Welcome to our new School staff members!


Monday, 26th February 2018

With great pleasure, we warmly welcome seven new members of our School staff!

Each is outstanding in their area of expertise and will substantially enhance our research and administrative excellence. It is also a pleasure to see that four of the five appointed academic staff are female. This is a healthy step towards a fairer and happier state of equity for the School.

Here are our seven new members of staff.

Altaf Syed
Student Services Manager, from February 2018.

Altaf comes very highly recommended from his previous manager in UNSW Photovoltaics and Renewable Energy. He has a great deal of experience in Student Services, with high level skills in IT, and we look forward to having the benefit of his expertise over the next year.

Amandine Schaeffer
Applied Mathematics (Physical Oceanography), from January 2018.

Amandine graduated from her engineering degree in marine science and PhD in physical oceanography at the Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography in Toulon, France. She joined the applied Maths department at our School in 2011 as a postdoc and has since then focused her research on regional oceanography along the south-east coast of Australia. She uses ocean observations and numerical modelling to study the variability of the East Australian Current, cold core eddies, shelf processes, and recently the dynamics and statistics of marine heatwaves.

Anita Liebenau
Pure Mathematics (Graph Theory, Probabilistic Combinatorics), from July 2018.

After her PhD at the Free University Berlin in 2013, supervised by Tibor Szabó, Anita undertook a postdoc position with Dan Král' at the University of Warwick, followed by a postdoc at Monash University in 2015 with Nick Wormald.

Anita's expertise is in extremal and probabilistic combinatorics. Specifically, she has worked on problems in Ramsey theory, on combinatorial games played on graphs, and on enumeration problems of large discrete structures. One of her webpages is here.