USQ Professor Alan Lau has earned himself not one, but two international awards for his extensive and world-leading research in materials science.
Professor Lau received the Outstanding International Researcher Award and the Outstanding International Research Leader Award from the International Association of Multidisciplinary Research (IAMR) in The Philippines.
This marks the first time that anyone has received both the outstanding researcher and outstanding research leader award making Professor Lau’s achievement quite exceptional.
Professor Lau currently works as the Director of the Centre of Excellence in Engineered Fibre Composites and has published more than 190 research articles since 2002, receiving more than 1750 citations to date and numerous international research awards.
Professor Lau recently arrived back in Australia after flying to The Philippines to attend the awards ceremony.
'There were two researcher awards given out and only one research leader award,' Professor Lau said.
'The most important thing in deciding the award recipients is how influential that person has been to the world’s research activities and community.'
President of the IAMR Dr Genaro Japos said 'Dr Lau’s leadership and achievements are the sparkling jewels in the crowns of the University of Southern Queensland.'
Professor Lau said he hoped to use his knowledge and experience to help the younger generation conduct more meaningful and high-level research to help the growth of the composite fibre industry.
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Callum Johnson, USQ Media, 4631 1163