17 February 2011

Top student wins inaugural CNR Rao Award

RMIT PhD student Blake Plowman (centre) receiving the inaugural CNR Rao Award from Professor Margaret AO, Vice-Chancellor and President, RMIT University (far left) and accompanied by Professor CNR Rao, FRS, India's leading scientist (to the left of Blake Plowman) at the award presentation in Bangalore, India recently.

In the International Year of Chemistry, Australian PhD student Blake Plowman was recently presented with the inaugural CNR Rao Award for outstanding contribution in materials sciences in Bangalore, India.

India's leading scientist, Professor CNR Rao, FRS, (a former RMIT University visiting Fellow) said materials science was an important frontier area of interdisciplinary research.

"Blake is an excellent student from RMIT working in my laboratory at the International Centre for Materials Research," Professor Rao said.

Professor Margaret Gardner AO, Vice-Chancellor and President, RMIT, congratulated Mr Plowman and said India had a world-class scientific community.

"RMIT, a global university of technology and design, is proud to have strong links with India's leading scientist, Professor CNR Rao, FRS," Professor Gardner said.

Professor Suresh Bhargava, Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor International, College of Science, Engineering and Health, RMIT, said the CNR Rao Award reflected RMIT's international standing and research focus.

"Collaborative research and international linkages are critical to developing solutions to global problems including food, water, health and energy," Professor Bhargava said.

The Professor CNR Rao Award was introduced by the donation of an Indian academic working at RMIT to show their respect for Professor CNR Rao's contribution to chemical sciences.

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