Andreas Fouras

PROFILE

Andreas Fouras

Founder, Executive Chairman

Born and raised in Brisbane, Andreas moved to Melbourne after completing a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Queensland. With a thirst for problem solving, he began his research career studying a Masters of Engineering Science, using particle image velocimetry (PIV) techniques to measure unsteady, separated flows. After such time, Andreas joined the Australian Army Reserves, graduating from RMC Duntroon to serve a diverse range of command positions between 1998–2007, including Rifle Platoon Commander and founding Commander of the Battalion Reconnaissance Platoon, while raising a young family.

Returning to academia, Andreas graduated from his postdoctoral studies in 2008, receiving the Bill Melbourne Medal for the best PhD thesis in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. His thesis described new techniques for free-surface measurement, stereo PIV and three-dimensional PIV — which formed a basis to develop 4Dx’s now patented lung imaging technology. He established an independent research group, the Laboratory for Dynamic Imaging in 2009, which has grown to consist of 20 researchers working in the fields of biological and biomedical imaging.

Since graduation, Andreas’s career has gone from strength to strength; ranked Australia’s top NHMRC Career Development applicant in his category in 2011, winning prestigious grants including the largest NHMRC Development Grant ever awarded to translate his lung imaging technologies, and the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research by an Early Career Researcher. His leadership has also been recognised with an ADC Australian Leadership Award. The announcement of his promotion to Professor in November 2014, six years after graduation, is a testament to the passion and quality of his work. With an impressive track-record, Andreas founded 4Dx in December 2012 from a fierce desire for his and his team’s work to reach and positively influence as many people as possible.

Andreas ardently articulates his work to the public through significant media engagement, and has done so in print, radio, TV, and through various public lectures highlighting the exciting possibilities of engineering in the field of medicine. Andreas strives to raise the profile of young Australian researchers through influencing science policy, specifically around innovation, early career researchers and interdisciplinary research. He is appointed as an Australian Academy of Science EMCR Forum Committee Member, and has recently participated in AAS’s Theo Murphy High Flyers Think Tank, ADC Forum’s National Infrastructure and Cities Summit, as well as Science Meets Parliament. Andreas actively engages with politicians.

PhD Monash University
Master of Engineering Science (Research) Monash University
Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (hons.) The University of Queensland

HONOURS AND AWARDS

Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research by an Early Career Researcher 2013

Monash University recognises a candidate with outstanding research achievement within ten years post graduation for improving human health through the development of new imaging technology.

Faculty of Engineering Early Career Researcher Award 2013

The Monash University Faculty of Engineering recognises a candidate with outstanding research achievement within ten years post graduation.

Australian Davos Connection Australian Leadership Award 2013

ADC Future Summit recognition for outstanding new talent, demonstrating vision for Australia’s future across economy, culture environment or community.

Measurement Science and Technology Outstanding Paper Award 2012

MST awards the Outstanding Paper Award for the best paper published in the journal for the calendar year. Polynomial element velocimetry (PEV): a technique for continuous in-plane velocity and velocity gradient measurements for low Reynolds number flows receives the award of Best Fluid Mechanics paper published in MST during 2012.

Monash Researcher Accelerator Program Award 2012

Awarded to recognise, reward and accelerate the career development of Monash’s highest performing early to mid-career researchers.

NHMRC Achievement Award 2011

Top ranked Career Development Fellowship in the Biomedical Category (Level 1).

The Visualization Society of Japan Award for Excellent Visualization 2011

Surface Topography of Jet Shock Cells in an Hydraulic Analogy. Journal of Visualisation, 13(3), 175–176. doi: 10.1007/s12650-010-0032-3

Bill Melbourne Thesis Medal 2009

Most outstanding 2008 PhD Thesis in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Monash University, Australia.

PROFESSIONAL

Academic

  • Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Monash University
  • Research Director Laboratory for Dynamic Imaging, Monash University

 

Fellowship

  • Career Development Fellow, Australian Government National Health and Medical Research Council
  • Fellow, Mannix College

 

Membership

  • Member of the Australian Academy of Science EMCR Forum Committee
  • Member of the Society of Photonic Instrumentation & Engineering (SPIE)
  • Member of the American Thoracic Society (ATS)