Hysteresis             2009    The Annual Publication of theAdelaide University Engineering Society
Adelaide University Engineering Society      Hysteresis 2009          The Adelaide University Engineering Society         ...
Adelaide University Engineering Society                               Hysteresis 2009ContentsOrigins of the AUES ............
Adelaide University Engineering Society       Hysteresis 2009Origins of the AUESThe origins of the AUES can be traced back...
Adelaide University Engineering Society        Hysteresis 2009                      The first pub crawls also began to be ...
Adelaide University Engineering Society        Hysteresis 2009During the barbeque, one of the more enlightened members of ...
Adelaide University Engineering Society       Hysteresis 2009AUES Committee 2009       President          VP (Ed)         ...
Adelaide University Engineering Society        Hysteresis 2009 Editorials                                             I’d ...
Adelaide University Engineering Society      Hysteresis 2009Sponsors                     Businesses that provided         ...
Adelaide University Engineering Society         Hysteresis 2009 President                                  This year has u...
Adelaide University Engineering Society       Hysteresis 2009Vice President (Education)                                   ...
Adelaide University Engineering Society          Hysteresis 2009In 2009 the AUES extended its support of professional orga...
Adelaide University Engineering Society       Hysteresis 2009Vice President (Activities)                                  ...
Adelaide University Engineering Society       Hysteresis 2009at the term 2 BBQ didn’t reduce the meat and beer consumed, p...
Adelaide University Engineering Society               Hysteresis 2009TreasurerEvery year the AUES manages to run four BBQs...
Adelaide University Engineering Society       Hysteresis 2009Women’s Officer                           A few years ago a w...
Adelaide University Engineering Society     Hysteresis 2009O’WeekO’Week is typically a greatsuccess for the AUES, and2009 ...
Adelaide University Engineering Society   Hysteresis 2009One of the events thatwe were extremelykeen to publicise thisyear...
Adelaide University Engineering Society        Hysteresis 2009Pub Crawl                                                   ...
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Adelaide University Engineering Society   Hysteresis 2009This is about where my nightended, as much as to say, I don’tquit...
Adelaide University Engineering Society       Hysteresis 2009Careers NightThe 2009 Careers Night washeld on May 12th in th...
Adelaide University Engineering Society         Hysteresis 2009BBQs                                                       ...
Adelaide University Engineering Society        Hysteresis 2009Free stuff was to be had at the second BBQwith Engineers Aus...
Adelaide University Engineering Society       Hysteresis 2009The atmosphere at the BBQs is always excellent and revelry is...
Adelaide University Engineering Society       Hysteresis 2009Quiz NightIt was a crisp evening; 200 eagerminds and 19 clean...
Adelaide University Engineering Society                     Hysteresis 2009      The amazing spread brought by a team of f...
Adelaide University Engineering Society        Hysteresis 2009Coopers Clubs CupIt has become tradition that every year the...
Adelaide University Engineering Society         Hysteresis 2009                               Rhys Heard (left) and       ...
Adelaide University Engineering Society        Hysteresis 2009It seems that everyone within the Uni is a member of the AUE...
Adelaide University Engineering Society       Hysteresis 2009Cocktail NightIt was a cold evening in the town of Adelaide, ...
Adelaide University Engineering Society          Hysteresis 2009      Vox Pop      1) Longest time spent in CATS?      2) ...
Adelaide University Engineering Society            Hysteresis 2009Erik - Exchange Student from Sweden                     ...
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Adelaide University Engineering Society        Hysteresis 2009Where are they now?Name: Rebecca TennantDegree: B.E (Civil &...
Adelaide University Engineering Society           Hysteresis 2009          Civil,School of Civil, Environmental and Mining...
Adelaide University Engineering Society       Hysteresis 2009    The final year research project group of John Baulis, Lis...
Adelaide University Engineering Society        Hysteresis 2009School of Mechanical Engineering2009 has so far been a very ...
Adelaide University Engineering Society        Hysteresis 2009their Masters course in Advanced Digital Control to compete ...
Adelaide University Engineering Society         Hysteresis 2009Orientation Week Designand Build CompetitionThis year, the ...
Adelaide University Engineering Society        Hysteresis 2009lecturer and we anticipate the new appointment to commence i...
Adelaide University Engineering Society        Hysteresis 2009Postgraduate StudiesIt is worth remembering that your underg...
Adelaide University Engineering Society       Hysteresis 2009Research in the School of Mechanical EngineeringMembers of ou...
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  1. 1. Hysteresis 2009 The Annual Publication of theAdelaide University Engineering Society
  2. 2. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2009 The Adelaide University Engineering Society would like to present HysteresisHys ter e sis n. 1. The lagging of an effect behind its cause, as when the change in magnetism of a body lags behind changes in the magnetic field. 2. The annual publication of the Adelaide University Engineering Society, documenting the most vital parts of the greatest faculty on campus. Published by the Adelaide University Engineering Society Edited by Kristina Noicos and Alex Egan Suck it yas! Published October 2009 Page i
  3. 3. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2009ContentsOrigins of the AUES ................................................................................................... 1AUES Committee 2009 .............................................................................................. 4Editorials .................................................................................................................... 5Sponsors .................................................................................................................... 6Executive Committee Reports President ................................................................................................................. 7 Vice President (Education)...................................................................................... 8 Vice President (Activities) ..................................................................................... 10 Treasurer .............................................................................................................. 12 Women’s Officer ................................................................................................... 13AUES Events O’Week ................................................................................................................. 14 Pub Crawl ............................................................................................................. 16 Careers Night ........................................................................................................ 19 BBQs .................................................................................................................... 20 Quiz Night ............................................................................................................. 23 Coopers Clubs Cup............................................................................................... 25 Cocktail Night ........................................................................................................ 28Vox Pop.................................................................................................................... 29Where are they now? ............................................................................................... 32School Reports School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering ........................................ 33 School of Mechanical Engineering ........................................................................ 35 Australian School of Petroleum ............................................................................. 42Student Society Reports AIAA ...................................................................................................................... 45 CHEMS - The Chemical Engineering Society ....................................................... 47 EEESAU ............................................................................................................... 50 EWB - Engineers Without Borders ........................................................................ 51 SPE - Society of Petroleum Engineers ................................................................. 53Reports from Associated Organisations National Wine Centre ............................................................................................ 55 Engineers Australia ............................................................................................... 56 Clubs Association ................................................................................................. 57The AUES in Numbers ............................................................................................. 59The AUES Website .................................................................................................. 61The AUES Newsletter .............................................................................................. 63My Lecturer is Famous! ............................................................................................ 64Dan the Male Model ................................................................................................. 65The Full Adelaide Uni Experience ............................................................................ 66History-sis - A Blast from the Past ............................................................................ 67Staff Profiles ............................................................................................................. 70University Life as a Mature Age Student .................................................................. 742009 Year in Review ................................................................................................ 75Eatery Review .......................................................................................................... 77Meet Next Year’s AUES President ........................................................................... 81Photo Gallery ........................................................................................................... 84 Page ii
  4. 4. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2009Origins of the AUESThe origins of the AUES can be traced back to the earlyNeanderthal days. Unfortunately, cavemen Engies wereseverely limited in what they could design by several factors - forexample the wheel was square, electricity was something to beavoided, and finally (and most importantly) no-one knew how tobrew a good beer. But as man evolved so too did the Engie Societies - until the advent of the Romans and the Greeks and their love of sharp pointy metal things and sticking them in people. Although the introduction of wine boosted Engie’s abilities, there was still a certain spark of integrity and stability lacking; beer. This lack of beer sadly resulted in the fall of the Roman Empire, as the beer drinking Gaul and Germanic tribes, aided by their superior beer drinking engineers decided to ‘shut the neighbours up’ once and for all by having a REALLY big barbeque.Around this period Engie Societies began to appear in whatwas to become known as Asia through evidence found inthe great Engie scrolls. Apparently a wall-building eventorganised by the local Engie committee got a little out ofcontrol after a few too many Tsingtaos. This epic strugglecontinued for many years with the wall getting longer andlonger (which pays testament to the stubbornness of Engies) until our ancient brethren, the “Sciences”, discovered gunpowder, and the Engies came to realise it was much more fun to blow things up rather than to build them…as is still evident in our modern pub crawls!It wasn’t until sometime in the middle ages that the holyfluid, beer, came into greater prominence. This gave riseto huge feats of engineering; giant pubs made out ofstone and surrounded by moats full of keg dregs. Thereasoning for this is written by the sage Beerscullo inhis writings, which state “ye any invader toppled intothy moat would consume too much libations (beer)and henceforth be rendered unable to continuefighting, standing, or talking…”. Page 1
  5. 5. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2009 The first pub crawls also began to be organised in this period, and owing to the growing popularity of beer, were extremely large. These pub crawls became known as the Crusades, and tended to go long distances looking to quench their thirsts. Things remained much the same until another major source of knowledge was discovered - spirits. The advent of spiritsgave rise to a giant increase in learning, which became known as the Renaissanceperiod. Modern wonders such as the alcohol powered car and locomotive wereinvented, and, with the lack of breath testers, filling up the jalopytook on a whole new meaning. Fortunately, a bright youngengineer pointed out that precious alcohol was beingwasted on machines that couldn’t really enjoy the taste orother effects, and so petroleum was used to powervehicles instead. The end of this period saw, in the little known colony of Australia, an initial rising of the AUES, which was temporarily stunted due to the first appearance of the great evil - Prohibition. This dastardly law was made by the evils known as ‘law and order’, to prevent the rise of the Great Society. Fortunately the population rose up in favour of the ‘good drop’ and threw down the great evil.As the Society grew in power and influence, senior members of the AUES decided itwas time to elect a president, via secret ballot. Unfortunately an ongoing argumentbetween the Germans and the rest of theworld about who brewed the best beer got outof hand and the Great War broke out, so theAUES election was postponed in favour of abarbeque - which seemed a more appropriateway to settle the argument.The issue was finally settled by everyonegetting hammered and throwing ‘empties’ atthe Germans. But unfortunately the issue wasto come up again several years later, when alittle German brewer with his trademarkmoustache convinced some of his mates ofthe power of the dark side of beer - beganWorld War II. Once again, the AUES came upwith the excellent idea of resolving the conflict- another barbeque! Page 2
  6. 6. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2009During the barbeque, one of the more enlightened members of the AUES bellowed “Hitler’s a D**KHEAD!” and everybody cheered! Such a bold display did not go unnoticed by the world leaders that were present, who, in turn used this cry to inspire allied troops to victory. It was also decided that such arguments should never happen again, so the political arm of the AUES, along with the enlightened boisterous chap as leader, became the United Nations, but only after the first choice “United Breweries” was abandoned.In more recent times the AUES has continued to grow in power andinfluence. While we still undertake historical recreations of someour most prominent past events, such as the pub crawl (arecreation of the great wall building event is just a little toodaunting), the AUES now prefers to keep a lower profile. But wecontinue to work behind the scenes, and few important decisionsare made without first consulting the AUES. It is widely accepted that if peace comesto the Middle East, it will be due, in no small part, to the tireless workings of theAUES and its members. And so it can be seen that from its humble beginnings millennia ago, when the society for engineers was a mere twinkle in the eye of our strange, yet prophetic, forefathers, the AUES has developed into a mighty organisation. While some may describe its operations as bizarre or even crazy, society in general has come to see the AUES as a symbol of all that life should be, as a beacon of hope guiding them away fromthe rocky shoals of their past to a brighter, more interesting future… Anonymous Page 3
  7. 7. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2009AUES Committee 2009 President VP (Ed) VP (Activities) Treasurer Kristina Noicos Kevin Chan Tim Hickson Yasmin Freschi Women’s Officer Publicity Officer IT Officer Peta Johannsen Daniel Ali Alex Egan Alex Byron Chris Crystal Essie Arney Holmes Quek Forrester Morrison Heath Kailash Kate Michael Ruth Georgeff Thiyagarajah Turner Lee Tupper Page 4
  8. 8. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2009 Editorials I’d like to start my editorial by expressing how much fun it was to edit Hysteresis. This may sound like a joke, but being forced to go through each article and remember everything we got up to this year made me appreciate what a fantastic year it has been. As you can imagine from the size of this magazine, a lot of effort went into its development, so I’d like to acknowledge those that helped us create thisEarlier in the year, I put my hand up and masterpiece.said Id edit Hysteresis. I thought it was a Firstly, almost everyone on the 2009necessary evil and wouldnt be a lot of committee actually submitted an article.work since most of the content is done by This is truly amazing considering pastother people. Just throw it together and years involvement and a testament toBobs your uncle. When the time came to how the AUES is continuously changingactually doing it, I realised how wrong I and improving.was. Secondly, Alex Egan for letting me takeIt was great fun to read, write and edit; control of editing as I similarly took controllooking back over the year and of everything else this year in the AUES.remembering all the stuff that happened A very big and important thanks needs tohas made me appreciate my time at uni go to the Dean of the ECMS Faculty,and with the AUES. Also, there was Peter Dowd, for letting us contact thesurprisingly a lot to do to make this engineering schools and giving usdocument happen! Even though Kris took permission for this yearbook to go ahead.charge and revoked my creative freedom, Thanks also to the ECMS Marketingit was fun to do. department for taking time out from theirBig thanks go out to everyone who important jobs to edit the magazine, andcontributed directly, through articles and for leaving so much of the original contentthe like, and to those who contributed in here.indirectly, by making this year and our Huge thanks goes to Chris Tanevents worthy of writing about. Consulting, who at the last minute offeredThis year was one of the biggest and best to sponsor the printing of this magazine.for the AUES. We got things going early Thank you very, very much.with OParty in OWeek, the pub crawl The last acknowledgement is forwas the biggest yet and our BBQs everyone that paid for membership,continue to get more and more massive. attended our events and bought our pubSo there is a lot to read and we think its crawl shirts. Without all those people thepretty good. Hopefully, you do too. As the club (and Hysteresis) wouldn’t exist.2009 uni year draws to a close, I hope Having said all that, I hope you enjoyyou had a good one and that next year is reading Hysteresis as much as I enjoyedeven bigger and better. editing it! Alex Egan Kristina Noicos Page 5
  9. 9. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2009Sponsors Businesses that provided financial support Financial support from businesses in industry indicates the link between the AUES and furthering your degree. By sponsoring the AUES, Schlumberger, TMK Consulting and Chris Tan Consulting have ensured that the AUES can have the best events on campus. A business that provided goods Without Big Quince Print and the pub crawl shirts they so kindly provided at a discounted price, the AUES wouldn’t have enough profits to spend on events. Thanks to the National Wine Centre, the AUES was able to A body that provide pub crawl goers with provided jelly shots, club members with support UniBar drink specials and Careers Night attendees with free drinks Page 6
