Meet the RMIT Distinguished Professors
Distinguished Professor Andrew Ball is a Professor in Environmental Microbiology in the School of Science and the Director of the Centre for Environment, Sustainability and Remediation His research expertise is in the fields of bioremediation, organic waste treatment, and environmental fate of organic pollutants.
Distinguished Professor Suresh Kumar Bhargava is the Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), College of Science, Engineering and Health and the Director of the Centre for Advanced Materials and Industrial Chemistry. His research expertise is in the fields of industrial chemistry and advanced material sciences, specialising in gold nanoparticles, broader nanoscience and technology.
Distinguished Professor Milan Brandt is the Technical Director of RMIT’s Advanced Manufacturing Precinct and the Director of RMIT's Centre for Additive Manufacturing. He is the leading Australian researcher in the area of macro processing with lasers and has conducted work in laser cladding, cutting, drilling, welding, assisted machining and more recently additive manufacturing. This has resulted in technological achievements, patents, research papers and commercial products, which have been recognized internationally and nationally in both scientific and industrial circles.
Distinguished Professor Sara Charlesworth is Professor of Work, Gender & Regulation in the School of Management and is Director of the Centre for People, Organisation & Work in the College of Business. Sara’s research interests centre on gender inequality in employment at the labour market, industry and organisational levels. She is currently working on a number of Australian Research Council and internationally funded projects in the area of frontline aged care work.
Distinguished Professor Billie Giles-Corti is the Director of RMIT's Urban Futures Enabling Capability Platform. She is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Principal Research Fellow and directs the Centre for Urban Research’s Healthy Liveable Cities Research Group at RMIT’s Centre for Urban Research. Her research interests focusses on city planning and health.
Distinguished Professor Larissa Hjorth is an artist, digital ethnographer and Professor in the Games Programs, School of Media & Communication and co-director of the Digital Ethnography Research Centre (DERC) with Heather Horst. Her research expertise involves the gendered and socio-cultural dimensions of mobile, social, locative and gaming cultures in the Asia Pacific region.
Distinguished Professor Elena Ivanova's professional activity is concentrated in fundamental and applied fields of Nano/Biotechnology. Her research interests also focus on the design, fabrication and operation of planar micro-devices, immobilization of bio-molecules and micro-organisms in micro/nano/environments, bacterial taxonomy and bacterial interactions with macro/micro/ nano-structured surfaces.
Distinguished Professor Helen Lingard from the School of Property, Construction and Project Management undertakes industry-based research into occupational health and safety and the health and work-life balance of construction workers. She was awarded an inaugural ARC Future Fellowship to deliver a program of research entitled Differentiation not disintegration: Integrating Strategies to Improve Occupational Health and Safety in the Construction Industry.
Distinguished Professor Qian Ma currently holds the appointments of Honorary Professor of The University of Queensland, Australia, and Specially Appointed Guest Professor of Osaka University, Japan.
Qian’s areas of research include metal additive manufacturing (3D printing), alloy design, powder metallurgy of light alloys (Ti, Al and TiAI), solidification processing (heterogeneous nucleation and grain refinement), coating, and modelling.
Distinguished Professor Arnan Mitchell from the School of Engineering is the RMIT Node Director of the Centre for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS). His research is dedicated to the creation of microtechnology solutions enabled by fundamental research in diverse disciplines spanning physics, chemistry and biomedical sciences.
Distinguished Professor Adrian Mouritz performs research into fibre reinforced polymer composites and other engineering materials used in aircraft. Adrian has performed research which has led to significant discoveries on various topics associated with composite materials. This has included their mechanical, fracture and fatigue properties, impact and explosive blast properties, fire structural properties, non-destructive inspection and smart health monitoring, and damage tolerance using through-thickness reinforcement (orthogonal weaving, stitching, pinning).
Distinguished Professor Lee Parker from the School of Accounting is an Honorary Fellow of the Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research at the University of St Andrews, and research advisor/assessor in management and accounting to universities, government research granting bodies and professional associations across the globe.
Distinguished Professor Cuie Wen is a Professor of Biomaterials Engineering in the School of Engineering and her research interests include biomaterials engineering, surface coating/modification of metals and alloys, porous metallic biomaterials (Ti, Mg, and their alloys and composites), shape memory alloys and scaffolds, nanostructured metals, alloys and composites.
Distinguished Professor Mike Xie is the Interim ECP Director Advanced Materials in the Enabling Capability Platforms in Research and Innovation. His research expertise focuses on microstructural design of materials, structural optimisation and the design and manufacture of innovative structures and materials.
Distinguished Professor Charlie Xue is a World Health Organization consultant and chairs the National Chinese Medicine Board of Australia. His primary areas of research specialty are evidence-based integrated healthcare for chronic diseases. His current focus is on evidence-based integrative healthcare research to assess and correlate the efficacy of key Chinese medicine treatments that have been in practice for over 2000 years, by establishing clinical trials to see whether these practices meet the expected rigorous requirements in the development of any new therapeutics in a modern medical environment. One of the herbal medicines under Professor Xue’s research is Panax Ginseng.
Distinguished Professor Irene Yarovsky holds a position of Leader of the Materials Modelling and Simulation research group at RMIT University. She concurrently has a Visiting Professor position at the Department of Materials, Imperial College London, UK. At present, she is particularly interested in studying the interface between biological systems and nanomaterials as they interact in the living organisms, the environment and novel nano-bio devices for biomedical applications.
Distinguished Professor Leslie Yeo is a Professor of Chemical Engineering with specific expertise in acoustically and electrokinetically driven microfluidics for engineering and biological applications such as drug delivery and nanomedicine, point-of-care diagnostics, tissue engineering and biosensor technology. He is co-author of the book Electrokinetically Driven Microfluidics & Nanofluidics (Cambridge University Press), and the author of over 200 research publications and 25 patent applications. Leslie currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the American Institute of Physics journal Biomicrofluidics as well as on the editorial boards of Scientific Reports and Interfacial Phenomena & Heat Transfer.
Acknowledgement of country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer