Alumni Notes December 2017

19 December 2017

ANU is proud of the extraordinary global achievements of the alumni community. If you have received an award, changed jobs or careers, or have any other professional or personal highlights you want to share with the alumni community, please contact the Alumni Relations team by email

CECS alumnus and co-founder of QPay Zakaria Bouguettaya (BSEng (Hons) '12) recently won the Fairfax Media and American Express' Business Explorer Grant winning $50,000 and a mentoring session with Steve Baxter.

CAP alumnus Omar Zaiter's (MPubPol (Hons) '14) Canberra-based dentistry start-up Emudent was named a 2017 finalist for 'Best Idea - One to Watch' category in the recent Talent Unleashed Awards. With a vision to reinvent dentistry, Emudent is developing a cutting edge patentable technology that will automate dental treatment leading to improved care quality, precision, accessibility and affordability.

Recently, Canberra was named the third best city in the world to visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet. Alumnus George Dunford (BA (Hons) '95) may have played a bit of a role in it by championing Canberra's charm as the publication's 'Lonely Planet Local'.

Recent graduates Avinash Upadhay (Bachelor of Engineering (Rsch) (Hons) / BSc '16), Thomas McMenamin (Bachelor of Engineering (Rsch) (Hons) '17) and James Liu (current student) were recently featured among a group of young innovators taking Australia into the future with their idea of the world's first customisable large-area wireless charging solution.

Leonard Weiss (Bachelor of Music '14), Canberra's youngest and busiest conductor, has been selected for the 2018 Australian Conducting Academy Summer School. During the school, Weiss will get to work with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra's inaugural principal guest conductor and course director Johannes Fritzsch.

Professor Bruce Chapman AM (BEc (Hons) '74) was honoured with The Australian Financial Review Higher Education Lifetime Achievement Award at a gala dinner for his role in designing the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS) which has underpinned university funding for nearly 30 years.

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