2006 News archive

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December 2006
Safe and Happy Holidays to all   View Summary
22 December 2006
Safe and Happy Holidays to all our friends and colleagues in the Civil Engineering community, and a prosperous 2007.
Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies   View Summary
22 December 2006
2007 brings a new name for our Faculty, the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, as we welcome the School of Information Technologies
Tim Finnigan Featured in the Sydney Morning Herald   View Summary
7 December 2006
Tim Finnigan Featured in the Sydney Morning HeraldSenior lecturer Tim Finnigan is featured in today's Sydney Morning Herald, referring to how his innovative ideas on wave power generation have been inspired by nature.
November 2006
November Graduations in Engineering   View Summary
27 November 2006
In our second graduation ceremony of the year, 30 students received their undergraduate degree, plus two PhD scholars received their doctorates.
Sustainable Energy Research Project for Dong-Sheng Jeng   View Summary
22 November 2006
Sustainable Energy Research grant for Dong-Sheng JengDong-Sheng Jeng has been funded to research Innovative approaches for wind, waves, offshore wind farm and seabed interaction- a coupled model as part of The University's Sustainable Energy Research scheme.
Standards Australia award for Greg Hancock   View Summary
13 November 2006
Greg Hancock has been recognised for his work for standardisation in Australia.
Promotion for Dong-Sheng Jeng   View Summary
9 November 2006
Promotion for Dong-Sheng JengDong-Sheng Jeng has been promoted to Associate Professor. The promotion will take effect on 1 Jan 2007.
Iceberg Harvesting: First years excel in moving mountains of ice   View Summary
8 November 2006
Iceberg HarvestingAs part of their first year, students took part in the "Iceberg Harvesting" competition which investigated the possibilities of towing icebergs to Australia to help solve our need for fresh water in the future, as they moved their own "icebergs" across a nearby lake.
Canadian conference trip yields research grant for Tim Wilkinson   View Summary
7 November 2006
Canadian conference trip yields research grant for Tim WilkinsonWhile attending a conference in Quebec, Canada, Tim Wilkinson was awarded a $220000 research grant over 3 years to study high strength steel connections.
Civil staff share in eLearning grants   View Summary
7 November 2006
Gianluca Ranzi, Itai Einav and Tim Wilkinson have all received support funding for eLearning initiatives for 2007.
Research Conversazione a great success   View Summary
1 November 2006
The annual Faculty of Engineering Research Conversazione highlighted some of the exciting work from our postgraduate and undergraduate students.
October 2006
Thesis marks the culmination of 4 years study   View Summary
26 October 2006
Thesis 2006The end is getting nearer for the class of 2007 as they made oral and poster presentations for their thesis this week
Promotions for Graeme Wood and Tim Wilkinson   View Summary
25 October 2006
Tim Wilkinson and Graeme Wood have both been promoted to Senior Lecturer. The promotions take effect on 1 Jan 2007.
Japan Fellowship for Wind Engineer Matt Mason   View Summary
16 October 2006
Japan Fellowship for Wind Engineer Matt MasonPhD candidate, Matthew Mason, has been awarded a fellowship to Tokyo Polytechnic University, Japan, a world renowned wind engineering research facility.
Tim Finnigan spreads the word on ocean power   View Summary
13 October 2006
Tim Finnigan spreads the word on ocean powerDr Tim Finnigan will present to practising engineers next week and features in this month's Cosmos magazine on ocean power conversion.
