School of Chemical Engineering

A sustainable energy expert and distinguished alumni are among the roll call of University of Queensland community members recognised in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Professor Peta Ashworth, UQ's Chair of Sustainable Energy Futures and coordinator of the Master of Sustainable Energy program, has received national recognition for her work, being awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for her service to science in the field of sustainable energy. 

Outstanding alumna Kathy Fagg (Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) ’82, Doctor of Chemical Engineering honoris causa ’16) has been bestowed with an Order of Australia (AO) for her distinguished service to business and finance, to the central banking, logistics and manufacturing sectors, and to women.

UQ Senator and champion of industry and global female empowerment Kathy Hirschfeld (Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) ’82) has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to engineering, to women, and to business.

A chemical engineering graduate, Ms Hirschfeld (pictured below with mentee Kate Dillon at UQ) chairs the UQ Advancement Committee, is a former president of the UN Women National Committee Australia, and generously supports a scholarship that encourages women to pursue engineering studies.

Kathy Hirschfeld with student and mentee Kate Dillon

UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj AC said the awards were well-deserved recognition of extraordinarily talented individuals.

“It is wonderful to see the tireless efforts of those who have pushed the boundaries of discovery and industry rewarded with national recognition,” Professor Høj said.

“Many other UQ community members have been named in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours and we congratulate them and celebrate their contributions.”

“I have great admiration for our alumni, staff and students who continue to create positive change in society through their leadership, research, teaching and other accomplishments.”

To read the full story about University of Queensland community members' recognition in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours, please visit UQ News.

If you know of a member of the university community honoured in the Queen’s Birthday awards that does not appear on our list, please let us know by emailing communications@uq.edu.au so that we can help celebrate their success.

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