Thursday, October 3, 2013

University of Peradeniya , Our E97 Engineering Batch - Monash researcher wrote world's best PhD

2 October 2013
Dr Samintha Perera
Dr Samintha Perera
Monash University researcher and alumna Dr Samintha Perera has become only the fourth Australian to be awarded the prestigious Rocha Medal for the world's best PhD thesis in Rock Mechanics.
Dr Perera, of the Department of Civil Engineering, an expert in carbon dioxide sequestration, will receive the prize at the International Symposium of the International Society of Rock Mechanics (ISRM) to be held in Sapporo, Japan, in October 2014.
First awarded by the ISRM in 1982, the medal is intended to stimulate young researchers in rock mechanics.The first Australian to take out the Rocha Medal - Dr Phil Dight in 1985 - was also from Monash University.
“Winning the medal again for Australia and for Monash gives me such great honour,” Dr Perera said.
“I am very proud of our Deep Earth Energy Research group led by Associate Professor Ranjith Pathegama. Winning this very prestigious award speaks strongly about the talent and support we have in this group.”
Dr Perera completed her PhD in 2012 on “The Effect of Carbon Dioxide Sequestration on Coal Hydro-Mechanical Properties". She has since been awarded a Discovery Early Career Research Award from the Australian Research Council to continue work in the area, with a focus on long-term safe storage of carbon dioxide.
Dr Perera has published book chapters, 19 research papers in respected international journals and a number of conference papers. She is a past winner of the Mollie Holman Medal and Kenneth Hunt award for the Best PhD thesis in Engineering from Monash University.



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