University of Melbourne mechanical engineer honoured

The Australian Academy of Science has elected University of Melbourne Professor Ivan Marusic, from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, for his outstanding contributions and applications of scientific research.

Distinguished scientists are elected every year by their peers to be part of this elite Fellowship.

“They are the Olympic athletes of science,” said Suzanne Cory, President of the Australian Academy of Science.

Professor Marusic, who completed his Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and PhD at the University of Melbourne, was elected for his contributions to fluid mechanics and advancing our understanding of wall-bounded turbulent flows, with applications from aquatic ecosystems to aircraft drag reduction. Aircraft spend about half of their fuel overcoming turbulence, meaning that any improvement in this area has implications for not only the cost of air travel, but also its contribution to carbon emissions.

Professor Marusic said that it was not only an honour for him, but his team and Australian fluid mechanics researchers more generally.

“This is an area in which Australia has been traditionally very strong—it’s a great recognition for the field as well,” he said.

Professor Marusic joins University of Melbourne colleagues Professor Barbara Howlett from the School of Botany and Professor Ingrid Scheffer from the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health as 2014 Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science.

The University of Melbourne is currently ranked 1st in Australia to 17th in the world for mechanical engineering! (2014 QS World University Rankings)


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