Associate Professor Cosimo Faiello, from the Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (EMS) at the University of Western Australia (UWA), has been recognised among Australia’s finest university educators in the Federal government’s 2017 Australian Awards for University Teaching.
The awards, administered by the Department of Education and Training, were presented at a ceremony held at Frasers in Kings Park.
Professor Faiello was recognised for influencing, motivating and inspiring postgraduate engineering students studying sustainable project management to make a long-lasting positive impact.
Professor Faiello said he creates a learning environment which is interesting, engaging, challenging and supportive. Students feel they can contribute, make choices, and take responsibility for their learning.
“I apply effective and contemporary pedagogies, including team-oriented tasks and in-depth review of industry projects such as mining, building and energy projects to provide a very authentic learning environment.”
“From this, the students learn how to successfully complete a project on time, scope, budget, and in line with sustainable specifications, while managing the project’s risks and meeting stakeholder expectations. These are invaluable principles which make a strong positive impact on the students, throughout their career,” said Professor Faiello.
Federal Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said this year’s citations highlighted the capacity of the Australian higher education sector to produce individuals and teams who collaborate, innovate, and inspire students.
“On many occasions recently I have made mention of the world-class higher education system that we have in Australia, and its key role in education as our third largest export industry,” Minister Birmingham said.
A full list of award recipients is available online.
Lauren Humfrey (UWA Faculty of Engineering Mathematical Sciences) (+61 8) 6488 2260