You are cordially invited by The Victorian Vernier Society for Lunch on Thursday the 9th February @ 12:30pm at The Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club, 489 Glenferrie Rd, Kooyong.

An excellent dinner will be served. The meeting will close around 3:00pm.

For Friends of Vernier and guests, please book using Humantix : https://events.humanitix.com/february-2023-vernier-evk2mylve

Our first speaker will be:

Dr Noel Dunlop – Vice President & Founder Energys

Noel’s career has been dedicated to the energy, chemical and industrial sectors for more than 20 years. During this time, he has successfully developed and driven a number of new companies, commercial programs and products with a strong focus on chemicals, energy systems and technology development. For the past decade Noel has contributed to the emergence of renewable hydrogen as an energy solution through the founding of Energys Australia.

Noel’s vision for the future of energy and the role of hydrogen was well ahead of its time when he founded Energys. His foresight and dedication to that vision now places Energys in a world leading position as a manufacturer of hydrogen power products. In the past two years the company has grown from a hand full of people to over 60 and it continues to grow in scale, revenue and global reach. In a world first, Energys recently shipped the only megawatt scale fuel cell generator ever to be delivered to a customer site. The 1.3MW system, which will soon be operational in the Middle East, will form part of another world first, soon to be announced.

Dr Shaun Gregory, BEng (Hons), MSc, PhD.
Shaun is currently employed as an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Monash University. He is also a Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellow, Co-Chair of the Victorian Heart Institute New Technologies Working Group, and have adjunct / honorary appointments at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, the University of Queensland, and Griffith University. He has Bachelor, Masters and PhD degrees in medical engineering from Queensland University of Technology and completed a 3-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Queensland. He was a research fellow at Griffith University for two years, directed the Innovative Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology Laboratory (ICETLAB) for five years, and was the Founding Chief Technical Officer for De Motu Cordis Pty Ltd (a medication delivery company) for 3 years. He has 91 peer-reviewed publications / conference proceedings / book chapters (published / accepted), 1 textbook, 5 patents and have been awarded 90 research grants worth over $13 Million. He is a lead investigator on an NHMRC Ideas grant and recipient of an NHMRC Investigator Grant, a chief investigator on an NHMRC CRE grant and ARC Linkage Grant, and he co-leads an MRFF Frontiers Stage 1 grant.

He has an h index of 19 with over 1300 citations to date (Google Scholar). His research has changed clinical practice on several occasions and assisted with the TGA approval of medical devices. He has led some of the largest national and international projects in his field. He has been involved in the supervision of over 200 research staff or students (Postdoctoral / PhD / Masters / Honours / Internship / Research Assistant), including the completion of 10 PhD students. His research is aligned with his teaching where he has taken a leading role in the development of the new biomedical engineering undergraduate program at Monash University.

He has founded and currently leads an international biomedical engineering student team competition focused on the design, prototyping and evaluation of an artificial heart (Heart Hackathon). He has applied active learning approaches in the coordination or co-coordination of four engineering units at Monash University and produced exemplar marking rubrics which are now applied faculty-wide.

Shaun will be accompanied by:

Nina Langer

Her PhD focuses on the development of a novel mini-Pump to support the circulation of patients with a currently untreated type of heart failure (HFpEF). She works on anatomic fitting, benchtop testing, and pump design.

Avishka Wickramarachchi

His PhD focuses on investigation of blood flow dynamics in patients who receive extracorporeal membrane oxygenation – a type of artificial heart and lung machine for the sickest patients. He works on computational blood flow modelling and blood experiments.

Please advise by midday Tuesday 7th February if you plan to attend.