Budding engineering leaders

17 May 2013

(L-R) John van Rooyen and Alexander Hanbury-Brown, two of our latest engineering graduates.
(L-R) John van Rooyen and Alexander Hanbury-Brown, two of our latest engineering graduates.

Engineering graduates from the University of Sydney are meeting Australia's shortage in engineering skills with leadership and innovation.

The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies' graduation ceremonies today saw more than 750 students awarded their postgraduate and undergraduate degrees. The University was recently ranked as number one in Australia for civil and structural engineering in the latest QS World University Rankings with the remaining disciplines in the top five.

Chair and CEO of Arup in Australasia, Peter Bailey, says:

"Engineering graduates have a critical role to play in shaping our communities and with their well-rounded approach to the profession and innovative ideas, these graduates will become budding leaders for our industry. We congratulate all graduates on their wonderful achievement."

Among this year's graduates is mature aged student John van Rooyen who is currently working for ARUP, the global independent firm of designers, planners, and engineers. John will be awarded this year's civil engineering medal and student prize.

A plan to tack two extra lanes onto Sydney's Anzac Bridge won John the People's Choice vote in the inaugural Baulderstone National Icons Roadshow two years ago. The competition asked students to redesign Australian icons and their designs then toured nationally. John's plan to run the state government's proposed light rail extension across the Anzac Bridge was a favourite with the public.

Fellow civil engineering graduate, Alexander Hanbury-Brown started working with Leighton Contractors at the beginning of the year. Also a commerce graduate Alex says his ambition is to work internationally by 2020. Since being at Leighton Contractors he has been engaged in strategic development and has already achieved an early career goal of being assigned to a fly-in fly- project management role.

Students studying in biomedical related degrees are also excelling. Robert Paterson and Mark Sproule are already both part of the graduate program at ResMed, a global leader in the development, manufacturing and marketing of medical products for the diagnosis, treatment and management of respiratory disorders.

Robert worked as a student intern design engineer at ResMed before successfully applying for the company's graduate intake. University mate and study colleague, Mark, who completed an advanced stream in engineering, also joined the team at ResMed where the pair will rotate in various roles including designing new products for respiratory disorders.

First class honors recipient, Scott Van Munster, is graduating in mechanical engineering and has been employed by engineering consulting giant WorleyParsons, a leading provider of professional services to the energy and resources and complex process industries. Placed within the Power Group, Scott is passionate about bringing sustainable innovation to the existing power industry. He is also part of a team attempting to utilise more of WorleyParsons professional capability to support Engineers Without Borders in providing engineering solutions to developing countries.

Professor Archie Johnston, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies congratulated both the graduates and their tutors saying:

"It is always a pleasure to witness the success of our graduates in their various disciplines of engineering. It is testament to the commitment of not just their dedication but also to the University's teaching, something that is also reflected in our increased QS rankings across engineering."

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