CUDOS researcher wins Sydney University Alumni Medal

Tom and Shelley

Shelley Martin, CUDOS Centre Manager with Tomonori Hu

Congratulations Dr Tomonori Hu, winner of the Rita and John Cornforth Medal at last night’s Alumni Awards ceremony held in the Great Hall of the University. This medal is one of six Graduate Medals awarded by the University to celebrate outstanding new graduates and their achievements, and is highly competitive.

Tomonori, who received his PhD only last year, received the prize for his outstanding academic achievements and contribution to the University of Sydney and wider community.

Described as “a dynamic and energetic researcher with a strong record of achievements”, Tomonori has presented talks at international conferences, published papers, and won several other awards.

After submitting his PhD in 2015, he established a company Miriad Technologies Pty Ltd through the University of Sydney Union’s Incubate program to commercialise and secure seed funding for prototype development of the Miriad Spectrometer.

Tomonori has been active in student affairs and has shown outstanding leadership as Chapter Secretary, Vice President and President of the Sydney OSA/SPIE Student Chapter Committee, President of the University Kendo Club, 2012 to 2014 and Team Leader for the CUDOS High Schools Outreach Program 2011 to 2015.

Typically modest and polite, he says his greatest lesson is that “achievements are only real if one gets there in the correct, respectful, way.”

Shelley Martin, CUDOS Centre Manger, who attended the Ceremony said Tomonori was truly worthy of this award, siting him as being a passionate contributor to and leader in the Centre’s community engagement programs, often shying away from but deserving recognition.

“Being the completely unassuming person he is, Tom hadn’t even thought about what he might say if he won! So he spoke off the cuff and delivered an engaging and authentic speech, one of the best of the evening.”

Dr Tomonori Hu with Professor Trevor Hambley, Dean of Science at The University of Sydney

Dr Tomonori Hu with Professor Trevor Hambley, Dean of Science at The University of Sydney