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Alumni on the move


Christopher Wainwright [B Mus Hons 2001] As a graduate of the University of Adelaide's Elder Conservatorium of Music and following a number of years working as a marketing and management specialist in the corporate and community sectors, Christopher has recently become the new General Manager of the Adelaide Youth Orchestra, a position which will allow him to work more closely with his alma mater.

Kathy Pontt [B A (Hons) 2001] Following her studies, Kathy gained employment with the University in the Discipline of Public Health. She was initially employed as a data analyst, moving on to work as a study coordinator (based in the Women's and Children's Hospital). She currently works as a research officer at the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Mark Ainslie [B E (Elec) & B A (Hons) 2004] recently returned to Adelaide from Tokyo, Japan, where he completed his Master's degree at the University of Tokyo. Mark received a Japanese government (Monbukagakusho) scholarship to fund his studies, and was awarded the Level 1 in the Japanese Language Proficiency Test in 2007. At the beginning of 2009, he will move to the UK, where he will be reading for a PhD at King's College at the University of Cambridge. To fund his studies, the Cambridge Australia Trust has awarded him the R A Fisher Scholarship in Science. He will be continuing his studies in superconductivity applications for electric power systems, and will be focusing on superconducting motors for his PhD.

Dr Loredana Marcu [PhD (Medical Physics) 2005] After completing her PhD in Medical Physics at the University of Adelaide, Dr Loredana Marcu has returned to her home town in Romania where she is currently a Senior Lecturer in Medical Physics at the University of Oradea.

Su Yin Kee [B Sc 2006] Su, a Singapore-based alumnus, has recently taken on the role of Scientific Officer in the National Environment Agency in Singapore focusing on controlling hazardous chemical substances and toxic industrial wastes.

Dr Gwenneth Walton [PhD 2007] At the age of 78, Gwenneth graduated with a PhD in Creative Writing. Both her novel 'Children of the Earth' and accompanying exegesis "Myth and Alchemy in Creative Writing" are based on Jungian themes. Her works are in the Barr Smith Library in bound manuscript form, but she has self-published 'Children of the Earth' in paperback. There are 24 copies in public libraries around South Australia.

Rachel Swift [B Sc (Mol Biol) 2002, B Sc (Hons) 2003, B A 2004] Rachel is currently finishing off her D.Phil studies at Oxford, where she also taught Biology at Magdalen College School and tutored for St Hilda's and Lincoln College. Whilst at Oxford, Rachel captained the Blues volleyball team, represented England as a member of the England Universities volleyball team and rowed for both her college and the University Boat Clubs. She is now working for The Boston Consulting Group in their Sydney office as a management consultant.

Sunil D'Souza [B Fin 2007, B E (Electrical & Electronic) 2007] Sunil has recently joined Australian engineering consulting firm Connell Wagner and has been involved in the electrical design of projects such as the North West Metro in Sydney and the Olympic Dam expansion for BHP Billiton. Sunil is currently located in the United Arab Emirates, where he has taken up the position of Electrical Team Leader for the infrastructure design of the Dubai Waterfront, a Nakheel development twice the size of Hong Kong Island.


Simon JC Williams [B Ec (Acc & Ec) 1991, Ass Dip Lib St 1993, M Env St 1996, M Ent 2005] The former CEO of UniSA's commercialisation company Itek, Simon is now State Manager for the Australian Institute of Commercialisation. Simon has held positions as non-executive director of six companies, founder of three startup companies and is the current President of the Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation Alumni Chapter of Adelaide University.

Dr George Brown [B Bus 1996, Grad Dip Ed 1998, M Ed Mgmt 2002, Ph D 2007) George has been appointed Academic Director for the Think: Education Group. Think: Education consists of a range of high quality niche private providers of education, operating across all four sectors of education. The group currently consists of six colleges, with more than 3,500 students in NSW. George works in Sydney during the week and commutes to Adelaide on weekends.


Dr Michael White [B Sc 1972, B Sc (Hons) 1973, PhD 1982] Michael tutored in Psychology for some years at the University of Adelaide. Michael's PhD research on visual perception resulted in the discovery of a visual illusion that has since been named after him. Web references to it can be found by googling 'White's illusion'. For 20 years, Michael was a road safety research coordinator and policy advisor with the SA Government. He now manages two OHS grant schemes for the SA Government. Michael has been a Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Psychology since 1990, where he has supervised student work placements and research theses.

