Researcher Profiles

Dr Robert Matthews

Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Arts

Dr Robert Matthews is a senior lecturer in the School of Education, having joined the School in 2003. He teaches in both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, preparing beginning teachers for their classroom practice and guiding early researchers in their Masters dissertations respectively. Prior to this position, Robert was a post-doctoral research physicist at Flinders University doing theoretical calculations of electron scattering experiments in various materials. Although this work was of great interest, a desire to work with people took hold.

Ms Thi Thu Thuy Hoang

PhD Candidate
Faculty of Arts

I had been working at Hanoi University of Industry, Vietnam since 2001. During 15 years working there, I was in different positions in Faculty of Foreign Languages including English teachers, Associate Dean and Dean.
In 2015, I started my Phd path in the University of Adelaide. My research area is teacher professional development in Vietnamese higher education. I am now under the supervision of Dr Julia Miller and Professor Faye McCallum.
My expertise is TESOL, Vietnamese HE, teacher professional development, and education policy.

Ms Julie Hayford

PhD Candidate
Faculty of Arts

Julie Hayford is a PhD student who commenced her candidature in 2017 in the School of Education at the University of Adelaide. Her research will focus on teaching-specialist positions in Australian research-intensive universities. Her supervisors are Dr Anthony Potts and Dr Nina Maadad. Prior to 2017, Julie had a career as a secondary school teacher and an administrator in all three South Australian universities.

Dr Boyin Ding

Research Fellow
Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Research manager and mechanical engineer in system dynamics, robotics, control, biomechanics, and sustainable energy.

Dr Jaroslav Vaculik

Research Associate
Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Having spent several years as a consulting engineer, I have practical design experience using a variety of different structural types and materials. However, I am also familiar with some of the limitations inherent in our design standards and the challenges faced particularly in the area of seismic design.

My current research focus is spread across several areas as described under the "My Research" tab below, with a particular focus on the seismic response of unreinforced masonry buildings and a key emphasis on developing outcomes that can be used by engineering practitioners.

Mr Jesse Coombs

Postdoctural Fellow
Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Jesse Coombs is a postdoctoral fellow researching gas pipeline blowdown noise prediction and abatement. He completed his PhD from research conducted at the School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of New Adelaide in 2017. He obtained his Bachelor degrees in Engineering and Science from the University of Adelaide in 2010. From 2012 to 2017 Jesse was engaged in PhD study on the topic of numerical aeroacoustics.

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 (