A renowned rheologist from Monash University has been awarded the prestigious ASR Medallion by the Australian Society of Rheology.
Vice-President of Monash University's Indian and Chinese initiative, Professor Tam Sridhar, received the honour for his exceptional and distinguished service to rheology science and technology.
The Medallion is awarded by the society to Australian rheologists who are internationally recognised for their contribution to rheology science and technology, and their contribution and service to the society. Rheology is the science that studies the deformation and flow of matter.
Professor Sridhar has gained international recognition through the development of the filament-stretching rheometer and the test fluid M1 - named after Monash University. He has played a significant role in nurturing the rheology community in Australia, and forging of international strategic educational relationships.
Professor Sridhar said he was surprised to receive the ASR Medallion.
"I have been blessed with many fine students and generous colleagues. Monash has been a major centre of rheology in Australia since its very beginning. Our work would not have been possible without the first rate technical assistance that was characteristic of universities in early days," Professor Sridhar said.
Professor Sridhar becomes the fifth recipient in the past 20 years and the only Monash scientist to receive the award.
Professor Sridhar has been involved with the Australian Society of Rheology from its earliest days, and was the society's president from 1997 to 1999. He was also the founding co-editor of the Korea-Australia Rheology Journal, and remained its editor from 1999 to 2004.