Research Excellence

Charles Sturt University Distinguished Alumnus of the Year – Research Excellence

This award recognises outstanding research leaders whose research is changing lives, or whose scholarly contributions have made a substantial impact in their field of research.


Winner: Dr Bin Liang
Career: Senior Lecturer at UTS / Data Scientist / Researcher
Doctor of Philosophy

Dr Bin Liang has contributed to leading research and projects across data analytics and machine learning. He worked for Data61 (CSIRO) between 2016 and 2018 as an Engineer and Postdoctoral Researcher. After completing his PhD, Bin joined the University of Technology Sydney’s Data Science Institute as a Senior Lecturer.

Bin has contributed to over 30 publications and received numerous accolades for his work in research excellence. Bin was awarded the ‘UTS Mid-Career Researcher Capability Development Initiative Awardee’ in 2023, the ‘AWA R&D Excellence Award (NSW)’ and the ‘UTS Medal for Research Impact’ in 2022, the ‘Industrial and Primary Industries Merit at the Victoria iAwards’ in 2019, the ‘Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Excellence in Data Science and the AWA Research Innovation Award (NSW)’. He also received a high commendation of ‘AWA Research Innovation Award (National)’ in 2018. He was also finalist for the ‘2019 AWA Research Innovation Award (QLD)’ and the ‘2021-22 AWA Young Water Professional of the Year Award (NSW)’.

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Highly Commended

Winner: Professor Judith Gullifer
Career: Professor and Senior Director of Education, School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University
Bachelor of Psychology (Hons); Doctor of Philosophy

Professor Judith Gullifer has a career providing services to the education and mental health sector since 2000. Judith currently is employed as the Director of Education in the Monash University School of Psychological Science and has held positions as Associate Dean (Partners and Quality) and the foundation Associate Dean (Academic) in the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences at Charles Sturt University.

Judith was awarded the ‘Faculty of Arts Award for Academic Excellence’ in 2009. In 2010, she received a ‘Faculty of Arts Award for Teaching Excellence’ and a ‘Vice Chancellors Award for Teaching Excellence’ in 2010. At a national level, the same year, her teaching excellence was recognised by being awarded an ‘Australian Psychological Society Early Career Teaching Award’. She was appointed to the APS Board of Directors in 2016.

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This award recognises alumni who are, in their professional role, making a significant and positive impact on their communities, their industry or the world.

Other criteria

  1. Alumni who demonstrate outstanding contributions to a workplace, profession or industry (local or international). This might include:
    1. undertaking entrepreneurial challenges
    2. driving new opportunities for their workplace or industry
    3. participation in mentoring programs and/or industry award recipients.
  2. Alumni who demonstrate through their work, professional or community, alignment with one or all of the University’s values of insightful, inclusive, impactful and inspiring.

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