Leading biomedical engineer Professor Karen Reynolds has been named South Australia’s Scientist of the Year for her outstanding research in her field.


Professor Reynolds received the accolade at the 2012 Science Excellence Awards, with State Science and Information Minister, Tom Kenyon, congratulating her for her extensive work.


“Professor Reynold’s research aims to improve the understanding, diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of medical conditions with projects ranging from designing orthopaedic implants to virtual reality simulators for improved surgical training,” Mr Kenyon said.


“Her development of the ground-breaking Medical Device Partnering Program has brought together industry, clinical and research partners across the country to bring innovative bioengineering solutions to the market and for the benefit of patients,” Mr Kenyon said.


The awards saw 10 of the State’s top scientists share in $100,000, with Professor Reynolds taking home $20,000.


The full list of winners of awards are:


SA Scientist of the Year


Professor Karen Reynolds - Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Flinders University


PhD Research Excellence – Health and Medical Sciences


Dr Stephanie Reuter Lange, Clinical Research Fellow, University of South Australia


PhD Research Excellence – Life and Environmental Sciences


Dr Christopher Raymond, Research Fellow, University of South Australia


Early Career STEM Professional – Natural and Physical Sciences, engineering and Mathematics


Mr Steve Barone, Network Control Engineer, ETSA Utilities


Early Career STEM Professional – Health and Life Sciences


Dr John Landers, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Flinders Medical Centre


PhD Research Excellence – Physical Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics


Dr Cameron Shearer, Research Associate, Flinders University


Early Career STEM Educator – School Teaching


Ms Susan Gaardboe, Specialist Science Teacher and Teacher Facilitator, Westbourne Park Primary School


Early Career STEM Educator – Tertiary Teaching


Dr Femke Buisman-Pijlman, Lecturer Addiction Studies, Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology, The University of Adelaide


South Australian Early Career Researcher – SA Tall Poppy of the Year


Dr Rachel Popelka-Filcoff, Analytical Chemistry/ Archaeological Science (Aboriginal history), Flinders University