Industry leader accepts chair's role at Engineering Sydney
28 February 2012
The former chief executive officer of Leighton Holdings Limited, David Stewart, has accepted the role of chair of Engineering Sydney, the University of Sydney's industry-aligned body that collaborates and develops partnerships with business leaders and organisations.
David Stewart, who has more than three decades of expertise working in and managing operations throughout Australia and South-East Asia in construction, said his acceptance of the role was motivated by his commitment to the engineering profession:
"I am passionate about engineering and what better way to follow this passion than by taking up a key role at one of the leading engineering universities in Australia."
David says he believes education, innovation and research are keys to the future success of Australian engineering.
"There are many benefits of an educational partnership for industry, through access to top-quality graduates, academic expertise and world leading research. A partnership is a great way to enhance recruitment, training and research endeavours.
"Educational institutions are at the forefront of research and development. Industry should work in collaboration with institutions to progress innovation in a cost-effective and timely manner.
"The creation of the University's two new project management degrees is a great example. Developed in close consultation with industry, these degrees now provide a solution for the growing skills gap in the project management space."
Professor Archie Johnston, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, said David's knowledge and experience would be an invaluable contribution to the University.
"We are thrilled to have David join us in this leadership capacity. His extensive knowledge and international connections will further enhance our ability to work with industry and respond to their needs."
David holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Engineering, both from the University of Sydney, is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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