Student prizes

Sharks Solution Prize – GovHack2016

23rd Aug 2016

OBEL PhD student, Philip Wijesinghe, along with Austin Shen (OBEL ex- undergraduate student), in a team of 4, won the Sharks Solution Prize – one of the major WA state prizes at GovHack2016 – a national government-sponsored data-driven hackathon.

Rising through the ranks!

29th Aug 2015

Big congratulations to Brendan Kennedy, who has been promoted to Senior Research Fellow, and also Wes Allen, who has won a prestigious William and Marlene Schrader Postgraduate Scholarship.

Student poster prize win for Kelsey Kennedy at this year’s Gordon Research Conference

3rd Aug 2014

Congratulations to Kelsey Kennedy for winning one of ten student poster prizes at the 2014 Gordon Research Conference on Lasers in Medicine & Biology. Kelsey has recently submitted her PhD at OBEL, on developing optical coherence elastography (OCE). Her poster covered the recent work on OCE for providing mechanical contrast in human breast tissue. The Gordon Research Conference has been ongoing since the 1960s, and has always had a strong medical orientation.

‘3 Minute Thesis’ win for OBEL PhD student, Kelsey Kennedy

3rd Nov 2013

Congratulations to PhD student Kelsey Kennedy, who recently competed in the Trans-Tasman 3 Minute Thesis Competition in Sydney. Not only did she make it through to the final round of the competition, but she also won it. And, to top it all off, she received the People’s Choice Award as well. Great job, Kelsey. You can see a webcast of Kelsey’s winning presentation here: (fast forward to 42:20 in the video stream)

Best Poster Image Prize for Peijun Gong at this year’s Combined Biological Sciences Meeting

3rd Sep 2013

Congratulations to Peijun Gong for winning a student prize at this year’s Combined Biological Sciences Meeting. Peijun is a PhD student in the Optical + Biomedical Engineering Laboratory, and is developing new methods to assess human burns scars using optical coherence tomography (OCT). His poster described a method to measure the differences between burns scars and normal tissue by quantifying the attenuation rate of near infrared light. At this year’s meeting, he was awarded the Best Poster Image Prize. The …

OBEL PhD student, Kelsey Kennedy, wins IET Present around the World competition in Brunei

3rd Sep 2013

Kelsey Kennedy, a PhD student at the UWA Optical + Biomedical Engineering Lab, will take on the world’s best young speakers in the global final of the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s Present around the World (PATW) 2013 competition after winning the Asia-Pacific Regional competition in Brunei last week. Kelsey claimed first place at the Asia Pacific Regional competition with her presentation, “Imaging the Mechanical Properties of Breast Cancer”. Kelsey’s research involves developing an optical imaging technique that creates high-resolution …