Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Thank you to everyone who has welcomed me in my first year at UQ. The business of the University continues to grow and I am delighted to share some of the recent success and developments at UQ with you.

Many members of the UQ community were recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for 2019, and I am very pleased to see some exceptional women in engineering on the list. Chemical engineering alumnae Kathy Fagg AO and Kathy Hirschfeld AM, along with UQ Chair in Sustainable Energy Futures, Professor Peta Ashworth OAM each received well-deserved national recognition for service to their disciplines.

I am particularly proud to see these individuals recognised, because they embody the fantastic examples of women in leadership positions that we see each day at EAIT.

For seven years now, we’ve had a formal Women in Engineering program in close partnership with industry, with women making up almost one quarter of the engineering students commencing their studies in 2019. We have a 360-degree approach with high schools, universities across Australia and New Zealand, and industry – at young and established career levels – all contributing to building a new generation of engineers for the evolving industry.

And we are evolving too. Our teaching team has been working tirelessly on redeveloping the undergraduate engineering curriculum. We’ll launch this in 2021, and will ensure we continue to produce graduates who are experts in their discipline, who are agile thinkers for the future, and who are career-ready.

In my previous column, I mentioned the appointment of Professor Ryan Ko as the inaugural Head of Cyber Security. The team has wasted no time in developing a new Master of Cyber Security program that will launch in 2020, and will thoughtfully address the interdisciplinary nature of cyber security.

We will also introduce a Master of Urban Design and Development next year, led by our School of Architecture in collaboration with the School of Civil Engineering.

And to complement all of these programs, from Semester two of this year, UQ Innovate makerspace will launch to provide students, staff – and eventually alumni – the opportunity to design, prototype and create via the process of self-directed ‘making’ in a friendly and collaborative environment.

Finally, I am very pleased to report that 2018 was another outstanding year for philanthropic support of our Faculty. We received more than $5 million in philanthropic support from 222 donors. To recognise and celebrate this success, I encourage you to read about the extraordinary impact this support is making in our annual Donor Impact Report, which will be coming out soon.

I look forward, as always, to future opportunities to meet with our alumni and friends. Thank you again for your ongoing support.