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2010 Hysteresis

  1. 1. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2010 Page i
  2. 2. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2010 Page ii
  3. 3. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2010 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 student society on campus. Published by the Adelaide University Engineering Society Edited by Kristina Noicos and Peta Johannsen Published October 2010 Page i
  4. 4. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2010ContentsOrigins of the AUES ......................................................................................................................................................1The AUES’ 11 Highlights of 2010 ..................................................................................................................................2AUES Committee 2010 .................................................................................................................................................5Editorials .......................................................................................................................................................................6Sponsors .......................................................................................................................................................................7Executive Committee Reports President’s Report ....................................................................................................................................................8 Vice President’s Report ............................................................................................................................................9 Treasurer’s Report .................................................................................................................................................. 10 Equity Officer’s Report ............................................................................................................................................ 11AUES Events O’Week ................................................................................................................................................................... 12 O’Party .................................................................................................................................................................... 13 AUES vs. Med Tug of War ...................................................................................................................................... 14 BBQs ...................................................................................................................................................................... 15 Pub Crawl ............................................................................................................................................................... 17 Quiz Night ............................................................................................................................................................... 19 Careers Night .......................................................................................................................................................... 21 Cocktail Night .......................................................................................................................................................... 23Vox Pop....................................................................................................................................................................... 24Where are they now? .................................................................................................................................................. 26School Reports Australian School of Petroleum ............................................................................................................................... 27 School of Chemical Engineering ............................................................................................................................. 31 School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Engineering ............................................................................................. 33 School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering ......................................................................................................... 36 School of Mechanical Engineering .......................................................................................................................... 38Student Society Reports AIAA - American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics ........................................................................................ 40 CHEMS - The Chemical Engineering Society ......................................................................................................... 42 SPE - Society of Petroleum Engineers ................................................................................................................... 44 Robogals ................................................................................................................................................................. 46 AUME - Adelaide University Mining Engineering .................................................................................................... 47Reports from Associated Organisations University of Adelaide Club ..................................................................................................................................... 48 Engineers Australia ................................................................................................................................................. 50 Clubs Association ................................................................................................................................................... 51The AUES in Numbers ................................................................................................................................................ 53The AUES on the Internet ........................................................................................................................................... 54AUES vs. University Security ...................................................................................................................................... 