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Leadership in defence materials leads to prestigious award
Stephen van Duin awarded prestigious DMTC collaboration award.
For embodying the spirit of collaboration and leadership, UOW Associate Professor Stephen van Duin was this week recognised by the Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC) at their annual awards ceremony.
Established in 2008, the DMTC is a multi-partner collaborative research centre aimed at providing the defence industry with materials and manufacturing solutions to enhance Australian defence capability.
UOW plays a key role in a number of DMTC projects, providing expertise and experience in a number of facets of materials technology, including welding and joining.
Associate Professor van Duin, who currently fulfils the role of DMTC Maritime Program Leader, was presented with the prestigious DMTC Collaboration Award for his outstanding leadership of the program.
The DMTC Awards for Excellence, presented at the DMTC Annual Conference Dinner at the National Gallery in Canberra on Tuesday (20 March), recognise significant contributions made by individuals and teams that have resulted in successful outcomes for DMTC and its partners.
The Collaboration Award is given to an individual who embodies the spirit of collaboration that is integral to DMTC’s strategic intent.
DMTC Chief Executive Officer, Dr Mark Hodge, praised Stephen for his leadership of the program and noted the credibility he enjoys with the SEA 5000 Program Office and other stakeholders in Defence and defence industry.
“We have seen significant growth in our Maritime Program in the time that Stephen has been the Program Leader. Those two things are absolutely connected, in my mind,” Dr Hodge said.
“What’s very clear is the respect and credibility Stephen has earned with our Defence partners, our industrial partners and the research community.”
Across a range of emerging technologies, DMTC’s Maritime Program is making a substantial contribution to industrial capability in Australia in support of the SEA 5000 Future Frigate program and the naval shipbuilding program more broadly.
The awards were presented by Dr Hodge and Senator David Fawcett, representing the Australian Government.
UOW Emeritus Professor of Materials Welding and Joining, Professor John Norrish, was also awarded an honorary fellowship for his role in the establishment and ongoing success of the DMTC.
Image by Steve Keough, care of DMTC: L to R: DMTC Chief Executive Officer Mark Hodge, Associate Professor Stephen van Duin, Senator David Fawcett.
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