Australia and New Zealand

Strategic Partnerships, Collaborative Centers, and Initiatives in Australia and New Zealand region.

Monash University

Melbourne, Australia

Penn State Strategic Partnerships Manager: Alexandra Persiko (1-814-867-5941,


Penn State and Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, have enjoyed multi-faceted connectivity between faculty and students for many years. Seeing this level of engagement, the two universities agreed to work toward a true strategic partnership in late 2017.

The goal of this strategic partnership is to identify and facilitate collaborative research, education, and service activities that neither could achieve independently. In essence, making 1 + 1 = 3.

The first significant action towards this vision was a bilateral university workshop at Monash University in April 2018. Afterwards, the two universities launched a large-scale Seed-funded collaboration development program in August 2018.


The Collaboration Development Fund Program, a jointly financed Seed-fund program, was launched to facilitate collaborative research and teaching projects to become sustainable, self-supporting, long-term activities. Upon strong interest by colleges and departments at both universities, 23 projects received funding for the 2018-2019 program. 

Due to the preliminary success of the first round, Penn State and Monash University have announced a new round of RFPs for 2019. the Collaboration Development Fund targeted projects in the Intersection of Health and the Environment.

Key Activities

The partnership with Monash is broad, spanning a number of colleges and departments at Penn State. In 2018/19, these have included the Colleges of Health and Human Development, Liberal Arts, Arts and Architecture, Engineering, Science, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Agricultural Sciences and the Institute for CyberScience. These projects involve both faculty and students and address the missions of the respective universities: research, education and service. 

In 2019, Penn State and Monash University committed seed funds around the Intersection of Health and the Environment.

A list of funded projects:

Project Title

Penn State Lead

Lead Department

Characterizing and Modelling the Impact of Farm Management Practices on Antibiotic Presence and Antimicrobial Resistance in Streams

Heather Gall


Agricultural & Biological Engineering

Self-Powered Wireless Biosensing Networks for Health and Environment Monitoring

Shashank Priya

Materials Science and Engineering

An Engineering-Pulmonary-Pathology Collaboration for Developing Disease-specific, Patient-specific Models of Inhaled Toxicant Susceptibility

Ali Borhan

Chemical Engineering

Reproductive Scaling in Vectors and the Impact on Human Disease under a Changing Climate

Elizabeth McGraw



Understanding Fundamental Processes Governing Bioanalytical Sensors based on Luminescent Carbon Nanomaterials

Slava Rotkin

Engineering Science and Mechanics, Biomedical Engineering

Transformative Resilience in the Context of Climate Change

Paige Castellanos

Office of International Programs, Agricultural Sciences

Developing and Piloting a Mobile App to Assess the Daily Role of Social Networks in the Recovery of Substance-Dependent Individuals

Timothy Brick

Human Development and Family Studies

Developing Ethical, Policy, and Legal Frameworks to Address the Health Effects of Digital Influence

Daniel Susser

Information Sciences and Technology; Rock Ethics Institute

From Health to Sustainable Environments: Connecting Wellbeing, Sustainability and Citizenship: Exploring Ecologies of Influence in Young People

Dana Mitra

Education Policy Studies

Is the Whole Better than the Sum of the Parts? A model for studying interactions among health- and quality-related phytochemicals in plant foods and food ingredients

Helene Hopfer

Food Science

From Local Health to Global Climate: Assessing the air quality co-benefits of climate mitigation strategies in the U.S and China

Wei Peng

Civil and Environmental Engineering & International Affairs

For a list of projects in 2018, please see: Seed Fund Projects

Highlights of the Partnership