Citation delivered by Senior Professor Gursel Alici, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences at the University of Wollongong on the occasion of the admission of Shi Xue Dou as an Emeritus Professor on 2 May 2022.
Deputy-Chancellor, I present Distinguished Professor Shi Xue Dou AM.
Shi Xue Dou has a stellar international reputation and record of research achievement in Materials Science and is best known for his work on superconducting magnesium diboride and its applications. Extensively published and cited throughout the world, Shi received his PhD at Dalhousie University, Canada in 1984 and his Doctor of Science at the University of New South Wales in 1998. Shi has been at UOW for nearly three decades.
During his time at UOW, Shi held the positions of Professor and Distinguished Professor and was the founding Director of the Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials (ISEM). Successfully managing ISEM for twenty-five years from 1994 to 2019, Shi’s extraordinary management and leadership has seen the Institute grow to be one of the largest and most successful research groups, and a major contributor to research activity and outputs at UOW.
A proactive collaborator, Shi has played a pivotal leadership role in the materials science community uniting industry, and national and international institutions. His pioneering work and focused research on energy storage materials and electronic materials, as well as their applications for commercialisation and industry transformation, has had a significant and sustained impact on both the scientific community and industry.
Throughout his career Shi has also been an excellent and dedicated mentor to many PhD students and early career researchers and under this leadership has seen them go on to highly successful careers at UOW and around the world. Shi successfully supervised, mentored, and co-supervised more than 100 PhD students to completion, as well as more than 60 Postdoctoral and many Visiting Fellows.
Elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering in 1994, Shi received multiple Australian Professorial Fellowships and many other awards throughout his career. These awards include the Australian Government’s Centenary Medal in 2003; the UOW Vice-Chancellors Senior Excellence Award in 2008; the UOW Outstanding Partnership Award in 2012; and the Ausian Science & Technology Society Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. He was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia in 2019, named one of the top five Lifetime Achievers in Physical Science in Australia in 2020 and the global leader in electrochemistry, nanotechnology and materials engineering in 2021 by Australian Research Magazine. He also received the International Cryogenic Materials Conference (ICMC) Lifetime Achievement Award in 2021 and was named as a highly cited researcher in materials science by Thomson Reuters from 2018 to 2020. Most recently he was appointed UOW Research Ambassador to Asia.
To this day, Shi continues in his projects and working with students at UOW. He performs at the same high level that he has consistently delivered throughout his career at UOW. There is no doubt Shi will continue to mentor staff and students and make further contributions to UOW, in the fields of energy storage and electronic materials.
Deputy Chancellor, Shi's outstanding career and contributions to UOW, his stellar international reputation and record of research achievement in Materials Science, his academic and teaching contributions, mentoring and leadership throughout his 27 year career at UOW make him most worthy of this award.
It is a privilege to present Distinguished Professor Shi Xue Dou AM to be admitted as an Emeritus Professor of the University of Wollongong.