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The Chancellor, Mr David Morgan presided, assisted by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sally Walker.
The MC was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International and Developement) Ms Robin Buckham.
The Mace-bearer was Mr Dale Warren.
The Faculty Representative was Ms Barbara Yee.
Dean, Faculty of Business and Law, Professor Gael McDonald.
Dean, Faculty of Science and Technology, Professor Chris Gray.
Deputy Chair of the Academic Board, Professor Julie Wolfram Cox.
The student response was delivered by Mr Thomas Craven.
Doctoral Degree Recipients
Dr Xiaobo Chen - Thesis title: "Surface Modification of Biocompatible Metallic Materials for Bone Tissue Engineering."
Titanium, zirconium and TiZr binary alloy were fabricated using a powder metallurgical method. Appropriate surface modifying techniques were conducted on the metals to render an ability for apatite formation. Their biocompatibility has also been assessed. Those materials showing potential for biomdecial applications because of their excellent bioactivity and biocompatibility.
Dr Ashley Chonka - Thesis title: "Protecting Web Services From Distributed Denial of Service Attacks."
The outcome of my research was the development of three network defence systems to protect corporate network infrastructure. The results of my research showed that these defences were able to detect and filter around 94% of the attack traffic within a matter of seconds that came into the system.
Dr Timothy Ian de Souza - Thesis title: “Analysis of Springback Variation in Sheet Metal Forming.”
This thesis investigated how the variation in inputs, such as: Material and processing conditions affected the shape defect phenomenon, springback, for sheet metal forming processes. Using a stochastic Finite Element modelling tool, it was found that the material type and fluctuations in material properties influenced the variation in springback significantly.
Dr Michelle Elizabeth Gange - Thesis title: “Tris(2,2'-bipyridyl)ruthenium(III) Chemiluminescence Based Determination of Tin(II) and other Inorganic Compounds.”
Many inorganic compounds were investigated, but only tin(II) was found to elicit intense, analytically useful chemiluminescence when reacted with tris(2,2'-bipyridyl)ruthenium(III). This reaction was then used to determine tin(II) in toothpaste and other dental treatment products. As a result of this work, a mechanism for this reaction was proposed.
Dr Nong Gu - Thesis title: "New Blind Source Estimation Methods Based on Constant Modulus Criterion."
Two novel algorithms were presented in this thesis for Blind Chancel Equalization (BCE) and Blind Source Separation (BSS). Beside these, a general framework for global convergent analysis was proposed in this thesis. Finally, the open problem of equalising non-irreducible system is answered by the algorithm proposed in this thesis.
Dr Maryam Naebe - Thesis title: "Effect of Plasma on the Properties of Protein Fibres."
Atmospheric pressure plasma with a relatively short exposure time was sufficient to modify the wool surface. The ageing studies showed the hydrophobic recovery of fibre surface took place at the early stages after plasma treatment. While plasma improved wool shrink-resistance, improvement in dyeability depends on the hydrophilic-hydrophobic nature of dyestuff.
Dr Zoran Najdovski - Thesis title:"Realistic Grasping of Rigid Virtual Objects Through Event-Based Haptics."
This research presented a novel haptic grasping interface and demonstrated its ability within multi-point event-based feedback. Through experimental methodology, the dynamics involved in grasp contact interactions were modelled based on first principles. The proposed approach demonstrated a method of realistically representing grasp contact with rigid virtual objects through multi-point interaction.
Dr Debra Panipucci - Thesis title: “Same Information, Different Behaviour: A Cognitive-Affective Approach to Ethical Decision-Making.”
Over the last three decades the literature on ethical decision-making has burgeoned. Despite this, a number of recent corporate collapses have been attributed to unethical business practices. Through an online simulation study, the research found that an individual's cognitive predispositions, anxiety and moral identity are key contributors to unethical behaviour.
Dr Guiqing Wen - Thesis title: “Characterisation and Sorption Ability of Wool Powder.”
This work focused on the characterisation of wool powders and their sorption capacity of dyes and metal ions. It provided some new information to the field of wool and the potential use of wool to sorb contaminants from wastewater. It also suggested a new way for inferior and waste wool.
Dr Nima Yazdipour - Thesis title: “Microscale Modelling of AISI 304 Behaviour During Hot Deformation.”
The aim of this project was to model the microstructure evolution during and following hot deformation using a cellular automaton approach. The flow curves, softening kinetics and final microstructures were used as the input data for the post-deformation simulation to elucidate the effect of dynamic recrystallization on the post-deformation softening.
Dr Hu Zhang - Thesis title: "A Study of the Photodegradation of Protein Fibres and Fabrics."
This research provided important insights on the photodegradation study of wool. The knowledge generated from this research led to a better understanding of the mechanism of wool photodegadation.
Honorary Degree Recipient
Professor Sally Walker
The degree of Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) was conferred upon Professor Sally Walker in recognition of distinguished contribution to Deakin University, legal education and scholarship and higher education in general.
Alfred Deakin Medal Recipient
Christopher Rodney Atkinson
These Medals are awarded annually to candidates with a record of outstanding scholarship as well as service to the community and the University.
The awards are named in honour of Alfred Deakin after whom this University is named and were an initiative introduced by the University to commemorate the life of Alfred Deakin.
Vice-Chancellor's Medal Recipient
Christopher Rodney Atkinson
The Vice-Chancellor’s Medal for Outstanding Contribution to University Life is awarded to a student who, during their time at Deakin University, has made an outstanding contribution to the life and work of Deakin University.
Austin and Valerie Asche Essay Prize
Sarah Ruth Curley
This prize is awarded to the student who has submitted the best 3000 –5000 word essay on an issue of issues in Contemporary Australian Society and culture from the perspective of any discipline, written while an undergraduate student.
The occasional address was delivered by Mr Hutch Ranck, Managing Director, DuPont Australia & New Zealand.
Hutch Ranck was appointed Managing Director of DuPont Australia and New Zealand in October 1999. In addition to his role as Managing Director, Mr Ranck is also Group Managing Director for DuPont operations in ASEAN.
Mr Ranck joined DuPont (Australia) in 1979 and has held leadership positions in the company’s finance, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and agricultural product areas. In 1985 he was transferred to E.I. DuPont in Wilmington, Delaware as Global Marketing Manager for the Titanium Dioxide Business. In 1987 he was transferred to DuPont (Asia Pacific) in Hong Kong where he was appointed Director for the Titanium Dioxide Business for Asia Pacific.
In 1993, Mr Ranck returned to DuPont (Australia) as a Director of DuPont Australia and New Zealand.
Mr Ranck is Chairman of the Business Council of Australia Education, Skills and Innovation Task Force, a Member of the Business Council of Australia (BCA) Board as well as the BCA representative to the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council, PMSEIC.
Mr Ranck is a Director of Elders Corporation and the Australian Bush Heritage Foundation.
Mr Ranck has a Bachelor of Science in Economics, majoring in Finance, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.