Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

As another year rolls around far too quickly for us all, so too have the first six months of my time at UQ. 2019 is bound to present many challenges, and my focus at this point is ensuring that we are well placed to be able to adapt to change and respond to a rapidly changing environment.

Over the past couple of months, we’ve been delighted to see many of our staff recognised for their contributions to their disciplines.

To name a few, Professor Zhiguo Yuan, Director of our Advanced Water Management Centre was appointed a Member of The Order of Australia on Australia Day, in recognition of his exceptional service to science in the field of urban water management and to higher education.

Professor Tapan Saha has been named a 2019 Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

And, Professor Cameron Bruhn has recently been awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the Australian Institute of Architects, a highly regarded and rare award.

Along with the UQ Women in Engineering Alumni Network, we hosted a very successful event last week that over 150 of our alumni and community attended. President of ConocoPhilips Australia East, Wendy King delivered an inspirational keynote around ‘Building a successful career in STEM: the challenges and the opportunities’.

We continue to push forward with the Women in Engineering Program’s target of a 30 per cent female participation rate in undergraduate engineering programs by 2023, and events like this enable us to present positive role models for our students and connect women with industry in a meaningful way. I encourage alumni and friends of UQ to engage in this cause.

In the week that I write this, there are developing concerns around cyber attacks in Australia and around the world with an impact on both individuals and institutions. In what would be a timely appointment, we have also welcomed Professor Ryan Ko to UQ, who is our inaugural Chair and Director of Cyber Security as we build our capabilities in this area.

We’re well underway reviewing the engineering curriculum and it is shaping up to have potentially profound changes on the way we deliver our engineering programs. Our focus is on strengthening the programs to ensure we are providing our students with first class learning experiences that position them to be leaders in their chosen field.

Looking abroad, I was fortunate to spend some time in the US developing key partnerships with global companies that can support our students' international outlook. Their insights into the evolution of engineering and computing education will ensure we are meeting the needs of the future.

It was also a wonderful opportunity to meet and celebrate the many successes of our alumni. At the Australian American Chamber of Commerce Australia Day Gala, for example, alumnus Andrew Robert, CEO of Tiny, was awarded the 2019 Innovation Award.

I thank you for taking the time to read this e-news and I look forward, as always, to future opportunities to meet with our alumni and friends. There is no doubt that our greatest contribution to society is the many thousands of outstanding graduates we have produced over the years.