  10. 10. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2009 President This year has undoubtedly been the biggest year of the AUES, due in most part to my fantastic leadership, great ideas and organisation skills. I am a really awesome president, and I did a much better job than that Chris Schwarz guy in 2008. Being president of the biggest club on campus has definitely been the highlight of my university life, which can be attributed to the great people I’ve had a chance to spend time with and all the handy skills I’ve developed.The most important skill an AUES president needs to learn is how to create an epicallygood event with limited resources. Correct quantities of food, beverages andentertainment are required, as well as adequate levels of seating. There must alwaysbe seating. Now I’m sure everyone assumes the AUES has a bank account withhundreds of thousands of dollars in it, but this isn’t the case. This means that we havebecome fantastically good at using a small amount of money to create a whole lot offun. This is a skill I practise in my spare time, and am currently perfecting, since at theend of October I will no longer receive free money from Centrelink.Another skill I’ve learned is how to make friends with basically anyone. This is animportant life skill for engineers as many jobs are offered through networking, and sincea lot of us engineers are socially challenged. I discovered it’s actually possible to makefriends with someone if you have only one simple thing in common. Leading on fromthis point, myself and 500 other people enjoy engineering BBQs.Skills aside, there have been some great improvements and additions to the AUES in2009. Some of these are a working membership/mailing list - we actually know whomembers are and can contact them via email; a brand new website - read about it onpage 61; AUES steins, including such features as ‘large volume’, ‘plastic composition’and ‘handle’; deals for members at the UniBar (thanks Niomi!) and membership stickerswhich allowed us to throw away the hugely unsuccessful barcode scanners of 2008.Thanks to everyone that contributed to the fantastic success of the Society in 2009,specifically Sarah Stronglaw (Events at the National Wine Centre) for continuing toanswer my phone calls, Adelaide onLION for our website, Xan, Shwatta and Tom V fortheir ongoing support, and the people on committee that contributed this year - youknow who you are. Lastly, the biggest thank you is to every single person that came toour events and made this the best AUES year ever! Kristina Noicos Page 7
  11. 11. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2009Vice President (Education) The role of VP (Education) is to organise events which support the learning and professional development of engineering students. This includes working with and supporting professional engineering organisations, running the Statics Tutoring program and, the main event of the AUES education calendar, the annual Careers Night. The Careers Night report is presented on page 19 whilst other events are covered here. The AUES year commenced with a presentation to all first year engineers during the official Faculty of Engineering Mathematical and Computer Sciences (ECMS) welcome session. The Prez andVP (Ed) introduced freshers to the lesser known side of the AUES, not the famousBBQs, parties and the Engie Pub Crawl, but the educational and professionalsupport offered throughout the year. Freshers were invited to visit the AUES tentduring O’Week for advice on settling in and to pick up their guide to first yearsuccess, the AUES ‘Unofficial Freshers Guide.’ This Guide contained advice oneverything from subjects and uni technology to where students could collect theirpigeons and pigeon holes. A map and checklist were available to help students findtheir way around and work out when they’d actually adapted to engineering atAdelaide Uni. Finally, the guide contained background reading which all students arerequired to know for their final year core knowledge exam, ‘The Origins of theAUES.’This year the AUES continued to strengthen our ties with professional engineeringorganisations. The AUES VP (Ed) continues to hold a position on the YoungEngineers Australia (YEA) SA committee and acted as the unofficial campus co-ordinator for Engineers Australia (EA). As part of this role the AUES facilitatedseveral EA campus visits, signup opportunities throughout the year. In addition theAUES supported the EA careers advice night on August 3rd with a pre-event publicityBBQ. In 2010 Divina Tomamak will officially take up the revived office of EA CampusCo-ordinator. We wish Divina all the best in their new role and offer our ongoingsupport for EA campus activities. Page 8
  12. 12. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2009In 2009 the AUES extended its support of professional organisations to includePESA and the University of Adelaide Environment Institute. PESA was provided witha stall and extensive publicity at the first term BBQ, resulting in PESA signing over all ,100 new student members. The AUES also organised a BBQ lunch for the members.Environment Institute, because as everyone knows, it’s an engie BBQ or its nothing.AUES statics tutorials were held throughout first semester. The aim of the Statics lsTutoring Program is to reduce the notorious ‘1st year slump’ that a lot of freshers gothrough. An increase in social life (read ‘UniBar’), combined with other factors, causea lot of students to fall short of their potential in particular subjects. The staticstutorials were attended by a limited number of students this year, with a peak inattendance the week of the mid semester test. Thanks to Tim, Byron and Michael for mid-semestervolunteering to take the tutorials this year. If you are interested in helping out with hestatics tutoring or tutoring in any other first year subject, please register your intereston our website (www.aues.org.au). aues.org.au).AUES assistance for first years will expand next year to include a tutor referral includeservice. Older students interested in tutoring first year subjects will be able toadvertise online on the AUES website so that first years can find help quickly andeasily when they need it.Thanks to ECMS, the School of Mechanical Engineering, the National Wine Centre Engineering,and the Adelaide University Union for their assistance in organising eventsthroughout the year and the use of their facilities. In 2010 the number of AUES VPswill be reduced from two to one. This sole VP will assume th roles andtheresponsibilities of the education VP. Best wishes to next year’s VP, ChristopherQuek, in continuing to expand the educational and professional development ,services offered by the AUES to engineering students and strengthening the clubsties with industry. Kevin Chan Page 9
  13. 13. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2009Vice President (Activities) This year is the last year of the Vice President of Activities position, since really it’s just an excuse to rock up late, look important while you do nothing, order people around and generally enjoy yourself as much as possible, so the ‘work’ has been divided among the rest of the committee in 2010. The year has been a grand one so far, with many unforgettable moments, along with a significant portion of moments that can’t be remembered. This year was perhaps the most successful year in terms of fun, entertainment, andgeneral good times, due in no small part to the huge organisational effort that theAUES committee (myself included!) has put in. While there was a huge committeethis year, there was not often a huge group to help get things done, usually at thehead of getting-it-done was the 2009-worst-prez-ever Kristina, so a huge thank youis due by the thousands of us that regularly enjoy the delicious, amber, bubblybenefits. Thank me too while you’re at it.Starting the year of with a nice slap in the proverbial face was Orientation week, inwhich the AUES always contributes whole-heartedly, with copious amounts of good-times forced onto all those around us. From MC-ing the tug-o-war and boat races, tospreading the love of all things beer and gospel of engineering with our megaphone,the AUES made sure everyone felt loved. On the Wednesday night of OWeek thefirst ever AUES OParty was held, very successfully (attended by some 150 eagermembers), in the UniBar with blaring live music, plenty of party lights and greatstudent-priced drink specials.An amazing success at the first of four BBQs of the year set our hopes high, withplenty of enthusiastic members queuing far across the Barr Smith Lawns eagerlyawaiting the free food and drinks. I was amazed at how smoothly everything ran,despite the usual messing about with kegs (and still having to show people how totap the kegs), irregular food-delivery times and random people serving the food.Particular highlights were the giant bunnies handing out free chocolate and theintroduction of new AUES plastic steins, which greatly reduced the beer line waitingtime and helped us all look a little more macho as we gave our drinking arm an extraworkout. The term 2 and 3 BBQs were, as predicted, amazing events that werebigger and better than their predecessors, even rain and a slight slump in members Page 10
