2007 News archive

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December 2007
A summer of construction at Sydney   View Summary
21 December 2007
The whole of the University, and particularly areas around engineering, are filled with the sights and sounds of construction. Our new students in 2008 will be greeted with many brand new buildings and features next year.
Civil success in research & equipment grants for young staff   View Summary
19 December 2007
Researcher Gwenaelle Proust will arrive at The University next month to be greeted by the good news of her success in the new staff research grant scheme.
International Conference on Advances in Steel Structures   View Summary
15 December 2007
Sydney academics Gianluca Ranzi and Tim Wilkinson represented the University at the International Conference on Advances in Steel Structures held in Singapore this month.
Engineering skills shortage - great prospects for Civil Engineering students   View Summary
11 December 2007
Booming job prospects for Engineering graduates during the skills shortageThe Sydney Morning Herald recently reported on the engineering skills shortage. Our good students will be in great demand over the coming years.
November 2007
More graduates in the Class of 2007   View Summary
30 November 2007
Graduation 2007Friday November 30 marked an important day in the careers of nearly 20 young men and women who graduated with their civil engineering degrees.
Antonio Gens delivers the Rankine Lecture in Geotechnics   View Summary
8 November 2007
Antonio Gens, from the Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain, delivered the 2007 Rankine Lecture entitled Soil-environment interactions in geotechnical engineering
Davina Rooney is the Engineering Young Alumna of the Year 2007   View Summary
3 November 2007
Davina RooneyDavina Rooney, Civil Engineering, was recently recognised in the 2007 Engineering Alumni Awards.
Ziggy Napier wins the Rod McGee Medal   View Summary
3 November 2007
The Medal is to encourage engineering students to pursue career opportunities in public works engineering. Rod McGee made significant contributions to civil construction (particularly roads) in Tasmania and also Australia wide.
Sydney Alumnus John Grill is Professional Engineer of the Year   View Summary
2 November 2007
John GrillJohn Grill, founder and CEO of Worley Parsons, in Sydney alumnus from the 1960s has been named the Engineers Australia Professional Engineer of the Year.
Panamanian researcher Julio Valdes visits   View Summary
1 November 2007
Julio ValdesDr Julio Valdes, originally from Panama, but now in San Diego has visited Dr Itai Einav to collaborate on granular particle mechanics.
October 2007
Research Conversazione a great success   View Summary
31 October 2007
The annual Faculty of Engineering Research Conversazione highlighted some of the exciting work from our postgraduate and undergraduate students.
Itai Einav to be promoted to Associate Professor   View Summary
12 October 2007
Itai EinavDr Itai Einav will be promoted to Associate Professor as of 1 Jan 2008 in recognition of his research, learning and teaching, and service commitment.
ARC LIEF Equipment Grant Success for Gianluca Ranzi   View Summary
11 October 2007
Dr Gianluca Ranzi shares an ARC LIEF Equipment grant for a new scanning electron micrscope.
Welcome to Susanne Mantel   View Summary
11 October 2007
We welcome new staff member Susanne Mantel as our new Administration Manager
September 2007
Itai Einav recognised for his "Visions for the Future"   View Summary
26 September 2007
Itai Einav"Soil Mechanics: Breaking Ground" by Itai Einav has been published in a special, triennial issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, produced by leading young scientists.
ARC Grant Success for Gianluca Ranzi, John Small, Dong Jeng, Abbas El-Zein and David Airey   View Summary
26 September 2007
Dr Gianluca Ranzi shares an ARC Linkage collaborative research grant with BlueScope Lysaght on the behaviour of steel-concrete composite structures. Prof John Small and A/Prof Dong-Sheng Jeng also share an ARC Discovery project in Maritime Engineering. A/Prof David Airey and Dr Abbas El-Zein share an ARC grant in coal geo sequestration
Two International Linkage ARC Grants for Dong-Sheng Jeng   View Summary
26 September 2007
Dong JengDr Dong-Sheng Jeng has received two research grants in the field of coastal engineering which are designed to enhance international collaboration.
August 2007
Engineering Students Show Their Talents in the Engineering Revue   View Summary
24 August 2007
Engineering revueUndergraduate students showed off their talents in excellent display of undergraduate university humour.
Dr Denzel Gui visits our fluids group   View Summary
10 August 2007
Denel GuiWe welcome Associate Professor Denzel Gui from Taiwan to our school as a visiting scholar in the Fluids group.
