Defence Award for Infrastructure Engineering team

April 14 / 134

Dr Tuan Ngo and his research team from the Department of Infrastructure Engineering have received a national award for creating new protective materials to make Australia’s military vehicles safer.

The team received the Capability Improvement Award at the Defence Materials Technology Centre conference held late last month. 

The award recognised the team’s Armour Applications Program, a new test system to help protect armoured vehicles from extreme mine blasts and ballistic attacks. 

The Centre brought together experts from the Australian defence industry with universities and government agencies to develop world-leading technology, improve Australia’s defence capability and help the industry compete in the global defence marketplace.

The team also worked closely with the Thales Group, a defence industry partner, to develop an algorithm to reduce the weight and increase the mobility of the Bushmaster and Hawkei military vehicles.

Dr Ngo is the Director of the University’s Advanced Protective Technologies for Engineering Structures Group, one of the leading centres in infrastructure modelling and physical infrastructure protection in the Asia Pacific.

The group has been working closely with industry and government organisations to carry out research and consulting work in risk assessment, modelling and vulnerability analysis of buildings and infrastructure against natural and man-made hazards. 

An expert in protective technologies for critical infrastructure Dr Ngo has provided security assessment, risk modelling and protection solutions for landmark structures around the world including: government buildings, embassies, airports, bridges, tunnels, power stations. 

Dr Ngo is also the winner of the 2013 Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia. He also received the Safeguarding Australia Award for Best Contribution to National Security Technology Research in 2011.

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