Western Australian Scientist of the Year

Congratulations to Professor Mark Cassidy, an alumnus of the Department of Engineering Science (New College, 1995) and Director at the Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems, University of Western Australia (UWA), who has just been named Western Australian Scientist of the Year.

Professor Mark CassidyPremier and Science Minister, the Hon Colin Barnett has praised the outstanding efforts in science research and science engagement across Western Australia following the 2015 Premier's recent Science Awards ceremony.

Mr Barnett said: “Professor Cassidy's work was contributing to the State's capabilities in the safe and economic construction of oil and gas platforms in the oceans. Professor Cassidy's research has identified solutions to unlock the vast reserves of stranded gas in our remote and deep oceans where the geo-technical response of the seabed sediment is poorly understood. It is the application of this science that will allow the State to harness opportunities and become a world leader in operating and maintaining this technology. His advice has been incorporated into the design of platform and pipeline infrastructure currently being constructed off the coast of Western Australia”.

In 2006, Professor Cassidy was named the Western Australian Early Career Scientist of the Year.

Guy Houlsby, Professor of Civil Engineering at the Department of Engineering Science who supervised Mark Cassidy, said: ““Many of our past research students go on to lead important scientific and engineering endeavours, and it is great to see their work publically acknowledged in this way. Mark’s research at Oxford was very broadly based, with elements of several aspects of civil and offshore engineering, and this has placed him extremely well to lead the work he does at UWA”.

Interestingly, the 2013 winner of the same award was Mark Randolph, an undergraduate in this Department in the 1970s.

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