Professor Philip Broadbridge, Head of the School of Mathematics and Engineering at La Trobe University, has been awarded a distinguished service award from Kyushu University in Japan.
The certificate recognises his contributions to the international activities of Kyushu University through his effort in establishing and operating the Australian Branch of the Institute of Mathematics for Industry (IMI) of Kyushu University at La Trobe University, and his service as a member of the Institute’s International Advisory Board.
Professor Broadbridge established the Australian Branch of IMI in 2015, and the relationship he has developed with Kyushu University was the first of a number of collaborations between the two universities across a number of fields.
In the area of mathematics, his effort resulted in fruitful research and educational collaborations between the applied mathematics communities of Australia, New Zealand and Japan, including the reciprocal agreement between the Australian Mathematical Society and the Japan Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics concluded in 2017.
Professor Broadbridge received his certificate from President Chiharu Kubo of Kyushu University, and was one of only two foreigners to receive the award this year.
The award comes as he retires from La Trobe University at the end of more than 40 years teaching and researching mathematics at a number of institutions. During his time at the University he served in a number of positions, including five years as the Head of School, School Research Director and Chair of the university's Admissions Committee.
He continues to serve on the editorial boards of Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series A, Applied Mathematical Modelling, Entropy, ANZIAM Journal, and International Journal of Maths for Industry.
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