Mr Simon Tsianikas

Mr Simon Tsianikas
 Position Postgraduate Student
 Org Unit School of Mechanical Engineering
 Telephone +61 8 8313 6385
 Location Floor/Room 3 24a ,  Engineering South ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    Simon Tsianikas is a PhD Candidate in Materials Science and Surface Engineering. He grew up in Adelaide, Australia. He completed his undergraduate studies in mechanical engineering and chemistry at The University of Adelaide, also completing one semester abroad in 2013 at The Technical University of Denmark in the Lyngby-Taarbaek municipality of Copenhagen. Simon's first exposure to research occured in 2014, where he completed a summer research project titled 'Investigating the Mechanical Properties of Kangaroo Teeth' at The University of Adelaide, supervised by Dr Zonghan Xie. Over the summer of 2014/5, Simon completed his vacation work experience in the materials & manufacturing industy at Adelaide Brighton Cement. His projects included optimising the management process of plant stoppage, and redesign of a conveyor belt torque arm via CAD modelling. In 2015, Simon completed his honours project with Gerard Bradshaw, Jamie Grafton, Andrew Huynh and Mark Reavley in an economic feasibility study of thermal energy storage systems, supervised by Mr Gareth Bridges. Simon was awarded first-class honours for his engineering degree. At the conclusion of his degree, Simon was selected for a New Colombo Plan (NCP) scholarship to travel to India for an Engineers Without Borders Design Summit, where he worked in a term to identify design opportunities in a rural village in Maharashtra.

    In January 2017, Simon commenced his PhD at The University of Adelaide. He is currently performing research into the development of mechanically robust multi-principle element alloy coatings. He is currently investigating the deformation mechanisms of the equiatomic ternary medium entropy alloy CoCrNi and quinary alloy FeMnCoCrB. The techniques he uses in his research include nanoindentation, X-ray diffraction, focussed ion beam milling and transmission electron microscopy. His principal supervisor and co-supervisors are Dr Zonghan Xie and Dr Yujie Chen, respectively.

  • Qualifications

    2011 - 2015: Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) (Honours), awarded with first-class honours.

    2011 - 2015: Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

  • Awards & Achievements

    2017: Reserach Training Programme scholarship recipient to undertake postgraduate studies.

    2015: Scholarship Recipient of New Colombo Plan for Engineers Without Borders Design Summit in India.

    2012: Member of Golden Key International Honour Society. Membership applies to the top 15% of university students based solely on academic achievement.

    2010: Selected to attend National Youth Science Forum in Perth, sponsored by The Rotary Club of Coromandel Valley

  • Teaching Interests

    Introduction to Engineering (ENG 1001)

    Design Graphics & Professional Practice (MECH ENG 1006) 

    Materials IA (CHEM ENG 1009)

    Materials and Manufacturing (MECH ENG 2020)

    Engineering Systems Design and Professional Practice (MECH ENG 3027)


  • Research Interests

    Medium & High Entropy Alloys, Thin Films & Coatings, Deformation Mechanisms, Electron Microscopy, Mechanical Testing

  • Professional Associations

    2011 - 2015 Member of Engineers Australia

    2014 - 2015: Director of Events Sub-committee (Engineers Without Borders Society University of Adelaide Chapter)

  • Community Engagement

    2016 & 2017: Participant in Carbon Neutral Adelaide Climathon 24-Hour Event. Winner of the Dsquared 'think beyond the square' award (2016). Winner of the Smart City Studio Award (2017).

    2017 Jul: Participant in the Australian-French Entrepreneurship Challenge.

    2010 - 2016: Volunteer at 'Science Alive!' annual event.

    2013: Student Leader at RYPEN (Rotary Youth Programme of ENrichment).

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Entry last updated: Tuesday, 20 Aug 2019

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