RMIT nanoelectronics researcher Dr Sumeet Walia has been named one of the region's top tech innovators by the MIT Technology Review.
Walia is one of 10 honourees named as part of the regional Innovators Under 35 competition for south-east Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan.
As an honouree, he automatically qualifies for the 2017 Global MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 List, a group of the world’s top young innovators.
Walia, from RMIT’s Functional Materials and Microsystems Research Group, is an emerging leader in the field of nanoelectronics.
His specialisation is the use of metal oxides in the next-generation of high performance electronic devices and systems.
This research has a range of applications in the fields of healthcare and electronics and includes everything from designing tiny energy sources capable of generating intense bursts of energy, to nanoscale memory cells that are able to store and recall information like the human brain.
This multidisciplinary research is opening the door to energy efficient, high density memories and neuromorphic computing.
Walia was selected by a panel of international expert judges, who assessed. candidates on their contribution in transforming the nature of technology in industries such as biomedicine, computing, communications, energy, materials, web, and transportation.
“In my relatively short research career, I have always tried to ensure that my work is in line with the latest technological demands so that it can make a difference, even in the smallest way,” he said.
The honour concludes a stellar year for the researcher, whose work was also selected among the Top 100 Innovations by Netexplo in partnership with UNESCO and won the 2016 Award for Research Impact as an Early Career Researcher, among others.
In February 2017,Walia will join fellow honourees at MIT Technology Review’s EmTech Asia Conference in Singapore, where he will introduce his work.
“It’s a great honour to be internationally recognised for the work we do at RMIT and reinforces the quality of the research coming out of the university. This opens up opportunities to partner with academics and industrial institutions internationally to find solutions in areas of need," he said.
Later in the year, MIT Technology Review will review all finalists from around the world and announce the Global Under 35 List.
Story: Jane Rennie