Late last year 200 industry guests and UWA Engineering staff met for the UWA Engineering Research and Innovation Showcase, the first ever to be held at The University Club. The Showcase gave attendees the chance to network and view over 50 different research projects from all areas of the Faculty.
The State Centre of Excellence for Ecohydrology, located at The University of Western Australia’s Crawley campus, is an extension of the original WA Agricultural Research Centre for Ecohydrology established in 2006.
Adrian Baddeley, Professor of Statistics at the University of Western Australia, has been named the 2008 Matheron Lecturer by the International Association for Mathematical Geology. This prize is named after one of the pioneers of geostatistics, Georges Matheron, from the Paris School of Mines. The award citation mentions Professor Baddeley’s contributions to stereology (quantitative microscopy), spatial statistics, and advanced statistical software. The award and lecture was presented at the 33rd International Geosciences Congress in Oslo, Norway, in August 2008.
Cheryl Praeger, Federation Fellow in the School of Mathematics and Statistics, is Australia’s most highly cited pure mathematician within the top 200 most highly cited mathematicians worldwide. Her exceptional support for her students and colleagues has not only benefited their careers but has also attracted numerous mathematicians to Praeger’s research area.
Christina Rogerson graduated from the University of Western Australia with an Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2006. Towards the end of her degree she took up a few elective units in languages, which led her to
This year the Australian Power Institute (API) has called for submissions from universities to propose innovative ideas or projects that promote sustainability and excellence in Australia's power engineering sector.
UWA mechanical engineering graduate, Mr Darren Lomman, whose not-for-profit company builds special equipment to help people with disabilities water ski, surf, ride motorbikes and climb cliff faces has been awarded a Churchill Fellowship.
The UWA Centre for Software Practice (CSP) was launched in 2006 and focuses on providing web based solutions to both the private and public sector. Currently, the CSP develops and licenses software for the tertiary education sector, in the areas of research management and university administration, and for the health sector, in the field of e-Medicine.
My service as Dean of this Faculty concludes at the end of May, after nearly 6 years. This has been a period of very substantial change for the Faculty and the University, with some very pleasing outcomes.
What can be done against Global Warming, atmospheric pollution and fuel prices at record highs? In January 2008, the Renewable Energy Vehicle (REV) project was re-started under the leadership of Associate Professor Thomas Bräunl and Dr Kamy Cheng.
It is no surprise that China’s demand for raw materials such as iron ore has fuelled Western Australia’s economic growth. China is now WA’s number one trading partner accounting for 21.45% of WA exports in 2007. Given the overall strength of the Chinese economy, the WA mining boom is set to continue with the Sino-Australian trade relationship currently worth billions. WA’s sister state in China is Zhejiang Province, a major recipient of iron ore. In order to take advantage of the trade partnership, engineers need to be well versed in Chinese business, language and culture. The Confucius Institute at The University of Western Australia exists to promote Chinese language, culture and business and to strengthen Sino-Australian ties.
The Class of 1981 held their 25th Year Engineering Reunion on Saturday 10 November 2007. Forty-one engineering graduates returned to UWA to celebrate their year’s reunion with some returning from interstates. The reunion, a cocktail party was held in the UWA Boat Shed.
Addressing the engineering skill shortage and creating opportunities to train our future engineers to take them to a new level of professional job readiness has lead to a strategic industry partnership between UWA and Lycopodium.
Lycopodium General Manager of Operations, Mr Peter De Leo and the Vice-Chancellor Professor Alan Robson signed a sponsorship agreement on 14 December 2007 to secure the Lycopodium Design Studio within the Monadelphous Integrated Learning Centre (ILC).
2008 is proving to be a bumper year for the School of Civil & Resource Engineering. The UWA Civil Engineering Futures Foundation welcomed SKM, Theiss, VDM Consulting, Monadelphous and McConnell Dowell, bringing the total number of members to 21.
A major initiative of the Foundation, through which laptop computers are supplied to all second year students enrolled in the Civil Engineering program, continued this year: 150 future Civil Engineers were presented with laptops at a sundowner on 8 April.