Alumnus: Andrew Botros

UNSW COMPUTING graduate Andrew Botros has been honoured at the 2006 Engineering Australia Awards by being named Young Professional Engineer of the Year.

Andrew is a chief designer of a smart software program that allows cochlear implants to automatically "tune in" to a person's auditory system. The intelligent system, called AutoNRTTM analyses neural activity in the auditory nerve, making it simpler to fit a cochlear implant to an individual's hearing requirements.

As part of Cochlear's design and development team, Andrew has worked on a number of software components that are currently used by audiologists worldwide, including methods to reduce power consumption of implant systems.

A senior engineer at Cochlear Ltd, Andrew is a part-time PhD candidate at UNSW, where he did his undergraduate and masters degrees in computing. "My research is focused on creating intelligent software that will hopefully make cochlear implants more effective and easier to use," Andrew says.

Not content with a demanding day job and a PhD to complete, Andrew is also a part-time researcher in music acoustics at UNSW, where he hopes to simulate clarinets and saxophones for the benefit of performers and composers.

This builds on his undergraduate research on flute acoustics that won him the 2002 Siemens Prize for Innovation and the 2003 Australian Acoustical Society's Excellence in Acoustics Award. In that project Andrew created the Virtual Flute, which offers players alternative fingerings for awkward passages, trills and multiphonics.

Andrew completed a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering and a Master of Biomedical Engineering at UNSW in 2001, receiving the University Medal for his bachelor degree in Computer Engineering. He completed a Master of Engineering Science at UNSW in 2004 and joined Cochlear Ltd as a graduate engineer in 2002.