Alumni Notes April 2017

10 April 2017

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Professor Carl Belle (BA '77) has recently released his new book Thaipusam in Malaysia: A Hindu Festival in the Tamil Diaspora published by The Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore. His new work is an adaptation and expansion of his doctoral thesis, Thaipusam in Malaysia: A Hindu Festival Misunderstood? which was accepted by Deakin University in 2005.

Michael Haynes (BEc '91, LLB '92) was appointed as Basketball ACT's new Chief Executive Officer. Michael is a former commission sports consultant and has also worked as the chief executive of NSW Northern Suburbs Basketball Association, Basketball Australia's general manager of community basketball and the head coach of Basketball Northern Territory.

Current ANU Research School of Engineering PhD student Will Logie (BE (Hons) '03) has been recognised by renowned climate and renewable energy experts at the Asia-Pacific Solar Research Conference (APSRC).

His research focuses on reducing the cost of Concentrating Solar Thermal (CST) technologies, so they can become a viable and reliable source of renewable energy. 

Nicholas Apostoloff (BInfTech '99, BE(Hons) '01, MPhil '05) was awarded and recognised at the Academy's 2017 Scientific and Technical Awards alongside his colleague Geoff Wedig for the "animation rig-based facial performance-capture system" - basically a technology that can record an actor's performance and apply it to a digital character.

ANU engineering PhD student Francesca Maclean (BSc '13, Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) '13) has been awarded 2017 Young ACT Woman of the Year for her work in promoting gender equity in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) fields at ANU. 

Sham Sara (BA '11, LLB '13), a former president of the ANU Students' Association, ANU Council member, and political campaigner, has won the Peter Self Prize for Best Academic Performance at the London School of Economics and Political Science, named after the late scholar who taught there until he joined the ANU in 1982.

Stephanie Fahey (PhD, '84), has been named the next Chief Executive of the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade).

She was formerly the lead partner for education in Oceania, with Ernst and Young.

Paul Murphy (BA '01, BEc '01), is Australia's new Consul-General in Lae, Papua New Guinea's commercial hub, and is expected to move into the consulate's new premises in mid-2017.

He was formerly DFAT's Assistant Director, Free Trade Agreement Division, and has served overseas as First Secretary (Economic) in the Australian High Commission, Port Moresby.

Julienne Hince (GradDipForAff&Tde '93) was also posted overseas in 2017 as Australia's new High Commissioner to Malta.

She is a career officer with DFAT and was most recently Director of its South America and Council on Australia-Latin America Relations Section. Ms Hince has also served overseas including as Deputy Head of Mission to the Australian Embassy in Athens.

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