16 June 2011
SPACE student picks up two awards
Erjiang Fu, a PhD candidate at RMIT University’s Satellite Positioning for Atmosphere, Climate and Environment (SPACE) Research Centre, has won two prestigious awards.
Erjiang Fu, Professor Kefei Zhang and Weiqiang Shi (Chinese Consul-General) at the Melbourne award ceremony.
Duo Wu (Monash University), Erjiang Fu, Stuart Whitman (CEO of Science Advantage Australia) and Peng Hao (University of Melbourne) celebrate the business plan award win.
He has received the 2010 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad and first prize in the Chunhui Cup Business Plan Competition.
The $US5,000 Chinese Government Award was established in 2003 to praise students for their achievements. It is awarded annually to Chinese students living and studying outside China.
Director of the SPACE Research Centre and PhD supervisor to Mr Fu, Professor Kefei Zhang, congratulated Mr Fu on his award.
“Mr Fu is one of only 14 winners selected from Victoria and one of only 500 globally.
“This award is becoming increasingly competitive as the number of recipients from Australian universities increases to comparable levels with European and American institutions,” Professor Zhang said.
The Melbourne award ceremony was attended by Mr Fu and Professor Zhang. Professor Zhang was acknowledged with a certificate for his guidance and supervision.
“Professor Kefei Zhang has led me into the scientific community. He is a great mentor to me and has helped me to build a complete professional skills set,” Mr Fu said.
Mr Fu won the business plan prize as part of a team of PhD students from RMIT, Melbourne and Monash universities, who presented a project entitled “Intelligent Traffic System and Service Network”.
The project was one of 170 shortlisted for presentation at the Chunhui Cup Business Plan Competition finals in Guangzhou.
Mr Fu said: “This project is targeted at developing smart solutions for tackling the rapid urbanisation of Chinese cities.
“This is the only competition jointly organised by the Chinese Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Science and Technology for Chinese overseas scholars.”
Professor Zhang, who was project advisor to Mr Fu’s team, said: “Our students continually strive for excellence and actively seek innovative solutions to real world problems.
“Mr Fu’s achievement is an acknowledgement of the quality of research being carried out at RMIT and the ideals that are promoted through the University’s global vision.”
Mr Fu began his PhD candidature at RMIT in 2007, receiving a scholarship from the RMIT Platform Technologies Institute.
In 2009, he received an Australian Technology Network scholarship which allowed him to complete a Graduate Certificate in Research Management and Commercialisation at RMIT.
He is finalising his PhD on GPS radio occultation atmospheric sounding.
Mr Fu is one of only five Chinese student representatives in Australia invited to visit the Chinese Academy of Sciences this month.