Distinguished Professor Mike Xie, Director of RMIT’s Centre for Innovative Structures and Materials, is having an incredible year.
Xie has been named the AGM Michell Medal winner for 2017 by Engineers Australia, for his highly significant work in the field of mechanical engineering that extends to lightweight aircraft structure, advanced medical technology, and engineering software development.
The medal comes on top of earning the prestigious 2017 Clunies Ross Innovation Award in June.
Receiving the highest Australian honour in mechanical engineering, Xie said, was beyond his wildest dreams, "as I have usually regarded myself as a civil engineer". Xie served as the head of civil engineering discipline at RMIT for 10 years from 2002 to 2012.
The AGM Michell Medal is presented to one recipient each year for outstanding service to mechanical engineering. The award recognises highly significant contributions through technical innovation relating to the science or practice of mechanical engineering and long standing eminence in mechanical engineering science or practice.
Xie is recognised globally as one of the most important contributors to the original development and subsequent world-wide adoption of a technology known as Evolutionary Structural Optimisation (ESO) and Bi-directional ESO (BESO). Xie has applied ESO/BESO to such diverse research areas as aircraft wing design, wound management, medical implants and advanced materials for armoured vehicles.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation at RMIT, Professor Calum Drummond said the latest award was a tribute to Xie’s incredible body of work. He said it was all the more remarkable as it came from an area outside Xie’s usual expertise.
"Mike has worked incredibly hard and it is wonderful to see him receive this recognition, which is greatly deserved," Drummond said.
The judging panel stated: "Your contributions to the field of mechanical engineering are highly impressive.
"You have demonstrated a long-standing eminence relating to the science and practice of mechanical engineering, with a good balance of ingenuity, a vast range of theoretical knowledge and your application of these talents is most admirable."
Story: Jane Kenrick