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Talented young researcher Betime Nuhiji has been awarded the Advanced Manufacturing Australia (AMAus) Academic Achievement Award.
"It really was an unexpected honour but I am definitely thrilled to have received this recognition for my research," Betime said.
"Of course it was a real team effort so there are lots of people to thank. "One of those is my wonderful supervisor, Dr Bronwyn Fox.
"I am grateful for the fantastic support I have received from VCAMM (Victorian Centre for Advanced Materials Manufacturing) and from my fellow collaborators at ANSTO (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation).
"I would also like to thank AMAus for sponsoring this award and Deakin University for giving me all the opportunities it has."
Betime received her award at a gala evening for manufacturers and researchers at the Sofitel Hotel in Melbourne this month.
She was selected for this sought after national prize on the basis of a written description of her PhD project as well as her performance in an interview with a panel of professional engineers.
Betime's award includes a grant of $5,000 that is to be used for the purposes of attending a conference (national or international) that will further enhance her knowledge within the Advanced Manufacturing field.
Read the transcript of Betime's recent interview with Robyn Williams on ABC Radio National's Science Show: www.abc.net.au/rn/scienceshow/stories/2008/2260833.htm