APEC-Australia Women in Research
Professor Madhu Bhaskaran
Co-chair of Women in STEMM Australia
Professor Madhu Bhaskaran is a multi-award-winning electronics engineer and innovator.
Her fundamental research breakthroughs have been recognised with numerous awards, including 2018
Batterham Medal awarded by the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering; 2018 APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE) Prize; and 2020 Frederick White Medal awarded by the Australian Academy of Science.
She has published over 135 high-quality peer-reviewed journal articles and holds 9 patents. She co-leads the Functional Materials and Microsystems Research Group at RMIT University, which she established in 2010. She is also a node leader and the Equity and Diversity Director for the ARC Centre of Excellence in Transformative Meta-Optical Systems.
Her work on electronic skin and wearable sensors has been patented and her group now works collaboratively with multiple industries and design partners to commercialise the technology for healthcare and aged care.
She is a migrant Australian and a passionate advocate for diversity and is co-chair of Women in
STEMM Australia and on the Advisory board for STEM Sisters.
Impression of the 2022 APEC Australia Women in Research Fellowship
It was an honour to be asked to judge this round of APEC-Australia Women in Research Fellowships.
The calibre of applications was fantastic and made the judging process particularly difficult. It was
a pleasure to see the variety of research being pursued and also admire the perseverance of
women across APEC economies.