Researcher Profiles

Dr Jaroslav Vaculik

Research Associate
Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

The main focus of my research is the response of unreinforced masonry buildings under earthquake loading.

Having spent several years as a consulting engineer, I have practical design experience using a variety of different materials. However, I have also experienced first-hand some of the limitations inherent in our design standards and challenges faced particularly in the area of seismic design.

Dr Erik Schartner

Postdoctoral Researcher
Faculty of Sciences

Erik completed his BSc (Optics and Photonics) at the University of Adelaide in 2006. He received a first class honours in experimental physics in 2007, with a project entitled "Optical Fibre Protein Sensors," supervised by Dr Dean Male and Prof. Tanya Monro.

From 2008-2011 he completed his PhD under the supervision of Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem, Dr Shahraam Afshar and Prof Tanya Monro on a collaborative project with The Defence Science and Technology Organisation on a project entitled "Hydrogen peroxide sensing with microstructured optical fibres: fuel, wine and babies."

Miss Nur Afifah Kamaruzaman

Postgraduate Student
Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

I am a PhD student in the School of Mechanical Engineering, supervised by Dr Will Robertson, Prof Anthony Zander, Prof Benjamin Cazzolato and Dr Mergen Ghayesh.

Ms Anne Hewitt

Associate Professor
Faculty of the Professions

Anne is an Associate Professor within the Law School. She is passionate about curriculum design and teaching, and has won numerous local and national teaching awards, including an OLT Citation and a LexisNexis ALTA award. Anne is an active researcher into legal education, and has a long history of publication in this area. Her teaching related research has also been funded by a number of significant grants, including two significant Category 1 OLT grants to support the Smart Casual project (

Dr Waddah Al-Ashwal

University Research Fellow
Faculty of Sciences

Dr Waddah A. Al-Ashwal graduated with a B.S. in electrical engineering in 2003 (top of his class), from Sana'a University, Yemen. Before returning to academia he worked in the gas and oil industry as a wireline field engineer for Schlumberger S.A. In 2007, he obtained an M.Sc. in digital communications and microwaves (with distinction) from the University of Manchester, UK. In 2011, he completed his PhD in electronic engineering from University College London, UK.

Dr Md Younus

Adjunct Fellow
Faculty of Arts

Dr Younus, PhD (Adelaide), MPhil (Waikato), MSc and BSc (first class second in Geography, DU) has started work at the discipline of Geography, Environment and Population, Adelaide University, South Australia as a Visiting Research Fellow in June, 2011. He was assigned as a team member with various international research activities, such as: Ford Foundation, International Water Management Institute, BUP, ADB, WMO, Global Water Partnership and the University of Waikato. He has presented papers in various international seminars in the USA, Norway, Finland, Australia, Bangladesh and the UK.

Professor Mathai Varghese

Elder Professor of Mathematics
Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Professor Mathai Varghese is the Director of the Institute for Geometry and its Applications (IGA). He is also the Elder Professor of Mathematics within the School of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Adelaide, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Mathematics within the Mathematical Sciences Institute at the Australian National University. His research interests are in Geometric Analysis and Mathematical Physics.