Schools, Foundations and Associations

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Engineering Associations

The Sydney University Chemical Engineering Association (SUCEA) is a body representing the graduates of the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Established in the 1950s, it is one of the oldest alumni associations at the University of Sydney. With 1326 members living in over 20 countries around the world, it is also one of the largest.

SUCEA holds a number of social events and a technical symposium each year with the aim of maintaining strong contact between the Department and its graduates (some of whom are well into their sixties). So, via SUCEA, you will still be part of the 'Chem Eng' family even after you graduate.

Engineers Without Borders Australia (EWB) is a member-based not-for-profit organisation with 10 years experience in creating systematic change through humanitarian engineering. It does this by working in partnership to address a lack of basic human needs in disadvantaged communities, and educating Australian students, engineers and the wider community on issues such as sustainable development and appropriate technology.

Engineers Without Borders University of Sydney is a student chapter of the professional organisation EWB Australia here at the University. They offer an exciting way to develop a broader sense of engineering principles through opportunities to teach High School students around Sydney and in greater NSW about sustainable technologies, aiding refugees with computer literacy and networking opportunities with people with a passion for humanitarian engineering. EWB USYD also gives students the chance to work alongside professionals in developing sustainable and appropriate engineering solutions to real world problems. The chapter welcomes students and professionals from all streams of engineering.

For further information about EWB University of Sydney activities or to get involved, contact or visit their webpage.

Institution of Engineers, Australia
The professional body for Engineering in Australia is the Institution of Engineers, Australia, whose first objective is to 'promote the science and practice of engineering in all its branches'.

The institution functions through a series of divisions, the local one being the Sydney Division. Within each division are branches representing the main interests within the profession. e.g. civil, electrical, mechanical, chemical and transportation to name a few.

Any student of an approved School of Engineering can join the Institution as a student member (StudIE Aust).

As a student member you will receive the fortnightly magazine Engineers Australia, containing articles of general engineering interest and advising you of site tours, conferences, technical meetings of all branches, harbour cruises, film nights, and so on.

Student members may freely use the comprehensive library and reference facilities maintained by the Institution, a handy place to obtain a hard-to-get book or periodical. Within most divisions is a Graduates and Students Section, known as GAS, and all graduates of, or students at, approved engineering schools are eligible for membership.

The Graduates and Students Sections organise film nights, site tours and other activities of general interest. The Malcolm Stanley Speakers' Competition for public speaking is held each year, usually in September, and prizes are awarded for the best speeches.

For membership information and application forms enquire at the Faculty Office or at the Sydney Division Office, 118 Alfred Street, Milsons Point 2061 (PO Box 138).

The Institution of Chemical Engineers
An alternative organisation for Chemical Engineering students is the Institution of Chemical Engineers. The Institution welcomes and values student members, offering special rates for technical meetings, together with Institution literature and guides to gaining employment. For further information contact the General Office in Chemical Engineering.

The Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers, Australia
APESMA is a professional organisation that represents the industrial interests of its members. Its major focus is on providing advice and assistance on employment-related matters, including individual representation and improving salaries and conditions for professional engineers, scientists and managers. The Association also provides members with legal, financial and insurance services and runs an extensive management education program. APESMA has some 19000 members in all areas of public and private sectors in Australia. In addition, 6500 university students in engineering and science-related disciplines are student members.

The Association invites students to become affiliate members for no charge while they are studying. This membership gives students access to information and advice on industrial experience, salary rates for graduates and contracts of employment. Student members receive The Student Update, a publication designed specifically for students, three times a year. This gives students some practical insight into aspects of the workplace to which they may not have given much thought, in particular the employment issues that affect them as professional engineers.

For more information and student membership application forms, contact Felicity Ryan, Membership Liaison Officer, telephone +61 2 92649500.


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