05 August 2011
Engineering our future
More than 100 outstanding RMIT University engineering students have been recognised for their academic success at the 2011 Engineering Prizes and Awards Ceremony.
The event recognised the outstanding achievements of RMIT engineering students.
Professor Peter Coloe, Pro Vice-Chancellor Science, Engineering and Health and Vice President, presents the Bob Rose Memorial Prize to Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) student Vincent Morris.
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The event recognised the academic and personal achievement of students from four engineering schools in the College of Science, Engineering and Health: Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering TAFE, and Civil, Environmental and Chemical Engineering.
Guest Speaker Dr Bill Lyons, General Manager of Boeing Research and Technology, Australia, emphasised the importance of collaboration between organisations.
"Innovation is increasingly brought to market through a network of ideas," Dr Lyons said.
"The ability to communicate and collaborate is essential with more complex products and projects.
"Team ingenuity was the growth engine of the last century. Collective ingenuity is the next goal to achieve global success.
"There needs to be a willingness to share and collaborate, as well as the curiosity that drives innovation."
Professor Peter Coloe, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Vice President, Science, Engineering and Health and Vice-President, congratulated students who had achieved outstanding academic results in the past year.
"The engineering prizes and awards are an important recognition of the expertise and academic achievements of our RMIT students, and will undoubtedly help them as they move from university to the workplace," he said.
"As graduates they will have the skills, knowledge and industry experience to succeed in this diverse and challenging environment."
Major prize winners were:
- Engineers Australia Award (Higher Education) for best final-year engineering student - Johanna Austin, Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)
- Engineers Australia Award (TAFE) for best final-year engineering TAFE student - Naresh Pillai, Advanced Diploma in Electronics and Communications Engineering
- PVC's ExxonMobil Award (Aerospace, Mechanical or Manufacturing Engineering) - Kamil Czerwinski, Bachelor of Engineering (Aerospace Engineering)/Bachelor of Business (Management)
- PVC's ExxonMobil Award (Electrical or Computer Engineering) - Anthony Lyngcoln, Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering)
- PVC's ExxonMobil Award (Civil, Environmental or Chemical Engineering) - Kylie Bishop, Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental Engineering)
- Kernot Medal - Brian Gall, Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)
Scholarships from Boeing Australia, QANTAS, Dyne Industries, SEW-EURODRIVE and Energy Response were also acknowledged and presented by representatives from each company at the ceremony.
This event was sponsored by ExxonMobil and held during Australian Engineering Week.
Michael Greenwood, representing major sponsor ExxonMobil.
Guest speaker, Dr William F Lyons, General Manager, Boeing Research and Technology - Australia.