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Engineering Success28 June 2011
The Faculty of Engineering recognized the outstanding achievements of 38 students and staff members during 2010 at the Annual Engineering Awards Presentation Dinner on Wednesday 8 June in the Banquet Room at the Clayton Campus.
Over 168 guests joined the students and staff members to celebrate their achievements with industry sponsors, staff and the wider Monash community.
Professor Tam Sridhar took the opportunity to welcome chief guests Lord and Lady Broers.
Lord Alec Broers is the chairman of the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee and past president (2002-2006) of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He was also the Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University from 1996-2003 and is a pioneer of nanotechnology and the first person to use the scanning electron microscope for the fabrication of micro-miniature structures.
Lord Broers spoke about the importance of engineering to the world today and the way in which the role of the engineer is forever being transformed.
"Creative engineers have shaped the world for centuries and will continue to do so for the indefinite future, but subsequent generations do this in very different ways and engineering education has to continuously evolve to keep up with the changes, and in the last few days I have been pleased to see that the Monash Engineering Faculty is riding the crest of this wave of change," said Lord Broers.
Lord Broers asked our Monash award recipients to remember how lucky they are to be born with such intelligence and attend Monash University.
"Do not waste the opportunities that this opens up for you. Take advantage of it and treasure it and remember that as an engineer you may even be responsible for the survival of the planet," he concluded.
Professor Sridhar spoke about the Faculty’s 50th Celebrations and asked guests to take time to think about where today’s graduates will be in a further 50 years.
“This year we will celebrate this milestone and release a history of the first 50 years to recognise the efforts of the pioneering staff and students. Today’s engineering graduates will still be working in the year 2050. It is interesting to speculate what kind of changes they will live through.”
In an inspiring speech, Professor Sridhar commented on the future of Australia, that we need actively create the sort of society that other nations envy and want to emulate. He concluded his speech bay saying, “Our goal is to create a world class engineering faculty so that our students are able to go out with confidence and create the industries for our future prosperity. It is through our students that we ensure our legacy reaches much beyond our lifetime.”
Students were awarded around $100,000 in prize money, donated by generous industry sponsors and personal benefactors.
Staff were also recognised for their dedication and commitment to the Faculty.