Our Australia Day 2020 Honours List

Monash Engineering warmly congratulates three of our people for their recognition in the prestigious Australia Day 2020 Honours List.

Associate Professor Matthew Hill of the Department of Chemical Engineering was awarded the Public Service Medal for outstanding public service to materials development for industry and the Australian Defence Force.

Associate Professor Hill is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and the Winner of a 2014 Australian Prime Minister’s Prize for Science. Matthew leads an interdisciplinary team of researchers that are actively involved with industry partners to bring exciting discoveries in the laboratory to market. He holds a joint position between CSIRO and Monash University, and his research areas include development and application of porous materials: storage, separation and triggered release of small molecules with adsorbents and membranes, flow chemistry, lithium-sulfur batteries and supercapacitors. Matthew was also recently awarded the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering’s 2019 David and Valerie Simon Award.

Alumnus Mr George Cilliers was also awarded the Public Service Medal for outstanding public service to planning and development in the Australian Capital Territory. Mr Cilliers undertook our Graduate Diploma in Transport and Traffic in 2014.

Mr John Dring OAM, a volunteer with the Monash Institute of Railway Technology (IRT), was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the rail transport industry. John has been a mentor and support to the IRT over many years, and has worked closely with many IRT staff as part of the Railway Technical Society of Australasia (RTSA) governance committees. Some IRT staff previously worked with John in the 1980s, when he held senior roles at MTR Hong Kong.

Congratulations to Matthew, George and John for this richly-deserved recognition of their outstanding service to industry and the community. Monash Engineering also extends its congratulations to all Australia Day 2020 Honours List recipients at Monash. View the full list here .