On Saturday 4th August fifteen graduates from the Class of 1982 Civil Engineering attended a reunion dinner to celebrate 25 years since successfully completing their Civil Engineering degrees. Accompanied by their partners, the graduates were reacquainted and enjoyed fine dining at The University Club. Dusted off copies of the early eighties Bend Sinister publications and photographs of a site visit to the BankWest Tower and a “fake bridge” across the Hay Street Mall for a Prosh Day stunt were fondly remembered.
After spending four years or so in each other’s close company, we keep in touch for a few years then some move interstate, overseas and even to other professions. A handful manage to stay friends over the years. This seems such a waste of the good friendships that are made in the hallowed portals of the undergraduate world and so it is little wonder that, at some point, someone says “We need to get together again”.
Such was the case with those who graduated as Civil Engineers in 1977. The committee of Greg Higham, Eric Hudson-Smith (nee Smith), Mick Rogers and Enzo Biagioni-Froudist (nee Biagioni) got together and enlisted the help of Paul Santillo and Rob Lyons to piece together a list of contacts. Finally we managed to get 25 along to our celebration, held in The University Club on 3 May 2007.
Professor Cheryl Praeger of the School of Mathematics and Statistics has just been awarded one of Australia’s Federation Fellowships to pursue her examination of symmetry, for her project Group actions: Combinatorics, geometry and computation.
If so, then the new Engineering Asset Management Postgraduate Programme is for you. This new course is being jointly run by the UWA Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics and the UWA Business School.
From May 16-20 UWA Motorsport (UWAM) participated in the Formula SAE East competition in Romeo, Michigan. It was another world class performance from the team as they finished 2nd overall with 857 points behind the University of Wisconsin-Madison at 877 points out of a maximum of 1000 points.
Engineering Week is a national event showcasing the engineering profession to the wider University community and encouraging students to continue pursuing their engineering studies. This year, the UWA Young Engineers organised a week of challenging competitions with the generous support of Bechtel Australia.
The NOMAD UWA Sustainable Housing Experimental Test Facility was officially opened on July 27 by Associate Professor Jane Long, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Teaching & Learning), with Associate Professor Carolyn Oldham and Associate Professor Gary Bundell from the Faculty.
The Winthrop Society was launched in March this year. The event was hosted by the Chancellor, Dr Michael Chaney AO and the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alan Robson AM. The Honorary Patrons of the Society are all former Chancellors; Dr Donald Aitken AO, Clinical Professor Alex Cohen AO, The Honorable Geoffrey Kennedy AO and His Excellency Dr Ken Michael AC.
The School of Computer Science and Software Engineering is recreating the UWA campus with its magnificent grounds and buildings in 3 dimensions as part of The UWA Virtual Universe Project. This project will allow anyone, anywhere to explore and walk freely in virtual space around the campus. Interesting sites include the Sunken Gardens, the Sommerville Auditorium, the Tropical Grove and Winthrop Hall. Once logged on, visitors will be able to interact with each other and to find more information they can click on buildings and signs.
At The University of Western Australia (UWA), there are a number of unique projects, some in the areas of medicine, science and engineering, that are critically dependent on advanced high-end and large-scale computing and data management. Recognising this critical need, a $5million state of the art Western Australian Supercomputer Program (WASP) facility was established at UWA. The plan is for this facility to address much-needed computing capacity and support simulation research.