postgraduate student researchers have worked in this Centre), a healthy representation which is indeed unusual in the academic sciences. As one of the youngest female professors in Australia, she uses her position to actively encourage the progress of women and promote cultural diversity in science.

    She is a world-leading authority on molecular fossil and stable isotope geochemistry. She has an exceptional level of research output relative to the discipline standard of molecular and isotope geochemistry in deep geological time. She has more than 176 peer-reviewed publications that have been cited 5,716 times. Throughout her career Professor Grice has collaborated extensively with Australian and international partners. She has formed close and enduring ties with Geoscience Australia (GA) and eminent researchers from the MIT-US, University of Kiel, SCU, ANU, UWA, MU, CSIRO, ANSTO, GSWA to name a few, and industry (e.g. Chevron, Woodside, Petrobras, Inpex, Origin Energy, Sinopec).

    Her ability to attract and work with leading academics and researchers ultimately drives the success of the Centre that she leads. To this end the Centre brings together a team of outstanding researchers from the fields of organic geochemistry, inorganic geochemistry, paleontology, environmental science, sedimentary geology, analytical chemistry, micro biogeochemistry, field geology, palynology and geobiology. Her role combines scientific leadership with skills in driving a high-performing team culture, and effectively also managing research operations. Her capabilities in these three areas have been described in references from colleagues.

    Title awarded for a consecutive period: Professor Grice was originally awarded the John Curtin Distinguished Professor title in 2013 and was then awarded the title for a consecutive period in 2018.

    Professor Keith Hill
    BAppSc(Lincoln Institute of HlthSc) GradDipPhysio,(Latrobe) PhD(Melb)
    Professor Keith Hill is a physiotherapist and a senior researcher with 38 years of clinical and research experience in rehabilitation, falls prevention and ageing well. At Curtin University, Professor Hill has held the positions of Head of School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science and Acting Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Health Sciences.

    Professor Hill has extensive national and international research collaborations, including National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) project and partnership grants, with collaborations in nearly all Australian states. He is also a lead investigator on research collaborations in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Canada. Throughout his research career Professor Hill has generated an external research income of more than $23 million.

    Several measurement tools developed in research led by Professor Hill have become well accepted tools in research and clinical practice in Australia and internationally. He also led the authorship team for the four editions of the Outcomes Manual for Adult Neurological Physiotherapy, which is utilised as a core textbook for most schools of physiotherapy in Australia and a number of international schools. The Australian Association of Gerontology recognised Professor Hill with Life Membership in 2017, awarded to those with a long and distinguished record of service and contribution to the Gerontology community.

    Professor Ottmar Lipp
    PhD(Giessen, Germany) GradCertEd(UQ)
    Professor Ottmar Lipp is a Research Professor in Curtin's School of Psychology. His research, funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the National Health and Medical Research Council, is concerned with emotion, attention an their interaction. He has received university and national awards for his research, teaching, and post-graduate supervision.

    From 2007-2011 Professor Lipp held an ARC Professorial Fellowship and a University of Queensland Vice-Chancellor's Senior Research Fellowship from 2012-2014. In 2012, he led the successful bid for the ARC-SRI: A Science of Learning Research Centre ($16 million). He has authored over 170 papers in peer reviewed, international Journals, supervised over 30 PhD students to completion, and obtained more than $5.5 million in 30 competitive research grants, being first or sole Chief Investigator on 21.

    Professor Lipp is a member of the Australian Society for Experimental Psychology and a past president of the Society for Psychophysiological Research (USA). He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and the Association for Psychological Science (USA). Professor Lipp is currently Editor in Chief for Biological Psychology, Associate Editor for Cognition & Emotion, and Consulting Editor for the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General an Psychophysiology.

     

    Professor Tony Lucey
    BA (Cambridge) PhD (Exeter) FIEAust
    Professor Tony Lucey is Professor of Mechanical Engineering, twice former Dean of Engineering, and Head of the School of Civil and Mechanical Engineering. He took his Bachelor and PhD degrees at the Universities of Cambridge and Exeter in the United Kingdom (UK). He previously held academic positions in the UK and Thailand, and in industry at British Aerospace PLC. Additionally, his career has been punctuated by, mostly voluntary, work in and for developing countries.

