Chief Investigators

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Professor Geoffrey Brooks has over 25 years experience in research relating to process metallurgy,  steelmaking and sensor development.  He has carried out steelmaking research in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, working as at University of Wollongong, McMaster University, CSIRO and Swinburne University of Technology.  In recent years he has concentrated on modelling of Oxygen Steelmaking, development of sound, vibration and image sensors for the metallurgical industry and studying the fundamentals of novel ironmaking routes.  Professor Brooks and his co-workers have major international awards from the ISS, AIST, TMS, ASM and IOM3 for their research.

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Professor Nick Birbilis is the Deputy Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the Australian National University. His research is broadly in the area of materials design, with an emphasis on metallic materials. Materials characterisation and metal corrosion are usually the key accompanying research themes – with a focus on durable and sustainable materials (including protective coatings). Nick was previously the Woodside Innovation Chair at Monash University, where he was also the Head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He is a Fellow of the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE, USA), a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society (ECS), and a Fellow of the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE). In. Nick has also been awarded numerous awards, including the Batterham Medal from the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and the HH Uhlig Award from the Electrochemical Society. He has authored over 350 publications and is the Editor-in-chief of the interdisciplinary journal npj Materials Degradation. and serves as a long-standing Editor for the journal Electrochimica Acta.

Paul Cooper is a Senior Professor of the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC) at the University of Wollongong (UOW).  Paul has been involved in research on a wide variety of topics in sustainable buildings, renewable energy systems, energy efficiency and fluid mechanics over nearly four decades. Paul has previously served as the Head of the School of Mechanical, Materials and Mechatronic Engineering at UOW. In 2019 he was awarded the James Harrison Medal of the Australian Institute for Refrigeration Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) in recognition of his lifetime contribution to the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC&R) industries.

As the Founding Director of the SBRC Paul was heavily involved in the design and subsequent operation of the SBRC Building, which is now recognized as one of the most sustainable buildings in Australia. In addition to being a net-positive energy building, this is the first and only building in Australia to have won full Living Building Certification from the International Living Future Institute; one of only three buildings outside the USA to have achieved this most stringent of sustainability benchmarks.

Paul was also the academic coordinator of the UOW entry in the Solar Decathlon China 2013 competition, which the students and staff of Team UOW won with a world record overall score. More recently he was a senior member of the UOW ‘Desert Rose House’ Solar Decathlon team that won 2nd place in the Solar Decathlon Middle East competition, held in extremely harsh desert conditions outside Dubai in 2018.

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A/Prof Fabijanic is a metallurgist with a specialisation in the research fields of surface engineering, surface degradation of metals, metal additive manufacturing, and high entropy alloys. The main thrust of the research is understand the mechanisms of surface related failure (wear, oxidation and corrosion) in metals and to develop novel surface modifications to counter these degradation mechanisms. Examples include laser cladding high entropy alloys on superalloys for high temperature oxidation resistance (ARC IIRH Additive manufacturing and AISRF grant), high entropy metal matrix composite claddings for extreme wear environments (ARC IITC mineAlloy), and the design of surface modifications for titanium to resist erosion/corrosion in the extreme environments of hydrometallurgy reactors (CRCp).

In the ARC Steel Hub he leads research conducted in partnership with InfraBuild Wire and Manufacturing focussed on novel thermo-mechanical processing routes to create high strength reinforcement bar, and on developing new hot dip zinc coatings and processes for wire product.

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Professor Elena Ivanova is Distinguished Professor at RMIT's School of Science. She has worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, Japan; Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center of Marine Biotechnology, University of Maryland; Visiting Professor at Hokkaido University, Japan; Cambridge University, UK and Institut Charles, Sadron, CNRS, France; she joined Swinburne University of Technology in 2001 and moved to RMIT University in 2018.

Within the Steel Research Hub, her project will contribute to the broader Hub Program “SRH II Program 2 Product Technology”, which aims to develop a commercial stable coating with antifungal properties, which can be incorporated into current BlueScope coatings and manufacturing processes. The role of her research in the broader project is to provide guidance in the selection and implementation of topographically modified surfaces that will exhibit long-term inhibition to the adhesion and growth of fungal spores to coated roofing products.

