The University of Western Australia's Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics has celebrated a 10-year partnership with leading civil and structural engineering consultancy Pritchard Francis.
Ten students have been awarded the annual Pritchard Francis Scholarship in Civil Engineering. The anniversary was celebrated recently at a dinner attended by Pritchard Francis directors, Winthrop Professor John Dell, Dean of the Faculty, Winthrop Professor Liang Cheng and Winthrop Professor Andy Fourie, Head of the School of Civil and Resource Engineering.
The scholarship is awarded to a student at UWA undertaking a degree in civil engineering and includes a financial component as well as the opportunity of work experience with Pritchard Francis. Although scholarship recipients are not obliged to take up work with the firm, each winner has joined Pritchard Francis after graduating.
The inaugural Pritchard Francis Scholarship winner, Chris Tyler, was recently appointed a director of the firm and in 2011 won WA Young Professional Engineer of the Year.
Managing Director of Pritchard Francis Arthur Psaltis said the success of the scholarship was attributable to the high calibre of engineering students The University of Western Australia was producing, the graduates' sound understanding of fundamental engineering principles, and their ability to transition into the workplace with the qualities required of a young professional engineer.
Professor Dell said the faculty was extremely proud of its graduates and was grateful for the opportunities that companies such as Pritchard Francis provided to engineering students.
"This is just one example which demonstrates the importance of recognising and rewarding the amazing engineering talent at UWA, and the long-term benefits student scholarships provide to our future engineering leaders," he said.