    He is internationally recognised for his fundamental research in fluid-structure interaction and its applications in engineering and biomechanics. He is a former (2012-2014) member of the Australian Research Council College (chair of the PME panel in 2014), and currently secretary of the Australasian Fluid Mechanics Society and director of the newly-founded international Fluid-Structure-Sound Interactions and Control learned society. He also publishes in the areas of appropriate technology and engineering education.

    He has won a number of individual and team awards for education design and practice, and regularly chairs the accreditation of engineering programs in Australian universities. In 2007 he was listed by Engineers Australia as one of 'Australia's top 100 most influential Engineers'. He was the 2010 President of the Western Australia (WA) Division, and in 2013 awarded the WA Division medal for service and leadership in the professional body of Engineers Australia.

    Title awarded for a consecutive period: Professor Lucey was originally awarded the John Curtin Distinguished Professor title in 2013 and was then awarded the title for a consecutive period in 2018.

    Professor Peter O'Sullivan
    PhD(Curtin) Dip(Physio)(Otago) FACP
    Professor Peter O'Sullivan is a research Professor of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at Curtin University and a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist (as awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists 2005) and consults at Body Logic Physiotherapy. At Curtin he teaches at a postgraduate level and conducts clinical research into musculoskeletal pain disorders.

    Professor O'Sullivan and his team have an international reputation for clinical research investigating the development, classification and targeted management of persistent musculoskeletal pain disorders. He has developed a new management approach for disabling low back pain - called 'cognitive functional therapy' and has published more than 120 papers with his team in international peer review journals. He has been an invited speaker at more than 60 national and international conferences, and has run clinical workshops in more than 22 countries. Professor O'Sullivan's expertise is linking research to the clinical setting.

     

    Professor Vishnu Pareek
    PhD(UNSW) MTech(IITD) BEng(Hons)(MNIT)
    Professor Vishnu Pareek is the Head of Curtin WA School of Mines: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering. Prior to this he was Head of School for the hitherto School of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering from 2015 to 2017 and the Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering from 2012 to 2014.

    Professor Pareek is a globally renowned researcher in the area of multiphase flow and fluid dynamics. He is considered among the pioneers for his work on photocatalytic reactor modelling and design. He has also conducted cutting-edge research in the area of fluid-particle modelling.

    Elsevier recognised one of his papers (Chemical Engineering Science, 66(14):3291-3300. 2011) among those that address the cutting edge of research questions in the field of fluid-particle modelling. Professor Pareek's research on 3D-printed process equipment is also at the forefront of this research field. In addition to publishing in scholarly journals, he has also presented his research at a number of international conferences.

    Professor Pareek is a member of the Australian Research Council's 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia Evaluation Committee and collaboratively, he has brought over $20 million in research income to Curtin.

    He serves on several organising committees for international conferences including Chair of the Technical Committee for Chemeca 2014.

    Professor Andris Stelbovics
    BSc(Hons)(Adelaide) PhD(Adelaide)
    Professor Andris Stelbovics joined Curtin University in 2007 as Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Science and Engineering. He completed his PhD at the University of Adelaide and during his career has had appointments at University of Munster, Germany, the Flinders University of South Australia and Murdoch University. Under Professor Stelbovics' leadership, the Faculty of Science and Engineering has continued to strengthen its research performance, with a number of disciplines now rated in the top 100 worldwide.

    His own research interests are mainly in describing few-body scattering processes and providing computationally complete solutions of the Schrodinger equation. In recent years, he has focussed on atomic scattering of atoms by electrons/positrons at energies where ionization is important.

    In 1996, he was awarded the BOAS medal for Physics. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics and the American Physical Society. He has over 170 publications listed in the Thompson ISI citations index. From 1995-97 he served on the Australian Research Council (ARC) panel for Physics and Mathematics and continues to act as an expert reader for the ARC.

    Professor Yong Hong Wu
    PhD (Wollongong)
    Professor Yong Hong Wu, from Curtin's Discipline of Mathematics and Statistics, has made many important fundamental contributions in applied and computational mathematics, and has published more than two hundred research articles in prestigious international journals. According to Web of Science's recent list of highly cited authors in mathematics, he ranked within the top two hundreds in the world by number of top papers in mathematics. Professor Wu has won eight national competitive ARC research grants, and supervised 26 PhDs to completion. He has also made substantial contribution to postgraduate courses coordination, curriculum development and internationalization of the mathematical science courses.