Dr Azdiar Gazder

Dr Azdiar Gazder is a Senior Research Fellow of electron microscopy, advanced material micro-analysis, diffraction, and crystallography at the UOW Electron Microscopy Centre. He is a physical metallurgist specialising in the characterisation of fundamental deformation, recrystallisation and phase transformation phenomena in novel alloy systems used within the engineering, defence, aerospace, and medical sectors.

He has authored over 90 publications, is an elected Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society and a Certified Materials Professional by Materials Australia and serves as an Executive Member of the Australian Microbeam Analysis Society Council which represents the broader Australian micro-analysis community.

Within the ARC Research Hub for Australian Steel Innovation, Dr Gazder’s work is on “3.1: Coatings, Corrosion protection and prediction” which aims to identify the composition and morphology of corrosion products that form on panels during atmospheric exposure in order to correlate them with accelerated corrosion testing conditions and improve on corrosion modelling predictive capabilities.

Professor Georgakopoulos is currently the inaugural Director of Swinburne’s IoT Lab, which is a Centre in the University’s Digital Innovation Capability Platform, and the Industry 4.0 Program Leader, in the Manufacturing Futures Research Institute. Before that, he served as Research Director of CSIRO’s ICT Centre and a Professor at RMIT University. Before joining CSIRO, he held research and management positions in several industrial laboratories in the USA, including Telcordia Technologies (where he helped found two of Telcordia’s Research Centers in Austin, Texas, and Poznan, Poland); Microelectronics and Computer Corporation (MCC) in Austin, Texas; GTE (currently a Verizon) Laboratories in Boston, Massachusetts; and Bell Communications Research (Bellcore) in Piscataway, New Jersey. Professor Georgakopoulos is a CSIRO Adjunct Fellow since 2014.

Professor Georgakopoulos authored/co-authored 190+ journal and conference publications. His publications include seminal articles in IoT, service computing, and process management. Per Google Scholar, his publications have received 18,250+ citations. Professor Georgakopoulos has served as the General or Program Chair of 25 major international conferences and many other smaller conferences or workshops. He has received two outstanding paper awards from the IEEE Computer Society for the best paper in the IEEE Int. Conference on Data Engineering, and the best paper in the 2017 Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences in Hawaii, USA. In the USA, he was the recipient of several IEEE CS service awards, a GTE’s Excellence Award, and research impact awards that include the 2013 Black Duck Rookie of the Year Award. In Australia, he won four ACT iAwards and a CSIRO Plant Industry Divisional Innovation Award. More recently in Swinburne, he received a Vice Chancellor’s Innovation Award (2018), and a Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology’s Research Award (2019).

Professor Georgakopoulos attracted $59M+ of external research funding from industry and various government research funding agencies, ranging from Défense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and ARDA (currently Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity or IARPA) in the USA, to the Framework Program in the EU, to the Department of Human Services, the Bureau of Meteorology, as well as 50  other industry and government research partners in Australia. Just in the past 4.5 years in Swinburne, he was the lead CI or a CI of 16 industry/ government-funded research projects that have been awarded $45+M of research funding that includes a $16.5+M funding allocation to Swinburne.

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Grace Kennedy is an Associate Research Fellow in the SMART Infrastructure Facility at the University of Wollongong researching applications of Model-based Systems Engineering (MBSE) for the Australian rail industry.  Grace holds a Master of Systems Engineering (with Diploma in Industrial Studies) from Loughborough University, UK. She has expertise in Organisational Systems Engineering (modelling enterprises as systems, in particular the integration of "soft"/human aspects of organisations into these models).   Her research interests are in MBSE and digital transformation approaches for organisational change.

