Welcome
to this edition of Ingenuity

with Professor Simon Biggs, Executive Dean
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

It is a great pleasure for me to introduce this edition of our Ingenuity magazine.

Life in a university is never dull and as I write this we are facing another change to our funding landscape through the federal budget. Exactly how this will impact on us and the opportunities we can provide to students are yet to be clarified. Of course, this further reinforces the need for us to have strong partnerships with industry, alumni, charitable foundations and other government agencies at both state and federal level. Such relationships are facilitated and strengthened through the opportunities we provide to people to gain a world-class education, as well as through the leading-edge innovations that come from our research. I am very excited therefore that we are able to bring you further news here about the partnership between UQ and Boeing.

Within our Faculty, we have seen some significant changes in leadership during the last 12 months, with three new Heads of School, a new Associate Dean, and a new Director of the Advanced Water Management Centre. So, I hope you will join me in welcoming Professors Ross McAree (Mechanical and Mining), Simon Washington (Civil), Michael Brünig (IT and Electrical), Aleks Rakic (External Engagement), and Zhiguo Yuan (AWMC). I’d also like to welcome the Sustainable Minerals Institute’s new Director, Professor Neville Plint, who we look forward to working closely with.

A major theme for our Faculty is equity and diversity. As many of you know, we have supported a very successful program for women in engineering over many years.

During the last year we have started to work with other universities to share our learning and try to build a stronger pipeline of females entering the profession across the whole country. This is one of the topics highlighted in this edition of Ingenuity and something that I am personally very passionate about.

Some of the great pleasures of my role are the opportunities to interact with so many of our wonderful alumni.

This year we celebrate the centenary of chemical engineering at UQ and we have a number of exciting events lined up. I hope you enjoy reading our magazine.

If you have any thoughts or comments about anything to do with this or other aspects of the Faculty, please do not hesitate to get in contact.