School of Engineering and IT

School of Engineering and Information Technology

Dean's Newsletter

October 2017

Dean - Professor Bogdan Dlugogorski

We received some exciting news this month. The long awaited plans for Networking and Gaming labs and student space to be created in the Science and Computing building, finally has a timeline. The project will be released for tender before the end of the year and construction works will commence in early January 2018. This will provide much needed space for IT students and house cutting-edge 24/7 laboratories and break out areas where students can work and collaborate on projects. The new integrated space will significantly boost the Schools IT infrastructure, which is particularly timely, as we see IT enrolment numbers increasing. Thank you to all of the staff involved in bringing this project to fruition, with special thanks to our Vice Chancellor, Professor Eeva Leinonen

New IT area update

Overview of the Networking and Gamin labs and IT student hub

Murdoch University recently joined the SAGE pilot program, which aims to improve gender equity and diversity in Australian science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM). The School has set-up a working party, which will look at ways of enhancing inclusiveness in the School and eventually assist with self-assessment as the University works towards a bronze Athena SWAN award in two years time. In this edition of the Newsletter, we feature an article by Dr Nicola Armstrong about equity and diversity in the School. Take the implicit bias test to see how you view diversity and inclusiveness.

Read on for more information on what is happening in the School and across campus, in this months’ edition of the Newsletter.

Remember, whether you are a student, an academic, administrative or technical staff member, if you have a story to share please send it to the SEIT email - SEIT@murdoch.edu.au. Please mention the article title in the subject line of the email.

If you are a student or staff reading this Newsletter, please let your friends and family know about Scholarships for Honours, Postgraduate degrees, details are included a the end of the Newsletter.

Best wishes,

Bodzio Dlugogorski

 

SCHOOL OUTREACH ACTIVITIES

ATAR MATHS STUDENTS GET SOME ADVICE

Emeritus Associate Professor Ken Harrison recently held a special lecture at Pinjarra Senior High School for ATAR Maths students. The lecture provided insight and advice to students about what to expect during ATAR exams and how to prepare for them.

Associate Professor Harrison has been member of a number of committees involved with ATAR mathematics courses and exams, and currently mentors students participating in the Pathways to STEM program at Murdoch University.

Associate Professor Harrison’s contribution to the ATAR program was recently featured in the Pinjarra Murray Times Community news. Pinjarra SHS ATAR maths students get study help from Murdoch Uni professor.

CONGRATULATIONS

WESTERN AUSTRALIAN WATER AWARDS FINALIST – MS LAURA SENGE

The Australian Water Association WA Awards recognises innovation and excellence by individuals and organisations in the WA water industry, by acknowledging outstanding work in the delivery of water programmes.

Congratulations to recent honours student, Ms Laura Senge for becoming a finalist in the Student Water Prize category, for her project, Water Auditing: The first step to effective effluent treatment on dairy farms in south-west Western Australia.

The WA Winners will be announced at the WA Branch 45th Anniversary and Water Awards Dinner on Friday, 20th October. Winners will be eligible to enter in the National Awards, which will be presented at Ozwater. We wish Ms Senge the very best of luck for the awards.

For more details on the WA awards go to Western Australian Water Awards

FOR EVERYONE

RESEARCH PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOPS - A DATABASE FOR FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Research Professional Staff will be visiting Murdoch University on the 31st October to deliver half hour training sessions to get you started using Research Professional. This is open to all Murdoch staff and students..

Research Professional provides you with access to a comprehensive database of funding opportunities in all disciplines, from a wide range of funders in Australia and overseas. Once you have customised your account, you need never hunt for funding again! The system is easy to use, flexible and new funding alerts can be automated.

Information sessions available:

Date

Tuesday 31st October 2017

Location

GCL1 – Computer Lab 351.2.002

Times

09:00am – 09:30am

09:45am – 10:15am

10:30am – 11:00am

11:15am – 11:45am

Registration

To register for a session please use the doodle poll link below and select your preferred session time https://doodle.com/poll/8arsh56vriywkc32

Please read more about the Research Professional system by following this link: http://our.murdoch.edu.au/Research-and-Development/Funding-and-scholarship-opportunities/Research-Professional/

If you have any further queries, you can contact Jane Crier on j.crier@murdoch.edu.au

PUBLIC LECTURE BY PROFESSOR ROSS GARNAUT

One of Australia’s most eminent climate change economists will discuss WA’s future in a Low-Carbon World Economy.

