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.

Abstract Submission for the Brian Cherry Awards Forum has now closed, thanks to all our entrants.

Previous Finalists

Year
2009 Rajeev Gupta Arun Kumara Samson Sim Abhishek Saxena
2010  TBC    
2011  TBC      
2012  Muhammad Awais Javed B.V Mahesh   Yafei Zhang Xian Zhou 
2013  TBC      
2014 Muhammad Awais Javed  Shravan Kumar Kairy Michael Lo  Brendon Grey
2015 Xiaojian Xia Facundo Varela Muhammad Wasim Amy Spark, Yajie Wu
2016 Elizabeth Mathews Shyama Ranade Jessica Lyndon Jodie Yuwono
2017 Yu Peng Rukshan Azoor Qing Cao Hoang Phan
2018 Rukshan Azoor Fangjie Chen Mauricio Latino Seyyed Sobhan
2019 Majid Laleh Victor Cruz de Faria Kai Rui Wang Mehdi Behrouzvaziri

Past Judges

Year      
2009 Prof. Brian Cherry Dr Bruce Hinton Dr Graeme Sussex
2010 Prof. Brian Cherry Dr Bruce Hinton Dr Chris Weale
2011 Dr Chris Weale   
2012 Dr Chris Weale  
2013 Dr Chris Weale  
2014 Prof. Brian Cherry Dr Chris Weale Dr Graeme Sussex
2015 Prof. Brian Cherry     
2016 Assoc. Prof. Scott Wade Prof. Maria Forsyth Dr Rob Francis
2017 Prof. Brian Cherry Assoc. Prof. Scott Wade Dr Rob Francis
2018 Assoc. Prof. Scott Wade Prof. Nick Birbilis Sarah Furman
2019      

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