A student from Queensland has won a top award at the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards at a ceremony in Melbourne today.
Jackson Huang from the Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology will now be given the chance to compete at the prestigious International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in the United States.
Joint winner of the award was Dhruv Verma from Victoria’s Scotch College.
Jackson Huang’s work was a research project that explored the interactions between different heartburn drugs and how they might affect one another.
BHP Billiton’s Head of Technology, Geoscience and Engineering, Bryan Quinn, congratulated all finalists on their inspiring work.
“Science and Engineering studies are vital to our industry. It supports the innovation and technology that enhance our productivity, meaning we can extract resources safely and sustainably, seeking always to improve industry best practice,” Mr Quinn said.
“BHP Billiton is committed to ensuring that we have a pipeline of sharp and agile minds to be tomorrow’s problem-solvers, innovators and inventors supported by a high calibre of teaching professionals such as those recognised today.
“The Science and Engineering Awards provide students and teachers with encouragement, and help to develop their skills. Very importantly they increase all students exposure to experts who offer guidance and give them confidence about their future potential.”
CSIRO Board Member, Professor Tom Spurling said he was delighted with the calibre of entries this year.
“I’ve been really impressed by the variety and quality of the finalists. These young students are tackling issues in high school that researchers are tackling in prominent scientific institutions around the world,” Mr Spurling said.
“They’ve taken on challenges such as cyclone resistance and recovery, pollution and our ageing population. They inspire us with their ingenuity and creativity.”