Meet our speakers
John Curtin Distinguished Professor Vishnu Pareek
Professor Vishnu Pareek is currently serving as the Dean of Engineering at Curtin University. In 2019, he was awarded the title of John Curtin Distinguished Professor for his contribution to research and academic leadership. He has a PhD from the University of New South Wales, and MTech from IIT Delhi and BE (Hons) from the University of Rajasthan, all in Chemical Engineering. Professor Vishnu Pareek has conducted extensive research in the field of applied process simulations and design. He is one of the pioneering researchers for modelling of photocatalytic reactors, which are inherently complex equipment to design due to intricate interactions between chemical reactions, radiation, and fluid mechanics.
Professor Sambit Datta
Professor Datta is Dean International of the Faculty of Science and Engineering. His research focus in computational design and urban science studies is developing new computational knowledge, processes and tools for understanding the architecture and the built environment. Focussing on the development of novel computational techniques, he leads the Computational Design Research Laboratory (Codelab) and is a member of the Curtin Institute for Computation.
Professor Abhijit Mukherjee
Professor Abhijit Mukherjee is the Dean International South Asia and Professor in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Curtin University. He is a Civil Engineer, researcher and educator. He is the inaugural Director of Curtin-India Research Academy. He is a foremost researcher on sustainable engineering practices. His research has made seminal improvement in the methods of manufacturing construction materials and understanding their process of degradation; their use in building structures; and managing lifecycle of structures through monitoring and retrofitting. He has been a member of several international research projects with National Science Foundation USA, European Union and German Ministry of Research and Training.
Mr Nigel De Silva
With over 14 years management experience in a University environment in roles relating to international strategic partnerships and alliances, Nigel has successfully led the expansion of Curtin University’s international profile, playing a key role in the establishment of transnational partnerships for Curtin University and its campuses, which includes operations in Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Dubai, Vietnam and Mauritius.
Associate Professor Andrew Whyte
Having worked in industrial and academic environments in Europe and Asia-Pacific, Dr Andrew Whyte, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at Curtin University Perth Australia, has gained a wide-ranging knowledge of whole-life analyses of structures, and asset-development/asset-management using local technologies, sustainable methods and low-cost means. Fields: Best‐Practicable‐Environmental‐Options (Mooring‐Line &etc. Serviceability) for FPSO & etc. Facilities; BPEO/ LCA/LCCA of Civil Engineering offshore design specification options; construction-Engineering.
Dr Dimple Quyn
Dimple Quyn is the Discipline Lead for Chemical Engineering, which is ranked in the top 3 in Australia and in the top 75 in the world. Her research background is diverse and includes carbon capture, biomass pyrolysis and gasification, micronization of pharmaceuticals and drilling hydraulic modelling. She is a teaching-focussed academic and the recipient of the 2020 SAE Teaching Excellence Award, a finalist in the 2018 University’s Excellence in Teaching Award, and recognised as one of the top 10 University academics in the 2018 Student Guild’s Excellence in Teaching Awards.
Associate Professor Eric Lilford
Associate Professor Lilford leads the Minerals and Energy Economics discipline of WASM: Minerals and Chemical Engineering. Over 80% of his +30 year career has seen him in mining production and management positions including as MD/CEO and other Board positions covering numerous commodities worldwide. He has held directorship and partnership roles in investment banking and other corporate finance services, in analytical roles with mining companies and securities investment advisory companies, and in consultancy mandates with organisations including the IMF, the OECD and other international entities. Eric is well-published in the fields of engineering, as well as in minerals and energy economics.
Professor Iain Murray AM
John Curtin Distinguished Professor Iain Murray AM received his B.Eng (Hons) in Computer Systems Engineering in 1998 and his PhD titled “Instructional eLearning technologies for the vision impaired” in 2008, both at Curtin University. He has worked in the field of assistive technology for nearly 30 years both as a practitioner and researcher. He founded the “Cisco Academy for the Vision Impaired” in 2002 to deliver ICT training to vision impaired people globally. He has supervised 19 research students’ completions and published in excess of 140 peer reviewed articles in the fields of IoT, engineering education and assistive technology. He is a Member of the Order of Australia, Fellow of the Australian
Computer Society, Curtin Academy Fellow and a senior member of the IEEE.
Associate Professor Mofazzal Hossain
Associate Professor Hossain is a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) with more than 20 years of teaching, research, and consulting work experience in multiple areas of petroleum engineering. He is also Deputy Head of School of the Western Australian School of Mines, Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering, and Petroleum Engineering Discipline Lead at Curtin University, Australia. He is an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), and a Fellow of Engineers Australia. He is also registered member of International Professional Engineers, and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).
Associate Professor Pawel Podsiadlo
Associate Professor Podsiadlo’s research focuses on new technologies for designing advanced surface textures to control wear and friction, developing systems for detection and prediction of wear damage and failures. He has published over 80 journal papers and is a member of editorial boards and grant review panels. He is Discipline Lead of Mechanical Engineering, Head of Tribology Laboratory and a coordinator of Industrial and Systems Engineering major.
Dr Richard Alorro
Dr Richard Alorro is a research and teaching academic with more than 12 years of experience in the fields of Metallurgical Engineering, and Resources and Geo-Environmental Engineering. As a Senior Lecturer and Postgraduate Coordinator of Metallurgical Engineering at Curtin University, Kalgoorlie Campus, he teaches and coordinates Pyrometallurgy, Physical Metallurgy, Metallurgical Process and Plant Design, and final year research project units both in undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His research areas include leaching and separation technologies, resources reprocessing and repurposing, processing of critical and strategic metals (rare earth elements and battery minerals), waste treatment and environmental remediation.
Professor Tele Tan AM
John Curtin Distinguished Professor Tele Tan AM is the course coordinator of the Mechatronic Engineering course at Curtin University. He obtained his PhD in Electronics Engineering at Surrey University (UK) in 1993 and has a decade of experience working in defence research before joining academia in 2004. Professor Tan founded the Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance (AASQA) in 2015. AASQA is a social innovation initiative with the vision of harnessing the special talents of people with Autism Spectrum for the collective benefit of those with autism, industry and the wider community.
Associate Professor Waqar Asad
Waqar Asad is the Discipline Lead and Associate Professor in Mining Engineering at the WA School of Mines: Minerals, Energy, and Chemical Engineering, Curtin University. He is leading multidisciplinary and demand-driven research with an interest in the development and implementation of mathematical models for mine planning and design optimisation in both deterministic and stochastic domains. He has published several articles in mining engineering, operations research, and computing journals. He teaches mining methods and mine planning units at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
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Second in the world for Mineral and Mining Engineering
Curtin is ranked second in the world for Mineral and Mining Engineering in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021.
Rated 5 stars plus
In the QS World University Rankings 2022 Curtin is one of the only three Australian Universities to achieve QS Five Stars Plus Rating
QS World University Ranking 2022