  14. 14. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2009at the term 2 BBQ didn’t reduce the meat and beer consumed, paving the way for ahuge term 4 BBQ, which I am very much looking forward too.From the start of OWeek up until D-Day itself the excitement of the annual AUESPub Crawl was building, through weekly T-shirt sales, large banners and countlessposters, it was hard for anyone to hide their excitement. An outrageous success,personally measured by the number of free jelly-shots I swiped on entry to UniBar,number of sculling competitions won, total distance travelled by piggy-backing andthe combined length of time that I wasn’t sure where I was or who I was talking to butdidn’t care. Always the biggest event on the AUES calendar, some may even say thewhole university calendar, this year smashed the previous records and broughttogether 1860 people eager to experience the legendary night of fun times, whichcertainly did not disappoint. A large wash of white shirts spouting general engiechants filled the night alongside responsible drinking, Hungry Jacks and makingfriends with randoms. A personal highlight was “discussing” how superior our pubcrawl was with a number of people on smaller simultaneous crawls.The last event to mention here is the AUES quiz night, which broke some long-standing traditions such as the separate points system based on number of drinksconsumed (meaning I suddenly had far less chance of winning) in exchange for anunlimited drinks package. This event always requires some of the largestorganisational commitments from the committee and it was great to see so manypeople getting involved in collecting prizes, writing questions, serving drinks andchecking tickets. I was very happy to save my VP skills for the most important tasksall night: eating pizza and drinking as much as my body would allow as I made itfrom the quiz to the UniBar and onto the Exeter for what I’ve been told was a greatend to the already fantastic event. The night was also a great opportunity for somenew potential committee members to show their dedication to bringing a good time tomembers.It’s going to be hard to match, let alone improve on this year’s achievements, butfilled with the great memories of 2009 and years past we’re certainly going to try. Tim Hickson Page 11
  15. 15. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2009TreasurerEvery year the AUES manages to run four BBQs where wego through an average of 1500 snags and 10 kegs. TheseBBQs cost around $4000 each to run. We charge a $5membership at the start of the year to be a member of theclub. If you do the math you will quickly see that this justdoesn’t add up. So how do we manage to pay for all this?Well what we do is charge $25 for each pub crawl shirt whenthey cost $14 each [digital printing was more expensive thisyear]. This year we sold 1860 shirts and made enough profitto hold all of our BBQs. So this is how we manage to runsuch awesome events so cheaply.Other sources of income are sponsorship, renting out the vending machines in CATSand from Clubs Association grants. Our sponsorship comes mainly from engineeringcompanies, the National Wine Centre of Australia and if we’re lucky, a pub in town.You may have noticed a few logos on places such as the back of our pub crawl t-shirts and our website. We are hoping to gain a better relationship with engineeringcompanies to increase this revenue from $1500 to much more. The vending machinein CATS is rented out for $2000 per year and Clubs Association grants are amaximum of $1000 per year [but only to be used in an emergency].With the introduction of the new National Wine Centre service agreement, we wereable to serve alcohol at our events towards the end of 2009. This resulted in lessmoney being spent on what we call “admin costs” and more on the actual events.This is the third year that we have had a high interest account at BankSA. We makeabout $400 a year in interest, which is not a lot, but it’s extra kegs that we can buyfor next year’s BBQs. So overall, we run all our events either at a large loss or atbreak even and spend all of our profits on you, our members.[Editor’s note: Thank you Yas for being too lazy to write a few hundred words, and for copying thisentire article from last year’s Hysteresis. Lucky us editors can edit!] Yasmin Freschi Page 12
  16. 16. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2009Women’s Officer A few years ago a wise engineer at my design practice practical said, “Watch out guys”, in reference to women in engineering. I believe this statement stands true, with the number of females in engineering increasing once again in 2009. For the first time in 6 years the AUES has a female president, “Girl Kris” and for the first time ever a committee ratio of almost 50%, with 8 females on a 17 person committee. With numbers like these - this could only mean a positive step forward for the club, as the best decisions are made from an accumulation of different ideas and opinions. 2009 saw a push to create clever advertising posters, and I believe that a new era in the AUES was born, one that promotes creativity and originality. The committee is always thinking of more ways to increase femaleparticipation in events and to promote an all round equality within the club. At BBQsthe amount of punch available more than doubled, thankfully meaning that punchwas available for a large proportion of the BBQ rather than just the first 30 minutes.The cocktail night was also re-introduced to the AUES events calendar - somethingthat had not been around since 2005. We all know that most females like to prettythemselves up and head out for a night of cocktails if Sex and the City has taught usanything, and hopefully this will become a regular and well received event on theAUES calendar.As a female in engineering I can only hope to see a further increase in females inengineering over the next decade and perhaps one day the AUES won’t need aWomen’s Officer or an Equity Officer, but rather a Men’s officer. Peta Johannsen Page 13
  17. 17. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2009O’WeekO’Week is typically a greatsuccess for the AUES, and2009 was no exception. It is aweek in which the AUES raisespublicity for its upcomingevents, in addition to raisingmoney through pub crawl shirtsand membership. Thecommittee arrived at 7 am onthe Monday morning to help setup the AUES tent, which for thefirst time in years would have aplace on the Barr-Smith lawns. Within a few hours, hoards of freshers were making their way down campus, to check out what the AUES had to offer. One of the great services we provide for first year engies in O’Week is the ‘Fresher’s Guide’, a manual that contains every piece of information essential for a successful life at uni, from how to tackle exams to the location of the UniBar. The AUES was also asked to run a BBQ (which we did with ease), and our VP Tim Hickson was MC for a tug of war on the lawns. Page 14
  18. 18. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2009One of the events thatwe were extremelykeen to publicise thisyear was the inauguralO’Party held in theUniBar on theWednesday ofO’Week. The eventproved to be a greatsuccess, and promisesto be bigger and betterin years to come. Pub-crawl shirt sales werealready up in O’ Week,with sales breaking800 in the first week alone. Membership sales were also strong as usual, indicative of the growing popularity for our quarterly BBQs. On the final day of O’Week the AUES managed to scramble together a Skullduggery boat race team. The engie team came close, but weren’t able to steal the trophy from the meds. This small loss however, did not take away from the great success of the week - a sign of things to come in 2009. Kailash Thiyagarajah Page 15
  19. 19. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2009Pub Crawl As with all AUES events, the annual pub crawl proved one full of high class, fine company and overall sophistication that punters have come to expect and love over the last few years. Being the largest pub crawl ever in AUES history, ithas shown that in even the most devastating of financial crises, the engineering spiritto spend everything on having a good time is still strong and unwavering. In fact, theAUES is right this very minute,working on pitching its crisisbeating formula to thegovernment, in hope to save thisfair country from financialdespair, as we are not onlypurveyors of a fine brew but alsopurveyors of patriotism. On the night of April 3rd it was fantastic to see Adelaide town awash with white shirts all emblazoned with Drinky Bill, the loveable childhood character who so suddenly went off the rocks. What actually occurred on the pub crawl generally remains a mystery, especially to those who attend, mainly because remembering what happened is difficult. Patching together what precious memories I have left, I remember quiteenjoying several glasses of wine to thebackground of classy 1980s electro poptunes wired over the stereo at theGriffin’s Head. The pub crawl is also agreat opportunity for those of the olderuniversity generation (4th years) toreminisce by attending various establishments which they would have frequented intheir past, before heading on to more expensive, cleaner and generally, well, betternight spots. Page 16
  20. 20. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2009 One of those being PJ’s Irish Pub. This pub reeks of character, (which is probably the most polite way of putting it), and judging by its native clientele, this pub proves to be a winner for people of all generations. However, this night the locals were cast aside, in a white wash of well, white shirts. One noticeable event I remember that occurred at PJ’s was hearing the lovely docile tones of our one and only president,Miss Kris Noicos, calmly reminding patrons in the linewho was boss, by screaming, “I’M THE PRESIDENT!I’M THE PRESIDENT!” while exiting the pub - I’msure she had a wonderful night, and my respect forher can only increase with such eloquent displays ofauthority.As the night wore on, the engineering pub crawl fevercontinued strong and while some crawlers continuedto the next of the various destinations for night, manybrave punters made their way to the fineestablishment that was Hungry Jacks, to refuel,recharge and befoul tables with tomato sauce and mayonnaise. The lovable Shotz has become staple engineering pub crawl (EPC) fodder in recent history, and this year did not disappoint. As its name suggests, Shotz serves a variety of lovelybeverages all in small proportions, whichfor those who were feeding on the barleyand hops of previous venues found muchgentler on the bladder. With its uniquecombination of dance floor classics andthat loveable emo-esque atmosphere, onecan feel at home passed out in a corner, ormerely stumbling around, looking at peoplethey have known for years and notrecognizing them at all. Page 17
  21. 21. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2009This is about where my nightended, as much as to say, I don’tquite remember anything elseafterwards. Having said that, theAUES does appreciate all thehelp and support from thevenues on the night, and anextra special thank you must goout to all the punters thatattended, making this night amust-attend on every universitystudent’s calendar. Alex Arney Page 18