55The Full Adelaide Uni Experience ............................................................................................................................... 56History-sis - A Blast from the Past ............................................................................................................................... 57Staff Profile - Colin Kestell........................................................................................................................................... 592010 Year in Review ................................................................................................................................................... 61Happy Hours in Adelaide............................................................................................................................................. 63Photo Gallery .............................................................................................................................................................. 64 Page ii
  5. 5. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2010 stunted due to the firstOrigins of the AUES appearance of the great evil - Prohibition. This dastardlyThe origins of the AUES can be traced back to the early law was made by the evilsNeanderthal days. Unfortunately, cavemen Engies were known as ‘law and order’, toseverely limited in what they could design by several factors - prevent the rise of the Greatfor example the wheel was square, electricity was something Society. Fortunately theto be avoided, and finally (and most importantly) no-one knew population rose up in favourhow to brew a good beer. of the ‘good drop’ and threw down the great evil.But as man evolved so too did the Engie Societies - until theadvent of the Romans and the Greeks and their love of sharp As the Society grew in power and influence, senior memberspointy metal things and sticking them in people. Although the of the AUES decided it was time to elect a president, viaintroduction of wine boosted Engie’s abilities, there was still a secret ballot. Unfortunately an ongoing argument between thecertain spark of integrity and stability lacking; beer. This lack Germans and the rest of the world about who brewed the bestof beer sadly resulted in the fall of the Roman Empire, as the beer got out of hand and the Great War broke out, so thebeer drinking Gaul and Germanic tribes, aided by their AUES election was postponed in favour of a barbeque - whichsuperior beer drinking engineers decided to ‘shut the seemed a more appropriate way to settle the argument.neighbours up’ once and for all by having a REALLY bigbarbeque. The issue was finally settled by everyone getting hammered and throwing ‘empties’ at the Germans. But unfortunately theAround this period Engie Societies began to appear in what issue was to come up again several years later, when a littlewas to become known as Asia through evidence found in the German brewer with his trademark moustache convincedgreat Engie scrolls. Apparently a wall-building event some of his mates of the power of the dark side of beer -organised by the local Engie committee got a little out of began World War II. Once again, the AUES came up with thecontrol after a few too many Tsingtaos. This epic struggle excellent idea of resolving the conflict - another barbeque!continued for many years with the wall getting longer andlonger (which pays testament to the stubbornness of Engies) During the barbeque, one of the more enlightened membersuntil our ancient brethren, the “Sciences”, discovered of the AUES bellowed “Hitler’s a D**KHEAD!” and everybodygunpowder, and the Engies came to realise it was much more cheered! Such a bold display did not go unnoticed by thefun to blow things up rather than to build them…as is still world leaders that were present, who, in turn used this cry toevident in our modern pub crawls! inspire allied troops to victory. It was also decided that such arguments should never happen again, so the political arm ofIt wasn’t until sometime in the middle ages that the holy fluid, the AUES, along with the enlightened boisterous chap asbeer, came into greater prominence. This gave rise to huge leader, became the United Nations, but only after the firstfeats of engineering; giant pubs made out of stone and choice “United Breweries” was abandoned.surrounded by moats full of keg dregs. The reasoning for thisis written by the sage Beerscullo in his writings, which state In more recent times the AUES has continued to grow in“ye any invader toppled into thy moat would consume too power and influence. While we still undertake historicalmuch libations (beer) and henceforth be rendered unable to recreations of some our most prominent past events, such ascontinue fighting, standing, or talking…”. the pub crawl (a recreation of the great wall building event is just a little too daunting), the AUES now prefers to keep aThe first pub crawls also began to be organised in this period, lower profile. But we continue to work behind the scenes, andand owing to the growing popularity of beer, were extremely few important decisions are made without first consulting thelarge. These pub crawls became known as the Crusades, and AUES. It is widely accepted that if peace comes to the Middletended to go long distances looking to quench their thirsts. East, it will be due, in no small part, to the tireless workings of the AUES and its members.Things remained much the same until another major source ofknowledge was discovered - spirits. The advent of spirits gave And so it can be seen that from its humble beginningsrise to a giant increase in learning, which became known as millennia ago, when the society for engineers was a merethe Renaissance period. Modern wonders such as the alcohol twinkle in the eye of our strange, yet prophetic, forefathers,powered car and locomotive were invented, and, with the lack the AUES has developed into a mighty organisation. Whileof breath testers, filling up the jalopy took on a whole new some may describe its operations as bizarre or even crazy,meaning. Fortunately, a bright young engineer pointed out society in general has come to see the AUES as a symbol ofthat precious alcohol was being wasted on machines that all that life should be, as a beacon of hope guiding them awaycouldn’t really enjoy the taste or other effects, and so from the rocky shoals of their past to a brighter, morepetroleum was used to power vehicles instead. interesting future…The end of this period saw, in the little known colony of AnonymousAustralia, an initial rising of the AUES, which was temporarily Page 1
