Vice-Chancellor and President Martin Bean CBE said he was delighted by the news.
“It’s tremendous that Calum has been acknowledged as one of Australia’s outstanding leaders through his appointment as an Officer of the Order of Australia,” he said.
“He continues to work passionately to drive benefit and impact through innovation, research, engagement and collaboration and we are very privileged to have him at RMIT.”
Drummond was commended for his contributions to the National Innovation System by creating direct value for many Australian companies and contributing to governance and advisory bodies.
His research has improved our understanding of molecular assembly as well as particle and surface interactions in liquids.
Drummond's research has identified many organic molecules capable of self-assembling in solvents to form materials with highly ordered 2D and 3D internal nanostructures.
Some of these materials have been used to enhance products from drug delivery vehicles to environmentally friendly off-shore oil drilling fluids, waterproof recyclable paper, household cleaning products and specialty chemicals for the construction industry.
Drummond's scientific advances have also resulted in two patented cancer drug delivery technologies.
Prior to joining RMIT University in 2014, Drummond was Group Executive for Manufacturing, Materials and Minerals at CSIRO.
In both organisations, he led major reforms to improve productivity and efficiency, support for researchers, and impact delivery.
Story: Kate Milkins