The Laurie Prandolini Research Fellowship (LPRF) was established in November 2011 to honour the memory of the late Mr Lawrence (Laurie) Prandolini, OAM, CEng FIMarEST MIEAust MRINA. Laurie made an outstanding contribution to the Maritime community in the Australia, New Zealand, and South Pacific Region, and in particular to IMarEST, nationally and internationally.
The LRPF Award provides an annual grant, for up to two years, to a Doctoral candidate or post-Doctoral researcher in a marine discipline i.e. marine engineering, marine science or marine technology.
Fletcher holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Naval Architecture, and is a PhD candidate at the Australian Maritime College of the University of Tasmania. This fellowship of AU$14,000 will go towards supporting Fletcher’s PhD research project, Project FOX. Project FOX (Fleet Operations and eXpeditions) aims to “establish distributed intelligence into an autonomous marine vehicle fleet to exhibit collaborative behaviours”.