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Adelaide High School students welcomed at IPAS

On Wednesday 21 November 2018, IPAS was delighted to welcome a group of high achieving STEM students from Adelaide High School.

The students were welcomed and guided to the Precision Measurement Group Labs by Dr Ben Sparkes before headed to the Bio Sensing Lab by Dr Jiawen Li. They were also shown the ground floor fabrication facilities by Mr Evan Johnson and Lijesh Thomas before travelling to the top of the building to see the 2.5 um laser labs with Mr Nathaniel Bawden and Dr Ori Henderson-Sapir.

All the best for our STEM students and looking forward to welcoming you to the IPAS community in the future!


IPAS and Ecojet collaboration receives $50,000 grant for a new micro turbine power technology

Congratulations Ecojet for successfully receiving funding for developing a world-leading micro gas turbine to provide solution for affordable and uninterrupted on-site power supply.

IPAS has been collaborating with EcoJet in the development of their novel turbine technology.
For full press, please click here.Ecojet

EO Tuck Medal winner

EO Tuck Medal winnerYvonne Stokes1

Professor Yvonne Stokes has been awarded the EO Tuck medal for outstanding research and distinguished service to the field of Applied Mathematics. The medal is awarded by ANZIAM (Australia and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics).

Congratulations to Yvonne who was also promoted to professorial level E effectively from 1 January 2018.

Shadow Ministry of Defence at IPAS

On Thursday 16 November, IPAS was very proud to host the Hon Richard Marles MP, Shadow Minister of Defence, to our member’s High Power Laser and Sapphire Clock Labs. The Shadow Minister, accompanied by Professor Michael Webb, Director of Defence and Security, and Professor Michael Liebelt, Interim Executive Dean Faculty of Sciences, had first hand experience of the world class Sapphire Clock, followed by a demonstration of  the IPAS schools #LaserRadio project, which is contributing to the promotion of STEM education in Australia.

IPAS was honored to host the Shadow Minister during his defence collaboration tour at the University of Adelaide, which highlighted our outstanding research and invaluable contribution to the Australian defence industry.


On Tuesday 24th October, IPAS welcomed a group of principals (including  technology and STEM leaders) from the Association of Independent Schools of Australia (AISSA). The principals were guided through IPAS state of the-art fabrication facilities and equipment such as the high-tech 3D Metal and Ceramic printer ,  5–Axis Ultrasonic Mill, and biomedical imaging devices by leading researchers (Drs Ben Sparkes , Chris PerrellaJiawen Li) and technical experts (Mr Evan Johnson).

IPAS is so proud to host the principal tour and to be part of the STEM Task Force which has inspired and promoted STEM education.


International Recognition for Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem!

OSA-logo-centennial-150Congratulations to Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem for being elected as a Fellow Member of The Optical Society (OSA) at the Society’s September 2017 Board of Directors meeting.
Founded in 1916, OSA is the leading professional association in optics and photonics, home to accomplished science, engineering, and business leaders from all over the world. Through world-renowned publications, meetings, and membership programs, OSA provides quality information and inspiring interactions that power achievements in the science of light.
Prof Ebendorff-Heidepriem  is being honored specially for ground breaking science contributions to the field of optical glasses and fibers.

For more information about the this honor, please click here. The list of Fellows is currently available online.

Future Female Scientists at IPAS

As part of Children’s University Science Camp in Adelaide, on 29 August 2017 IPAS proudly hosted 20 science students – all FEMALES- from Renmark and Murray Bridge high schools. Drs Ben Sparkes and Chris Perrella, led the students on tours of  IPAS, firstly to see our state-of-the-art fabrication facilities and equipment such as the high-tech 3D Metal and Ceramic printer and  5–Axis Ultrasonic Mill, with expert commentary from Mr Evan Johnson and Mr Lijesh Thomas. The students then had hands-on experience with a biomedical imaging device facilitated by Dr Jiawen Li, and with different light transmission applications in the Optics lab.  All students showed great interest in science through constantly interactive enquiries with leading researchers and experienced technicians. All the best for our future scientists, we hope this experience will continuously develop your passion for science especially in photonics!