Cornerstone of Design supervision team

6 November 2013

Cornerstone of Design supervision team

Colin Putt with one of his student Nordin

Colin Putt lifetime adventurer and honorary supervisor in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Sydney has been honoured by the Australian Geographic Society with its prestigious Lifetime of Adventure award.

The octogenarian inspires budding engineers proving age is no barrier to creative, innovative thinking. He works as part time chemical engineering supervisor within the faculty while also continuing his work as a consulting engineer in plant construction, pilot plant work, design of process equipment.

In his role at the University he works alongside Professors Tim Langrish and Fariba Dehghani supervising a number of chemical engineering undergraduate students, steering them through their final year thesis.

Professor Langrish said:
"Colin's commitment to our young students is inspirational. He is a very much appreciated and valued design supervisor, bringing his enormous practical, real-world experience to the students in a gentle and easily-integrated form.

"In fact, it is fair to say that he is a much-loved cornerstone of the design supervision team, where is he key to the final-year design project that is the capstone element of the chemical engineering degree," said Professor Langrish.


In the early 1960's he took a Bachelor of Engineering degree in chemical engineering and science at Auckland University before migrating to Australia from across the Tasman.

His exploring and mountaineering career has span more than five decades. During which time he has participated in a number of expeditions to Antarctica, led an expedition to the Carstensz Pyramid of New Guinea, and was amongst the first to summit Big Ben on Heard Island (Australia's highest mountain). He was also one of the founding members of the Oceanic Research Foundation.