Advanced Water Management Centre

Winners at Australian Water Association Queensland 2013 Awards

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

A/Professor Damien Batstone's Advanced Biosolids Technology Program and School of Chemical Engineering's Adjunct Ms Fiona Chandler were amongst the winners from Friday evening's annual Australian Water Association (AWA) Queensland awards.

Damien's team won the 'Research Innovation Award', and Fiona won the 'Water Professional of the Year'. Finalists from the centre also included Dr Maria José Farré for 'Young Water Professional of the Year' and AWMC's Sewer Odour and Corrosion Group for 'Research Innovation Award'.

A/Professor Damien Batstone with CEO of Acciona Agua (left) and Carl Lewis, Australian Water Association Queensland Chair collecting the Research Innovation Award

 

A/Professor Damien Batstone with CEO of Acciona Agua (left) and Carl Lewis, Australian Water Association Queensland Chair collecting the Research Innovation Award

 

 

Ms Fiona Chandler, Adjunct of School of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology with her award for Water Professional of the Year.

 

Ms Fiona Chandler, Adjunct of School of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology with her award for Water Professional of the Year.

 

 

 

Further details on the winners and finalists below.

Advanced Biosolids Technology Programme: A fresh approach to energy recovery. Research Innovation Winner

The advanced biosolids technology (ABT) program has conducted transformational research over the last 5 years that has substantially modified the landscape of biosolids treatment and subsequent beneficial use options. The original research premise was to develop technology that would be applicable at all scales, and enable lower whole of life biosolids management costs, while decreasing environmental footprint, and enhancing worker and community safety. The research work has integrated laboratory, research, and pilot work across municipal and industrial fields to provide strong technical benefits, a strong understanding of the underlying processes, and integrated decision support tools to guide biosolids handling infrastructure.

Fiona Chandler – Water Professional of the Year Winner

Ms Fiona Chandler is an internationally recognised leader and ambassador for urban water management. Her field of expertise covers natural systems management, water cycle policy, integrated catchment management, land use planning, wetlands management, and surface water quality management for approximately 15 years, including time spent working with a marine non-government organisation in Belize, Central America. Fiona has a true passion for the future of the water industry and is an example of the International WaterCentre vision to Create water leaders of the future.

Dr Maria José Farré – Water Professional of the Year Finalist

Dr Maria José Farré is an early career academic who has already made an impact on the water industry in Queensland. Dr Farré completed her PhD in 2007 in Spain and then made the move to The University of Queensland in 2008. Dr Maria José Farré has shown that she is a research and technology leader, shown excellence in the communication of her work, engages well with partners and collaborators and is an outstanding role model and mentor for younger researchers and students.