Prestigious Nancy Millis Memorial PhD Award 2020 recipient announced

April 24, 2020

A WaterRA BIG Team congratulations to Minh Duc Nguyen who has been presented the Nancy Millis Memorial Award.

Deakin University PhD candidate, Minh Duc Nguyen has been awarded the Nancy Millis Memorial Award last week.
This award is intended for a student who has demonstrated initiative, has exceptional qualities and a passion for research.
"I was greatly honoured and surprised to be awarded the Nancy Millis Memorial Award last week. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to WaterRA for the opportunity to apply," Duc said.
The award honours Nancy Millis who was a microbiologist of international repute who made enormous contributions in agriculture, environmental protection, medicine and engineering.
The late Emeritus Professor Nancy Millis AC MBE was appointed Chair of the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Quality and Treatment (CRCWQT) from 1995 until 2008 and subsequently maintained her involvement through the Education Program and on the Scientific Advisory Committee following the inception of Water Research Australia.
"It goes without saying that this award is a huge encouragement as I undertake my PhD research," Duc said.
"I trust that my emerging findings will make a positive contribution to the water industry and open up further opportunities for collaboration as we tackle the problems that face the water community, both here in Australian and beyond."
Duc is currently helping Barwon Water to realise their Strategy 2030 through his research on zero waste.
His research is looking at new ways Barwon Water can beneficially reuse waste products from the treatment of water.
Chief Scientist at Barwon Water, Will Buchanan said they have all been incredibly impressed with Duc’s prodigious work ethic and insatiable curiosity and they knew from the outset that he would bring a strong industry mindset and significant expertise to this research.
"Barwon Water are proud of Duc’s achievement, and is another great example of research collaboration with WaterRA, and Deakin University," Will said.
Associate Head of School and Student Learningfrom Deakin University Dr Nick Milne said, “Duc has worked diligently on his project from the outset. He came into his PhD with a clear plan to approaching what is a very important problem not just for Barwon Water, but the water industry as a whole and that has allowed the project to move forward at a rapid pace.
"He has also come with a wealth of experience and contacts throughout the water industry that has helped him to develop and advance ideas that he is very keen to pursue.
"It is wonderful to see his hard work and effort recognised and celebrated through the Nancy Mills Memorial PhD Award.” 
To find out more about the late Professor Nancy Millis, her extraordinary life, and successful career as a leading female researcher click here