Dr Bjorn Sturmberg receives University of Sydney Alumni Achievement Award


CUDOS Alumnus Dr Bjorn Sturmberg has been recognised with the 2017 University of Sydney's Faculty of Science Alumni Award for the Achievements of Young Alumni.

Bjorn Sturmberg

Dr Bjorn Sturmberg (R) with Professor Trevor Hambley, Dean of Science at the University of Sydney (Image: ION creative)

The University of Sydney’s Faculty of Science Alumni Achievement Awards honour some of Australia’s foremost thinkers and brightest achievers by recognising and celebrating their exceptional contributions, innovation and generosity of spirit that have enriched the lives of others.

Dr Bjorn Sturmberg has been selected in the category of Achievements of Young Alumni. University of Sydney Alumni Engagement Coordinator Lucy Evans said this award recognises outstanding achievements made by alumni aged 35 and younger.

“With a broad scope, the award celebrates what younger alumni have achieved in their shorter career span. Bjorn has achieved some really amazing things,” she said.

Dr Sturmberg is bringing the solar revolution to Australia’s rental properties with his social enterprise SunTenants, for which he was awarded a 2017 Myer Innovation Fellowship. He is also an Associate Lecturer at Macquarie University and a Co-founder and Director of Kairos Power, a boutique engineering and research consultancy specialising in sustainable energy systems, whose projects include multi-million dollar hybrid microgrids and embedded networks.

In 2011 he was awarded an ARENA scholarship for his PhD research at the University of Sydney CUDOS node to investigate how nanostructures can improve the efficiency of solar cells. During his PhD he was also the lead developer of the novel software package for theoretical physics simulation EMUstack, which he released open source in 2014. In 2016 he co-initiated and managed the first installation of a Solar + Storage system in an Australian apartment block, a project that won an Environmental Performance – Innovation Grant from the City of Sydney.

"Bjorn has now followed up his impressive PhD in Physics in which he analysed and optimised the performance of solar energy devices, with an equally impressive career as a solar energy entrepreneur. I believe that his experience here in the School of Physics and in CUDOS have set him up ideally to launch such a career," said CUDOS Associate Director Professor Martijn de Sterke who supervised Dr Sturmberg's PhD research.