Our Candidates

The bumpy road to perfect fruit - Indika Fernando

Everyone loves bananas. But consumers rarely buy bruised fruit. PhD candidate Indika Fernando is using a model truck to measure how and where bananas get bruised in transit, and how to stop it.


Big science, tiny lab - Elisenda Fornells Vernet

You can’t take a lab with you…or can you? Eli is working on developing a portable analytical advice, which will let scientists take a lab with them on their field work.


Models for safer mining - Cassady Harraden

Some mining environments are unpredictable – Cassadey’s research is helping mining companies build models so they will know how certain rocks will behave in a particular environment.


Did you know greenhouse production of food is a relatively new practice in Australia? - Dianfan Zhou

PhD candidate Dianfan Zhou is going to help bring our country up to speed. "I recently started by PhD in UTAS’ School of Land and Food and my project is focused on opportunities for greenhouse vegetable production in Australia."


Survivability: Designing safer ships - Martin Friebe

PhD candidate Martin is working on determining the factors that will make vessels safer to protect the crew on board.


Reading rocks to find mineral trace elements - Joshua Phillips

Josh's research examines rocks' "halo" of trace element chemicals to see if there's ore deposits worth digging for, or just useless traces. His work could help the mining industry prioritise prospects, better target drill holes, and speed up the exploration process, while also minimising environmental impact.


Can a boat be capable of flying above the water? - Samuel Michael Halleen Smith

Sam Smith dreams of one day creating a boat capable of flying above the water. Impossible? Not with hydrofoil innovation research. Sam is studying his PhD at the ARC Research Training Centre for Naval Design and Manufacturing at the Australian Maritime College at the University of Tasmania. His project is looking at the unsteady loads on a hydrofoil in a turbulent boundary layer.


Predicting mine waste environmental impacts before it’s too late - Laura Jackson

Mining for precious, base and ferrous metals can result in millions of tonnes of tailings and waste rock, which if left unmanaged can have dire environmental consequences. Laura’s research is finding methods to predict how a mine’s waste might impact the environment before it’s even created.