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Gorkin III, Robert A. Professor

Professor (Adjunct) PhD, MBA

  • Professor (Adjunct) - SMART Infrastructure Institute 2020 -
  • Associate Professor / Senior Research Fellow / Research Fellow - Australian Institute for Innovative Materials 2011 - 2019
  • Researcher in Residence - iAccelerate 2017 - 2019
  • Strategic Development Officer - ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science 2014 - 2015
  • Associate Research Fellow - ANFF Materials Node 2011 - 2012

Research Overview


  • Robert is an Engineer and Serial Entrepreneur who has worked on five continents with world-class institutes and companies varying from international corporations to entrepreneurial startups and non-for-profits. His track record includes contributing to over 100 publications/proceedings (3000+ citations), international grants awarded from both academic and commercial positions ($5M+ in last few years), and direct involvement in disruptive startups leading to investment, products, sales, and community benefits. Robert supports new education and business initiatives at the nexus of Industry 4.0 and social good, particularly around Internet of Things - IoT, Virtual/Augmented Reality, Smart Materials, Robotics/Automation, and 3D/4D Printing. At UOW Robert is located at the SMART Infrastructure Facility where he works on strategic initiatives in emerging technologies. Robert was previously hosted between the Australian Institute of Innovative Materials, where he led the team behind a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation project developing new condoms, and iAccelerate, Wollongong’s premier incubator where he helped link entrepreneurial researchers and dynamic companies, and supported new Impact Investing fund raising as the first “Researcher in Residence”. Robert is CEO and co-founder of Eudaemon Technologies Pty Ltd working on next generation Sexual & Reproductive Health platform technologies, and is the co-founder of the leading Australian Graphene solutions company, Imagine Intelligent Materials Ltd, both with origins at UOW.

Available for Collaborative Projects

Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • <p>Educators, Health workers, youth workers and parents often struggle to find a safe and engaging way to talk to young people about sexuality, sexual decision making and relationships. Based on more than ten years of sexual health research with young people and the development of an innovative and youth-friendly methods, the Life Happens game provides this opportunity. Life Happens was created in collaboration with the HIV and related programs unit (NSW health) in 2016 and since that time more than fifty copies of the resource have been purchased by schools and other youth focussed organisations, across Australia and internationally. on the basis of the success of this resource we have been asked to adapt Life Happens to explore other issues which are important to young people. Life Happens has becomes the basis for an anti-smoking intervention with young Indigenous people (in collaboration with Grand Pacific Health) and a tool to explore young women's experiences of domestic violence (with the Illawarra Women's Health Centre). It is also a central component to explore contraceptive uses and preference as part of the Gates funded Geldom project and will be trialled in Kenya and Uganda. The life Happens team was awarded a staff encouragement prizes in the 2016 UOW Pitch and the 2017 Vice Chancellor's Award for excellence in community engagement. An important new direction in 2017, which arose through on-going consultation with our community partners, has been the development of a new resource which utilizes the Life Happens methodology; Life Happens Junior.</p>
  • We demonstrated the potential of 4D printing and showcased UOW research to the wider community

Keywords


  • Industry 4.0, Advanced Manufacturing, Microfabricaton/Nanofabrication, 3D/4D Printing, Bioprinting, Smart Materials, Lab-on-a-Chip, Centrifugal Microfluidics, Impact Investing

Located In Facility


  • SMART Infrastructure Facility  

Research Overview


  • Robert is an Engineer and Serial Entrepreneur who has worked on five continents with world-class institutes and companies varying from international corporations to entrepreneurial startups and non-for-profits. His track record includes contributing to over 100 publications/proceedings (3000+ citations), international grants awarded from both academic and commercial positions ($5M+ in last few years), and direct involvement in disruptive startups leading to investment, products, sales, and community benefits. Robert supports new education and business initiatives at the nexus of Industry 4.0 and social good, particularly around Internet of Things - IoT, Virtual/Augmented Reality, Smart Materials, Robotics/Automation, and 3D/4D Printing. At UOW Robert is located at the SMART Infrastructure Facility where he works on strategic initiatives in emerging technologies. Robert was previously hosted between the Australian Institute of Innovative Materials, where he led the team behind a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation project developing new condoms, and iAccelerate, Wollongong’s premier incubator where he helped link entrepreneurial researchers and dynamic companies, and supported new Impact Investing fund raising as the first “Researcher in Residence”. Robert is CEO and co-founder of Eudaemon Technologies Pty Ltd working on next generation Sexual & Reproductive Health platform technologies, and is the co-founder of the leading Australian Graphene solutions company, Imagine Intelligent Materials Ltd, both with origins at UOW.

Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • <p>Educators, Health workers, youth workers and parents often struggle to find a safe and engaging way to talk to young people about sexuality, sexual decision making and relationships. Based on more than ten years of sexual health research with young people and the development of an innovative and youth-friendly methods, the Life Happens game provides this opportunity. Life Happens was created in collaboration with the HIV and related programs unit (NSW health) in 2016 and since that time more than fifty copies of the resource have been purchased by schools and other youth focussed organisations, across Australia and internationally. on the basis of the success of this resource we have been asked to adapt Life Happens to explore other issues which are important to young people. Life Happens has becomes the basis for an anti-smoking intervention with young Indigenous people (in collaboration with Grand Pacific Health) and a tool to explore young women's experiences of domestic violence (with the Illawarra Women's Health Centre). It is also a central component to explore contraceptive uses and preference as part of the Gates funded Geldom project and will be trialled in Kenya and Uganda. The life Happens team was awarded a staff encouragement prizes in the 2016 UOW Pitch and the 2017 Vice Chancellor's Award for excellence in community engagement. An important new direction in 2017, which arose through on-going consultation with our community partners, has been the development of a new resource which utilizes the Life Happens methodology; Life Happens Junior.</p>
  • We demonstrated the potential of 4D printing and showcased UOW research to the wider community

Keywords


  • Industry 4.0, Advanced Manufacturing, Microfabricaton/Nanofabrication, 3D/4D Printing, Bioprinting, Smart Materials, Lab-on-a-Chip, Centrifugal Microfluidics, Impact Investing

Located In Facility


  • SMART Infrastructure Facility  
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