An alumnus whose work has helped to ensure the health and safety of 30,000 railway employees; an international aviation law expert; and a distinguished electrical engineering academic who is helping devise an artificial pancreas: this year, the Faculty of Science acknowledges three recipients of 2021 Australia Day Honours. 

University of Newcastle Professor Graham Goodwin received Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) honours for “distinguished service to tertiary education, and to electrical engineering, as an academic and researcher, and to scientific academies”.   

He began his academic journey here at UNSW, where he gained his Bsc in 1965, before eventually attaining his PhD in Electrical Engineering in 1971.  

A prolific author with more than 218 international journal papers, Professor Goodwin is now involved in a project developing an artificial pancreas, with a hope to impact the many millions living with diabetes across the world. 

Receiving a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) honours for his “significant service to aviation law, and to safety and compliance” was Mr Ronald Bartsch, a Senior Visiting Fellow and Lecturer here at the School of Aviation.   

An author, company director and lecturer, Mr Bartsch’s expertise across international aviation law has contributed to the School of Aviation for more than 20 years.  

Alumnus Dr Armand Casolin – who gained his Master of Science & Technology from UNSW in 2000 – has been advising on the development, implementation and evaluation of medical & health systems for Sydney Trains & NSW Trainlink, since 2005.   

Thanks to his policies that ensure cleaning, hygiene and social distancing protocols on public transport, he has helped keep more than 30,000 transport workers healthy and safe during the pandemic.   

He received the Public Service Medal (PSM) for “outstanding public service to rail transport in New South Wales, particularly to the development of safe working protocols during COVID-19.” 

Dean of Science Professor Emma Johnston applauded the honours. 

“Congratulations to our staff and alumni for their richly deserved honours this year. We are very proud of the diverse achievements and contributions that you have made to Australian society.”