She started her career in the Defence industry working as a Systems Engineer at a prime contractor in the UK.   Prior to immigrating to Australia, Grace was a researcher at the Systems Engineering Innovation Centre at Loughborough University where she was the lead researcher on two Innovative Manufacturing and Construction Research Centre (IMCRC) projects.  Grace is a chartered engineer through Engineers Australia and has attained certification (CSEP) status with INCOSE.  Grace is a member of INCOSE, IEEE and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia (HFESA).  She is a co-chair of the INCOSE Human Systems Integration Working Group and a contributor to IEC 62508 on Human Dependability.

Dr. Buyung Kosasih is an Associate Professor in the school of Mechanical, Materials, Mechatronic and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Wollongong.

He is actively conducting research in: lubrication with green aqueous lubricant, wind and river current-based renewable energy, and fluid dynamics of jet stripping in coating process.

In the Steel Research Hub, he leads a team working on understanding the fluid dynamics of metallic coating production in continuous galvanizing lines including jet wiping and liquid drag out from a bath aimed at improving the associated equipments design and the quality of the thin metallic coating.

He has been involved in ARC Discovery grants, LIEF grant and several UOW grants. He received an Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning Award in 2013 from the University of Wollongong recognising his teaching excellence and dedication in engineering education. 


Prof Huijun Li obtained a PhD degree in 1996 from the University of Wollongong; He has 25 years’ research experience in materials science and engineering. He has published 5 book chapters and more than 400 papers over his career in the field of welding metallurgy, additive manufacturing, alloy development, surface engineering, nuclear materials and microstructure characterization.

Professor Huijun Li joined CRC Welded Structures research activities from 1995 to 2005, where he gained considerable experience on welding high strength line pipe steels, Q&T steels, stainless steels and heat resistant steels. He has also been involved in the revision of WTIA (Welding Technology Institute Australia) Technical Note 1 “The Weldability of Steels”, this technical note gives recommendations for the control of HAZ hardness and avoidance of cold cracking in carbon, carbon-manganese and low-alloy steels. After joining UOW in 2008, he has been heavily involved in DMTC and EPCRC research, including welding light armoured vehicles, naval surface ships and high strength line pipe steels.

Professor Li ‘s major role in the Steel Hub research is to investigate “Automated additive wire arc additive manufacturing to create multilayer hard-facing specialty steels with improved performance”,. Due to the mechanical and microstructural impact of additive manufacturing on processed Q&T steels and the need to ensure product quality, the project will quantify the correlation between mechanical properties and microstructure of cladded lay and the Heat Affected Zone over a wide range of welding parameters.

Dr. Subhasish Mitra is currently a research associate and sessional academic in Fluid Mechanics course in the Discipline of Chemical Engineering, School of Engineering at the University of Newcastle. Before entering academic research, he worked seven years as a chemical process engineer in the domain of process development, troubleshooting, and design in mineral processing, petrochemicals, and oil & gas industries.

His research interests encompass complex multiphase flow systems specifically interfacial flow problems involving droplet and bubble dynamics which primarily form the basis of many processes and mineral engineering applications. Of particular interest in understanding the phase interactions in droplet-particle and bubble-particle systems and associated heat and mass transport process and turbulence wherever applicable. His research involves the use of high-speed imaging to capture the small-scale interaction dynamics, thermal imaging for temperature measurement, and particle image velocimetry (PIV) for liquid phase velocity measurement; and computational modeling of these interactions using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and discrete element method (DEM) approach.

Within the Steel Research Hub, his work computationally (using CFD) investigates the feasibility of coating formation to prevent wearing of refractory walls in basic oxygen steelmaking (BoS) furnace by splashing a retained slag pool using an inert gas jet. At the fundamental level, this work also experimentally probes the dynamics of coating formation involving impingement of a molten metal droplet on a flat surface and subsequent solidification.

Professor Brian Monaghan has been an active lecturer and researcher in materials engineering at the University of Wollongong (UOW) for 20 years.

He is a pyrometallurgist who believes passionately that if the sustainability, energy, and greenhouse gas challenges currently facing the planet are to be addressed, we need strong engagement from the engineering and scientific communities. His expertise lies in the kinetics and thermodynamics of high-temperature metals processing.  He is the Coordinator of the Engineering Materials Centre at UOW as well as the leader of the UOW PYRO Group.

