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UTS rewards research and innovation Trailblazers

Technology to improve the quality of recycled water, a non-fossil fuel based aircraft engine and a product to ease lower back pain were the innovative research ideas that triumphed in the second annual UTS Trailblazer Awards held last week.

Trailblazer aims to reward original, early-stage research ideas of UTS staff and students which have the potential to benefit the community, industry or business and the winners sharea prize pool of $15,000 to further develop their research ideas.

The awards are run in conjunction with UTS’s commercialisation partner, UniQuest, which will continue to work with the award winners to develop their ideas.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Professor Sue Rowley, praised the quality and variety of the Trailblazer entries.

“The entries are a great example of the innovative ideas and research that is emerging here at UTS,” Professor Rowley said. “Innovation and originality are fundamental to producing quality research solutions that are relevant, and benefit, community and business.

“Initiatives like Trailblazer are crucial to fostering the research culture at UTS. It stimulates and rewards leading edge research ideas, and encourages our staff and students to focus on how they can have their ideas developed to meet real-world, practical needs.”

Open winner: Mr Steven Moody, Science: Developed an improved electron microscope detector which allows higher resolution imaging and quality, and that can also operate at any chamber pressure.

Student winner: Mr Gary Redman, DAB: Concept design to create a new type of turbine aircraft engine that does not use fossil fuel.

Open runner-up: Associate Professor Huu Hao Ngo and Dr Wenshan Guo, Engineering: Developed a novel technology that will help improve the water quality of domestic wastewater for reuse.

Student runner-up: Ms Dorothy Curnow, Science: Developed a prototype device that helps ease and release stressed or tight lower back muscles, that is easy to use and compact.

Open highly commended: Associate Professor Simon Darcy and Mr Bruce Cameron, Business: Have developed an e-portal that helps tourists with mobility, hearing, vision and cognitive disabilities enjoy an “accessible destination experience,” in Sydney.

Student highly commended: Mr Mohamed Al-Jaafrah, Engineering: Discovered a methodology to calculate cardiovascular parameters, including oxygen saturation level, systolic, diastolic and mean blood pressures with a non-invasive and cost efficient sensor.

The Trailblazer awards are sponsored by Davies Collison Cave, Fisher Adams Kelly, Griffith Hack and Shelston IP.

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