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2019 AUSTRALIA INDIA SCIENCE, RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT AWARD FINALISTS

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Alexander Jannik

Managing Director

Acusensus Pty Ltd 

Acusensus Pty Ltd was incorporated in 2018 as a start up to address to the greatest source of fatalities in road accidents in the developed world today - distracted driving (people texting or using mobile phones whilst driving). Funded from Australia and India, the team at Acusensus were able to develop a technology demonstrator that provided such a high level of accuracy that the company was awarded the first contract anywhere in the world to enforce against distracted driving. As of Jan 2019, 6 Acusensus cameras have been installed in Sydney to assist Traffic NSW reduce fatalities from distracted driving. Other states are undertaking tests with the technology now.

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Mohan Yellishetty

Associate Professor Resources Engineering, Dept Civil Engineering

 Monash University

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Dr Charmaine O'brien

Culinary Writer

The Penguin Food Guide

Dr Charmaine O’Brien has been researching and writing about Indian food culture and history for twenty years, alongside developing deep knowledge and skill in its practicalities (cooking and eating it). Her work includes: She travelled to each state of India to learn about and document regional foodways for The Penguin Food Guide to India. One of the defining features of Charmaine’s work has been her capacity to win welcome into kitchens around the subcontinent to cook and eat ‘everyday’ meals and bring an outsiders curiosity to unravelling the diverse threads of connection—to geography, climate, religion, economics, community, trade—that have shaped that particular food. 

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 Prashant Sonar

 Future Fellow and Associate Professor
QUT 

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Dr. Devika Kamath

Lecturer of Astronomy and Astrophysics

ARC DECRA Fellow

Dr. Devika Kamath is an Astrophysicist and Lecturer in Astronomy & Astrophysics at Macquarie University. She is internationally recognised for her work on observational studies of dying stars and their implications on the origin of elements in the Universe. Dr. Kamath has recently been awarded a prestigious fellowship, the Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA), by the Australian Research Council (ARC) to further develop her research. She has produced over 50 scientific publications and won competitive access to telescopes around the world, for an in-kind value of more than a million AUD

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Professor Ajay Kapoor

Prof Vice Chancellor (R-S)
Swinburne University of Technology

Mohan is an Australian Endeavour Fellow and AusIMM Chartered Mining Engineer with an established teaching and research profile in the field of mining engineering. For nearly 20 years he has conducted world-class altruistic academic research in Australia, India and the USA, enabling me to develop a broad skills base in all aspects of the mining cycle. He has been involved with mining education for nearly two decades and have conducted extensive research in this discipline. My research and academic work experience at Monash University, CSIRO, 

Prashant has made a phenomenal contribution in the field of Material Chemistry; in particular, carbon based semiconductors for high performance electronic devices including organic transistors, organic and perovskite solar cells, display technology, logic circuits, memory devices and sensors. The developed materials (polymers and small molecules) are soft and their printable ink has a great optoelectronic properties. Such newly developed materials has a great scope for future high performance roll-to-roll printed flexible and stretchable future large area electronics. 

Professor Ajay Kapoor joined Swinburne University in 2007, after spending about 20 years in UK. Soon afterwards he developed an Electric Vehicles Group at Swinburne to focus on all aspects of engineering, technology, business innovation and public policy related to transport. The group brought together a team of 20+ academics from across all disciplines, 25+ PhD students and many undergraduate students to work on electric mining vehicles, electric bus, electric airplane and electric boat.

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Professor Harbans Singh BARIANA
The University of Sydney

University of Sydney scientist Professor Harbans Bariana is helping farmers in India and Australia to fight back against the devastating effects of wheat rust diseases.
In Australia alone, losses from wheat rust diseases amount to more than $1.5 billion per year. In India, where wheat is an essential part of the daily diet and the major source of calories for hundreds of millions of people, the threat from rust diseases is even more alarming. Professor Bariana’s work involves finding genetic solutions to control wheat rust diseases. His research has enabled breeders to release rust resistant wheat cultivars for farmers. He has led the discovery of more than 15 new rust resistance loci in the last decade – almost half the stripe rust resistance genes discovered worldwide in this period. These resistance genes once deployed in in new cultivars safeguard wheat crops against rust diseases to maintain food production goals.

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Professor Jagat Kanwar 

Deakin University

Professor Jagat Kanwar committed, inspirational and passionate researcher secured 2 Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) grants. Kanwar helped Deakin University to sign more than 8 MoUs with top medical Indian institutions and help in “make-in-India” by supervising more than 25 PhD Indian students, now working in different Governments and private institutions in India. Dr Kanwar aspires to excellence in all aspects of his research and developments and supervision practices with a great deal of innovations and for PhD students pastoral care, leadership, innovation, mentoring, enthusing/engaging on campus and overseas students, and provided transferable skills in academic teaching and research professions.

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Professor Neena Mitter

University of Queensland

She is one of Australia’s leading agricultural biotechnologist. Neena’s career and passion for delivering real world outcomes is informed by her Indian heritage which recognises the significance of agriculture in shaping the world, economically, socially, environmentally andpolitically. She has spearheaded the development of a broad program of cross-functional innovative solutions for profitability and productivity of Australia’s $60 billion agriculture industry. Her high impact science and exceptional industry engagement has led to two commercially focused innovations namely “BioClay for non-GM and non-Toxic environmentally sustainable crop protection;, and ‘Clonal propagation of avocado using plant stem cells’.

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Suresh Kumar Bhargava

Professor

RMIT University

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Veena Nair

STEM-Special Projects leader
Viewbank College

Distinguished Professor Suresh Bhargava is an eminent Australian scientist and an entrepreneur who has been making outstanding scientific and technological contributions to the community for three decades. His ability to bridge science, engineering, and technology and convert research excellence to industry impact enables him to deliver highly valuable outcomes that benefit society at large. His innovative ideas have led to ground-breaking solutions addressing the needs of the minerals processing industry and have also benefitted the environment. He has groomed and nurtured scientific talent that will continue to deliver value to industry and research institutions worldwide.

Veena an educator and having taught in both Australia and India she has a very strong passion for using my experience here in  Australia to further and support school form low SES areas in Mumbai . She has volunteered and conducted workshops for
school principals from these schools to develop capacity in designing a curriculum for the 21st century through the Kotak Eduation Foundation. She has been involved in this capacity for the last 4 years. In the past 2 years she has been instrumental in initiating the Young Persons Plan for the Planet program which enables students to be proactive in developing and implementing plans and projects for their communities to address the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals (SDG's) . This year (2019) in February she has been successful in getting a 4 of these schools involved in this program.  

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