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Thomas Spurling Honored for Accomplishments in Higher Education

Dr. Spurling has had a diverse career at Swinburne University of Technology

He is a Fellow with the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Federation of Asian Chemical Societies, and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

    MOUNT WAVERLEY, AUSTRALIA, December 01, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Thomas Spurling, Professor of the Swinburne Business School at the Swinburne University of Technology, has been recognized by Worldwide Branding for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in his profession.

With four decades of educational experience, Dr. Spurling demonstrates expertise in physical chemistry, industrial technology and molecular science. He has been at Swinburne for 11 years, now serving as a research professor. He recently had left the Faculty of Life and Social Sciences department to move to the business school. He was then dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Sciences from 2004-2005. In the future, Dr. Spurling plans to continue his areas of research and career around innovation enterprise. He says persistence has been the key to his sustained success.

A former lecturer with the University of Tasmania, Dr. Spurling earned a Postdoctoral Fellow from the University of Maryland in 1967, which followed a Bachelor of Science, with first class honors, in 1962, and a Doctor of Philosophy in 1966, both in physical chemistry, from University of Western Australia.

He has also worked outside the educational field. Dr. Spurling serves as a chairman of Advanced Molecular Technologies Pty., Ltd., and as a board member of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR). He is also a former scientist and research leader with CSIRO. He was the chief of CSIRO Chemicals and Polymers and then CSIRO Molecular Science from 1989 to 1998. He led the World Bank funded CSIRO-Indonesian Institute of Sciences Management Systems Strengthening Project in Jakarta from 1999 to 2001. He was the chief executive officer of the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) Wood Innovations from 2005 to 2008.

Dr. Spurling was appointed as a member of the Order of Australia in June 2008 for services to chemical science through contributions to national innovation policies, strategies and research, and to the development of professional scientific relationships within the Asian region.

He is a Fellow with the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Federation of Asian Chemical Societies, and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. He maintains affiliations with the Design Research Institute of RMIT University and the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).

In the past, Dr. Spurling was president of several groups: the Federation of Asian Chemical Societies (FACS), the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) and the Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies (FASTS). He was also a member of the Prime Minister's Science, Engineering and Innovation Council from 2005 to 2007.

Throughout his career, Dr. Spurling has received numerous awards, including the FACS Award for Distinguished Contribution to Economic Development (2003), the Centenary Medal from the Australian Government (2003), the CSIRO Award for Business Excellence (2000), and the Leighton Memorial Medal (1994) and the Rennie Memorial Medal (1971), both from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

In recognition of all of his achievements, Dr. Spurling was recently inducted into Worldwide Branding.

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