  6. 6. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2010 AUES’The AUES’ 11 Highlights of 20101. Having an EFTPOS machine and therefore being cooler than every other club. 2. Running a BBQ in O’Week after the huge O’Party the night before... not cool.3. Beating the Meds in the first tug of war of the year... and the second and third. Page 2
  7. 7. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 20104. Getting in trouble with the AUU for putting up an innocent poster in O’Week – It was a joke! 5. Watching the Meds fail at running a BBQ. 6. Free Red Bull. So much free Red Bull.7. Reviving the tradition of keg stacking... ...and the injuries that occur from keg stacking. 8. The Dress of Shame at Quiz Night. Page 3
  8. 8. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2010 9. Electing a dyslexic man as the Facebook Status updater & Website editor. No, the Pub Crawl is not in November, Henry.10. Pump tops. It’s about time. 11. Double megaphones. Page 4
  9. 9. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2010AUES Committee 2010 President Vice President Secretary Treasurer Equity Officer Tim Hickson Chris Quek Brad Hocking Kailash Thiyagarajah Charléne Du Toit Sponsorship Director Sponsorship Director IT Officer Publicity Officer Alex Arney Kristina Noicos Henry Harch Ruth Tupper Adam Bowering Andrew Lo Dan Ali James Hardy James Schulte Kate Turner Lara Rocke Michael Lee Nick Davis Peta Johannsen Yasmin Freschi Page 5
  10. 10. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2010EditorialsThis year was my Every great event leaves greatsecond year as memories. Now, the AUES holdsHysteresis editor, and the best events. Therefore, byI’ve greatly enjoyed this logic, leaves the greatestediting (and writing) this memories - memories whichyearbook with my lovely should be cherished.co-editor Peta Ever since I obtained my firstJohannsen. copy of Hysteresis back at anA publication like this Engie BBQ in 2007, I havedoesn’t get created always valued the hard work bywithout support from many people, not only AUES the editors in creating something that I can take home,committee members but other University bodies. The that can remind me of the year that was and all thosebiggest thank you goes to Dean of the Faculty of random facts I might have forgotten along the way,ECMS, Professor Dowd, for not only allowing us to something I will be able to cherish in years to comepublish the magazine, but for generously sponsoring and which will remind me of all the crazy times, goodus to have so many copies printed. friends and days spent drinking too much.Thanks also go to Heads of Schools/School I believe that Hysteresis is such an important part ofAdministrators who took time out of their extremely making this society the best and that is one of thebusy schedules to write articles at late notice (extra- main reasons I put my hand up to edit it. And I tellspecial thanks goes to the Schools that also gave us you, it was as great a job as the publication is great. Inmoney to print!). size, in quantity and in memories.Lastly thanks to the committee members that wrote First of all I would like to thank Kris for being the mostarticles and contributed to the magazine even though amazing co-editor, leading me with her experienceit’s a very busy time of year. and teaching me the ropes. Thank you to the ECMSI’d like to wrap up my editorial by mentioning some faculty for providing us with such amazing funding,things I’ve learned through editing Hysteresis: enabling us to publish this yearbook. Thanks to all of1. No matter how many megaphones you have, you the contributors - it has been fantastic beingcan always have more. presented with the opportunity to relive the past year’s2. Regardless of the climate, the AUES always has memories before anyone else. But most of all, thankrain-free BBQs. you to you, the members, the readers, for creating all3. Engie students need to be hassled to do pretty of the memories that make this yearbook truly amuch everything (as in writing articles for a yearbook). celebration of a great club, great events and a stellarI hope you enjoy the publication! year! May the memories live on! Kristina Noicos Peta Johannsen Page 6
  11. 11. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2010SponsorsHere is a page of our wonderful sponsors. Without their support, the AUES wouldn’t be the fantastic club it is today,so please support them if you have the opportunity to. Page 7
  12. 12. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2010President’s Report So, the AUES has once again topped its previous levels of awesome and in no small part thanks to me, the brilliant and dedicated 2010 President. In all seriousness, I think I must have at least won a few awards, such as "latest prez ever" and "most forgetful prez ever"! At times I arranged a meeting or an event and simply forgot to show up, but luckily I have had a great group of people to work with, to ensure that the biggest, best, and most famous events on campus continue to be delivered in all their beer- swilling-BBQ-munching-goodness to all of you, our thousands of members. This position has taught me many things, the greatest of which is how to turn a dozen people with an idea and a hankering to party into 2000 tuxedo-clad pub-crawlers stampeding the entire East Endof Adelaide and a little of the west, not unlike MacGyver making an aircraft out of a cement mixer, or picking a lockwith a light-bulb. Another important lesson learned is that being friendly and getting to know people is the easiest wayto avoid doing any work yourself (an example of which was finding someone with some spare plasterboard and aplasterer that works for beer to fix the wall at the Adelaide Rowing Club, after someone partied too hard into it).This year has seen a few tweaks to each event, bringing about a larger OWeek and OParty through the use ofincreased advertisements and drinkable incentives. A particular highlight was 5 am the morning after OParty, sittingawake watching Facebook updates appear about how everyone had consumed too many litres of Red Bull andcouldnt sleep off their hangovers.It sometimes still surprises me how big