Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

17 November 2014

Two UQ Engineering alumni received accolades for their leadership and career success at this year’s celebration held in UQ’s new Advanced Engineering Building… with not a spare seat in the house!

Courting the Greats, UQ’s annual alumni awards ceremony, celebrates exceptional alumni who have achieved distinction in their chosen field and recognition amongst their peers.

Andrew Buckley – “Engineering gives you the ability to look at things in a logical and pragmatic way, and provides a strong foundation for making a positive impact on the world.”

Mr Andrew Buckley (BE 1980), a widely respected leader in the international business landscape, was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award, recognising the significant contributions made by alumni in their local communities and beyond.

Andrew Buckley retired as CEO and Managing Director of leading engineering company Cardno in early 2014 having delivered extraordinary growth. Buckley joined the then small Brisbane-based firm in 1997, and after the company listed on the ASX in 2004 its market capitalisation grew from $30 million to almost $1 billion, and its number of employees rose from 250 to over 8,000.

A graduate of Mechanical Engineering from UQ, Buckley’s career took him via Western Australia, the United States and Africa before landing back in his adopted hometown of Brisbane to take the helm at Cardno almost two decades later. With a reputation for measured risk taking and a people-driven business ethos, Buckley, over the course of his career, has balanced astute commercial decision making with community development and environmental preservation.

He attributes the lure of his boat as one of his key reasons for stepping aside from Cardno, although he still maintains a strong presence in the business world as part time Executive Chairman of CMI Ltd, a mining and automotive product ASX listed company.

Dr Warren Hogarth (PhD 2006, BE 2002) was the recipient of a Distinguished Young Alumni Award

Dr Warren Hogarth (PhD 2006, BE 2002) was the recipient of a Distinguished Young Alumni Award

Dr Warren Hogarth – “I love taking the seeds of ideas and helping them grow into enduring companies.”

Dr Warren Hogarth (PhD 2006, BE 2002) was the recipient of a Distinguished Young Alumni Award, recognising young alumni (35 years or younger) whose early accomplishments inspire and provide leadership to students and alumni. Warren Hogarth is a Venture Capitalist and Partner at Sequoia Capital, a leading venture capital firm in Silicon Valley. Specialising in building and fostering companies in the science and technology sectors, Hogarth has worked across areas as diverse as solar energy, bioinformatics and 3D printing. Working shoulder to shoulder with entrepreneurs, founders and visionaries, he helps emerging companies address the global issues affecting people’s lives.

In addition to his qualifications achieved at UQ, Hogarth was a Fulbright scholar at Princeton University and earned an MBA from Harvard. His in-demand expertise means he is on the Board of Directors for many companies including Guardant Health, Comprehend Systems, SV Bio, Future Advisor, and many more.

Hogarth still maintains close links to his alma mater, and is a passionate advocate for innovation and entrepreneurship in Australia.

Graduates of the year

It’s not just our alumni who are establishing a reputation for excellence, with our students also forging early success while still studying at University. The Graduate of the Year award is given to students achieving the highest GPA in their undergraduate degree, with two out the three students awarded being engineering graduates. Aaron Brooker and Morgan Lewis received this accolade in 2014. Each Graduate of the Year graduated with a perfect 7.0 GPA, First Class Honours and the University Medal.