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Institute of Sustainable Solutions


9 July 2008

There has never been a more important time to tackle the big issues and find answers to the tough questions. What sort of environment will our children inherit? Will our rivers run dry? Can our cities survive? How will we fuel the future?

Dr Frandsen's research in fluid dynamics focuses on understanding the interaction between fluids and structures.
Dr Frandsen's research in fluid dynamics focuses on understanding the interaction between fluids and structures.

The Institute for Sustainable Solutions at the University of Sydney will be a focal point for outstanding research about such issues, providing new ways of thinking about solutions. Our research will have a strong community focus and will guide our teaching of the next generation of students.

The Institute will bring together some of the world's leading thinkers, researchers and educators in disciplines such as renewable energy, climate change, population growth, health, food and energy security. Many experts are already working at the University of Sydney. Many more will join us.

Funded by a multi-million dollar endowment from the University and philanthropic donations, the Institute will make a significant contribution to the challenges of sustainability, both within the University and especially beyond- to the industries, government groups, scientific organisations and others in the community seeking strategies for a more sustainable world. Universities that have strong and highly sophisticated research capacities can make a major contribution by bringing together disparate disciplines to tackle these complex problems and devise and encourage new, multi-dimensional solutions.

The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology will play a key role in the new Centre, especially in the area ofSustainable and Renewable Energy. Members of the Faculty involved in the Centre include the following:

  • Dr Jannette Frandsen is a senior lecturer in Civil Engineering at the University of Sydney. In 2004 she was awarded the prestigious Career Award by the US National Science Foundation.
  • Professor Vassilios G Agelidis holds the EnergyAustralia Chair of Power in Engineering at the University of Sydney. He is director of the Electrical and Information Engineering Foundation.
  • Dr Andrew Harris is a lecturer in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Sydney and director of the Laboratory for Sustainable Technology. He was awarded the 2007 Shedden Uhde medal as the leading chemical engineer in Australia and New Zealand under the age of 40.
  • Brian Haynes is a professor in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Sydney. He is president of the Combustion Institute, the peak international society in the field of combustion.