Within the ARC Research Hub for Australian Steel Innovation (SRH II), he is a member of the Research Management Committee, providing leadership to the Program 1 Process Integration and Sustainability, as well as being actively involved in several projects, including:

  • Obtaining Value from Steel Plant By-Products.
  • The Effect of Slag Formation on Hot Metal and BOS Desulphurization
  • Interfacial tension and Inclusion Removal

Professor Monaghan is also involved in a number of other external funded research projects.

These include:

  • Zero-CO2 Production of Essential Technological Metals
  • Gaseous Iron Reduction
  • Effect of Slag Structure on Interfacial Tension
  • Phosphorous Partitioning in Slags
  • Evaluation of the Productivity Limits in the Blast Furnace Lower Zone

After conferring the PhD in 1987, Elena Pereloma worked as researcher and academic in Ukraine, Canada and Australia. Professor Elena Pereloma is currently Senior Professor of Physical Metallurgy in the School of Mechanical, Materials, Mechatronic and Biomedical Engineering, and the Director of the Electron Microscopy Centre at the University of Wollongong. Her major research interests are in processing-microstructure-property relationships, alloy design, thermo-mechanical processing, phase transformations, mechanical behaviour and advanced characterisation techniques.

Prof. Pereloma coordinated numerous research and industry-related projects with total funding exceeding $30 million. She co-authored more than 240 peer-reviewed papers, 4 book chapters, 1 patent, and edited two books with more than 5840 citations and h-index of 41.

Within the Steel Research Hub, Prof. Pereloma works on design of compositions and processing schedules for strip and plate products in collaboration with BlueScope Steel.

Cao Pham bio

Dr Cao Hung Pham is a Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering at School of Civil Engineering, the University of Sydney. He was awarded a PhD on Cold-Formed Steel Structures from School of Civil Engineering, the University of Sydney in 2010. He also held a Bachelor of Civil Engineering with first class Honours in Structural Engineering at the University of Architecture – Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam in 2000. Subsequently, he obtained both Master of Construction Management and Master of Engineering Science in Structural Engineering at the University of New South Wales in 2003 and 2004, respectively. From 2011 to 2015, he was awarded the prestigious ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship on the development of newly developed Direct Strength Method for Cold-Formed Steel Structures under combined actions. He was appointed to a continuing academic position as Lecturer in School of Civil Engineering, the University of Sydney since 2013 and Senior Lecturer in 2018.

Dr Pham’s main research areas are theoretical and experimental structural behaviours and designs with particular interest in steel structural members and systems, cold-formed steel structures, aluminium structures and structural stability and analysis. He teaches advanced steel structures and was successful in three ARC Discovery Projects, one ARC Linkage Project with BlueScope Steel, one ARC Research Hub for Australian Steel Innovation, and one Innovation Connections Grant. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of the Thin-Walled Structures Journal and Journal of Science and Technology in Civil Engineering.

Prior to joining University of Wollongong as a lecturer in late 2009, Dr. Lip Teh had been working as a structural engineer in the manufacturing and consulting industries for many years. In particular, he was involved with the development of design methodologies for cold-formed steel storage racks including high-bay racks, which are arguably the precursor to modular cold-formed steel constructions.

His research interests lie with advanced analysis of steel frames, bolted connections, buckling analysis, climate resilient structures, cold-formed steel structures, modular construction, progressive collapse prevention, retrofitting and strengthening of steel structures, seismic engineering and sustainable structural design.

He brings his real world experience and research expertise in steel structures to lead a Steel Research Hub project on developing new cold-formed steel products and systems including connections that will help drive a market transformation towards the greater integration/adoption of cold formed steel products throughout the mid-rise apartment sector.

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Stephen van Duin is an Associate Professor at University of Wollongong where he externally leads a national research program for the Maritime Domain within DMTC Ltd. Through DMTC he works collaboratively with Australian defence industry, multiple universities and government research agencies to advance technologies in the naval manufacture and sustainment areas. He is Chief Investigator and standing committee member for the ARC’s Research Training Centre for Naval Design and Manufacturing. He is the tertiary sector representative for Australia’s Naval Shipbuilding Industry Reference Committee and is currently a specialist committee member of International Ships and Offshore Structures Congress. 

