Sleeptite Program Partner Honoured


Overnight we were honoured to join Sleeptite Program Partner, Associate Professor Madhu Bhaskaran, at Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering’s (ATSE) Innovation Dinner, where she was awarded the Batterham Medal.

The Batterham Medal is an Early Career Award for a graduate engineer who has achieved substantial peer/industry recognition for their work in the past five years.

A researcher who is blazing a trail on the development of flexible electronics, Associate Professor Bhaskaran is the co-founder of the Functional Materials and Microsystems Research Group at RMIT University, the Associate Dean for Higher Degrees by Research in RMIT’s School of Engineering and is on the board of directors for Women in STEMM Australia.

Among her many accolades, Associate Professor Bhaskaran was named one of Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers by Engineers Australia in 2017 and, in 2016, was named one of the top 10 Innovators under 35 by MIT Technology Review TR35 and EmTech Asia.

Last year she was awarded the Australian Museum Macquarie University Eureka Prize for Outstanding Early Career Researcher and in 2015 she won a Victoria Fellowship.

Associate Professor Bhaskaran has also been chosen as Australia’s 2018 nominee for the prestigious APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE).

ATSE President, Professor Hugh Bradlow FTSE, said Associate Professor Bhaskaran was making a significant contribution to the application of technology for the benefit of Australian society and its economy.


Just eight years since completing her PhD, Associate Professor Bhaskaran is pioneering research in oxide-based flexible electronics – stretchy, unbreakable, transparent electronic devices.

She developed a transfer process to make these devices functional, combining brittle oxide materials (like those making up a smartphone touchscreen) with soft, pliable silicone rubber.

Potential applications abound in optics research, as well as use as gas sensors to pick up pollutants and as patches to track UV exposure.

ATSE is an independent body of 870 eminent Australian scientists and engineers enhancing Australia’s prosperity through technology and innovation.


Sheida Danai