In this edition
We are already over half way through 2012 and the Faculty of Engineering and Surveying has been busy.
In this edition we:
- Learn about new research into Tribology, a new Groundwater Research Group and Arsenic
- Learn from Professors and alumni guest lecturers
- Celebrate alumni success
For general enquiries about this enewsletter, please contact Raylene Jones, Administration Coordinator, Academic and Student Support.
Tribology and Dr Yousif
USQ meet Australian Institute of Building
A three dimensional drawing of the new tribo-test machine integrating multi-configurations
At USQ, a new tribology machine has been developed. In component design, tribological loading plays a very important key in material selection.
A staff member of the faculty of engineering and surveying (Dr. B.F. Yousif) is leading a special issue on materials, design and tribology for Materials and Design Journal (Impact factor 1.79, Ranked A). The issue will be published in Dec on the international database, www.sciencedirect.com.
AIB National President Greg McLean (left) recently visited USQ Springfield
USQ recently hosted an inaugural meeting between construction students, Faculty of Engineering and Surveying staff and representatives of the Australian Institute of Building (AIB) at Springfield campus.
The meeting, aimed at discussing opportunities for future collaboration was attended by AIB's National President Greg McLean, Queensland Chapter President John Gaskin, past Qld Chapter President and Chair of the USQ Construction Advisory Committee Bob Wildermuth and other committee members.
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Alumni imparting knowledge
USQ on the race track!
USQ Civil Engineering Graduate, Brock Tomkins
Recent USQ Civil Engineering Graduate, Brock Tomkins who is now working at GHD Toowoomba Office, visited first year Engineering students to discuss the fundamentals of Engineering and enjoy pizza and networking.
Nathan Assaillit and USQ on the track
The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) is taking to the track in support of Nathan Assaillit who is completing a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) alongside persuing his dream of becoming a motorsport professional.
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When Arsenic of the agenda is a good thing
USQ goes underground!
Professor Jochen Bundschuh
The University of Southern Queensland is co-organising the International Congress "As 2012: Understanding the Geological-Medical Interface of Arsenic". The congress will be held on the 22-27 July in Cairns.
The congress forms part of the international congress series "Arsenic in the Environment" which is led by Professor Jochen Bundschuh from USQ (FoES, NCEA) and Professor Bhattacharya from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
The interdisciplinary congress topics cover the problem of geogenic arsenic in drinking water and food that worldwide affects more than 200 million people in more than 75 countries.
Topics cover arsenic occurrence in geoenvironments, mobility and bioavailability of arsenic in different environments including aquifers, soils, sediments as well as the food chain, and human health effects.
USQ goes underground....
A new Groundwater Research Group (GReG) was initiated recently at USQ with strong support by the NCEA and FoES. The group is headed by Professor Jochen Bundschuh and includes Dr. Elad Dafny, a post-doc researcher.
GReG aims to extend the research abilities of the university below the soil horizons and into the underground aquifers. Their vision is to promote GReG into a major research group in the region, providing sustainable groundwater solutions for the future agricultural, mining and industry sectors.
A renewed focus on Professionalism for Engineering Academics
There is a renewed focus on academics pursuing chartered (professional recognition) and registration (legal obligation). This has resulted in an overhaul of the Stage 2 competencies for chartered recognition to include engineering education as a specific area of practice to be introduced in July 2012. It is Steven Goh's understanding that engineering academics who have been recognised at Stage 1 (Bachelor of Engineering) will now be able to progress to Stage 2, and thus chartered based fully on their experience within academia (and eligible to be registered as a professional engineer in QLD under the co-regulation arrangement).
Engineers Australia's QLD Division (in consultation with BoPEQ and AaeE) has developed an education strategy to engage engineering academics in Queensland and will be implemented soon.