  22. 22. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2009Careers NightThe 2009 Careers Night washeld on May 12th in theEquinox and Eclipse functionrooms. The night was dividedinto a presentation sessionand a networking session. Fora small fee of $5, to helpcover catering, AUESmembers received an insight into various engineering industries and were then giventhe opportunity to network with industry representatives in a relaxed environment.Attendance in 2009 was reduced from 2008 to 72 students and 9 organisations. Thiswas despite increased advertising and publicity prior to the event. The drop incompany attendance may be attributed to the economic situation, with 8 companieswithdrawing in the week prior to the careers night.The first hour of the careers night, held in the Eclipse room, consisted ofpresentations from GHD, Ensign International Energy Services and BabcockIntegrated Technologies Australia. Each of these companies detailed their respectiveindustries and what their companies look for in graduates. Chris Tan Consultingwere last to present (after we’d retrieved them from UniBar), providing students with inspirational and invaluable advice on career planning and obtaining employment. The remaining two hours of the event, held in the Equinox room, allowed students to talk individually with the speakers as wellas representatives from Bardavcol, York Civil and ElectraNet. Students were alsoable to receive advice on further study and professional development from theuniversity’s graduate centre and Engineers Australia respectively. Improving on2008, plentiful catering was provided for both students and industry guests by theNational Wine Centre.Special thanks to the National Wine Centre for sponsoring the night and to theindustry representatives who volunteered their nights to network with students. Kevin Chan Page 19
  23. 23. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2009BBQs The AUES is most well known for two things, BBQs and our pub crawl, and boy do we know how to do a BBQ. The committee get to uni around 9:30 am on the fateful Fridays to get ready for the long day ahead. After getting all the necessary equipment fromour storage room, the UniBar and AUU reception, set-up begins. Soon, the smell ofsausages and onions cooking is in the air and people follow their noses down to theBarr Smith lawns to partake in the time-honoured tradition of Engie BBQs.These all you can eat and drink sausage-fests are ourmain membership draw-card. $5 for four BBQs is truly abargain even before you look at the other membershipbenefits. Our membership is growing every year andthe BBQs this year were testament to that. We ran outof snags at two BBQs even after buying some more onthe day. The punch is always popular but it always runsout very quickly. Being a bunch of engineers, wedecided to try and fix this problem. So somecalculations were done (thank you, Kris) and the punchwas reformulated to have a larger volume but be just astasty for approximately the same capital expenditure.Fluid dynamics in action! If eating and drinking gets tiresome, there are usually other things going on at the BBQs to give you something to do or look at. Boat races take place at every BBQ in front of a cheering and excited audience. Our friends from PESA were at the first BBQ signing up members and promoting their burgeoning club to all the petro engies they could find. This BBQwas also near Easter and bunnies were out and about giving away free Easter eggsand causing mischief. Page 20
  24. 24. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2009Free stuff was to be had at the second BBQwith Engineers Australia signing up studentmembers for free and giving away stubbieholders and other gadgets. For those thatfancy themselves great competitors in themighty game of Rock, Paper, Scissors, JimBeam were at the third BBQ to challengepeople to a throw. The chance to win 15 freeJim Beams, to be enjoyed responsibly in theUniBar, was not an opportunity to be passedup by many punters. Tug of wars over the Torrens are an AUES tradition but gettingBBQ goers to move down, away from the food, drinks and music, is oftenunsuccessful. Thus, in the spirit of efficiency, laziness and apathy, BBQ goers will nolonger have to make the arduous trek to watch a tug of war. Thats right! At the fourthand final BBQ of the year a tug of war will be held between the Engineers ofAdelaide Uni and UniSA. Will the home turf, both literally and figuratively, be anadvantage or will the guests defeat the crowd favourite. Only time or a time-machinecan tell!The advertising for the first and third BBQs was huge, with posters constantly on thewalls all through the Engineering buildings despite them being removed daily. Thistranslated into huge crowds and the third BBQ was the biggest BBQ on record. Ithad the biggest turn out and biggest consumption of food and drink in the history ofthe AUES: 1600 sausages and 14 kegs. This may have been helped along by theintroduction of Strongbow on tap and the wonderfully decorated salads from oursupplier Foodland. Treats for the eyes and the palate. Page 21
  25. 25. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2009The atmosphere at the BBQs is always excellent and revelry is high. Its great to seestudents, and some lecturers, from across the entire university, not just the ECMS thefaculty, come together in the Australian tradition of having a barbie. This is life oncampus. This is campus culture at it finest. This is an AUES BBQ! s. its Alex Egan Page 22
  26. 26. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2009Quiz NightIt was a crisp evening; 200 eagerminds and 19 clean tables were atthe ready, for puzzling questionsand responsible alcoholconsumption. For whatever reasonthey booked a table, all were on aquest for victory, and all would getthere in one way or another. The classy MC for the night: Xan O’Shea The AUES Quiz Night is, like every other engineering society event, a memorable night - for those who have the ability of recollection. 7 rounds of pure brain teasing questions interlaced with delightfully stimulating mini-games, such as boat racing, heads and tails, and toss a coin at a bottle of liquor. Firstly, names for the tables were chosen. A favourite of the AUES was “Where the F*** is the rest of our team” aptly named by the table with only two quizzers present. While some prepared well forthe night with a table full of picnic treats,others were just waiting for the bar tolubricate the mind.And wait they did; soon, a ripple ofexcitement permeated the crowd as newsof the bar opening spread out through thesea of attendees. The night was on.Students debated the opening quizquestions with a barely controlled,ferocious intensity their lecturers couldonly dream of, which only got rowdier withmore liquid consumed. Page 23
  27. 27. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2009 The amazing spread brought by a team of final year chemical engineers. They clearly didn’t have enough final year project work to do.Question after question, round after round, the night progressed with a manner onlyan engineer could pull off. The final standings produced “The Game” as the victors,while the majority of the table“Homage Pastoulio” wasejected from the venue,although who can say who thereal winners were. Overall itwas a great night with manyblurry memories, and for nextyear, remember; mess on thetable is okay, but on the carpetcosts us extra. Essie Morrison Page 24
  28. 28. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2009Coopers Clubs CupIt has become tradition that every year the Clubs Association, in conjunction withCoopers and the UniBar, hold a Clubs Cup. The Competition, this year, consisted of8 different rounds where clubs could participate for points and prizes, with the overallwinner announced at the Clubs Association end of year dinner.This year’s Clubs Cup rounds were a quiz night, karaoke, Guitar Hero, doubles pool,sumo wrestling, poker, Wii Bowling and a party pie eating competition. Prizes weredonated by Coopers and the UniBar, with 1st place receiving 30 points, 4 jugs ofCoopers, $20 UniBar food voucher and round winner t-shirts, 2nd place receiving 20points, 3 jugs of Coopers and a $10 UniBar food voucher and 3rd place receiving 10points and 2 jugs of Coopers. All teams received 5 points for participation. The AUES started off slowly - not competing until Guitar Hero. Unfortunately the only competitor, Marcus Wong, left after only playing one song because he mistakenly thought his bag was being stolen. Before he left, however, he was on one of the top scores. The next round was doubles pool - which the AUES actually had a team for, but they failed to show up. A quick call was put over the microphone searching for AUES members in the bar and the GAMES club being quick ontheir feet, thankfully found the AUES a team comprising of two regular UniBar poolplayers - Michael Bishop and Patrick Eiffe. This method of finding a team definitelyproves that the AUES is everywhere - or maybe just in the UniBar. Nonetheless, theon the spot team proved no worse than any team that could have been put together,with the boys taking out first prize by beating the GAMES club in the semi final andGodless in the final. Now the AUES was right in the mix to placein the Competition.After realising that the AUES actuallyhad the sheer numbers and skills towin the Cup, AUES steins were alsooffered to members as an incentive tocompete. This worked, as the AUEShad a team to compete in the SumoWrestling, held during Clubsfest - evenif one of the competitors was picked uplast minute in the bar. Page 25
  29. 29. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2009 Rhys Heard (left) and Steve “Crack Mansion” Squires (right) competed fiercely, it just wasn’t enough to push through the rest of the field and gain a place. However, I don’t think the boys minded as the AUES prez Kris came along to support - bearing gifts of AUES Steins and free beer!The sixth round was poker, so youwould assume that the AUES would benothing short of brilliant as most of ushave had to study maths and statisticsat some point. For once the AUES hada full team without having to searchthrough the bar for competitors and thisproved to be a great start. Alex"Chimp" Martinson (right) came firingout of the blocks, winning himself anarmful of chips and making it to the final 4 - where only 3 teams remained. The other competitors, Lloyd Moffatt (far- left) and Tom Vincent (with sunglasses) couldn’t be happier, as they already knew the AUES had won some beer. Finally it came down to the Computer Science club and the AUES. Poker is just as much a game of skill as it is a game of endurance, with Chimp keeping a cool mind through the final few hands and taking the game. Page 26
