Monash graduate Dr. Bart Kolodziejczyk wins Victorian Government’s International Alumnus of the Year Award

Monash University graduate Dr. Bart Kolodziejczyk was awarded the International Alumnus of the Year Award in the 2017 Victorian International Education Awards (VIEA), for his work with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) on projects related to renewable energy, the European Commission, G20, OECD and many other international organisations on science, innovation and policy issues.

Hailing from Poland, Dr. Kolodziejczyk received his award from fellow alumnus the Hon Philip Dalidakis, Victorian Minister for Trade and Investment, Innovation and the Digital Economy, and Small Business.

This is Dr. Kolodziejczyk’s second VIEA Award, having won the 2014 International Student of the Year for Research. Other distinctions include being named one of MIT Technology Review’s Innovators Under 35, featuring as one of 100 Visionary Leaders by Real Leaders Magazine, and appearing in numerous publications in Australia, Poland and abroad.

To promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the community, Dr. Kolodziejczyk founded the not-for-profit organisation Scientists-in-Residence (SiR), which runs numerous workshops and science outreach programs for students.

“We try to encourage scientists to be engaged with community by providing free of charge science advise to local government and community groups”

Dr. Kolodziejczyk completed his PhD in Materials Engineering at Monash in 2014.