TUNRA Bulk Solids founder awarded prestigious medal
University of Newcastle Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts has been honoured nationally by peak professional body, The Institution of Engineers, Australia, with the prestigious Peter Nicol Russell Memorial Medal.
Professor Roberts, who was the former Dean of the Faculty of Engineering for 20 years, played an integral role in the formation of TUNRA Bulk Solids - established by Newcastle Innovation (formerly TUNRA) in 1975 to promote the expertise within the University both nationally and internationally. In 35 years, this group has completed over 3,000 projects for approximately 1,500 companies in Australia and 40 other countries. TUNRA Bulk Solids averages 160 industrial projects each year.
“TUNRA Bulk Solids is world-leading and as the founding director, it is thrilling to see the division continue to strive ahead combining academic research and commercial success,” he said.
With more than 50 years consulting nationally and internationally, Professor Roberts was awarded the Peter Nicol Russell Memorial Medal in recognition of his contribution to professional development, engineering education and research.
The Memorial Medal award perpetuates the memory of Sir Peter Nicol Russell, a Sydney industrialist during the latter half of the 19th century, who made major donations to the cause of engineering in Australia.
Past winners of the medal include Dr John Job Crew Bradfield who designed the Sydney Harbour bridge and University of Newcastle Laureate Professor Graeme Jameson who invented the internationally-renowned Jameson Cell.
“It is quite humbling to be recognised with this prestigious award by The Institution of Engineers Australia and to be listed among the top engineers in Australia,” he said.
Professor Roberts was elected Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1990 and awarded the Centenary Medal from the Australian Government in 2003.
For interviews: Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, TUNRA Bulk Solids Foundation Director, 40339036 or 0417 288 235.