Professor Keith Crews

I had the great privilege of being awarded a Gottstein Fellowship in 1990 as a 34-year-old consulting engineer, who at the time was undertaking a part time Masters degree by research, at the University of Technology, Sydney.

The Gottstein Fellowship provided enormous impetus for both the research and consulting work that I was undertaking at the time as well as providing the opportunity to establish an invaluable “network” of researchers and colleagues in overseas Universities and Timber Research establishments.

Today, many of the folk in this network continue to be close friends and colleagues with whom I have worked as an academic over the past 30 years, in developing an internationally recognised reputation as in Timber Engineering. Several of them have themselves been Gottstein Fellows, (notably Kevin Lyngcoln) who have also mentored me, provided insightful advice on many occasions and kept me “grounded” as an academic to ensure that the work I was undertaking was useful for the timber industry in Australia and overseas.

There is no doubt in my mind that the Fellowship I was awarded by the Gottstein Trust provided a unique opportunity that shaped my professional career and opened the door for me to engage in a successful academic career. I believe that I have been true to the intent and purpose of the Trust and my contributions to both industry and the Engineering profession have honoured the legacy left by Bill Gottstein so many years ago.

Professor Keith Crews

Keith Crews

BE(hons) ME PhD - FIEAust MIABSE CPEng RPEQ NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
Emeritus Professor of Structural Engineering – University of Technology Sydney
Honorary Professor of Structural Engineering – University of Queensland
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Dallas Goldspink

I was lucky enough to receive the Gottstein scholarship from 2010-2012 whilst studying Bachelor of Science – Forestry at ANU, Canberra.

During my studies I had to support my own costs and used the holidays to help build field experience in the forestry industry and also earn enough money to support me through the upcoming terms. In late 2009, I injured my knee playing football and was unable to work most of the 2009/10 summer and I was approaching the situation of not being able to financially support myself through the upcoming year of study.

Luckily, I received the scholarship and it was enough to support me through until I was able to once again work. The ongoing support of the scholarship meant I was able to fully apply myself to my studies and focus on building my career in the industry.

I am now Team Leader – Forestry for TAFE NSW at the Forestry Industry Training Centre at Tumut NSW and I am forever grateful of the Gottstein scholarship.

Dr Julianne O'Reilly-Wapstra

The Gottstein Fellowship was the start of an important career trajectory.

In 2003 I was awarded a Gottstein Fellowship to travel to Scotland following the completion of my PhD in the School of Zoology at the University of Tasmania. This was an exciting opportunity for a recent PhD graduate to take the skills I had gained in understanding natural plant defences against herbivores in a eucalypt/possum system to investigate similar questions in a different system on the other side of the world.

The Gottstein Fellowship took me to the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute in Scotland (now the James Hutton Institute) to work with Dr Glenn Iason and his team to investigate natural plant chemical defences of Scots pine against native pests. At the time, this research group was the largest group of researchers in Europe studying the interactions and consequences of herbivores in heterogeneous landscapes.

What do Scots pine and Scottish pests have to do with our Australian systems? The anti-herbivore chemical defences in Scots pine comprise similar compounds to those found in our major temperate plantation trees -
the eucalypts and radiata pine. I investigated natural plant resistance in the Scots pine system and returned to Australia to apply new insights, knowledge, and techniques to our systems.

The Gottstein Fellowship set me on an important career trajectory. This research trip laid the foundation for further collaborative research with the Scottish team culminating in multiple papers,an invitation to present a keynote presentation and lead a book chapter for Cambridge University Press. I have continued to develop as a leader in forest industries research in Australia and have fostered a successful 20-yearcareer working closely with many industry partners to address questions in pest browsing research in the eucalypt and pine systems.

I am currently the Director of the Australian Research Council Training Centre for Forest Value based at the University of Tasmania and I greatly enjoy working with the next generation of forest industries researchers – some of whom have also been Gottstein Award recipients.

The purpose of the Trust is "to create opportunities for selected persons to acquire knowledge which will promote the interests of Australian industries which use forest products…”. The fellowship certainly provided me with such opportunities and as a proud recipient.

I wish to thank the Gottstein Trust for the opportunity it provided me and many other recipients over the years.

Associate Professor and Associate Head (Research), School of Natural Sciences
Director, ARC Training Centre for Forest Value
Director, Tasmanian Forest and Forest Products Network Board

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