An internationally-renowned economist and former Federal Government climate change advisor, Professor Ross Garnaut, has had a distinguished career developing and analysing policy connected to economic, international relations and development in Australia.

He is coming to Murdoch to deliver a public lecture entitled Australia as a superpower of the Low Carbon World Economy: A Western Australian Perspective after Finkel and Frydenburg, in which he will discuss the opportunities for Australia in the light of the Finkel Report and the Commonwealth Government’s response to it.

Photo 3 Ross Garnaut.jpgJoin us at ECL 1 on Friday, 3 November from 11am, to learn how Australia’s, and particularly Western Australia’s, natural renewable energy resources, provide the potential to be well placed in the emerging low carbon world economy. Professor Garnaut says success in utilising this opportunity depends on wise and stable policy.

After Professor Garnaut’s presentation, there will be an opportunity to ask questions.

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DATE: 3rd November 2017
TIME: 11:00am - 12:30pm
LOCATION: ECL1 - Lecture Theatre

To attend, RSVP by Thursday 2 November, via the event website. https://rossgarnaut-murdochuni.eventbrite.com.au

EQUITY AND DIVERSITY IN SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

The stereotypic view of engineering, IT and science in general, is that it is a male domain. Indeed, the majority of the academic staff in the School are male. But, have you taken the time to look at the gender ratio in your undergraduate units lately? Not to mention the postgraduate courses, there are actually more female PhD students in mathematics at Murdoch than males! So what happens to all the female students after graduation? Why aren’t they staying in academia? This translates into a huge loss of knowledge and talent.

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The data shown above, illustrates the disturbing trend that is current across the STEM disciplines. Studies have shown that this so-called scissor-plot is due to structural barriers forcing women to leave scientific research careers. Not me, you think? Well try the implicit bias test at https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/uk/ and find out.

Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) is a national program that promotes gender equity and diversity in STEMM disciplines. Murdoch University joined the SAGE program this year. Part of the SAGE program is a trial of the Athena SWAN charter, a UK-developed evaluation and accreditation program that aims to enhance gender equity in STEMM. The university has signed up to the Athena SWAN principles (see http://www.sciencegenderequity.org.au/athena-swan-principles/), and has begun the process of collecting and analysing data in order to be eligible for an Athena SWAN award in the future. As part of this process, SEIT now has an Equity & Diversity committee which will be making recommendations to the School Executive for the development of policies and practices that promote gender equity and diversity.

Article supplied by Dr Nicola Armstrong

AWA FOLLOW UP WITH THEIR 2016 AWARD WINNER – DR MARTIN ANDA

The Australian Water Association recently caught up with Dr Martin Anda, who won the Western Australian Water Professional of the Year in 2016. In the AWA interview, Dr Anda outlines the successful student exchange program he supervised earlier this year to Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University in China. The exchange was part of the New Colombo Plan 2017 award won by Dr Anda and was featured in the July 2017 Newsletter.

Dr Anda has again this year, won a New Colombo Mobility Grant and will be taking students to Indonesia this time. You can find the full interview with AWA and Dr Anda at Water researchers exchange knowledge with China.

RENEWABLE ENERGY TARGETS CREATE UNCERTAINTY FOR BUSINESSES IN WA

Dr Tania Urmee was interviewed by ABC Perth recently, to comment on how the Federal Governments new energy plan may impact Western Australian businesses.

See the following link to the ABC News website for the full article and comments from other interviewees:

Ben Wyatt, WA Treasurer
Darmus Yildiz, BayWA Renewable Energy
Ken Moyle, Chamber of Minerals and Energy

ABC News - energy reform how will it affect WA

UNDERGRADUATE SUMMER PROJECT SCHOLARSHIP 2017

The School is offering a great scholarship opportunity for five students at $3,000 each, to undertake research projects over the summer holidays. See a snapshot of the application form below for more details and click on the link here to download.

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START YOUR JOURNEY TO SCIENTIFIC EXCELLENCE

Dean's Scholarships for Scientific Excellence

ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR A ‘MURDOCH FIRST SCHOLARSHIP’?

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APPLY FOR HONOURS AND POST GRADUATE COURSES

If you or someone you know is interested in continuing post graduate study see the opportunities available below:

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To find out more go to: http://Murdoch.edu.au/Honours-courses

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To find out more go to: http://postgraduate.murdoch.edu.au/

IMPROVE YOUR EMPLOYABILITY AND GAIN EXPERIENCE BEFORE YOU GRADUATE

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To find out more go to Career Connect August Newsletter and register your details at CareerConnect.