  30. 30. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2009It seems that everyone within the Uni is a member of the AUES - so when the AUEShad no team for Wii Bowling, finding one within the UniBar in the space of a minutewas rather easy. Not only does the AUES have the numbers - they also have theskills! Sam Warren (2nd from left) was the first AUES competitor and put the AUESright into 2nd place. Sam got such a great score that even after Simon Thwaites (farleft) and Alex Ramsay (far right) had competed, he still stood as the AUES’s topbowling score. Unfortunately in the 3rd round Godless knocked AUES out of secondplace and it came down to the AUES’s last competitor Robbie Monk (3rd from left).He didn’t disappoint. With his odd left spin technique he pulled the AUES back into2nd place claiming another 20 points towards the Cooper’s Clubs Cup.Although myself or Kris couldn’t make it to the final event of the year, the pie eatingcompetition for the AUES was a success. Sam Warren and Alex Ramsay (that’sright, from the Wii Bowling event) annihilated all competition to bring in first place!With this win the total AUES score for all events was 140, making us the winners ofthe Coopers Clubs Cup in 2009! Peta Johannsen Page 27
  31. 31. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2009Cocktail NightIt was a cold evening in the town of Adelaide, but the guests at the ‘100 Years of theAUES’ cocktail party hardly felt the surprising spring chill. Amid the low symphony ofglasses clinking and the dull hum of chatter, men and women milled about, dining onthe finest finger foods that the caterers had to offer. As a special treat, renowned caterersjazz pianist Jean Felipe Michel made a surprise appearance and entertained theguests with a performance that will be remembered.Well... not quite.The 2009 AUES Cocktail Night, promised to be the great greatest thnight of the year. On October 16 , 2009 that nightarrived and then some. Held in the exquisitelytransformed Equinox Function Room, ‘100 Years ofthe AUES’ was celebrated by 150 well dressedguests. Enjoyed by all were the wonderful music,tasty hors d’oeuvres and cocktails provided all night. dDJ Tom Miller was a splendid MC providing the attendees with great music to moveto all night long. Behind the bar was the AUES Committee mixing cocktails withplenty of fire, zest and punch, resulting in many relaxed guests by the end of thenight.The highlight of the night was undoubtedly the epic dance that spawned from someamazing talent on show. Michael Lee was the unanimous winner, with the crowd inawe of his mind-blowing moves. blowingThanks must go to Madame President and the rest of the committee for their tirelessefforts in organising a great night. Michael Lee[Editor’s note: Although this event hasn’t occurred yet, we hope to see this articlecome to fruition next Friday night. See you there!] Page 28
  32. 32. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2009 Vox Pop 1) Longest time spent in CATS? 2) Fondest moment of Engineering? 3) Worst Exam moment? 4) Who would you turn gay for? 5) What superpower would you like to have?Josh Logan 1) Fifteen hours trying to learn how Heat Transfer works just before the exam. 2) When a guy in a chicken suit ran through a Dynamics lecture in 2008 & when my neighbour in a lecture in Union Hall was bored and decided to start setting other people’s hair alight with a 3 inch flame, just for fun. 3) At my final exam last semester a lecturer went to the front of the desk rows and like a thirsty camel he skulled a bottle of pale ale in front of us. 4) There are so many to choose from…..Let me list them as the most wanted: Pope, Mao Zedong (non- necrophilia way), Barack Obama. 5) Fly - I would save so much on airfares it would be amazing! And I could fly to the edge of the atmosphere and beyond with the aid of an oxygen tank. 1) 16 hours. David Tang 2) Andrei calling all Mechatronic Engineering students girls . 3) All exams. 4) Ben Cazzo [Cazzolato, Mechanical Engineering]. 5) I would like the power to see through clothes, only of the opposite sex. Page 29
  33. 33. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2009Erik - Exchange Student from Sweden 1) 3 hours, is that bad? 2) When I understood why fire was so complex and that took me almost the whole semester. 3) Five hour exam without toilet and massive hangover. 4) Basically everyone in Engineering South. 5) Pippi Långstrump (long stockings) (see below). 1) Something around 12 hours. Embedded Computer Systems report, if my memory serves me correctly. 2) Helping organise AUES events of course! Good times. For something more related to what Im studying, software engineering, my fondest moment would be the test suite that a friend and I wrote on a work experience placement. It did automated regression testing of some image transformation plugins. The testing found some bugs so it was good to see our code was useful! 3) DEFS in second year. I hadnt studied anywhere near as much as I should have, went in, didnt know how to do most of it and blanked on stuff that I did know. I walked out sure that Id failed and dreaded seeing my results. Amazingly, I just scraped through with a marginal pass but Id attribute that to scaling or something. Bad times. 4) Dan Ali. Engineer, male model, cool guy. The whole package really. 5) Immortality. I think it would be interesting to live forever and observe the way the world and universe unfold. Alex “The Stud” Egan Page 30
  34. 34. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2009 Maddy Pilla1) 18 hours... stayed there till 6 am working on an ESDC [Engineering Systems ` Design & Communication] project.2) Every pub crawl.3) When you know that you’re going to fail the exam before you started.4) Kris Noicos, sexiest AUES prez, ever.5) I want to be like Alex Mack, so I could turn into a pool of water, it would save me. 1) 48 hours. 2) Blazewicz Moments [Antoni Blazewicz, Mechanical Engineering lecturer]. 3) Assuming Ive smashed an exam given two hours. Then I find out its 3 hours. 4) Monica Bellucci. 5) The type that lets you be in class and sleep on the lawns at the same time. Sindhu Shastry Page 31
  35. 35. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2009Where are they now?Name: Rebecca TennantDegree: B.E (Civil & Env) double with BSc. (Chemistry and Maths) 2008Current job: Water Engineer, Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) Adelaide I graduated last year from uni finally and had to venture into the real world. I was a bit disillusioned at first and found it hard to come to terms with the fact that we couldn’t just decide to go the pub at noon and not return, but I still do not miss those long nights in CATS. I graduated at probably the worst time in many years and thanks to the global financial crisis a lot of my peers found that all those offers for work had dried up and struggled to find a placement in their field. I was lucky enough that PB were still willing to have me as agraduate engineer in the water team.Since starting work I have had a number of opportunitieswhich I have really enjoyed that may not have been offeredto me in other financial circumstances. Instead of theexpected number crunching I was involved with a lot ofproposals earlier on in the year. I was then offered a placein Contracts Administration for the Iluka-JAA project, amineral sands mine North of Ceduna. I have been workingfor this project since April and love being involved in alarge mining project in an area that they only touch on atuni but is very relevant to engineering.My advice for engineering students is to enjoy your uni lifeto the full. As long as you pass in the end, especially inthese times, take any opportunity to learn and grow in yourfield, even if it isn’t in the exact area you had planned. Page 32
  36. 36. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2009 Civil,School of Civil, Environmental and MiningEngineeringThe School has continued to grow with the addition of thenew degrees in Mining Engineering and ArchitecturalEngineering. There are now seven academic staffassociated with Mining Engineering and four of those staffstarted in January 2009. The School has continued to besuccessful in research by gaining nationally competitiveresearch grants and publishing research papers in topinternational journals. My vision for the School is that it is a• Fair, friendly, enjoyable and safe environment to work and study• Collegial environment but with firm direction• High quality and well organised teaching environment• School in which students value their time and feel valued Head of School Professor Martin Lambert• School publishing high quality research papers• School engaged with industry and the communityTeaching HighlightsProfessor Holger Maier was recently awarded the SA Tertiary Science Education ofthe Year Award at the SA Science Excellence Awards. This is a very significant andprestigious recognition of Holger’s excellence in teaching and great news for theSchool.Professor Martin Lambert was awarded an Australian Learning and TeachingCouncil (ALTC) Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.Work carried out as a final year research project on climate change, urban heatislands and the coast caught the attention of the Advertiser environment writer in theOctober 31st 2008 edition. The students are Ross McConnell, Patrick Moody, NickByrne and Daniel Osborne.James Daniell, a graduate from this School in 2006, has been awarded a General SirJohn Monash Award in 2009. Each year only 8 scholarships of $150,000 for 3 yearsare awarded.Liam Harnett, Jason Nicolson and Rebecca Tennant were awarded the AustralianWater Associations Hodgson Medal, which is open to final year undergraduates(including Honours students) enrolled at South Australian universities and who havecompleted projects or investigations in a water related subjects. Page 33
