Kirsty Kuo (née Newton) was one of eight Australian citizens awarded the prestigious General Sir John Monash Award in 2007. This award is Australia’s equivalent of the Rhodes scholarship and the American Fulbright Program and is awarded for outstanding academic achievement, community consciousness, service and leadership potential in their field and the community. It comprises AUD150,000 over three years for postgraduate study at any of the world’s best universities overseas.
In my research I noticed engineers doing lots of coordination in which technical knowledge is inextricably bound up with “soft skills” and understanding of human behaviour. It is time-consuming and most don’t see it as engineering work. After countless phone calls chasing up suppliers, contractors, colleagues and clients an engineer would often say something like “now I can get down to some real engineering work at last!” Yet this coordination is essential to get results.
The Graduate Networking Dinner (GND) is an annual event organised by the University Engineers’ Club (UEC). In 2008 the event is being supported by Chevron (Platinum UEC Sponsor), UWA Young Engineers (UWAYE) and the UWA Office of Development. The purpose of the event is to facilitate networking between final and penultimate year engineering and computing students and prospective employers. This is achieved by allocating a table to an employer for the event. Over the course of the evening three different groups of five students from disciplines relevant to the employer share a table and dine with company representatives (one group per course). Students have an opportunity
From 13-16 December 2007 UWA Motorsport (UWAM) competed in the 7th annual Formula SAE Australasia event held in Werribee, Victoria. UWAM won the title in 2005 and having narrowly lost out in 2006 to RMIT University was eager to put in a good showing. After four tense days of competition the result was decided after the last event with UWA Motorsport finishing 1st overall with 895.6 points out of 1000. RMIT University finished second 15 points behind with Monash University in third place. Another close result with RMIT cements a healthy rivalry that no doubt drives both teams to greater heights. In achieving overall event victory, UWAM finished with eight podium places out of a possible nine, amongst them the overall dynamic award for having the fastest car at the competition.
Past and present members of the UWA Young Engineers committee gathered on 27 September 2007 to celebrate a decade of achievement and success. Special guests included Professor Doug McEachern, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of UWA and Mr Jim Brown, the President of Engineers Australia Executive WA Division. Over the past decade the UWA Young Engineers have grown from a group of eight forward thinking students into a force of 41 members in 2007. They exist to bridge the gap between students and employers and improve the skills with which students graduate.
In a major sponsorship agreement, Monadelphous will become UWA’s leading partner in the creation and continuing operation of a cutting-edge world-class education facility known as the “Monadelphous Integrated Learning Centre” (Monadelphous ILC). Monadelphous ILC will provide a unique environment for undergraduate students, one that supports project-based learning, collaboration, leadership and innovation.
Professor Mark Bush said, “The creation of the Monadelphous ILC accompanies major changes to the engineering course that recognise the need to maintain and further develop a range of professional skills in our graduates, whilst continuing our strong focus on technical skills. The Centre will also provide invaluable additional work spaces for our students modelled on the professional environment”.
Western Australian farmers are likely to benefit from the research of two award-winning PhD students from The University of Western Australia, Megan Chadwick and Weihua Chen.
They have won travelling fellowships honouring the former Director General of the Department of Agriculture, Dr Mike Carroll. The scholarships will enable them to enrich their postgraduate studies with overseas and interstate study tours.
Western Australia is enjoying an unprecedented economic boom built on huge Chinese demand for iron ore and gas. Looking beyond the boom, The University of Western Australia is building important partnerships within China in the areas of science and technology.
By the year 2020, 60 per cent of China’s future economic growth will come from science and technology, according to the Chinese Government’s 15 year strategic plan published last year.