The FREO2 Team

Core Team

Bryn Sobott

Jim Black

Roger Rassool

David Peake

George Ziller

Kevin Rassool

Bryn Sobbert

Jim Black

Roger Rassool

David Peake

George Ziller

Kevin Rassool


Core Team

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Dr Bryn Sobott

Bryn Sobott completed his PhD in Experimental Particle Physics in 2010 and received the Bragg Medal nomination for best thesis from the University of Melbourne. He has successfully designed and executed experiments at the SSRL (Stanford), SLS (Zurich), Max-Lab (Lund) and the Australian Synchrotron (Melbourne). Device design, modelling and construction expertise acquired during this time will be crucial to the development of the prototype. 


Associate Professor Jim Black

Assoc. Professor Jim Black graduated from Monash University medical school in 1982. After doing the Liverpool Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene he spent four years as a 'general duties doctor' in Mozambique, working at almost every clinical level in the country (from provincial hospital to rural health post).

After gaining a Master's degree in Community Health in the UK, he spent a year as project epidemiologist in the Adult Morbidity and Mortality Project in Tanzania. Returning to Mozambique in 1993, he spent another four years as provincial level epidemiologist in Manica Province.

Back in Australia since 1998, Jim did a PhD in infectious disease epidemiology in the Monash Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine. (Taking six months in the middle to work in disease surveillance and epidemic preparedness for the World Health Organization in newly-independent East Timor.)

From 2002 to 2007 Jim was the head of epidemiology in the Victorian Infectious Diseases Service (VIDS) at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Since March of 2007 he has been Associate Professor in Global Health in the University of Melbourne’s Nossal Institute for Global Health. His current research interests centre around the creation of low-cost technology to support the most peripheral health facilities in developing countries.

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Dr Roger Rassool

Roger Rassool is a senior lecturer in the School of Physics and Director of the Australian Center for Accelerator Science. He has a PhD in Nuclear Physics, which he obtained in collaboration between the University of Melbourne and Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan. He is passionate about industry engagement and has worked on many projects solving industrial problems using physics. 

 


Dr David Peake

David Peake completed his PhD in Accelerator Physics at the Australian Synchrotron in 2012, and shortly afterwards began his work at DETECT Australia, a high-tech startup providing specialised instrumentation for industry and research institutions. 


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George Ziller

George Ziller was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, and has lived for the majority of the past 41 years in Australia, now living in Glen Iris, Victoria.

During the 1960s, George’s studies included : Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Missouri, USA: B.A in Economics and Psychology; University of Pennsylvania, MBA in Finance 1965;  London School of Economics, London, England:  MPhil (Econ) 1966.

George’s career in finance includes investment banking over more than three decades on three continents (USA, Europe and Australia),   Chase Manhattan and Elders Finance Group.  He has held senior positions including Strategic Global Expansion Director based in NY and European Region Director based in London.  In the past nearly twenty years, George has pursued real estate investing in the US, consulting and project involvement in Australia.

Early on, George resolved to be involved in “private initiatives for public good” projects during his career.  Three examples are:

-       Facilitating resettlement into the US of Vietnamese for several decades after the end of the war in Vietnam;

-       Volunteer community services in Sydney;

-       Volunteer community services in Melbourne.

George is married with four children and four grandchildren.


Kevin Rassool

Kevin found a passion for  development during travels around Asia and Central America where he witnessed first hand dramatic health inequality. Currently, he works as an engineer on FREO2 Siphon and LPOS as well as managing the internship program. Kevin is undertaking his Masters of Mechanical Engineering after graduating from the Bachelor of Science with a major in Mechanical Systems in mid-2015.

 


Student Volunteers and Interns

FREO2 Foundation Australia has a strong team of student volunteers and interns. Our volunteers help in many ways, from contributing ideas to projects  to working on our media and helping with management. In 2015-2016 FREO2 Foundation Australia held an internship during the summer. You can read more about the 2015-2016 Internship here.