    Title awarded for a consecutive period: Professor Wu was originally awarded the John Curtin Distinguished Professor title in 2013 and was then awarded the title for a consecutive period in 2018.

    2017 John Curtin Distinguished Professors

    Professor Teri Balser
    BA(Dartmouth) PhD(California-Berkeley)
    Professor Teri Balser is Dean of Teaching and Learning within the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Curtin and has made a career out of balancing excellence and effort across teaching, research and service. She is recognised internationally for her pioneering work in soil carbon sequestration and microbial community ecology and as a change agent and innovator in higher education.

    As a soil scientist, she focuses on microbial response to anthropogenic disturbances, examining the role of chronic and acute stressors in determining community composition and contribution to ecosystem functioning. She is a Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America, an honour reserved for less than 0.3% of Society members.

    In addition to her research, Professor Balser is also known internationally for her activity in higher education, working with UNESCO and as a Fulbright-Nehru Distinguished Chair to improve STEM education worldwide. Professor Balser co-founded the US Society for Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER) and was also chosen as an inaugural National Vision and Change Fellow with the US Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education. In 2010 she was named US Professor of the Year in the category of doctorial and research universities.

    Professor Michael Berndt
    PhD
    Professor Michael Berndt is the outgoing Pro Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Health Sciences, with a high-calibre research record and distinguished career in both the commercial and academic areas of health sciences. Previously he was Director of the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute at Dublin City University and Professor of Experimental Medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland. Prior to this he was Head of the College of Medicine and Health and the Interim Director of the Biosciences Institute at University College Cork in Ireland.

    Professor Berndt has received numerous national and international research awards, including the Glaxo-Wellcome Medal in 1996 and a Distinguished Career Award from the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis in 2003. He has served on several editorial boards including the journal Blood.

    He has published more than 300 papers (h-index=75) for academic journals, including major international journals such as Science Journal of Experimental Medicine and Blood.

    Professor Berndt has collaborated with several pharmaceutical companies and has filed a number of patents, including one licensed to Genetics Institute (Pfizer). He was also co-founder of an ASX-listed proteomics-based biotechnology company, Cryptome Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

     

    Professor Phil Bland
    BSc(Hons)(UMAN) PhD(OU)
    Professor Phil Bland joined Curtin in 2012 as an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow. He is the leader of the Desert Fireball Network and is a planetary scientist within the School of Earth and Planetary Science. Prior to arriving in Australia he spent 10 years at Imperial College London, where he was Director of the Impacts and Astromaterials Research Centre and held a Royal Society University Research Fellowship.

    Professor Bland has research interests in several distinct areas in planetary science, particularly using primitive meteorites to explore the origin and early evolution of the Solar System, and understanding asteroid and cometary impacts. He is on science teams for a number of space missions, including the OSIRIS-REx mission to return samples from asteroid Bennu. He is currently working with Lockheed Martin, extending Desert Fireball Network technologies to satellite tracking.

    Professor Bland has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, including five in Science or Science journals, six in Nature or Nature journals, and two in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. He has attracted more than $15 million in funding from national research agencies as lead Chief Investigator to support his research and that of his team.

                    

    Professor Victor Calo
    MEng(Buenos Aires) DCiv&EnvEng(Stanford)
    Professor Victor Calo was appointed to the position of Professor and CSIRO Professorial Chair in Computational Geoscience, a joint appointment with CSIRO and Curtin University in February 2016. Before working in Western Australia he taught at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Makkah, Saudi Arabia for seven years.

    Professor Calo's research interests include modelling and simulation of geomechanics, fluid dynamics, flow in poroud media, phase separation, fluid-structure interactions, solid mechanics and high-performance computing. The technology he is currently developing in collaboration with other researchers aim to simplify the use of state-of-the-art techniques for high-performance computing. These methods can model geological processes that are relevant to the resource extraction industry.

    Professor Calo is a Highly Cited Researchers in the Academic Ranking of World Universities of the Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Thomson Reuters, and has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed publications. In the past two years he has given more than 20 invited presentation and keynotes at conferences and seminars, and organised 10 mini-symposia at international conferences.


    Professor Kingsley Dixon
    BSc(Hons)(UWA) PhD(UWA)
    Professor Kingsley Dixon is a Botanical Professor within the Department of Environment and Agriculture in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, as well as a Visiting Professor at Kings Park Botanic Garden.

