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Humanitarian engineering

Young Engineers Australia has recently been getting involved in the Year of Humanitarian Engineering. The YEA national committee (YEANC) was a focus group for a workshop on corporate social responsibility in Melbourne in early July, which was followed by four YEANC members attending the Australian Humanitarian Engineering Summit in Brisbane in late July.
Corporate Social Responsibility is a concept with many definitions. The European Commission has described it as “A concept whereby companies integrate social and environmental concerns in their business operations and in their interaction with their stakeholders on a voluntary basis”  or “doing the right thing, even when no-one is looking”. SKM’s Bill Lawson described a CSR spectrum ranging from “because it is good for business” to “because it is the right thing to do”.
Engineers Australia is currently looking at its position in the CSR spectrum, and how it can influence what its staff and members do in the CSR space. One recent initiative was the development of the Engineers Australia Reconciliation Action Plan, aimed at helping to close the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians.
The Australian Humanitarian Engineering Summit in Brisbane looked at developing an Australian engineering response to the global humanitarian engineering imperative. The conference was addressed by Simon McKeon, the Australian of the Year, who urged for more engineering businesses to throw their weight behind the humanitarian engineering cause. Six focus areas were identified during interactive workshops: education, capacity building, appropriate technology, reconciliation, partnerships, and commitment and leadership. You can join the conversation to flesh out these response areas at www.yohe.uservoice.com.


Dr Jessica Andrewartha is chair of the Young Engineers Australia National Committee.


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Engineers Without Borders seeks volunteers


Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is offering a series of volunteer internships in both domestic and foreign settings. Overseas field volunteers are seconded to partner organisations where they spend between three and 12 months on placement. Indigenous Australian placements will involve field visits with design work to be completed over the course of the internship. For a list of current positions, visit the website.


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Wave mechanics scholarship


Wave mechanics research company Liquid Time is offering the Greg Webber Elite Research Scholarship to a well-qualified, highly motivated science or engineering student to undertake research into artificial wave generation. The scholarship is part of a larger three-year research grant, which was awarded by the Australian Research Council to the Australian Maritime College (AMC), Liquid Time and Delft University of Technology (TUDelft) in the Netherlands to develop a novel method for generating continuously surfable waves.
The successful scholarship applicant is expected to hold an Honours 1 (or equivalent) degree. Postgraduate research experience in fluid mechanics with specific reference to wave mechanics will be highly regarded but not essential. Both local and overseas residents may apply and considerations may be given to applicants who have an Honours 2A degree with appropriate postgraduate research experience and/or good knowledge required to undertaking this project.
Applications close on 23 September or once filled. The successful applicant will be eligible to receive a scholarship of up to $30,000/a for three years to pursue a doctor of philosophy in engineering, depending on previous research experience.
For the three years of doctoral level study the applicant will be working full time at the AMC at the University of Tasmania, located in Launceston, Australia, under the supervision of the project chief investigators from AMC, TUDelft and Liquid Time.
For further info, or to submit an application, contact Dr Jonathan Binns at jrbinns@amc.edu.au.


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Dream internship – Red Bull F1 Racing


Second year engineering student from Sydney Matt Cruickshank recently commenced a work experience year at the F1 Red Bull Racing headquarters at Milton Keynes, UK. Cruickshank landed the internship largely on the merit of his participation in the 2008 F1 in Schools World Finals in Malaysia, where his team was given the Best Engineered Car Award after ranking third among schools from 20 nations. At Red Bull Racing Cruickshank started in an aerodynamic development team using wind tunnels and is now using computational fluid dynamics to analyse the aerodynamics of the cars in a virtual environment.

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Double winners give QUT a Kindler surprise

Recent engineering graduates Jerom Fox and Jake Whitehead were announced the winners of the Queensland University of Technology’s (QUT) 2010 Kindler Medal last month. The medal, which is awarded to QUT engineering students on the basis of academic performance and student or community leadership, was founded in memory of the late civil engineer John Earnest Kindler, who helped establish the Queensland Institute of Technology (QUT’s predecessor) in 1965.
Fox is a graduate mechanical engineer working for BHP Billiton and is also undertaking a Masters of Project Management course through QUT. He completed international undergraduate study at Canadian and German universities. Fox's community work includes teaching piano – a passion which he hopes to progress by establishing a bipartisan scholarship program between Iona College and local nursing homes to encourage music students to perform regularly for the aged.
Comedallist Whitehead has worked for civil engineering and construction firms Thiess and the Robert Bird Group, and is currently completing a double PhD program with QUT and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. Through an RACQ-QUT scholarship he researched transport infrastructure and systems in Europe as the basis for the proposal of a solution to traffic congestion for south-east Queensland.

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UTS Postgrad Info Night


The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) is hosting its Engineering Postgraduate Info Evening on 28 September from 6pm at its Broadway campus. Anyone interested in enrolling for a management or technical course at the graduate, postgraduate or masters level is invited to attend. Click here for more info.


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RMIT’s stars of engineering recognised


More than 100 engineering students were recognised for their academic success at RMIT University’s 2011 Engineering Prizes and Awards Ceremony this month. Engineers Australia and ExxonMobil each sponsored a number of awards for the evening, while Boeing Australia, Qantas, Dyne Industries, SEW-Eurodrive and Energy Response provided scholarships which were presented by representatives from each company. For a list of the most highly commended students, click here.




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Oz engineering student wins UK prize


University of Melbourne chemical engineering student Thakshila Balasuriya won the Malvern Instruments $350 prize for the best student poster presented at the recent UK Colloids 2011 conference. Balasuriya won the award for her work describing “Dynamic Forces between Bubbles with Switchable Peptide Surfactants”. The UK Colloids 2011 was a new international colloid and surface science symposium, which was jointly organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Colloid and Interface Science Group and the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) Colloid and Surface Science Group. The event took place in London on 4-6 July.


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