The Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering welcomes University of Melbourne leader as Fellow

Professor Sandra Kentish, Head of the School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, has today been inducted as a Fellow to the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering. She is one of 25 experts to receive the honour from across research, government and industry, applying science, technology and engineering solutions to real-world problems.

Headshot of Professor Sandra Kentish superimposed on photo of chemistry apparatus
Professor Sandra Kentish

Professor Kentish is a distinguished and highly cited academic undertaking needs-driven strategic research which has resulted in novel patented membrane technologies that assist Australian companies to improve their operational efficiency and reduce their environmental impact.

Her teams have developed new membranes for water treatment and desalination, the recovery of protein from dairy waste, the capture of carbon dioxide from gas streams and the selection of sperm for artificial human reproduction.

I am looking forward to participating in ATSE working groups to enhance Australia’s ability to respond to critical issues such as climate change, food security and water availability.

Professor Kentish is also a gifted teacher and an accomplished university leader.

Professor Kentish said she was truly honoured to be elected as a member of the academy.

“Having already been involved in some initiatives with the academy, I know of their outstanding advocacy in engineering and technology in Australia,” she said.

“I am looking forward to participating in ATSE working groups to enhance Australia’s ability to respond to critical issues such as climate change, food security and water availability.”

Academy President, Professor Hugh Bradlow, welcomed the new Fellows.

“We bring together Australia’s leading experts in applied science, technology and engineering to provide impartial, practical and evidence-based advice to enable Australia to maintain its position as a leading technology economy,” he said.

“The 2019 cohort of new Fellows comprises a remarkable and talented group, who will contribute to helping the Academy fulfil its mission.”

The new Fellows will be formally welcomed into the Academy at its Annual General Meeting in Melbourne on 29 November.

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Prue Gildea

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