Engineering a brighter future
25 June 2008
A new professorial Chair devoted to turning science and technology into commercial applications will be established within the University of Sydney's Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
The Warren Centre Chair of Engineering Innovation will attract the very best of engineering graduates from across Australia. It is being supported by matched funding of $250,000 each from the University of Sydney and the NSW Government.
"I am delighted by this demonstration of confidence in the University and the Government's ongoing commitment to innovation in engineering," said Mr Bob Kotic, Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney.
"One of our key strategic objectives as a University is to continue to develop our links and applied collaborations with industry, and this new Chair is a welcome addition to those programs already in place. I have no doubt that The Warren Centre Chair of Engineering Innovation will deliver outstanding results for the NSW community and the nation as a whole."
The NSW Minister for Science and Medical Research, Verity Firth, said: "The Government's support for this initiative reflects our determination to see the best science turned into innovative new solutions for NSW businesses and public works."
Professor Greg Hancock, Dean of Engineering and Director of The Warren Centre, said: "This new Chair will establish an entirely new field of teaching and research in which the challenge will not necessarily be in the engineering or scientific technology itself, but in how corporate enterprises can understand and unlock the commercial potential of new engineering and scientific technology.
"We also want to investigate how this potential can be captured and exploited to create and stimulate profitable and sustainable corporate growth.
"With the establishment of the Chair the University is aiming to attract the very best of engineering graduates from across Australia to undertake a new kind of program designed to develop the next generation of leaders in Australia's engineering profession."
The University will conduct an international search for the best person to fill this role.
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