Issue 5
Saturday, 02 June 2018
Charles Darwin University
Professor Jai Singh AM
Professor Jai Singh AM

Researchers on honours list

By Danielle Lee-Ryder

Two Charles Darwin University researchers have been honoured in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Professor Jai Singh was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his service to education, particularly in physics.

Professor Singh is a lecturer in materials engineering, renewable energy and mathematics at CDU’s College of Engineering, IT and Environment.

“I was very honoured but surprised at my nomination,” he said. 

Professor Singh said most of his work has been accomplished since he arrived in Darwin 32 years ago to work as foundation staff member at the newly established University College of the Northern Territory. His work includes research on solar cells and material science which has led to improvements in the efficiency and capability of solar technology.

However, he believes his work in organising international conferences and mentorship of PhD students were key factors in his nomination.

“I did do a lot of work organising two biennial conferences that really put Darwin on the international map, people started coming from all over the world to talk about physics,” Professor Singh said.

Northern Institute researcher Kathy Guthadjaka was also awarded an AM for her significant service to the Indigenous community.

Ms Guthadjaka is a senior elder from East Arnhem Land who has worked as an educator and researcher for more than five decades.

Her research spans Warramiri language, knowledge, culture and country, and more widely, Aboriginal education, both-ways education, spirituality, identity and religion.