Peter Schwertfeger Award
Purpose of the Award:
The Australian Association of von Humboldt Fellows (AAvHF) is the official organisation of returned Alexander von Humboldt Fellows in Australia. The Peter Schwerdtfeger Award recognises the academic or professional achievement of AAvHF members in the early career stage of their career.
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2015 Peter Schwertfeger Award
Since completing his doctorate in physics from the University of Melbourne in 2006, Associate Professor Jared Cole has undertaken research as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow and Faculty Postdoctoral Researcher at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and has already established himself at RMIT University as a leader in the new field of quantum engineering – he is a key researcher in the RMIT Centre for Molecular and Nanoscale Research and leader of the University’s Theoretical Chemical and Quantum Physics group. In 2011 the University awarded him a prestigious 4-year Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Fellowship and in 2012 a RMIT Foundation Bilateral Travel Fellowship. Associate Professor Cole’s record of 64 peer-reviewed publications, all in high quality journals, is an outstanding record for this stage in his career; his h-index of 22 and citation rates are rapidly climbing. He has also gained two research patents, one in each of the United States of America and Australia, seed funding from the University for his research, and an ARC Discovery Project grant (2014-2016) valued at $359,000.
In addition to his distinguished research record, Associate Professor Cole also has demonstrated a strong commitment to teaching across a wide range of topics in physics. Although his fellowship did not require him to teach, he has volunteered to do so and is an inspiring teacher who receives very good student feedback. He has successfully recruited and supervised postgraduate students, whom he inspires to strive for excellence.
Associate Professor Cole’s research program focuses on theoretical condensed-matter physics, superconducting devices, quantum metrology and decoherence theory – his research outcomes and contributions to academic life have been exceptional for an early career researcher. Associate Professor Cole is also an active member of the Australian Association of von Humboldt Fellows.
2013 Peter Schwertfeger Award
Following the completion of his doctorate in Language Theory and Applied Linguistics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich in 2007, Dr Robert Mailhammer spent two periods in Australia as a Feodor Lynen Fellow, firstly at The University of Melbourne and then at the Australian National University. These periods of postdoctoral research were interspersed with roles as Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Munich, Eichstätt-Ingoldstatt and Phoenix, prior to commencing his current position as Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Western Sydney (UWS) in 2012.
Dr Mailhammer’s research in linguistics encompasses both the history of Germanic languages and Indigenous languages. As a dedicated and highly productive Indo-Europeanist and field-working Australianist who is employing new techniques, he is making original and rigorous contributions to applied linguistics and bridging the very different traditions of linguistics as practised in Germany and Australia.
Despite substantial lecturing commitments, Dr Mailhammer has already published over 30 publications in terms of books, edited books, book chapters and refereed papers, and won competitive grants, including from the Australian Research Council (ARC), Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst. He has supervised two doctoral students and two honours students to successful completion and is now attracting students to UWS. He contributes actively to the profession through participation in five linguistic societies, and contributions as referee for several journals, book review editor, advisory editorial board member, ARC assessor and organiser of conferences and workshops. His contributions to linguistics are having a significant impact and, over the past ten years, Dr Mailhammer has delivered 76 presentations to conferences and/or as invited lectures.
2011 Peter Schwertfeger Award
Dr Kathy Andrews is the 2011 winner of the Peter Schwerdtfeger Award, which is named in honour of the inaugural President of the Australian Association of von Humboldt Fellows (AAvHF). Dr Andrews obtained her PhD in Microbiology in 1998 and has since developed recognised expertise in the area of malaria biology and drug discovery. After carrying out postdoctoral research on malaria at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR; 1998-1999), she was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship to work at the University of Heidelberg in Germany (1999-2001). She was then promoted to Research Associate (2001-2003) and established an independent research group with funding from the German Research Council (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft).
Dr Andrews returned to the QIMR in 2003 where she continued her independent research on malaria drug discovery. In 2009 she was recruited to the Griffith University Eskitis Institute for Cell and Molecular Therapies. She is currently an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow (2009-2013) and leads the Tropical Parasitology Laboratory at both the Eskitis Institute and QIMR, where she was appointed as laboratory head in 2010. In recognition of her work on the antimalarial properties of HIV and cancer drugs, Dr Andrews was awarded the Queensland Premiers Award for Medical Research in 2008. She has served as the Griffith Medical Research College Executive Officer (2006-2009), a Director of the Australian Society for Medical Research (ASAM) (2009-2010), and an AAvHF committee member. She is currently the Treasurer of the Australian Society for Parasitology, a member of the Queensland Tropical Health Alliance Research Committee, a Queensland ASMR Committee member, and a member of the Eskitis Institute Mentoring Committee. Dr Andrews has published over 50 papers and received funding from the ARC, Medicines for Malaria Venture, and Gates Foundation.