MSE alumni win Fullbright Scholarships to study in US

Dr Dean Freestone will travel to Colombia University in New York to further his research in epilepsy control.
Dr Dean Freestone will travel to Colombia University in New York to further his research in epilepsy control.

Two of the Melbourne School of Engineering’s alumni have won Fullbright Scholarships to undertake professional development in the United States.

Water resource manager Dr Tony McLeod has received a Fulbright Senior Scholarship. He will compare the water management challenges of the Colorado and Murray Darling river basins at the Getches-Wilkinson Centre for Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Dr McLeod completed his Bachelors and PhD in engineering at the University of Melbourne and is a General Manager at the Murray-Darling Basin Authority in Canberra. Dr McLeod said that the systems share many challenges and opportunities and he will work to prepare an analysis that will inform policy in both the US and Australia.

Biomedical Engineer, Dr Dean Freestone, has received Victoria’s Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar. He will further his research into controlling epilepsy using electrical stimulation.

Dr Freestone graduated with a PhD in Engineering from the University of Melbourne in 2012. He is now working with St Vincent Hospital’s Department of Medicine and with the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Melbourne.

“The scholarships support recipients for professional development in the United States, up to the value of $40,000. University of Melbourne’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Engagement) Sue Elliott said that the scholarships highlight the University of Melbourne’s world-class research and global focus.

“Fulbright Scholarships support outstanding graduates and recognise the potential international impact of their research aspirations.”