Outstanding Paper award for young researcher

A PhD student in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering was awarded one of only two Outstanding Paper Awards selected from over 400 papers by international peer-reviewed journal Measurement Science and Technology.

Rajeev Samarage, who is currently enrolled in a PhD program in the Laboratory for Dynamic Imaging (LDI), received the award for Fluid Mechanics for his paper on a novel technique for improving spatial resolution of Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV).

Measurement Science and Technology covers all aspects of the theory, practice and application of measurement and sensor technology across the sciences.

The journal has awarded a Best Paper prize as an integral part of the ongoing quality review of the journal. Since 2005 the journal has presented Outstanding Paper Awards to expand recognition of excellent publications across the breadth of topical areas. This year awards were presented in the areas of Measurement Science and Fluid Mechanics.

Mr Samarage’s technique was noted for being “elegant and innovative” and “highly relevant to the wide community of experimentalists that make use of PIV and addresses the issue of how to accurately measure the velocity field and the velocity gradient distribution”.

LDI is a leader in the translation of PIV from traditional engineering application to medical imaging. This technique has been applied to studying the shear forces experienced by platelets, diagnosing diabetes from red blood cell deformation and diagnosing diseases that impair lung function such as asthma, pulmonary fibrosis or COPD.

“I chose research in engineering because I wanted to be involved in developing newer methods and models and I am excited by the positive implications for medical diagnostics. Monash is a leading institution offering access to cutting edge technology, extensive collaborative opportunities and excellent research prospects,” Mr Samarage said.