Prof Tanya Monro: 2011 Scopus Young Researcher of the Year in Physical Science
Prof Tanya Monro, Director of the Institute for Photonics & Advanced Sensing (IPAS) has won the 2011 Scopus Young Researcher of the Year in Physical Science award. ‘Lighting up Invisible Problems’ from The Australian and video interview of Tanya.
Tanya’s transdisciplinary approach is developing photonics technologies with physicists, chemists and biologists to monitor embryo development, detect corrosion in aircraft and monitor the quality of stored wine. The optical fibres that Tanya and her team are pioneering also have other applications ranging from surgery to missile defence.
When Tanya was asked what drives her she said “Predicting a new effect and demonstrating that it works in practice is tremendously satisfying. It empowers creativity and frees one to come up with crazy new ideas and then test them out. It’s rewarding because it enables disruptive new technologies to emerge.”
Tanya will be presented the award in Sydney 16 September, 2011.