Tony Butcher [B A 1982] After making regular contributions to On Dit, Tony became a journalist and has worked in the communications field ever since. He relocated to Brisbane in 2005 and is now riding the infrastructure boom as Communications Principal with Leighton Contractors, a civil construction company that employs more than 9000 people.

Dr Stuart Miller, FRACS [MB B S 1986] Dr Stuart Miller was formally elected as the new President of The Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (ASOHNS) at the recent Annual Scientific Meeting. He is now a prominent ear nose and throat surgeon in Perth.

Dr Philip Jones [LL B 1979, B A 1980, B A (Hons) 1981, Ph D 1997] The inaugural Prime Minister's Literary Award for Non-Fiction has been won by Dr Philip Jones, a University of Adelaide graduate and guest lecturer with the Graduate Program in Art History. Philip is Senior Curator of Anthropology with the South Australian Museum. He won the $100,000 prize for his book "Ochre and Rust: Artefacts and Encounters on Australian Frontiers", published by Wakefield Press.


Barry Couzner OAM [M Ed, B A 1970, A U A (Phys Ed) 1970, Dip T (Sec), Dip Ed 1973] Barry was recently awarded an OAM for 40 years of service to volleyball, education and the community. Barry worked at UniSA for 25 years with a focus on Physical Education and also taught Dance Science at the University of Adelaide. Barry has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a volleyball volunteer, including being President of the Australian Volleyball Federation for 10 years and Competition Manager, Volleyball, at the Sydney 2000 Olympics and Paralympics.

Richard Wunderlich [B Arch 1970] Richard is a multi-award-winning architect who has worked on numerous projects in Australia, Asia and the Middle East. His roles range from Project Director to Design Architect and Interior Designer. He has tutored final year students and was also a part-time lecturer at the University of Adelaide. Richard is currently a Senior Associate at Woods Bagot.

Dr Angas "John" Hurst [B Sc 1969, B E (Hons) 1970, Ph D 1976] From 1974 to 1987, John was a lecturer at ANU and then moved to Monash in late 1987, where he is now an Associate Professor. From 1997 to 2004 he was Associate Dean (Teaching) for the faculty of Information Technology, and served a two-year term as President of the Academic Board from 2006-7. His father, Angas Hurst, held the equivalent position at UoA (Chairman of Education Committee) during his career at UoA (1957-1988).

Dr Ian Shankland [B Sc 1973, B Sc (Hons) 1975, Ph D 1980] Dr Ian Shankland is Director of Technology for Honeywell's Fluorine Products business, a part of Specialty Materials. Ian has successfully led commercialisation projects for a number of environmentally-improved fluorocarbon products and has recently been awarded the Perkin Medal. Ian earned his doctorate in Physical Chemistry from the University of Adelaide and was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship at Brown University where he worked for three years prior to joining Honeywell. He is an inventor of 49 patents and has published numerous technical and scientific papers.

Ron Mack [B Ec 1976] Ron graduated in Economics from the University of Adelaide while working with Australia's leading management consulting company at that time, PA Consulting Group. He later established Mack Consulting Group in the early 1980s, which became one of the leaders in South Australia. During this time, he also held non-executive director and interim CEO roles with a number of public and private companies. After 35 years as a consultant, Ron recently joined CSIRO in the new role of SME Engagement Manager, where he works with CSIRO Flagships and Divisions to facilitate their engagement with small and medium enterprises.


John Roberts [B Sc 1957] John began his career as a geologist, involved in extensive and successful mineral exploration in Australia. Since 1993, John has been chairman and director of a number of exploration and production companies with interests including copper, gold, uranium and nickel. John is currently Chairman of Directors for Adelaide-based companies Mithril Resources Limited and Australasia Gold Limited and Chairman of Darwin-based company, Rum Jungle Uranium Limited. As a strong advocate for the South Australian mining and energy sectors, John has been involved in a range of industry and education boards and committees over the years, including six currently. He is President of the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy.

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