  37. 37. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2009 The final year research project group of John Baulis, Lisa Lloyd, Fiona Paton and Ben Staniford were awarded the 2008 SA Society for Sustainability and Environmental Engineering Student Sustainability Award for their project “Multi- Objective Optimisation of Urban Water Supply Systems at the Regional Scale Incorporating Sustainability” and are now in the running for the national prize. Fiona Paton was awarded the Ian Laing Prize by the Hydrological Society of South Australia, based on her final year research project from last year, which looked at determining optimal trade-offs between cost and greenhouse gas emissions for the southern Adelaide water supply system for various water supply types. Research Highlights Dr Chengqing Wu and Professor Deric Oehlers have been awarded a grant of $220K to help design buildings that can withstand terrorist attacks from explosive devices. Associate Professor David Walker was awarded an ARC Linkage project “Sediment capture and deposition processes in coastal lagoons” in collaboration with the Murray Darling Basin Commission. PhD graduate Dr Matt Gibbs from the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering was awarded the Postgraduate Research Award at the annual Australian Water Awards night. Sarah Jewell, who graduated from this School in 2005, and returned in 2009 to commence a PhD in coastal engineering on the Murray Mouth dredging program, has become the recipient of the inaugural Australian Water Association 2009 National Young Water Professional of the Year Award. Student ActivitiesConcrete Canoe Challenge National Mining Games - Student Engineering Brisbane Challenge Martin Lambert Head of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering Page 34
  38. 38. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2009School of Mechanical Engineering2009 has so far been a very successful year for the School ofMechanical Engineering and its staff and students. There area number of highlights discussed in this article but these by nomeans represent the full scale of activities undertaken by ourexcellent students and staff.Warman Design and Build CompetitionThe Warman Design and Build Competition for level 2 Head of Schoolengineering students is organised by Engineers Australia and Professor Colin Hansensponsored by Weir Minerals Australia Ltd. A local competition is organized at eachparticipating university campus and winners attend the final in Sydney. Theobjective is to design, build and prove prototype devices that achieve a requiredobjective. Usually it involves helping theinhabitants of planet Gondwana. In 2008 thetask was to design and build a single, allterrain autonomous vehicle to rapidlytransport and accurately deploy a payload onan inclined track characterised by an numberof difficult obstacles. The finals involvedwinners of local competitions from 14universities, including teams from Malaysiaand New Zealand. Our team consistently out-performed others and decisively wonthe competition. Congratulations to the members of the winning team: Tristan Goss,Eric Parsonage, Bryn Crawford and Shane Fitzgerald. Their supervisor was DrAntoni Blazewicz.In 2009, the task was to pass a sculpture of the Gondwana’s prosperity (representedby a relay baton) around two edges of a ceremonial square to symbolise the changeof government. The task was to be achieved by two autonomous devices, passingthe baton from one to another, with at least one device purely mechanical. Thebaton was to be passed safely and quickly with points awarded for speed andaccuracy. This year’s finals, run on 27 September, involved winners of localcompetitions from 17 universities including teams from New Zealand and Malaysia.The University of Adelaide won the second prize in a dramatic sudden death run-off,losing to the UWA team by a fraction of a second. The members of our 2009 teamwere Najmal Karuppam Veettil, Mustafa Amiruddeen, Felix Aditya Utama and HasithCyril Pathirana Arachchige. Their supervisor was Dr Antoni Blazewicz.Robotics SuccessA team of six Masters Students (Mohsen Bazghaleh, Yudi Wang, Long Xin, Jia You,Chen Fei Yu and Yin Yuan) undertook the design of a Robotic Concertina as part of Page 35
  39. 39. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2009their Masters course in Advanced Digital Control to compete in the NICTAsponsored, inter-university, Candiago Cup, a competition for machines that playmusical instruments. The students won first prize. Two of the Masters students,Mohsen Bazghaleh and ChenFei Yu, further developed the Concertina and gainedfirst prize in the tertiary student project category at the SA iAwards for innovation inICT and as part of their prize attended CeBIT Australia in Sydney with the SADepartment of Trade and Economic Development delegation. Subsequently theywere invited to give a presentation for the National iAwards in Melbourne. Thestudents were pipped at the post by the team from ANU, however the result was soclose (<5% difference in the judges marking) that they received a special MeritAward and will go forward to represent Australia against the best of the Asia Pacificregion at the APICTA (Asia-Pacific ICT Alliance) Awards in December. Mohsen andChen Fei also travelled to Nice, France, to compete in the Artemis OrchestraCompetition where they took the runners-up prize of 4000 euros (around $7500).Formula SAELast year, our FSAE team did exceptionally well at the competition in Werribee,Victoria. In an international field, they placed 6th overall, up there with the globalleaders, Stuttgart, Sophia (Japan) and UWA. We also came 2nd in the fuel economyevent, a justification for switching to a new, 2-cylinder 550 cc engine. This yearsteam promises to do even better. The 2009 car has a lighter chassis, moresophisticated suspension system and an under-body diffuser that has been designedusing CFD and wind tunnel tests.Final Year ProjectsThursday, October 22is the date of our finalyear project exhibitionwhich is theculmination of a year’swork for our final yearstudents. Theexhibition is anextremely stimulatingevent to attend with alarge number ofindustry sponsoredprizes and this year itis being held atWayville Showgroundswith a regular specialbus service leaving between 10am and 4pm on the hour every hour from theuniversity footbridge and returning every hour as well. Page 36
  40. 40. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2009Orientation Week Designand Build CompetitionThis year, the competition wasrestricted to level 1 and level 3students with level 4 studentvolunteers as group leaders.As is tradition, teams were aneven mix of level 1 and level 3students. We hope that thecompetition encouragesinteraction between teammembers from different yearlevels as well as givingexperience in teamwork,meeting short deadlines and developing innovative ideas to satisfy a design need.This year, each group built a trebuchet, that was 1m x 1m x 1m in size and designedto fire soggy newspaper projectiles (although on the day, plastic balls weresubstituted for the soggy newspaper. Teams battled in a sudden death knockoutcompetition, with trebuchets placed on tables, spaced 10m apart. An office partitiondivider was placed between the tables. Any trebuchet hit 3 times was eliminated,with the last team standing the winners. The prizes were sponsored by DefenceForce Recruiting (who actually pay successful applicants to complete their degree).First prize was $750, second was $250 and third was $100. The best engineeredproject was awarded $250 and the best report was awarded $250. Congratulationsto all winning teams.Engineering CommunicationThrough our industry advisory committee and the personal contacts with industrythat many of our students have, we know that employers place great importance onthe ability of graduates to communicate in both written and verbal forms. In fact, yourability or not to communicate will have as much bearing on your selection foremployment as your technical ability. For this reason we have two courses incommunication, one in level 1 and one in level 3 and these are supported bydocuments outlining requirements for project reports and particularly the final yearproject report. In addition, students are required to present seminars to staff and theirpeers at both level 3 and level 4 and the level 4 exhibition gives students anopportunity to gain experience in presenting their work to a non-expert audience.From 2010 onwards, students taking the Design Practice course will be required toproduce professional engineering drawings and a Gantt chart as part of their project.Sports EngineeringThis is the second year of this new program which is progressing extremely wellunder the guidance of Dr Paul Grimshaw. Following the departure of AssociateProfessor Franz Fuss, we have advertised for a replacement sports engineering Page 37
  41. 41. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2009lecturer and we anticipate the new appointment to commence in February, 2010.This program is gaining in popularity with an intake of 21 in 2009 following an intake ingof 11 in 2008. We are very pleased that from 2010 onwards, our sports engineeringprogram will include a course on functional human anatomy to be taught by theDiscipline of Anatomy in the Faculty of Health Sciences. This is in addition to natomy acultyPhysiology IIA (Human physiology) taught from 2009 by the discipline of physiologyin the faculty of Science. I would like to commend sports engineering students ontheir initiative in forming their own club of which all sports engineering students are clubmembers. This is an ideal way of communicating with potential employers andensuring that you maximise the benefits of your time at university. SportsEngineering received provisional accreditation from Engineers Australia during their Engineersvisit in May, 2009. We anticipate that full accreditation will be awarded as soon asthere are graduates from the program.The most recent research by Dr Grimshaw has involved the testing the properties ofpig (see picture) and kangaroo cruciate ligaments for transplantation into a human ndknee as a possible successful replacementto injury of the human structure. The animalligament replacement (Xenograft) techniqueis currently receiving considerable attentionfrom Orthopaedic Surgeons around theworld as a potential future alternative tohuman replacement due to the uniquenature and strength of the animal tissue. DrGrimshaw and his student have found thatthe kangaroo ligament is more compliantwhile the pig ligament is much stronger.The differences in the mechanicalproperties of the ligaments could accountfor alternative models for Xenograftingdepending on the nature of the injury. Forexample, the kangaroo ligament due to itspotential compliance may be a better replacement for someone wishing to return to replacementsport after injury.Sustainable Energy EngineeringThis program was also introduced at the beginning of 2008 and is rapidly gainingpopularity, with an intake of 7 in 2008 and 21 in 2009. Associate Professor Eric Huwas appointed in February, 2009 to take responsibility for this program. Since his asappointment the mechanical engineering stream of the program has beenrestructured to reflect current trends in renewable energy and green buildingtechnologies. Page 38
