Dr Ellie Hajizadeh

Dr Ellie Hajizadeh is a Lecturer and head of Soft Matter Informatics Research Group at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Melbourne. Her research lies at the confluent of several research disciplines, including computational materials science, multiscale simulations (from atomistic to mesoscopic to continuum), machine learning and optimisation with the aim of obtaining an integrated multidisciplinary framework for accelerated materials discovery and design. Prior to her current role, Ellie was a Senior Research Scientist at the Australian Deference Science and Technology Group (DSTG) and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Michigan. At DSTG, Ellie established several national and international programs, including a $1.8 million Next Generation Technologies Fund (NGTF) research program in the field of Multiscale Simulation of Soft Matter, where she built teams including Defence Industry and Australian Universities as well as a technological collaborative project with allied nations. In her Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Michigan, Ellie co-invented and recently delivered an accelerated multiscale materials simulation technology to Dow Chemical company in US, which is an integral part of their sustainable paint portfolio and provides them with a competitive advantage in their global market. Ellie is current Secretary of the Australian Society of Rheology.