The University of Newcastle, Australia

Our people

Professor Thomas Nann

Head of School
Doctor of Science, Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg - Germany, Master of Chemistry, Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg - Germany

For Professor Thomas Nann, Head of School for the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, nanomaterials offer innovative ways to harness and store renewable energy, and revolutionise the way we diagnose and treat diseases.

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Associate Professor Jeffrey Hogan

Deputy Head of School
PhD, University of New South Wales Bachelor of Science, University of New South Wales

Since arrival at UON, I have taught across the undergraduate mathematics curriculum, including courses in first-year calculus, multivariable calculus, linear algebra, mathematical modelling, differential equations, complex analysis, numerical analysis and my favourite -- Fourier analysis.

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Vicki Gumbleton

Acting School Executive Officer

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Our Researchers

Pure Mathematics

The mathematics discipline within the Faculty of Science hosts a dynamic group of researchers in both pure and applied mathematics. Receiving 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) rankings of “above world standard” for both pure mathematics and applied mathematics, the discipline’s research including significant capacity in computational mathematics, mathematical modelling in nanotechnology and industrial applications, calculus of variations, theory and applications of ordinary and partial differential equations, Fourier analysis, symmetry and number theory.

Associate Professor James McCoy

Associate Professor
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Head of Discipline

Calculus of variations, Curvature flow, Differential geometry

Professor George Willis

ARC Australian Laureate Fellow
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Algebra, Functional analysis, Group theory

Professor Florian Breuer

Professor
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Drinfeld modular forms, Drinfeld modules, Ducci sequences

Associate Professor Jeffrey Hogan

Associate Professor
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Clifford analysis, Fourier analysis, Signal processing

Associate Professor Michael Coons Jr

Associate Professor
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Number theory, Pure mathematics, Theoretical computer science

Dr Judy-Anne Osborn

Lecturer
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Combinatorics, Mathematics education

Dr Andrew Kepert

Lecturer
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Computational mathematics, Numerical mathematics, Operations research

Dr Malcolm Roberts

Lecturer
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Fractal geometry, Undergraduate mathematics education, Incorporating mathematical technology in teaching, Encouraging creativity in mathematics

Applied Mathematics

The mathematics discipline within the Faculty of Science hosts a dynamic group of researchers in both pure and applied mathematics. Receiving 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) rankings of “above world standard” for both pure mathematics and applied mathematics, the discipline’s research including significant capacity in computational mathematics, mathematical modelling in nanotechnology and industrial applications, calculus of variations, theory and applications of ordinary and partial differential equations, Fourier analysis, symmetry and number theory.

Professor Natalie Thamwattana

Professor
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Mechanics of granular materials, Modelling nanostructures, Nanomechanics

Associate Professor Mike Meylan

Associate Professor
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Differential equations, Hydroelasticity, Wave scattering

Dr Bishnu Lamichhane

Senior Lecturer
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Approximation theory, Differential equations, Domain decomposition

Dr Elena Levchenko

Senior Lecturer
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Applied mathematics, Condensed matter physics, Dynamical systems

Dr Bjorn Ruffer

Lecturer
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Difference and functional equations, Optimisation, Ordinary differential equations

Statistics and Data Science

Statistics and Data Science in the Faculty of Science are one of the most respected research disciplines in Australia, achieving an ERA 5 rating, placing it “well above-world standard” in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) rankings. Our expertise covers a range of areas within statistics and data science.

Dr Elizabeth Stojanovski

Senior Lecturer
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Head of Discipline

Multivariate statistics, Methods of meta-analyses, STEM Education, Biostatistics

Professor Eric Beh

Professor
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Categorical data analysis, Correspondence analysis, Ecological inference, Measures of Association

Professor Ricardo Gabrielli Barreto Campello

Professor
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Data mining and machine learning, Electrical engineering, Statistical learning, Machine learning

Professor Peter Howley

Professor
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Bayesian hierarchical models, STEM education, Systems and process improvement, Healthcare systems

Dr Robert King

Senior Lecturer
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Computational statistics, Distribution theory, Socio-spatial statistics, Statistical ecology

Dr Ian Renner

Senior Lecturer
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Ecological statistics, Species distribution models

Dr Ali Eshragh

Senior Lecturer
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Combinatorial optimisation, Discrete-event simulation, Markov decision processes, Time series forecasting

Dr Frank Tuyl

Lecturer
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Bayesian statistics, Applied statistics, Biostatistics, Statistical theory

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Physics

The Discipline of Physics is a well-established and highly collegial academic unit with a history of delivering world-class research outcomes, excellence in Physics teaching and nationally recognised programs of community outreach and service. Physical Sciences (2-digit code) at the University of Newcastle was rated with the highest possible score of ‘well above world standard’ in the latest Excellence of Research in Australia (ERA) report. The fields of research (4-digit codes) ‘Astronomical and Space Sciences’ and ‘Other Physical Sciences’ (which comprises mainly Medical Physics in Newcastle), were also awarded ‘well above world standard’. The Discipline of Physics has a focus on disciplinary and transdisciplinary research that encompasses scholarship and industry engagement, working at the interfaces of academic disciplines and with industry to deliver solutions to global issues.

Professor Thomas Nann

Head of School
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Head of School

Nanomaterials, Nanoscience, Energy Storage, Bioimaging, Materials Science

Associate Professor Vicki Keast

Associate Professor
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Head of Discipline

Electron microscopy, Solid state physics

Professor Paul Dastoor

Professor
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Photovoltaics, Polymers, Surface physics

Associate Professor Marian Radny

Conjoint Associate Professor
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Atomic closters, computational physics, computer simulations

Associate Professor John Holdsworth

Associate Professor
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Conductive polymer characterisation, LIDAR, Laser applications

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Dr Renee Goreham

Lecturer
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Nanoparticles, Nanotechnology

Dr Michael Gladys

Education Focused Academic
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Atomic Physics, Chiral catalysis, Metal surfaces

Professor Colin Waters

Professor
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Aurora, computer modeling, Digital signal processing

Associate Professor David Pontin

Associate Professor
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Magnetohydrodynamic (MHD), Astrophysical plasmas, Three dimensional magnetic fields

Dr Hannah Schunker

Lecturer
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Dr Karen Livesey

Senior Lecturer
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Dr Xiaojing Zhou

Senior Lecturer
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Organic electronics, Sensors and biosensors