Annual Brian Cherry Award Forum

Professor Brian Cherry with Nick Birbilis, Deputy Dean of Engineering and Computer Science at ANU (and former student) at the ACA’s 2017 International Concrete Symposium held in Brian’s Honour

For the past 11 years, the Brian Cherry Awards Forum has been an ACA Victorian Branch event, but we are now expanding this opportunity Australasia wide. The award honours the late Professor Brian Cherry of Monash University for his significant contribution to corrosion education, consulting and the Australasian Corrosion Association Inc.

The Brian Cherry Award Forum is open to postgraduate and final year undergraduate research students studying at an Australasian University. Applicants could be studying any aspect of corrosion, including but not limited to metallic and non-metallic corrosion, corrosion management, corrosion mitigation, and corrosion protection. 

The award will be judged over 2 events (both conducted via Zoom in 2020 given COVID-19 restrictions): an initial 3 min thesis event and a subsequent final longer style presentation forum consisting of up to 4 winners selected from the 3 min thesis event.

Generous cash prizes are on offer to the top 4 student presenters.

Taking part in the Forum provides students with the opportunity to present their corrosion related research work as well as showcase their talent to their peers and the Australasian Corrosion Industry – including potential employers. 

2020 Competition Details

Prizes
1st place – $1,000
2nd place – $500
3rd place – $250
4th place – $100

Application Process
Applications close
Monday 21st of September (CoB)

Acceptance of selected abstracts
Week of 12th October 2020

Presentation/Forum Dates
First Round – Three Minute Thesis
Wednesday 11th November 2020

Second Round – Full Presentation
Wednesday 25th November 2020

If you have any queries that are not covered here, please email this year’s award coordinators:
A/Prof. Scott Wade swade@swin.edu.au or Dr. Wayne Neil wayne.neil@dst.defence.gov.au


Award Process

  1. Applicants submit an abstract of the presentation (no more than 1 page of A4, including any illustrations) via the BCA Portal
  2. Applicants obtain permission from their supervisor and report this by completion on the attached pro-forma.
  3. The award will be judged over 2 events (both conducted via Zoom in 2020 given COVID-19 restrictions); an initial 3 min thesis event and a subsequent final longer style presentation forum consisting of up to 4 winners selected from the 3 min thesis event. A minimum 2-week gap between the events will to allow finalists to prepare their presentation for the 2nd round
  4. Each of the local ACA Branches will review abstracts submitted by students associated with their branch and select up to two students to represent their branch in the 3 min thesis event.
  5. Presenters will be judged on scientific content and presentation skills. The awards will be made on the night following the final round of presentations.

Guidelines for Eligibility

  1. Applicant must be attending an Australasian University
  2. The applicant is either a postgraduate research candidate or final year student in corrosion.
  3. If working towards a PhD, the applicant must not have submitted their thesis prior to the Brian Cherry Award Forum.
  4. The applicant could be studying any aspect of corrosion, including but not limited to metallic and non-metallic corrosion, corrosion management, corrosion mitigation, and corrosion protection.
  5. The judging panel will consist of three ACA members.
  6. Prizes are only awarded in response to applications. If no applications have been received that are deemed by the Judging Panel to warrant an award, then no prizes will be awarded.
  7. The Judging Panel’s decision is final.
  8. Each award recipient provides permission for their names/images to appear in ACA publications.
  9. Applicants must be current members of the ACA – If you’re eligible to enter this forum, you’ll also be eligible for an ACA student Membership, priced at just $30 – click here to register.

Previous Finalists

Year
2009Rajeev GuptaArun KumaraSamson SimAbhishek Saxena
2010 TBC  
2011 TBC   
2012 Muhammad Awais JavedB.V Mahesh  Yafei ZhangXian Zhou 
2013 TBC   
2014Muhammad Awais Javed Shravan Kumar KairyMichael Lo Brendon Grey
2015Xiaojian XiaFacundo VarelaMuhammad WasimAmy Spark, Yajie Wu
2016Elizabeth MathewsShyama RanadeJessica LyndonJodie Yuwono
2017Yu PengRukshan AzoorQing CaoHoang Phan
2018Rukshan AzoorFangjie ChenMauricio LatinoSeyyed Sobhan
2019Majid LalehVictor Cruz de FariaKai Rui WangMehdi Behrouzvaziri

Past Judges

Year   
2009Prof. Brian CherryDr Bruce HintonDr Graeme Sussex
2010Prof. Brian CherryDr Bruce HintonDr Chris Weale
2011Dr Chris Weale  
2012Dr Chris Weale 
2013Dr Chris Weale 
2014Prof. Brian CherryDr Chris WealeDr Graeme Sussex
2015Prof. Brian Cherry   
2016Assoc. Prof. Scott WadeProf. Maria ForsythDr Rob Francis
2017Prof. Brian CherryAssoc. Prof. Scott WadeDr Rob Francis
2018Assoc. Prof. Scott WadeProf. Nick BirbilisSarah Furman
2019