Kim Rasmussen appointed Associate Editor of ASCE Journal   View Summary
12 October 2006
Kim Rasmussen appointed Associate Editor of ASCE JournalProf Kim Rasmussen has been invited to join the Editorial Board of the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering as Associate Editor
ARC Grant Success for David Airey   View Summary
11 October 2006
David Airey - ARC Grant SuccessA/Prof David Airey shares a large equipment grant for an Advanced Testing Facility for Geological Sequestration of Greenhouse Gases
ARC Grant Success for Itai Einav   View Summary
11 October 2006
Itai Einav - ARC Grant SuccessNew staff member Dr Itai Einav receives $280000 to study the micro-thermo-mechanics of sand crushing in geotechnical collapse problems
Iceberg Harvesting: First years face the challenge   View Summary
10 October 2006
Iceberg HarvestingAs part of the first year course, Professional Engineering 1, students will take part in the "Iceberg Harvesting" competition which aims to investigate the possibilities of towing icebergs to Australia to help solve our need for fresh water in the future.
August 2006
Civil Engineering Foundation Seminar on Chatswood Epping Rail Link   View Summary
23 August 2006
Chatswood Epping Rail LinkCivil Engineering graduate Tim Burns returned to Sydney to lecture on the technical details of this important Civil Engineering project.
Engineering Students Show Their Talents in the Engineering Revue   View Summary
21 August 2006
Engineering revueUndergraduate students showed off their talents in excellent display of undergraduate university humour.
Snow in Sydney??   View Summary
15 August 2006
Hail at SydneyA freak hailstorm on Tuesday 15 August covered The University of Sydney and nearby areas in a blanket of white, making it look like it had been snowing!
Sydney Civil Engineering Students Excel in Engineering Week Bridge Contest   View Summary
14 August 2006
Engineering Week Bridge CompetitionAs part on National Engineeering Week, the Assoication of Consulting Engineers Australia (ACEA) organised the annual student Bridge Building Competition in Martin Place, Sydney.
July 2006
Civil Engineering Alumni Prominent in Australia's 100 Most Influential Engineers   View Summary
24 July 2006
7 Sydney Civil Alumni have made this significant list of influential engineers in Australia.
ARC Linkage Grant for Dr Dong-Sheng Jeng in Coastal Engineering   View Summary
10 July 2006
Dong-Sheng JengThe School congratulates Dr Dong-Sheng Jeng for being awarded an ARC Linkage Grant for the project Port Stephens Flood Tide Delta: Shoreline Management Issues.
May 2006
Well Done to the Class of 2006   View Summary
26 May 2006
Friday May 26 marked an important day in the careers of nearly 100 young men and women who graduated with their civil engineering degrees.
Honorary Doctor of Engineering to Bill Mansell   View Summary
26 May 2006
Bill Mansell awarded DEngAs part of the engineering graduation ceremony this week, Bill Mansell was awarded the Degree of Doctor of Engineering (Honoris Causa).
JJC Bradfield listed in "100 Most Influential Australians"   View Summary
26 May 2006
One of our most famous graduates, JJC Bradfield, designer of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, was today named in The Bulletin magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential Australians.
Scholarship win for former student Paul Williams   View Summary
25 May 2006
Paul Williams wins ACSE scholarshipThe Association of Consulting Structural Engineers (ACSE) has just announced that the winner of the ACSE 2005 Student Scholarship, is Mr Paul Williams, a final year student from last year, based his thesis, "Rectangular Hollow Section Base Plate Connections subject to Uplift".
50th Anniversary of the 1956 Civil Engineering Graduates   View Summary
15 May 2006
Forty civil engineers graduated in 1956, nine of them having come to the University as part of the Colombo plan. Fifty years later, eighteen of them were able to return to celebrate their anniversary, some from as far away as Scotland and Canada.
Andrew Caska: The Stanford Connection   View Summary
12 May 2006
Andrew Caska visits StanfordPhD Student Andrew Caska recently visited the Environmental Fluid Mechanics Laboratory at Stanford University California USA. The 3 month visit was organised in conjunction with supervisor Tim Finnigan to give Andrew exposure to one of the best fluid mechanics laboratories in the world.
Civil Engineering eLearning Expo   View Summary
3 May 2006
An eLearning Expo was held in the School on Wednesday 3 May. Nearly 50 academics, postdocs, postgrads and support staff came together to see some of the latest developments in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Learning and Teaching.