Stephen originally trained as a Mechanical Engineer at BHP Steel from 1991 before moving to ITC, the commercial arm of the University of Wollongong in 1997. With a small research team he developed the capability to deliver niche advanced manufacturing technologies for the food processing, farming, aerospace, steel and mining manufacturing sectors.

From 2000, Stephen transitioned to an academic research position at the University of Wollongong where he completed a Graduate Cert. Business Management in 2004 and his PhD 2006 in applied industrial robotics. He is currently Principal Research Fellow for the Facility for Intelligent Fabrication, which applies welding and robotic solutions to Australia’s manufacturing sector in both defence and civil applications. He has over 60 peer reviewed publications and several patents in this research area and has been the recipient of multiple national awards for the successful application of these technologies to industry.

Irene Yarovsky is Distinguished Professor and Leader of the Materials Modelling and Simulation research group at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. She concurrently holds a Visiting Professor position at the Department of Materials, Imperial College London, UK. Prof. Yarovsky completed her PhD in Computational Chemistry at Monash University, Australia, in 1995 on the topic of protein interactions with surfaces. She then joined industry (BHP Research, Australia) where she applied computational molecular modelling to help design advanced industrial coatings, minerals processing reagents and other interfacial materials. Following her industry appointment Irene joined RMIT University where from 2000 she has been leading a research group in theory and simulation of materials with a strong application focus, ranging from industrial to bio-materials and novel nanomaterials. Prof. Yarovsky is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) and a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

In the ARC Steel Hub Prof. Yarovsky will contribute expertise in high performance computer simulations of atom-resolved models of materials to develop molecular design principles and a rational approach to engineering novel surface treatments and coatings with desired properties. Molecular simulation work will help narrow down materials design options based on the fundamentals of intermolecular interactions driving the materials performance.

Jianglong Yu is currently the vice-dean of the Monash University—Southeast University Joint Graduate School, adjunct professor of Chemical Engineering of the University of Newcastle and adjunct professor of Chemical Engineering of Monash University. Professor Yu contributes to the research on blending of waste plastic for cokemaking. His research involves fundamental understanding of how the addition of different types of waste plastic available in Australia affects the formation and properties of coke products and how the structure and properties of coke can be controlled and optimized through the blending of waste plastic.

Dr Zhao is currently the Coordinator of Postgraduate courses for the MMM School. Between 2012 and 2016 he was the Discipline advisor of Department of Materials. His research field is mainly in two areas: Surface Engineering for wear and corrosion resistance of engineering materials in applications such as cutting tools, coated steel construction products, and biomedical implants. For functional materials research, Dr Zhao is active in TiO2 nano-particle synthesis for dye sensitized solar cells and investigation in novel hydrogen storage materials for automobile applications.


Partner Investigators

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Mark has extensive experience in the Steel Industry, gained at BHP and BlueScope that spanned technical roles, R&D, sales, marketing, strategy, manufacturing and General Management throughout Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia.  Mark has also held senior executive roles as Executive General Manager at Coates Hire; General Manager Sales and Market at GME, a manufacturer of communications equipment; and Executive Director of the Metal Roofing and Cladding Association of Australia. Mark was appointed Chief Executive of the Australian Steel Institute in August 2019.

The Australian Steel Institute (ASI) is the nation's peak body representing the entire steel supply chain from the manufacturing mills right through to end-users in building and construction, heavy engineering, and manufacturing.

Dr Sheng Chew is a Senior Technology & Development Engineer in BlueScope Coke & Ironmaking Technology with postgraduate technical and business qualifications. He has over 20 years’ experience in the steel industry covering the primary operations value chain from raw materials through to secondary steelmaking. Throughout this time he has continued to support and participate in collaborative research.

As Program Leader (Industry) in the Process Integration & Sustainability program of the Steel Research Hub, Dr Chew provides both business and research vision and leadership.

