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Science award for sustainability 

BGS Old Boy Xi Rui (Jason) Wen ’15 has received the MOLTEN 2021 Young Slag Scientist Award for his contribution to creating new and sustainable metallurgy processes, bringing more recycled materials into traditional lead and copper production. Wen’s research is a critical step forward to a circular economy. Click here to read the full story. 

Town planning innovation

Alexander Steffan ’04, who developed the world’s first interactive town planning app, is one of 660 BGS Old Boys on Brisbane Grammar Connect offering to help other Old Boys advance their careers. The founder of Steffan Town Planning provides education, advocacy and training to the town planning community, including school and university students, via his platform STP Learn. If you are an Old Boy interested in town planning, read more and connect with Alexander on Brisbane Grammar Connect now.

$302 million COVID deal

Brisbane-based biotech company Ellume, founded by Dr Sean Parsons ’97, has struck a $302 million deal to deliver 8.5 million at-home COVID-19 tests to the US by the end of the year. Dr Parsons' invention uses a smartphone app to deliver a test result in 15 minutes. Read more here

International success

Congratulations to Tom Bizzell ’19 who has been selected as a Schmidt Futures Reimagine Challenge winner. Tom proposed a global movement to tackle mental health issues associated with social isolation. His submission was the only winner from an Australian university, alongside recipients from Harvard, Yale and MIT.

Tom recently teamed with fellow UQ student and BGS Old Boy Jack Anderson ’19 to win the global 2020 Ericsson Innovation Awards with their proposal to uses software tools to increase fuel efficiency in the freight shipping industry.

Rowing representatives 

Congratulations to Old Boys Logan Ullrich ’17, Miller Rowe ’17 and Tom Williamson '16 for their success at the recent Australian Rowing Championships. Miller was selected in the Australian U23 men’s eight, Tom in the Australian U23 lightweight men’s double scull, and Logan the U23 New Zealand team.

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