The University of Newcastle, Australia

Laureate Professor Kevin Galvin awarded for innovation

Monday, 17 October 2016

Congratulations to Laureate Professor Kevin Galvin who has been awarded the 2016 NSW Premier’s Prize for Energy Innovation in NSW.

The award was presented at Government House on Friday 14 October by the NSW Premier with His Excellency the NSW Governor as the Patron.

NSW Premier, The Hon. Mike Baird MP said the NSW Premier's Prizes for Science and Engineering awards recognise and reward research excellence: “NSW has a wealth of science and engineering talent across its universities and other research organisations, including leaders in energy technology, data analytics, big robotics, geomechanics, biotechnology, health and medical research, nanoscience and quantum computing”.

Laureate Professor Galvin joined the University of Newcastle in 1993, following 10 years in Industry and a PhD from Imperial College.

He is now Director of the Centre for Advanced Particle Processing and Transport and Director of the ARC Research Hub for Advanced Technologies for Australian Iron Ore – both part of the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources.

Professor Galvin in recognised internationally for his innovations in minerals processing research through his inventions and the development of the Reflux Classifier and related technologies such as the Reflux Flotation Cell and the Graviton.

His work has led to the establishment of a new ‘laminar-shear’ separation mechanism which has revolutionised gravity separation: solving a previously intractable problem in the beneficiation of low-density coal and many other commodities.

NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer, Professor Mary O’Kane AC, said of the prizes: “The quantity and quality of nominations for the prizes never fails to impress and the standard of entries this year set the bar very high indeed. The judging panel, comprising of our former NSW Scientists of the Year, relished the challenge of deciding this year’s prize winners”.

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