ANU scientists win nation’s highest funding award

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Two ANU researchers helping to develop faster, more powerful supercomputers and software that will power tomorrow’s technologies, have been awarded millions of dollars to advance their work in the most prestigious research funding program from Australia.

Professor Mark Krumholz and Professor Andrew Hassell, both from the ANU College of Science, have been named Australian Research Council (ARC) Fellows.

They join 14 other Australia-based researchers who will receive a total of $48.6 million in ARC funding over five years to conduct pioneering research in their fields of astronomy and mathematics.

The Australian Laureate Fellowships program supports world-class researchers to conduct research in Australia, to forge strong links within the research community, both local and international, and to train and mentor early career researchers.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Keith Nugent, congratulated UNA and the other fellows on their success.

“ARC Laureates are coveted in the Australian research sector and recognize research of the highest quality and impact,” said Professor Nugent.

“It’s fantastic to see leaders in their fields from the College of Science receiving this recognition for research that will help to better understand fundamental questions about human origins.”

“Congratulations to Professors Krumholz and Hassell. I very much look forward to seeing the development of their important work.”

Professor Krumholz, of the ANU’s Astronomy and Astrophysics Research School, will receive funding of $2,647,737. He plans to use his scholarship to develop new computational methods, which will drive supercomputers to peak performance. Professor Krumholz’s work will also help develop better telescopes.

“I am a computational astrophysicist, and I hope that the computational tools and techniques that we will develop through the work supported by this grant will be useful not only in Australia, but also for astronomers around the world, and even beyond. astronomy and other areas of computer science,” Prof Krumholz said.

Professor Hassell, from the ANU’s Institute of Mathematical Sciences, aims to solve fundamental problems in the mathematics of wave motion. He received $2,490,704 in funding.

These advances will help launch partnerships with applied scientists and engineers to create new software for Australian industries. Using this new software, industry partners will be able to design and manufacture a range of 21st century technologies.

Professor Hassell’s work will also benefit Australia in areas such as communications technology, medical imaging, mineral exploration and forecasting extreme weather events such as floods and cyclones.

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