Cold-Formed Tubular Members and Connections: In Chinese   View Summary
10 August 2007
Cold-Formed Tubular Members and ConnectionsThe recent publication "Cold-Formed Tubular Members and Connections" by Xiao-Ling Zhao, Tim Wilkinson and Greg Hancock is now available in a Chinese version
Engineering ranks highly in international research ratings   View Summary
6 August 2007
The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology has rated highly in the international university rankings produced by Jiao Tong University
South American researcher back for sabbatical   View Summary
3 August 2007
Mauricio SalesMauricio Sales completed part of his PhD degree at The University of Sydney in 1998/99. He has now returned as a Professor on a one year sabbatical researching geotechnical engineering.
July 2007
Visiting researchers in Coastal Engineering   View Summary
31 July 2007
Professors from China and Taiwan are visiting over the next weeks and months to collaborate with A/Prof Dong-Sheng Jeng in coastal engineering research.
Structures staff past and present head to Oxford   View Summary
31 July 2007
ICSAS07 Conference at OxfordGreg Hancock, Kim Rasmussen and Tim Wilkinson have all just attended the 6th International Conference on Steel and Aluminium Structures at Oxford.
Scholarship win for former student David Keast   View Summary
31 July 2007
David KeastThe Association of Consulting Structural Engineers (ACSE) has just announced that the winner of the ACSE 2006 Student Scholarship, is Mr Dave Keast, a final year student from last year, based his thesis, "Torsional Wind Loading on Medium Rise Buildings".
PhD student Ali El-Hanandeh wins conference paper prize   View Summary
26 July 2007
Ali El HanandehHe has received an award for best PhD paper at the Australia New Zealand Society of Ecological Economics 2007 conference: Re-inventing sustainability: a climate for change.
Civil Engineering Alumni Prominent in Australia's 100 Most Influential Engineers   View Summary
1 July 2007
Australia's top 100 most influential engineers5 Sydney Civil Alumni have made this significant list of influential engineers in Australia.
June 2007
Could quicksand help salvage the Pasha Bulker?   View Summary
28 June 2007
Pasha BulkerThe recent stranding of the Pasha Bulker on Nobby's Beach at Newcastle brings fresh interest to a unique method of marine salvage whose principles were first published over twenty years ago by Civil Engineering's Ian Bowie.
Civil engineering students from City University Hong Kong visit   View Summary
10 June 2007
Prof Sritiwat KitipornchaiFormer PhD student Prof Sritiwat Kitipornchai from City University in Hong Kong led a delegation of academic staff and undergraduate students on a visit to Sydney this week.
ASCE 2007 Middlebrooks Award to Harry Poulos and Samanthika Liyanapathirana   View Summary
1 June 2007
Prof Harry PoulosEmeritus Prof Harry Poulos and former postdoc Dr Samanthika Liyanapathirana have been awarded the 2007 Middlebrooks Award by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
May 2007
Concrete Pipe Association of Australia visits   View Summary
30 May 2007
Concrete Pipe Association of AustraliaAlumnus Davis Millar (CE 1992), Executive Director of the Australian Concrete Pipe Association, return to The University today to lecture 4th year students.
Well Done to the Class of 2007   View Summary
25 May 2007
Friday May 25 marked an important day in the careers of nearly 100 young men and women who graduated with their civil engineering degrees.
Dean's Annual Lecture: Composite Materials, From the Space Shuttle to San Francisco's Symphony Hall   View Summary
23 May 2007
Professor George Springer from Stanford University will deliver the 2007 Dean's Annual Lecture on 23 May 2007. The title is "Composite Materials, From the Space Shuttle to San Francisco's Symphony Hall"
New environmentally friendly walkway opens   View Summary
18 May 2007
As part of the Campus 2010 project, a new raised timber walkway has opened just behind the Civil EngAs part of the Campus 2010 project, a new raised timber walkway has opened just behind the Civil Engineering Structures Laboratory.
The French Connection   View Summary
1 May 2007
Two French students, Melanie Roques and Nicolas Benedetto have just arrived to carry out their research projects with Itai Einav.
April 2007
Finite element expert visits Sydney   View Summary
18 April 2007
The School is please to have Prof Andrew Chan, from the University of Birmingham, as a visitor in The School of Civil Engineering for this month.
Construction and Surveying Camp a Great Success   View Summary
16 April 2007
Construction and Survey Camp 2007180 2nd year students from Engineering Construction and Surveying travelled to Webb's Creek, near Wiseman's Ferry in north western Sydney.