    Professor Dixon has been the Foundation Director of Science at Kings Park and Botanic Garden for 32 years, and established its research capacity in the conservation and restoration sciences building a group of more than 50 scientists and graduate students. His programs emphasise 'science-into-practice', and have been funded by 44 industry partners representing $24 million of research funding in the past decade.

    He was named WA Scientist of the Year at the 2016 Premier's Science Awards where he was recognised for his fundamental efforts in conservation science, restoration ecology and plant science.

    His discovery of the chemical in smoke that is responsible for germination in Australian species has had widespread application, being valued at $100 million per annum in terms of potential global benefits to agriculture, mining restoration and horticulture.

    Professor Dixon has also been instrumental in developing internationally significant conservation research with endangered species.

     

    Professor Neil Foster
    DSc FRACI FIEAust FTSE FRSNSW
    Professor Neil Foster is a Research Professor in the WA School of Mines. His specialisation is in Chemical Engineering, with a focus on the development of novel drug delivery systems, and also on the processing of biomedical materials.

    One of his most significant inventions arose from a collaborative study with Professor Robert Langer, when they developed technology for the sterilisation of materials that are used as scaffolds for human implants. Currently Professor Foster is working on the development of more efficient methods to deliver therapeutics drugs for the treatment of colorectal cancer, irritable bowel diseases, tuberculosis, lung cancer and cystic fibrosis.

    He has co-authored more than 300 papers in books, international journals and conference proceedings. He is also a named inventor on 14 patents. His achievements have also been recognised by the Congress of the People's Republic of China with the award in 2010 of a Qian Ren '1000 Talents' Professorship, and in 2014 he was elected a member of the European Academy of Science and Arts.

    During his 30 years in academia Professor Foster has raised in excess of $20 million from industry, university and government sources, both domestically and internationally. His primary driver in research is to undertake strategic research and development with the ultimate goal of translating ideas through to commercialisation.

    Professor Mark Harris
    BA(Hons)(Sussex) GradDip(Monash) PhD(Monash)
    Professor Mark Harris joined Curtin in 2011 as a Professor in the Department of Econometrics and Quantitative Modelling and is now the Director, Graduate Research in the School of Economics and Finance. Prior to this, he held teaching and research appointments at Monash University and the University of Melbourne.

    Professor Harris has made significant contributions to the field of Applied Economics and has been nominated by the Australian Research Council (ARC) College of Experts as an 'expert of international standing'. To date he has been awarded eight ARC Discovery Project grants and has held ARC funding continually since 2003. This is in addition to receiving grants from both the National Health and Medical Research Council and Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute funding bodies. Combined, these grants amount to around $3.5 million.

    His research and publication interests have been in the areas of applied economics and econometrics in general, with a recent focus on how these can be used in the broad area of health economics. Professor Harris has published nearly 70 journal articles, books and book chapters, which have been cited over 2,000 times, and he is regularly ranked in the top 10 per cent of economists worldwide. He was awarded the Curtin Business School's Researcher of the Year in 2014.

    Professor John Hartley
    BA(Hons) PhD DLitt FAHA AM FLSW FRSA FICA
    Professor John Hartley, from Curtin's School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry, is recognised for his exceptional scholarly achievement and has a national and international reputation as a leader in the fields of communication, media, journalism and cultural science. He is an author or editor of 30 scholarly books and more than 200 research papers.

    Professor Hartley is a former Director of Curtin's Centre for Culture and Technology. and founding Research Director of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation.

    With a career spanning Wales and Australia, Professor Hartley has held leadership positions at Murdoch University, Edith Cowan University, Cardiff University and Queensland University of Technology where he was Foundation Dean of Creative Industries. In 2000 he received a Doctor of Letters from the University of Wales,and in 2005 an ARC Federation Fellowship.

    Professor Hartley is an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, Learned Society of Wales, Royal Society of Arts and International Communication Association. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2009,and is also a Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow at Cardiff University.

    Title awarded for a consecutive period: Professor Hartley was originally awarded the John Curtin Distinguished Professor title in 2012 and was then awarded the title for a consecutive period in 2017.