Mark Eckermann holds the position of Product Innovation Manager at BlueScope in Port Kembla. He leads the technical team focussed on long term and breakthrough innovation, operating across a wide range of science and technology fields, from fundamental steelmaking metallurgy to building physics and performance. He studied at the University of Wollongong graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Materials Engineering and has held a diverse range of positions over 25 years with BHP / BlueScope including product quality investigations and projects, website design and build, marketing, strategy, direct customer sales and indirect customer business development.

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Andrea Fontana has 25 years of experience in the steelmaking industry. He started his professional career at Danieli, Italy, where he worked for seven years. During that time he successfully commissioned a great variety of meltshop equipment, delivered training and worked as on-site project manager. Fontana joined OneSteel, now InfraBuild (Liberty GFG), in 2003 and is currently the technical superintendent of all meltshops and rolling mills. His focus is on research and development and steelmaking best practices for the whole group, including maintaining a relationship with the academic world for research purposes and fostering student programs to build capability for the steelmaking industry.

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Jason Hodges is the Open Innovation & IP Manager at BlueScope - Australia Steel Products.  In addition to assisting BlueScope extract value from its IP portfolio in Australia, he seeks to forge mutually beneficial relationships with domestic and international research partners, customers, suppliers and technology vendors to advance BlueScope’s innovation pipeline.  In over 25 years at BlueScope, he has held a diverse range of technical, manufacturing and technology development roles within Australia, Malaysia and China.  Background academic qualifications include an Honours degree in Materials Science (UTS), an MBA (Deakin) and a Master of Science and Technology Commercialisation (Adelaide). 


Jason is committed to successful commercialisation of new technology by the collaborative combination of a diverse team of passionate people, extensive market engagement and the systematic application of adaptive risk management processes.  Of special interest are new insights on how lean industrial organisations establish strong long-term relationships with academic partners to efficiently develop new technology and translate to commercial benefit.

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Dr Fabien is Innovation and Intellectual Property Manager at InfraBuild. He manages a small team focussed on intellectual property, new opportunities, market insight and market support. Dr Fabien holds degrees in Chemistry and Food Technology from the University of Bordeaux in France. A Graduate Diploma in Law from the University of Western Sydney and a PhD from the University of New South Wales.

Dr Fabien has been at BHP/OneSteel/InfraBuild for 23 years and has a background in coatings, corrosion, Innovation management and Intellectual Property.

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Prior to re-joining Weld Australia as Technical Operations Manager, Alistair was a Product Manager at BOC where he was responsible for the management of the welding consumables and industrial chemicals product portfolio.  Alistair was previously employed at Weld Australia, managing the technical panels including Pressure Vessels and Equipment, Welding Metallurgy, Pipelines, Aluminium and Magnesium, Lasers, and Arc Physics.  Alistair holds a Masters degree in Metallurgy and is a qualified International Welding Engineer (IWE).”

Dr David Pinson is a Senior Technology and Development Engineer, Iron & Steelmaking Technology at BlueScope. He received his PhD from the University of NSW in 1999 and was a postdoctoral fellow before joining BHP Steel in 2003.

He has maintained active research links with the academic community throughout his industrial career. Now working in a plant technology role, his ongoing research interests include particle transport phenomena and modelling, multiphase flow and heat transfer, signal analysis, blast furnace and iron ore sintering fundamentals, as well as the increasing importance of energy efficiency and by-products reprocessing. Dr David Pinson has extensive experience managing collaborative industrial research projects, especially where undergraduate and postgraduate students work for some or all of their time in an industrial environment. This experience has shown the value of targeted industrial-academic combined projects and is well aligned to the overall goals of the industrial transformation hubs program.

Within the Steel Research Hub, he hopes that the longer term stability of funding allows a succussion of high value projects to deliver tangible industrial process improvements which can improve the Australian steelmaking sector’s economic and environmental sustainability.

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Dominique SERT is currently in the position of Blast Furnace scientific advisor of the Ironmaking Department of AMMR.

