Sandra Kentish and MSE alumni recognised on the Most Innovative Engineers list from Create Magazine

By Melbourne School of Engineering

Professor Sandra Kentish, the Head of the School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, has been named as one of thirty of Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers in create magazine, the flagship publication of Engineers Australia.
Professor Kentish was acknowledged for her research in storing CO2 in microalgae, including the research of more efficient methods of delivering carbon dioxide to microalgal cultures, under the category of Utilities.

Microalgae have been recognised for their potential in carbon capture technology. Carbon dioxide emitted from burning fossil fuels such as coal can be partially absorbed by microalgae, reducing carbon emissions. Furthermore, the supply of purified carbon dioxide from power plant flue gases to microalgal cultures can increase the rate of growth of microalgae, which then can be harvested to create biodiesel, a renewable fuel.

In addition to her work on carbon capture and storage, Professor Kentish also conducts research into industrial separations, in particular the use of membrane technology for energy, food, and water applications, and is an invited Professor at the Centre for Water, Earth and the Environment within the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS) in Canada.

University of Melbourne alumni Dr Elizabeth Jens (BE (Mech) 2008), Dr Richard Kelso (BE (Mech) 1981; PhD 1992), and Professor Vishy Karri (PhD 1992) have also been named in the list.

Dr Jens has been recognised for her work for the Interplanetary SmallSat Rocket at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at CF USA. The University of Melbourne’s 3010 Alumni magazine interviewed her recently. Dr Kelso was recognised for his research into low-drag bicycle helmets at the University of Adelaide, and Professor Karri for his work in plant centric irrigation tools at Expert 365.

Engineers Australia National President John McIntosh congratulated all the winners, saying that “Australian engineers are respected worldwide both for our ingenuity and persistence in making our solutions work.”