    Professor Syed Islam
    PhD FIEE FIEAust SMIEEE
    Professor Syed Islam is Director of Curtin's Centre for Smart Grid and Sustainable Power Systems. He is known for his outstanding contribution to Curtin's research and research training effort in electrical power engineering.

    Professor Islam's research leadership, including his position as chair of several pivotal national and international committees, has seen him oversee the transformation of the curriculum to ensure Curtin offers one of the best electrical power engineering courses in the country, with his research area ranked 'ERA-5'.

    In 2011 and 2014 Professor Islam was awarded the prestigious John Madsen Medal by Engineers Australia. In 2011 and 2014 he co-authored papers in the Australian Journal of Electrical and Electronic Engineering that were named best paper for those years. Professor Islam's research led to international patents and the spin-off company BioLectric. In 2017 he won the Curtin Innovation Award for Science and Engineering, and in 2018 he has been appointed to the IEEE Power and Energy Society's Long Range Planning Committee.

    Professor Islam has published more than 300 research papers in his field of expertise. One of his papers attracted more than 650 citations. He has been Editor in Chief, Editor or Associate Editor of several international journals,and was named the Outstanding WA Power Engineer of the Year in 2010.

    Title awarded for a consecutive period: Professor Islam was originally awarded the John Curtin Distinguished Professor title in 2012 and was then awarded the title for a consecutive period in 2017.

    Professor Richard Oliver
    PhD FRSB
    Professor Richard Oliver, Chief Scientist at Curtin's Centre for Crop and Disease Management, is recognised for his academic leadership in crop disease management in areas including genetic control of major foliar fungal diseases of crop plants, and in the science of fungicide use. Professor Oliver commenced at Curtin in 2009 and has since secured more than 25 research grants with a combined value of more than $100 million, and has published more than 80 papers.

    Since 2014 Professor Oliver has been based in the UK and holds honorary positions at Nottingham University, Exeter University and the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB). His active collaborations with European research organisations are bringing substantial benefits to Australian agriculture.

    Professor Oliver has also served on several editorial boards and national and international committees. He was President of the British Society for Plant Pathology in 2017, and is the chair of the Expert Working Group on Pests and Diseases of the Wheat Initiative, a program of research under the auspices of the G20 agriculture ministers. The direct outputs of his work helps Australia's plant growing entities to produce disease resistant crop varieties, and extend the useful life of fungicides. The impact of this work was estimated at $85 million per annum in 2013, and this figure is expected to reach $400 million per annum by 2020.

    Title awarded for a consecutive period: Professor Oliver was originally awarded the John Curtin Distinguished Professor title in 2012 and was then awarded the title for a consecutive period in 2017.

    Professor Simone Pettigrew
    BEc(Sydney) MComm(NSW) PhD(UWA)
    Professor Simone Pettigrew is a Research Professor in the School of Psychology. She is also the Director of the WA Cancer Prevention Research Unit that is co-funded by Curtin and the Cancer Council WA. Professor Pettigrew specialises in behaviour change research and intervention design and evaluation. Her research crosses numerous disciplines, and over the last 10 years she has worked in schools of business, health sciences and psychology.

    Professor Pettigrew's primary research areas relate to cancer prevention and include alcohol and tobacco use, physical activity, nutrition, and sun exposure. In addition she has active research programs in healthy ageing, mental health, and autonomous vehicles. Her work typically prioritises vulnerable populations such as children, seniors and the disadvantaged. In recent years her work has been funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Australian Research Council, the WA Health Promotion Foundation (Healthway), Cancer Council WA, and the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre.

    Professor Pettigrew works with a wide range of non-profit organisations and government agencies to provide formative and evaluation research services. She is a member of state and national government and NGO committees relating to nutrition, alcohol and mental health.

     

    Professor Christopher Reid
    BA(Queensland) DipEd(Queensland) MSc(West Virginia University) PhD(Monash) FCSANZ FESC
    Professor Christopher Reid is a cardiovascular epidemiologist and clinical trialist with a specific interest in quality improvement and outcomes research. He holds a Senior Research Fellowship with the National Health and Medical Research Council, and has received ongoing research funding since 1997. Professor Reid is also the Associate Director of the Monash Centre for Cardiovascular Research and Education in Therapeutics.