April 2006
Construction and Surveying Camp a Great Success   View Summary
24 April 2006
160 2nd year students from Engineering Construction and Surveying travelled to Webb's Creek, near Wiseman's Ferry in north western Sydney.
Year 10 See it all on Discovering Engineering Day   View Summary
21 April 2006
Over 60 Year 10 students from around the city visited Engineering at The University of Sydney as part of our regular Discovering Engineering Day.
Civil Engineering Research Helps Innovation in Steel Construction   View Summary
19 April 2006
Research breakthroughs in cold-formed steel structures, largely spearheaded by the University's Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Professor Greg Hancock, are transforming the way that dwellings are being built in Australia and the region.
Two Prizes to Former Student Jillian Kilby   View Summary
12 April 2006
Jillian has won the Rod McGee Medal, presented by Engineers Australia, and was also recently recognised as The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl for 2006.
Engineering Sydney Careers Fair Draws Students and Employers Together   View Summary
11 April 2006
Engineering Sydney and the Faculty of Engineering organised a Careers Fair on Tuesday 4th of April 2006. The fair was an excellent opportunity for you to meet and talk to employers about graduate recruitment programs, work placements and vacation employment.
Lawrence Hargrave Drive Bridge - Engineers Explain All at Sydney Uni   View Summary
6 April 2006
Leading engineers gave exciting and informative presentations on this engineering masterpiece to a packed audience in the Civil Engineering Lecture Theatre this week.
ASCE Raymond C. Reese Research Prize awarded to Kim Rasmussen and Michael Bambach   View Summary
3 April 2006
Prof Kim Rasmussen and former PhD student Dr Mike Bambach, have been awarded the Raymond C. Reese Research Prize by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Engineers Tim Finnigan and Andrew Caska harness the power of the sea   View Summary
3 April 2006
Two University researchers are developing devices that harness the waves and tides of the world's oceans for conversion into clean renewable energy - and one of their designs is directly modelled on a shark's caudal fin.
March 2006
Our new name: "School of Civil Engineering"   View Summary
10 March 2006
We are now the School of Civil Engineering, no longer The Department of Civil Engineering.
February 2006
Finnigan, Caska and Yap winners in the University Innovation Challenge   View Summary
23 February 2006
Three members of Civil Engineering were among the high achievers and bright young thinkers recognised by The University of Sydney Innovation Challenge.
Civil Engineering Wins 3 Teaching Improvement Grants   View Summary
6 February 2006
The Teaching Improvement Fund (TIF) provides additional resources to enable faculties and colleges to address areas for improvement identified in Academic Board reviews, and University and faculty-level strategic plans.
January 2006
AM for Professor John Carter   View Summary
26 January 2006
Former Sydney professor recognised for his contribution to academia and the engineering profession.
Professor Harry Poulos to deliver the 2006 John Mitchell Lecture   View Summary
26 January 2006
Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering will deliver the prestigious John Mitchell Lecture
Australia-India Workshop on Cold-Formed Steel Structures   View Summary
19 January 2006
Three Sydney civil academics attended on workshop at IIT Madras to strengthen research links in structural engineering.
2006 UAIs announced   View Summary
18 January 2006
Sydney Civil Engineering continues to experience high demand amongst school leavers.
Teaching Equipment Grant Success for Dr Tim Finnigan   View Summary
5 January 2006
This grant funding will support the first phase of refurbishment of the Fluids Laboratory in the Department of Civil Engineering for the purposes of teaching and learning.
Students ask the questions on Information Day   View Summary
4 January 2006
Queries on our combined degrees, the flexible first year and the structural engineering stream were some of the most common questions from some budding students.
Tim Wilkinson appointed Associate Dean - Information and Communication Technology   View Summary
1 January 2006
The role of A/Dean ICT L&T reflects the importance of eLearning in the future directions of undergraduate and postgraduate programs within the University.