Two UTS alumni recognised amongst Advance Global Australians

16 September 2015

Two UTS alumni recognised amongst Advance Global AustraliansTwo inspiring UTS graduates have been honoured this week at the Advance Global Australian Awards for their exceptional impact on the world around them: health informatics researcher, Professor Carolyn McGregor AM (BAppSc Computing Science 1991; PhD 2003); and Afghan human rights champion, Nasima Rahmani (LLM 2007).

Professor McGregor, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Health Informatics at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, received the 2015 Advance Global Australian Award for Technology Innovation for her frontier research with great human impact. Initially applied in the neonatal intensive care environment, McGregor’s breakthrough work with big data is now being applied to monitoring astronaut health for NASA’s planned Mission to Mars in 2030, and to revolutionising the mental health landscape for conditions like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Read Professor’s McGregor’s story in the latest edition of UTS Tower magazine.

UTS Luminary Nasima Rahmani, Director of the Women’s Empowerment Centre at the Gawharshad Institute of Higher Education in Afghanistan, was honoured as recipient of the 2015 Advance Global Alumni Award. Rahmani has selflessly devoted her life to ensuring the human rights of women in Afghanistan, and empowering them by widening access to lifelong education.

Find out more about Nasima Rahmani’s incredible work here.

The Advance Awards are a prestigious international award program recognising the same values and attributes that UTS strives to foster in its students: exceptional vision, innovation and leadership, and remarkable talent. Winners of these awards are Australian pioneers and provocateurs, each achieving sustained impact on a global stage.

The program is run by Advance, a global community of over 25,000 high achieving Australians and alumni living and working in more than 90 countries. The organisation seeks to forge connections with the one million Australian graduates living abroad, drawing on their experience and networks to open doors and opportunities for Australia, Australian companies and Australians around the globe.

McGregor and Rahmani were presented with their awards at a glittering gala dinner and presentation ceremony at the Sydney Opera House on Monday 14 September. The ceremony was preceded by a full-day summit celebrating the global Australian game changers, innovators and thought leaders who are shaping our future. The summit program incorporated a number of panel discussions and workshops, including masterclasses presented by Professor McGregor on ‘Disrupting Healthcare with Big Data on Earth and in Space’, and Rahmani on ‘Harnessing Australia as a Cultural Resource’.

Congratulations to both of these outstanding UTS graduates, who through their passion and drive are working to make the world around us a better place.