    His vision for clinical research at Curtin is based on leading research to improve cardiovascular outcomes through the conduct of large scale clinical trials, clinical registries, epidemiological modelling, and translational research. The outcomes of his research have led to significant advances in the knowledge of factors associated with cardiovascular outcomes in primary and secondary prevention for individuals and the community.

    Professor Reid has published more than 250 papers with over 6,785 citations (H-index 41), many of these published in prestigious clinical journals including New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet and British Medical Journal.

    Over the past five years Professor Reid has received 17 peer-reviewed national and international research grants as a Chief Investigator totalling more than $70 million.

    Professor Steven Tingay
    BSc(Hons)(Melb) PhD(ANU)
    Over the last 15 years Professor Steven Tingay has been an influencer in the global radio astronomy community having a major impact in the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project at an international and national level, as well as in Western Australia where he is Executive Director of the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy and Deputy Director of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR). He was also a Western Australian Premier's Fellow.

    Professor Tingay has maintained his influence and authority through his breadth and depth of knowledge of astrophysics, instrumentation, technology, and management. He was responsible for the establishment of the Curtin-led Murchison Widefield Array, the only operational SKA precursor.

    Professor David Treagust
    CertEd(Birmingham) BSc(UWA) PhD(Iowa)
    Professor David Treagust is recognised nationally and internationally as a leading researcher in science education. His research interests - often supported by Australian Research Council grants - include diagnostic assessment of students’ science knowledge, and teaching for conceptual change using multiple representations, including analogies and models. He is committed to the broad dissemination of research and to ensuring that opportunities are created for research across cultures and countries. Professor Treagust has also successfully supervised a large number of doctoral research students and has received awards and fellowships in recognition of his teaching and research.

    Title awarded for a consecutive period: Professor Treagust was originally awarded the John Curtin Distinguished Professor title in 2011 and was then awarded the title for a consecutive period in 2017 and 2021.



     

    Professor Shaobin Wang
    MSc(PKU) PhD(UQ)
    Professor Shaobin Wang is one of the world's leading researchers in applied catalysis within the WA School of Mines: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering at Curtin. He also holds guest professorships at a number of Chinese universities.

    Professor Wang currently leads a research group focusing on nanomaterial synthesis and application for adsorption and catalysis, fuel and energy conversion and environmental remediation. He has made significant contributions to cleaner energy and a greener environment.

    Professor Wang has published more than 300 refereed journal papers and his paper citation was over 20,000 with an H-index=70. Professor Wang was recognised at the 2012 Thomson Reuters Citation & Innovation Awards, and is listed as one of The Most Cited Researchers in the subjects of chemical engineering, environmental science and engineering by Elsevier, and is a Highly Cited Researcher in engineering by SCI of Clarivate Analytics. He is the editor-in-chief of Current Catalysis, and is also an editorial board member of several international journals.



    2016 John Curtin Distinguished Professors

     Professor Adrian Baddeley
    Professor Adrian Baddeley
    BA(Hons)(ANU) PhD(Cantab) HonDSc(Aalborg) FAA
    Professor Adrian Baddeley is one of Australia’s leading researchers in statistical science. He develops statistical methodology for analysing spatial data and image data, and implements the methods in opensource software. His current work focuses on methods for geological prospectivity analysis (predicting the abundance of mineral deposits) and road traffic accident research.

