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.
Since 1973, 863 women have graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering from The University of Western Australia. The Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics will be hosting a cocktail party as part of Engineers Australia - The Year of Women in Engineering. Staff and University executives look forward to welcoming our female engineering graduates back to UWA to help celebrate this special occasion.
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.
The University of Western Australia IEEE Student Branch (IEEESB) is a thriving student group which runs popular functions throughout the year for electrical and electronic engineering students as well as software and computer science students. The UWA IEEESB is supported by IEEE and is helped by Dr Jasmine Henry (UWA IEEE Student Activities Co-ordinator).
On 19 April 2007, the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics organised the First Year Engineering Course and Career Day. This event brought together the 620 students in the First Year Engineering cohort. At UWA, engineering students undertake a common first year. This enabled students to become familiar with the engineering programmes available to them.
A reunion for the Class of 1981 students at the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics is being organised for November. The organising committee consists of Rick Hoad, Anthony McGrath, Shane McLindon, Ian Anderson and Mark Wilshusen. An email update has already been sent to all known addresses. If you have not received this email, please email Rick Hoad.
Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Australia, in partnership with The East West Overseas Aid Foundation (TEWOAF), is developing a computer learning facility for a girls’ orphanage, the Uluru Children’s Home, in Tamil Nadu, India.
Alex Craven, a UWA Electrical and Electronic Engineering graduate helped to expand a current six node pilot network into a multi-function centre supporting 35 computers for the Uluru Children’s Home.
According to IDP’s Global Student Mobility 2025, India’s population is forecast to increase from just over 1 billion in 2000 to 1.35 billion in 2025. The study indicates that the demand for higher education in India will reach 60 million places by 2025. By this time, India will be the second largest source of demand for international higher education. The total demand for this from India is predicted to increase to 630,000 places in 2025, up from 77,000 places in 2000.
The Competencies of Engineering Graduates (CEG) Project is being undertaken within the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics to develop an instrument for surveying workplace supervisors to profile the generic competencies of engineering graduates. This will help to keep engineering courses aligned with industry requirements. The study is being conducted as a PhD project by Ms Sally Male, supervised by Professor Mark Bush and Dr Elaine Chapman.
UWA Young Engineers (UWAYE) is a student run organisation that promotes and generates opportunities for the personal and professional development of engineering students at UWA, and aims to enhance understanding of the profession.
There has been a very positive response from engineering graduates to the proposed November 2007 week long reunion for the Class of 1956. The reunion will be held from 14 to 20 November. Registrations for the reunion will be sought in a letter to each graduate later in the year.
The School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering is turning around the recent trend of declining enrolments in the School’s courses. Western Power is taking a leading role in helping reverse this trend.
The School of Civil and Resource Engineering at UWA is currently ranked 18th in the world in terms of research output in the sub-discipline of Civil Engineering, according to the Centre for Evaluation of Science and Technology.
The School of Computer Science and Software Engineering (CSSE) at UWA has made a significant contribution to WA school children’s learning through its Awesome Animations and Animatronics Outreach Programme.
Dr Jim Gill, Chief Executive of the WA Water Corporation, was awarded the 2006 Civil Engineer of the Year award by Engineers Australia on 9 November 2006. The Australia Civil Engineer of the Year award provides a high profile focus on engineering achievement and services.