Bright star of Australian science recognised with Academy Awards

Tuesday, 21 November 2017


Outstanding contributions to science have been recognised by the Australian Academy of Science, with 18 of Australia’s leading scientists and future stars receiving prestigious 2018 honorific awards.

Associate Professor Shanyong Wang

Among the winners is the University of Newcastle’s (UON) Associate Professor Shanyong Wang. An ARC Future Fellow and Associate Professor in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering (CGSE), Associate Professor Wang was honoured with the 2018 John Booker Medal.

The John Booker medal recognises outstanding research in engineering mechanics and related fields within engineering and applied mathematics disciplines.

With applications in mining and the design of civil infrastructure such as underground structures, roads, retaining walls, and foundations, Associate Professor Wang’s advanced methods modelling the failure mechanism of geomaterials have made a huge impact on geotechnical practice.

“To be a scientist was my dream when I was a child. I have always been fascinated by solving challenging engineering problems, and then applying this knowledge in practice to benefit society.

“I am truly honoured to receive the John Booker medal, not only for myself, but also for my colleagues and team in the CGSE.  I work in the same field as John Booker did, the field of Geomechanics, so it means a great deal to me to receive this award that bears his name,” Associate Professor Wang said.