     Professor Anna Haebich
    Professor Anna Haebich
    BA(Curtin) BA(Hons)(UWA) PhD(Murdoch) FAHA FASSA
    Professor Anna Haebich is a multi-award winning scholar of international repute, known for her leadership in interdisciplinary and cross-cultural research. Her career combines university teaching, research, centre directorship, curatorship, visual arts practice, creative writing and work with Aboriginal communities.
    Title awarded for a consecutive period: Professor Haebich was originally awarded the John Curtin Distinguished Professor title in 2011 and was then awarded the title for a consecutive period in 2016 and 2021.
    Professor San Ping Jiang
    Professor San Ping Jiang
    BEng(SCUT) PhD(City)
    Professor San Ping Jiang is a professor at Curtin’s Department of Chemical Engineering and Deputy Director of the Fuels and Energy Technology Institute. He is an adjunct Professor of the Sunshine Coast University and holds Guest Professorships in number of Chinese universities.
    Professor Pete Kinny
    Professor Pete Kinny
    BSc(Hons)(Sydney) PhD(ANU)
    Professor Pete Kinny is an influential geochemist and geochronologist in the Faculty of Science and Engineering. He has the highest citation rate among Curtin’s geoscience researchers.  His work includes studies of the Earth’s earliest crust, diamond formation in the Earth’s mantle, timing of supercontinent formation and break-up, and the tectonic architecture of gneiss terranes in Australia, Antarctica, Scotland and Greenland.
    Professor Nikos Ntoumanis
    Professor Nikos Ntoumanis
    PhD(Exeter) MSc(Loughborough) CPsychol FAcSS FBPsS
    Professor Nikos Ntoumanis is currently leading an international research project funded by the  International Olympic Committee into doping in sport. His research has been published in numerous journals including Perspectives on Psychological Science, Developmental Psychology and Journal of Educational Psychology.
    Professor Suvendrini Perera
    Professor Suvendrini Perera
    BA(Hons)(Sri Lanka) PhD(Columbia)
    Professor Suvendrini Perera is Deputy Director of the Australia-Asia-Pacific Institute and Research Professor of Cultural Studies in the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts at Curtin. She has published widely on issues of social justice, including decolonisation, race, ethnicity and multiculturalism, refugee topics, critical whiteness studies and Asian-Australian studies.
    Professor Andrew Putnis
    Professor Andrew Putnis
    BSc(Newcastle) BSc(Hons)(London) PhD(Cambridge)
    Director of Curtin’s Institute for Geoscience Research (TIGeR) Professor Andrew Putnis’ research concerns the mechanisms of fluid-mineral interaction and its relationship to the strength and deformation of crustal rocks. The direct applications of this research are wide-ranging, including understanding element mobility and ore deposition in the Earth’s crust, strategies to clean-up environmental waste, understanding the durability of nuclear waste glass, and the prevention of mineral scaling in industrial processes.
    Professor Moses Tade
    Professor Moses Tade
    BSc(Hons)(Ife) MSc PhD(Queens) FIChemE CEng HonFIEAust CPEng
    Curtin’s Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor of Science and Engineering, Professor Moses Tade is well respected nationally and worldwide for his research in chemical engineering and specifically in process systems engineering. He has significantly contributed to bridging the gap between theoretical work and industrial practice of process systems engineering.
    Title awarded for a consecutive period: Professor Tade was originally awarded the John Curtin Distinguished Professor title in 2011 and was then awarded the title for a consecutive period in 2016 and 2021.

    2015 John Curtin Distinguished Professors

    Professor Igor Bray *
    Professor Barry Fraser *
    Professor Lin Fritschi *
    Professor Julian Gale *
    Professor Hong Hao *
    Professor Chun-Zhu Li
    Professor Zheng-Xiang Li *
    Professor Peter Love *
    Professor Peter Newman *
    Professor Zongping Shao *
    Professor Kok Lay Teo
    Professor Charles Watson
    Professor Simon Wilde *

    * Awarded the title for a consecutive period in 2020

    2014 John Curtin Distinguished Professors

    Professor Dawn Bennett *
    Professor Leon Straker *

    * Awarded the title for a consecutive period in 2019

    2013 John Curtin Distinguished Professors

    Professor Kliti Grice *
    Professor Martin Hagger
    Professor Tony Lucey *
    Professor Yong Hong Wu *

    * Awarded the title for a consecutive period in 2018

    2012 John Curtin Distinguished Professors

    Professor John Hartley *
    Professor Syed Islam *
    Professor Richard Oliver *

    * Awarded the title for a consecutive period in 2017

    2011 John Curtin Distinguished Professors

    Professor Anne Haebich *
    Professor Moses Tade *
    Professor David Treagust *

    * Awarded the title for a consecutive period in 2016

    2010 John Curtin Distinguished Professors

    Professor Colin Binns
    Professor Harry Bloch
    Professor Igor Bray *
    Professor Barry Fraser *
    Professor Julian Gale *
    Professor Chun-Zhu Li *
    Professor Peter Love *
    Professor Peter Newman *
    Professor Kok Lay Teo *
    Professor Charles Watson *
    Professor Simon Wilde *

    * Awarded the title for a consecutive period in 2015

    2007 John Curtin Distinguished Professors

    Professor Dong-ke Zhang

    2005 John Curtin Distinguished Professors

    Professor Michael Alpers AO
    Professor Svetha Venkatesh