Senior research fellow
The University of Western Australia
Andrew Guzzomi was named WA Innovator of the Year in 2016 for co-inventing a tool that helps regenerate mine sites and degraded farmland. It works by repeatedly exposing plant seeds to flames, removing fluffy appendages and making them easier to handle, store and transport. The tool enables mechanised planting and reduces costs. Dr Guzzomi delivered the tool in partnership with the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority. As a senior research fellow at UWA, he is designing a new agricultural engineering masters program, a process he said he had supported by pursuing collaboration across faculties. Other work has included helping create a mechanical weeding device for broadacre crops, which helps reduce herbicide use. Overall, Dr Guzzomi has had 23 papers published in peer-reviewed international journals, and has twice won faculty excellence-in-teaching awards.