APRIL - JUNE 2016

ROBOCUP 2016 WORLD CHAMPIONS

RoboCup – the ‘World Cup’ of robot soccer – has exploded in popularity, with recent competitions attracting more than 40,000 visitors and participants from more than 45 countries. The University of Sydney RoboCup Simulation League team (Gliders2016) captained by Professor Mikhail Prokopenko from our Complex Systems group has been victorious at the 2016 World Cup in Leipzig on 3 July.
The team defeated last year’s world champions from USTC, China, 1:0 and went on to winning the final game, 2:1, against HELIOS from Fukuoka University, Japan, and became World Champions!
Congratulations!!!

Robocop

AWARDS

Structural Stability Research Council

Congratulations to PhD candidate Hannah Blum, who recently won the Structural Stability Research Council’s (SSRC) Vinnakota Award at the 2016 SSRC annual conference for the paper titled “Buckling and design of columns with intermediate elastic torsional restraint.”
The Vinnakota Award celebrates the most promising students performing research in structural stability. The Vinnakota Award was established in 1997 by Professor Ramulu S. Vinnakota, long-time member of SSRC, in honor of his parents, Sarada M. and Raju A. Vinnakota, who believed in the importance of education and research. The award is given for the best student-authored paper presented at the Annual Stability Conference. The paper must be based on the thesis or research of the student, and the student must be the primary author of the paper and the presenter at the Annual Stability Conference.
The SSRC Annual Stability Conference is held every year as an exclusive track within AISC’s NASCC: The Steel Conference. This conference brings together researchers from around the world to report and discuss the latest research in structural stability.

Shortridge Hardesty Award

Congratulations to PROFESSOR KIM RASMUSSEN, who was selected by the Structural Engineering Institute to receive the 2016 Shortridge Hardesty Award by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for his contributions to the development of practical design provisions and advanced analysis guidelines in the field of structural stability.
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is a professional body founded in 1852 to represent members of the civil engineering profession worldwide. It is the oldest national engineering society in the United States. ASCE’s vision is to have engineers positioned as global leaders who strive toward building a better quality of life.

Dean's Awards for Outstanding Teaching

Congratulations to Associate Professor Abbas El-Zein, who was recently presented with the 2016 Faculty award for Outstanding Teaching as well as to Dr Daniel Dias-da-Costa, who received the 2016 School award.
These awards recognise, reward and promote excellence in learning and teaching in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies. They are awarded annually and include one Faculty award and five School awards, one for each School in the Faculty.
More information can be found here.

INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATE

Roderick Distinguished Lecture

Mr Peter Duncan, Chief Executive, Roads and Maritime Services of NSW, delivered the 1st Roderick Distinguished Lecture for 2016 on Thursday 12 May 2016 to an audience of students, staff and industry.
We were particularly grateful to Peter for taking the time to present a comprehensive overview of the activities of the RMS and opportunities available within the RMS for civil and other engineering graduates. In particular, we much appreciated his acknowledgement of the Roderick legacy and the time he spent chatting with the students after the lecture.
Mr Peter Duncan (3rd from left) with attendees
We are delighted to announce that the next Roderick Lecture will be held on Tuesday, 16 August and delivered by Mr Kevin Young, Managing Director of Sydney Water.
Kevin has over 30 years’ experience working for the private sector and Government authorities in Australia and overseas. Previously he was the Managing Director of Hunter Water as well as Chairman of the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA). This is a great opportunity to hear of the activities and opportunities in the water sector on many fronts.

Council for Civil Engineering, Sydney

The second meeting of the Council for Civil Engineering Sydney for 2016 was held on Thursday 16 June. The Council looked at opportunities for engagement between industry and academia including roundtables with industry and industry showcases. A key element to be provided is appropriate material to promote the capabilities and capacity of the School. We are also delighted to welcome to the Council, representatives from Sydney Water, Engineers Without Borders and CIMIC.

Industry Engagement

Following a proposal from Mick Boyle at Abergeldie, a group of staff members visited their premises for an industry/academia roundtable to discuss research needs and interests and the School capabilities. This is the first of such roundtables to broaden the exposure of the School’s academics to industry.

HUMANITARIAN ENGINEERING MAJOR

On May 4th, the School celebrated the launch of our new major in Humanitarian Engineering. The event was well attended by staff, industry representatives as well as over 100 interested students.
The evening started with a warm welcome from the Dean followed by external keynote speakers, Richard Kell from Cardno, Sharon Edington from Act for Peace as well as one of the students from our School, Ruby Wang, who recently came back from a design summit hosted by Engineers Without Borders (EWB) in India.
Prof Archie Johnston (left picture) and Mr Richard Kell from Cardno (right pic) addressing the guests; Refectory Room, Holme Bldg.
We are currently in preparation to send 20 students to India for the first Global Engineering Fieldwork project (CIVL5330) with the support from EWB and grants from the New Colombo Plan. There are a few more spots available and interested students are encouraged to apply! For more information regarding the major as well as how to apply for Fieldwork, please go here