Scientist an optimum performer

Curtin University’s Ryan Loxton.
Curtin University’s Ryan Loxton.

The Curtin University senior lecturer was awarded the Woodside Early Career Scientist of the Year at the 2014 Premier’s Science Awards.

His research focuses on developing mathematical techniques to optimise industrial processes in areas including robotics, electronics and chemical engineering.

‘Essentially, my work involves developing mathematical techniques to optimise real-world systems,’ Dr Loxton said.

‘We are looking for the optimal operation strategy that results in maximum efficiency or minimal cost. We use various mathematical algorithms and methods to do this.’

He said it was a great honour to win. ‘The other finalists were both outstanding young researchers and I didn’t expect that I would be the winner; I was happy just to be a finalist,’ he said.

‘I hope it would open up further opportunities to apply our team’s mathematical techniques to new applications.

‘I also hope the award inspires young students interested in mathematics to continue their studies in this area and discover that mathematics is not just a theoretical science, it’s fundamental to practical engineering systems.’

Dr Loxton has published more than 50 peer-reviewed research papers and delivered key-note addresses at several international conferences.

– Mark Zammit, PhD candidate in the Department of Imaging and Applied Physics at Curtin was named Student Scientist of the Year for his work developing the world’s most accurate model for describing collisions of atoms and molecules.