  42. 42. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2009Postgraduate StudiesIt is worth remembering that your undergraduate degree qualification is a basis for amultitude of possible career paths. One of these paths involves further study in theform of a research project leading to a PhD qualification. The School of MechanicalEngineering welcomes high performing students into their postgraduate program andoffers a number of scholarship opportunities so that you get paid $22,000 tax freewhile you complete your PhD. A PhD can lead to careers ranging from Academicresearcher to defence research to engineering consulting to management consultingand even to high level positions in large engineering companies. The School ofMechanical Engineering has a number of research groups working in many areasincluding combustion, acoustics, aeroacoustics, vibration, control, renewable energy,sports engineering, welding, corrosion, pipelines for energy transport, robotics,autonomous vehicles, micro-manipulation. These research groups include a numberof staff with solid international reputations for their work. There are many researchprojects to choose from as well as staff to supervise you. If you are at all interestedplease feel free to contact your favourite staff member or Dr Anthony Zander, ourpostgraduate student coordinator.Centre for Energy TechnologyThe School of Mechanical Engineering is proud to support an exciting initiative forthe establishment of the Centre for Energy Technology (CET), which will be hostedwithin the School. The idea for establishing the Centre was initiated by ProfessorGraham (Gus) Nathan, who will also be the inaugural Leader of the Centre.According to Professor Nathan, “The Centre for Energy Technology is a visionaryinitiative of the University of Adelaide. We are committed to supporting the nation inits transition from high to low per capita emissions of CO2”. The Centre shares thevision to make South Australia a hub of research and development for energyefficiency, emissions reductions and alternative energy technologies in several areasincluding biofuels, energy storage, solar-thermal, photovoltaic, wind and geothermal.Building on the strength of our existing infrastructure of research laboratories andfacilities, and internationally renowned research team, the Centre aims to contributeto the creation of a new era of sustainable energy technologies. This includestechnologies that focus on reducing greenhouse gas and other pollutant emissionsfrom existing energy systems, utilising alternative energy sources, and responding tothe effects of climate change within its field of expertise.The Centre aims to develop long-term relationships with industry and internationalpartners, from which it will derive a self-sustaining operation. The Centre will alsooffer scholarships to high achieving students, and support visiting scholars ofinternational reputation. Page 39
  43. 43. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2009Research in the School of Mechanical EngineeringMembers of our Academic Staff have been responsible for many books and scientificpapers in international journals and conference proceedings as a result of theextensive research being undertaken in the School. These are too numerous to listhere but they are the result of work on many research projects, some of which arementioned above and below.Stealth Enhancement of Collins Submarines ResearchDr Carl Howard received funding of $530,000 to investigate a new stealth solution forthe Collins Class submarines. The funding has been provided under the Departmentof Defences Capability and Technology Demonstrator (CTD) Program, which ismanaged by the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO). Thesubmarines usually run in “silent mode” using battery powered electric motors.However, the batteries need to be recharged periodically and the purpose of thisproject is to improve the stealth of the submarine during the battery rechargingoperation. This will be done by improving the performance of vibration absorbers thatin turn, reduce the noise caused by operation of the diesel engines that drive thebattery charging generators.Flow Induced Noise ResearchThe School of Mechanical Engineering has a large and active research program inflow induced noise, or aeroacoustics. Here we study how fluid flow, by itself, cangenerate sound. The most recognisable area of aeroacoustics is jet engine noisebut other areas in which we work involve wind turbines, submarines, helicopters,landing gear and even computer cooling fans. We have postgraduate studentscurrently working on how to design quiet, high-performance airfoils, quiet morphingwings, new experimental aeroacoustic imaging methods (beamforming) andadvanced numerical methods to compute flow induced sound. We need morepostgraduates to fill new opportunities in 2010. If you are interested, please contactDr Con Doolan.Intelligent and Autonomous Robot DevelopmentThe robotics group (Drs Amir Anvar, Tien-Fu Lu, Ley Chen and Steven Grainger)have been working on a number of major research and development projects tosupport intelligent robots. These are: • Intelligent Command, Control & Navigation System • Intelligent Inertial Navigation System (INS) • Automated Communication System • Intelligent Machine-vision System • Intelligent Sonar-imaging System Page 40
  44. 44. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2009Materials ResearchThe Energy Pipelines Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) was approved tocommence in 2010. The new CRC will address some of Australian national researchpriorities over the next ten years, by providing the Australian energy pipeline industrywith the technology necessary to extend the life of the existing natural gastransmission network, and to build the new networks necessary to support increaseddemand for natural gas, and the transmission of the new energy cycle fluidshydrogen and carbon dioxide. The School, and in particular Professor Valerie Linton,Professor Gus Nathan and Dr Erwin Gamboa, are going to be involved in this CRCin the areas of developing improved pipeline materials, increasing pipeline integrityand safety, and to develop a strategic plan for future pipeline networks, particularly toservice renewable energy sources.Postgraduate Students Association PresidentCongratulations to our postgraduate student, Morteza Mohammadzaheri, who hasbeen elected President of the Postgraduate Students Association.PhD Student GraduationsIt’s pleasing to see so many students graduating this year after their years of hardwork. Congratulations to Drs Michael Riese, Susan Pearce, Cris Birzer, S.K. Lee andGrant England.ConferencesEach year Academic staff attend one or two conferences devoted to their particularresearch area and occasionally we host conferences at the University of Adelaide.This year we are pleased to be hosting the Australasian Association for EngineeringEducation Conference, which will be chaired by one of our staff, Dr Colin Kestell. Weare expecting over 100 delegates to attend.Awards and PrizesI would like to congratulate the students who will win prizes at our annual awardsdinner at the Stamford Plaza Hotel, North Terrace (opposite the Railway station) onWednesday evening, December 16. Hope to see you all there!Good luck to all of our students for the November examinations! Colin Hansen Head of Mechanical Engineering Page 41
  45. 45. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2009Australian School of PetroleumThe past year 2008-2009, has been a year full of challengesand achievements for the Australian School of Petroleum. The School maintains ourcommitment to high quality teaching and research. Head of the Australian School of Petroleum Professor Richard Hillis We have seen the arrival of several new teaching and research staff. On the teaching front we welcomed Dr Guillaume Backé, Dr Manouchehr Haghighi and Ms Mary Gonzalez. On the research side we welcomed Dr Adrian Tuitt, Dr Zhenjiang You, Dr Nicole Dobrinski and Dr David Haberlah.In mid 2009, Dr Manouchehr Haghighi was appointed to a Senior Lecturer positionand has taken on co-ordinating ‘Formation Evaluation,Petrophysics & Rock Properties’ for 2009. His research focusesprimarily on enhanced oil recovery processes in naturallyfractured reservoirs and in full field integrated reservoirsimulation. Senior Lecturer, Manouchehr Haghighi.Dr Guillaume Backé was appointed to a Lectureship in May 2009 and is focusing hiscurrent research on improving the three-dimensional geomodelling of economicresources in the sub-surface, in particular in areas characterized by complexgeological settings. These include highly deformed terrains, such as sedimentary basins in the vicinity of mountain belts, deep water fold-thrust belts, and salt-related tectonic structures. He is also involved in applied research focused on the development of carbon geosequestration, through his collaboration with the CO2CRC based at the University of Adelaide. Dr Guillaume BackéOver the past year several of our staff have undertaken international DistinguishedLecturer Tours, including Pavel Bedrikovetsky’s tour on “Injectivity Impairment andWell and Water Management”, Bruce Ainsworth’s tour on “ReservoirCompartmentalisation” and John Kaldi’s tour on “CO2 Geosequestration”. Page 42

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