Dominique graduated from the engineer school Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Electrochimie et d’Electrométallurgie (ENSEEG) in Grenoble in 1980, with a specialization in Metallurgy.

He entered ArcelorMittal Maizières Research SA (now AMMR, previously IRSID) in 1982, first at the Raw materials section, then at the Blast Furnace section from 1985 on.

He had then the opportunity to investigate all aspects of the blast furnace process, both from the theoretical and practical point of view thanks to the level of expertise of the Ironmaking department of Maizières and to various involvements in industrial operation through troubleshooting activities, industrial trials, short term assignments…

He was head of the blast furnace section for 7 years.

In 2005, he entered the ULCOS program as an expert for the development of the Top Gas Recycling Blast Furnace (TGR-BF) process. He is currently involved in several ArcelorMittal developments about CO2 mitigations in the steel industry.

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Dr Dake Yu has a PhD in metallurgy and material engineering from the University of Wollongong. He is currently the Technical Manager for Bisalloy Steels and has expertise on processing, testing and developing high strength, high hardness quenched and tempered steels.

Dr Yu is involved in the Q&T plate project within the Steel Research Hub.

Research Fellows

Abhik Banerjee

Dr. Abhik Banerjee is currently working as a Research Fellow at the Internet of Things Lab at Swinburne University of Technology. His research interests are in the areas of the Internet of Things (IoT), Industry 4.0, wireless networking, and indoor positioning. In his current role at the IoT Lab, his research focus is on the development of novel IoT solutions to industry problems, primarily Industry 4.0 solutions for the Australian manufacturing sector.

Before joining Swinburne University of Technology, Dr. Banerjee worked as a software architect at Robert Bosch India. As the primary technical lead in an internal Bosch startup IERO, he led the design and development of an edge-based indoor positioning platform used for context aware personalization in diverse indoor retail environments. Before that, he worked at Samsung R&D India – Bangalore, where focused on the design and development of networking middleware for Samsung devices, addressing multiple issues in connectivity management encompassing Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Cellular Data.

Dr. Banerjee obtained his Ph.D. from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, in 2012. He obtained his Bachelor of Engineering with first-class honours from the National Institute of Technology, Durgapur, India. His doctoral thesis focused on the reduction of overhead costs in wireless networks, with a particular focus on leveraging wireless broadcast advantage. After his Ph.D., he worked at Institut Telecom, France, focusing on self-organization in wireless and vehicular networks using evolutionary algorithms.

PhD Candidates

Durga Tandon is an experienced Mechanical Engineer. She graduated from the University of Wollongong with a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. She has developed an understanding of key concepts in various aspects of material science, research and innovation, automation and robotics, manufacturing technologies and finite element analysis.

During her graduate study in Australia, she has participated in several student research projects including robot path planning, voltage optimisation technology, and product design and innovation. Her final year master’s dissertation was based on cold rolling and cladding technology. After her graduation from the University of Wollongong, she worked as a Mechanical Field Engineer in the construction industry in NSW.

Currently, she is a first-year PhD student at the UOW Steel Research Hub, undertaking collaborative research with Bisalloy and the University of Wollongong. Her research will focus on the fabrication of weld overlay on Q&T steels using automated wire arc additive manufacturing.

Hardikkumar Mandani

Hardikkumar Mandani is an experienced Embedded System Engineer and has 5+ years of industry experience. He obtained a Master of Engineering Science from the Swinburne University of Technology. Subsequently, he joined IoT lab at Swinburne University of Technology as Research Engineer, where he was responsible to develop cutting-edge IoT technologies for various industrial projects. He also worked as Service Engineer in Ingenico Group where he was maintaining various electronics payment products.

Previously, Hardik was an Embedded Development Engineer at Techrider Technologies, India where he managed a small team focused on prototyping medical and domestic embedded devices. He also worked as Research and Development Engineer at Divolqa Technonics, where he was part of the team developing small-scale industry projects.

Currently, he is a first-year PhD candidate in Software and Electrical Engineering at Swinburne University of Technology. His research will focus on developing an IIoT Data-Analytics-based solution to reduce defects in manufacturing systems.

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