Isaac Lobo

Isaac is driven by the belief that no problem is too great or too difficult to solve. Having worked with FREO2 for the past year, he has developed his skills as well as his growing passion to help those in developing countries. Work on L.P.O.S and SIPHON has also encouraged him to explore new and innovative solutions to the health problems that millions face in the 3rd world. In his final year of undergraduate physics study, Isaac hopes to apply this knowledge to build life saving technologies

In his spare time, Isaac likes writing and water sports, as well as spending time with the laziest blob on the planet. His pet dog.


John Anderson

John Anderson is a third year physics undergraduate student at the University of Melbourne. After spending time teaching science to primary school students in Uganda, he became passionate about healthcare and education in the developing world.


Desi Ariwinanti 

Desi Ariwinanti is an international student currently studying Public Health at University of Melbourne. Her previous background as medical doctor working in the low resources setting of a primary health care service in the border area of Indonesia, her home country, has driven her to join the internship in FREO2 which aims to develop affordable and applicable technology for supporting health services in remote areas.  Furthermore, she hopes to make the most of her journey here in Australia by contributing to the betterment of health services for children and young adults.


Spencer Wong

Spencer Wong is currently studying science at the University of Melbourne and has an interest in media and design. He makes animations in his spare time and has been working on updating the FREO2 website. His goal is to spread knowledge of the team’s work, allowing them to form new partnerships and create new opportunities as they work to improve healthcare around the world.


Asad Abbas Amerjee

Asad Abbas is a postgraduate Masters student of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Melbourne. He has joined the FREO team with the aim to gain valuable experience in health care technologies to help shape better lives for the impoverished peoples of the world, including his own country, Pakistan. He has been involved in several humanitarian works back home, and has a keen interest in sustainable energy.


Chelsea Jang

Chelsea Jang is a media and communication student studying at the University of Melbourne and has various experiences in public relations and media writing. Born in South Korea, Chelsea also lived in the Philippines and volunteered for typhoon disaster reliefs and for humanitarian supports at Smokey Mountain. With growing passion towards global health and sustainable technology, Chelsea is excited to spread Freo2 team's hard works and good wills to the world.


Jee Yang Chan

Jee Yang Chan

Jee Yang Chan recently finished his Engineering degree at the University of Melbourne and joined the FREO2 team in November 2015. Bringing a positive impact to the society has always been one of Jee Yang's life goals and he is now working together with FREO2 to bring better access to medical care to every child in the world.


Jillian Zemanek

Originally from Seattle, USA, Jillian Zemanek, is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health at the University of Melbourne. Drawing on experience from internships, studies abroad, and three years of work for a multinational non-profit, she seeks increasingly challenging opportunities for advancing health and developing markets.

 Jillian is a global health enthusiast pursuing a career encompassing her philosophy: Travel, learn, help.

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Matthew Nguyen

Matthew Nguyen

Matthew Nguyen is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Melbourne majoring in Microbiology and Immunology. After stints in basic research at institutions around the world, Matthew gained a newfound interest in global health and social impact. Joining FREO2 in 2015, Matthew has been involved in curating and organising the internship 


Rocianne Bortolazzo Danani

Rocianne is an Environmental Engineering Master's student at the University of Melbourne. Rocianne is originally from Brazil, where she completed a bachelor degree in Environmental Engineering with emphasis in water resources and environmental modelling. She has rich volunteering experiences and has 2 years of professional experience working on small to large scale water resources projects at a Brazilian research institute. She is passionate about humanitarian engineering, sustainable development and social causes. Currently, she is involved with  Engineers Without Borders.

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Yixuan Sun

Yixuan Sun

Yixuan Sun is a student studying Master of Engineering (Mechatronics) in the University of Melbourne. Yixuan loves problem solving and putting ideas into reality through engineering processes. He has designed and built an autonomous air hockey robot in the past and is now working on a prosthetic arm project as a part of his study. Joining FREO2 in November 2015, Yixuan is looking forward to utilising his knowledge into helping communities in need of his help.


CHRISTOPHER PYKE

Christopher Pyke is a keen student of science with a particular interest in particle physics. He has an educational background in anatomy and physiology, which when paired with his new physics knowledge allows him to contribute to the FREO2 projects such as SIPHON and LPOS. He is keen to use physics to make a lasting impact on the world’s toughest problems.