CQUniversity's Professor Kerry Walsh has been appointed as a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia (General Division) during yesterday's Honours List announcement (26 January 2023).
The Rockhampton-based researcher was recognised for his contributions to the agriculture industry.
Over the past three decades' Professor Walsh has created an innovative impact in the field of agriculture' with his work contributing to the Queensland community and farming industries worldwide.
The award highlights the significance of his work with fruit growers' horticultural industry bodies and technology solution providers to develop technologies that can help farmers improve their yields and potentially automate on-farm processes.
The researcher said he was surprised to learn he would receive the prestigious award and thanked CQUniversity and his students for their support.
"I was working out in the fields' in mango orchards' when advised I would receive an award within the Order of Australia'" Prof Walsh said.
"At first' I thought it was a prank of some kind. I was suspicious that my postgraduate students were behind it!
"The undergraduate and postgraduate students I have had over the years have contributed to my passion for this industry.
"It is rewarding to see how my research is being used and passed into practical and commercial use. I find it fun to see different skills come together' to get something working that has some practical use' and to see people and activities evolve."
Industry partner and Geoscientist' Neil Hoy congratulated Professor Walsh on this great achievement and acknowledged the invaluable contribution to the region.
"I first met Kerry soon after he joined the staff of CQUniversity in the late 1980s. Since then' is a wonderful example to several generations of scientists who now take those skills into their respective communities'" Mr Hoy said.
"He is a true leader with an outward focus on helping' particularly his ability to recognise and develop opportunities through his knowledge of plants to serve humanity's current and future needs.
"I can't think of anyone who is more deserving of this esteemed award."
Professor Walsh will be presented with the insignia of the award at an investiture ceremony later this year.