Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence Geotechnical Science and Engineering

Prestigious Fellowship for Mark Cassidy

Laureate Professor Mark Cassidy.Professor Mark Cassidy, Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering, has been awarded a prestigious Australian Laureate Fellowship from the ARC. It is one of only 17 Laureate Fellowships awarded in 2013, and he is the only recipient based in Western Australia. Professor Cassidy is a leading researcher whose work has helped make offshore oil and gas platforms safer and more stable. This brings the number of Laureate Fellows in the Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science & Engineering to two, with Laureate Professor Scott Sloan being the other.

Mark’s Fellowship – worth more than $3 million – is for the project ‘New Frontiers in Offshore Geotechnics: Securing Australia’s Energy Future’. The inaugural Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow is also the Director of the Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems at UWA and in 2011 was appointed as a member of the ARC College of Experts for Engineering, Mathematics and Informatics. Mark made the following comments: “Offshore gas lies at the heart of Australia’s prosperity with $120 billion of infrastructure under construction. But the future of offshore gas requires new technology to safely build offshore foundations in our weak and problematic soils. This project will provide engineers with science-based tools to unlock the natural gas stranded in our deep oceans.”

Mark’s research interests are in offshore geotechnics and engineering, predominantly developing wave-structure-soil interaction models for the analysis of oil and gas platforms, mobile drilling rigs and pipelines. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and has received numerous other distinctions including being named the Prime Minister’s Malcolm McIntosh Australian Physical Scientist of the Year and winning the WA Premier’s Early Career Achievement Award for excellence in science education, research and achievement. The ARC’s Laureate Fellowship scheme supports excellence in research at Australian universities by attracting world-class researchers and research leaders to key positions. Further information and a full list of awardees can be found here.