Engineering & IT Careers Fair Draws Students and Employers Together   View Summary
13 April 2007
Engineering and IT Careers Fair 2007Engineering Sydney and the Faculty of Engineering organised a Careers Fair on Tuesday 3rd of April 2007. The fair was an excellent opportunity for you to meet and talk to employers about graduate recruitment programs, work placements and vacation employment.
Do Civil Engineers Make Good Politicians?   View Summary
11 April 2007
Craig Baumann, Civil Engineering Alumnus (1976) elected to State Parliament.
March 2007
David Airey and Tim Wilkinson appointed Associate Deans   View Summary
28 March 2007
David Airey will be the Faculty Associate Dean (Learning & Teaching) and Tim Wilkinson will be Associate Dean (IT).
Earth Hour   View Summary
28 March 2007
Earth HourAt 7.30pm this Saturday 31st March, Sydney University will turn off its lights for an hour to help show that it's possible to take action on global warming.
ASCE 2007 Moisseiff Award to Kim Rasmussen and Maura Lecce   View Summary
20 March 2007
Prof Kim Rasmussen and former PhD student Dr Maura Lecce, have been awarded the 2007 Moisseiff Award by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Farewell to Graeme Wood   View Summary
14 March 2007
Graeme WoodGraeme Wood, Senior Lecturer in Fluid Mechanics, and Director of Wind Engineering Services, is moving on, after several years of service with us.
75th Birthday of the Sydney Harbour Bridge   View Summary
13 March 2007
Sydney Harbour BridgeWhen the Sydney Harbour Bridge celebrates the 75th anniversary of its opening on March 19, it is appropriate to acknowledge the role that civil engineering alumnus, John Bradfield, played in the realisation of the iconic structure.
Brunel Lecture: Engineering Civilisation from the Shadows   View Summary
6 March 2007
The 6th Brunel International Lecture was held on 6 March 2007. Professor Paul William Jowitt of Heriot Watt University, and Vice President of ICE (Institution of Civil Engineers UK) spoke on the topic of Engineering Civilisation from the Shadows
February 2007
Queen Mary 2 arrives in Sydney   View Summary
20 February 2007
Queen Mary 2 in Sydney HarbourThousands of Sydneysiders flocked to the water this morning to see the biggest vessel ever to enter our magnificent harbour. But how is civil engineering related to ship building?
Ocean Technology Group seeks Branson's prize   View Summary
19 February 2007
Researchers from the University of Sydney's Ocean Technology Group and their partners hope to be in the running for a US $25 million prize for removing CO2 from the Earth's atmosphere. Prof Ian Jones believes ocean nourishment and plankton provide the answer.
Welcome Alvaro Ramirez   View Summary
7 February 2007
Alvaro Ramirez is visiting to study silo behaviourAlvaro Ramirez from Polytechnic University of Madrid will be visiting our school to complete his research project on the collapse of silos.
New faces in the Enviromental Fluids group   View Summary
2 February 2007
New faces in the Enviromental Fluids groupThe environmental fluids group is expanding this year. Two new PhD students are about to start, two visitors will be with us for the month of February, and a visiting Professor will be working at Sydney for the next year.
January 2007
Expert in liquefaction comes to Sydney   View Summary
25 January 2007
A USyd International Visiting Research Fellowship has been awarded to Prof Andrew Chan from The UnivA USyd International Visiting Research Fellowship has been awarded to Prof Andrew Chan from The University of Birmingham to work with A/Prof Dong-Sheng Jeng on the topic 'An integrated model for wave-induced progressive liquefaction in a porous seabed'.
2007 UAIs announced   View Summary
18 January 2007
Sydney Civil Engineering continues to experience high demand amongst school leavers.Sydney Civil Engineering continues to experience high demand amongst school leavers.
Teaching Equipment Grant to Fund Centrifuge Testing   View Summary
12 January 2007
Teaching Equipment Grant to Fund Centriguge TestingDr David Airey has received a $50000 grant to purchase a new centrifuge testing machine to aid research led teaching in soil mechanics
Students find answers on Information Day   View Summary
4 January 2007
Information Day 2007Queries on our combined degrees, the flexible first year and the structural engineering stream were some of the most common questions from some budding students.
Welcome to Prof Feng Fan   View Summary
2 January 2007
We warmly welcome Professor Feng Fan from the Harbin Institute of Technology to our School. Professor Fan is on sabbatical in Sydney for the next year.