Upon graduating from high school, Dr Ryan Loxton enrolled in a double degree in engineering and computer science, but withdrew from his studies two years into the course to pursue work. After a year in the workforce, he returned to university and enrolled in a mathematics degree.
He enjoyed learning about the diverse areas of applied mathematics and the power of mathematical algorithms for solving complex problems. In 2007 he graduated with first class honours, and in 2010 received his PhD (Mathematics).
Dr Loxton is now a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Curtin and the lecturers who supported him during his studies are now his colleagues.
His research focuses on developing mathematical techniques to optimise industrial processes. He has published more than 50 peer reviewed research papers and delivered keynote addresses at several international conferences. He promotes the importance of science and mathematics to students through the Curtin Mathematics Enrichment Program and in 2012 was awarded a WA Young Tall Poppy Science Award. He currently holds three grants from the Australian Research Council, including an Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship.
Dr Loxton won the 2014 Woodside Early Career Scientist of the Year category with his research into mathematical techniques to control real-world robotic, electronic and chemical engineering systems.
He was also recently a winner at the Curtin Commercial Innovation Awards 2016, for his involvement with the mine plant shutdown maintenance optimisation research project.