things have become, when compared to the AUES back in my first year, fromgoing through 5 kegs at BBQs, to our now 18. Our events are now almost guaranteed to sell out, and when they do itstill doesnt stop people from printing fake tickets and trying their luck. The pub crawl this year sold out all 2000 shirtsprinted, leading to some clever folks taking the design down to other printing places and making copies (and payingtop dollar) - its nice to know our events are so famous!All-in-all its been a year that Ill never forget, and Id like to thank the many people that have helped make everythingsuch a success, in particular: Melissa Musolino (Events at the University of Adelaide Club) for booking our events,Brad the RP (the Responsible Person at all of our licensed events) for being more helpful than he knows, Xan forcontinuing to lend us his speakers and make it to our BBQs despite his locational challenges, Kev and Tom V fortheir continued support, and Kristina Noicos (last years President) for automatically doing everything that I wouldhave overlooked or forgotten. Finally, a big thank you to the whole committee and all of our members - this club relieson every single one of you and your love and dedication to our events! Tim Hickson Page 8
  13. 13. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2010Vice President’s Report2010 has been a great year for the AUES. The club has seen many breakthroughsespecially in terms of sponsorship and its professional standing.We have strengthened our bonds with the Faculty of Engineering, Maths andComputer Science (ECMS) in many ways. Most important was the opportunity to bepart of the launch party for the new $100 million Innova21 building by cooking the BBQfor all attendees.We have also established good rapport with some professional groups such as theEnvironmental Institute by helping them hold a networking event and cooking somefood. The AUES also enjoyed working with the Faculty of Health Sciences on their125th Anniversary Tug-of-war in which the Engies won fair and square. It was interesting to work with a differentFaculty for a change and we all had a great time socialising with others in different degrees.The 2010 YEA AUES Careers Night was supported by the Young Engineers Australia South Australia division (YEA-SA), and was a massive success with more than 250 students and representatives from over 15 companies inattendance. The AUES is very thankful for the kind support we received from Engineers Australia and YEA-SA andwould like to thank Nathan Jones and Ilan Sagi for being a pleasure to work with. We would also like to thank allindustry representatives who attended the event and gave speeches/networked with students which helped make theevent an awesome one. We would like to thank the Adelaide University Union and Clubs Association for providingmarketing support for the Careers Night. It was honestly a tough challenge at first to organise such a hugeprofessional event with a very strict timeline (while overloading at uni - never do it!) and being very active in otherextracurricular activities as well. However I learnt so much during the experience and have come out of it a betterperson, so I wouldn’t change anything - except maybe begin planning for it earlier in the year!The Vice President role has been a highly rewarding one for me. In 2010 one of the most important things I learnt isthat there is always be heaps to be done, so it has been an interesting journey to learn how to prioritise tasks and tomake sacrifices in order to see some things come to pass successfully. I also learnt that time management is highlyimportant - especially when you are dealing with many parties who might each have very different schedules - butthrough good communication and early planning it is possible to organise a very successful and potentially massiveevent without much headache. Plus the great people I’ve had a chance to meet and fond memories like helpingorganise the pub crawl make the experience an awesome one to remember!Lastly I would like to thank the members of the 2010 AUES committee who have worked so hard to make all of theevents we get to enjoy a success. Well done, we’ve had some good times together! I would also like to thank the2010 President Tim Hickson for his awesome leadership in the club and 2009 President Kristina Noicos for beingvery patient and guiding me when I was still learning the ropes. Finally thank you to our thousands of members whocame along to our events and partied with us, you’re champions!The future of the AUES is shining brightly and I’m very eager to see the 2011 committee take the club to newheights. Best wishes to Michael Lee, next year’s Vice President! Chris Quek Page 9
  14. 14. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2010Treasurer’s Report 2010 was yet another great year for the AUES financially. An increase in pub crawl shirt sales, and several lucrative sponsorship deals saw the club’s total revenue rise to an all time high of over $60,000. Being a strictly non-profit organisation, these additional funds allowed the AUES to not only provide better deals at our existing events, but to also experiment with some new events such as O’Party and End of Exams Party. The health of the AUES’ finances relies heavily on a successful pub crawl. This year’s Grogfather was the biggest, and by far the most profitable generating a profit of approximately $32,000. While the club does not aim to profit heavily from our (insanely cheap) $5 membership, signing up 1200 members provided an additional $6,000. The final major source of income came from sponsorship this year. The addition of several sponsorship dealsthanks to the hard work of Alex Arney and Kristina Noicos yielded another $4,200.The profits from these sources allow the club to give back to its members - running the remainder of our eventsthroughout the year at a significant loss. The AUES’ infamous BBQs have continued to grow this year, costing theclub over $6,000 per BBQ on average. Cocktail Night has been budgeted for a $5,000 loss, while O’Party, Quiz Nightand Careers Night all cost approximately $2000.So where to now? The Engineering Society is growing at a phenomenal rate, and having bigger events will cost moremoney. However, the AUES is confident we will be able to generate the funds necessary to meet the needs of ourmembers. As the pub crawl continues to grow, and new revenue streams such as industry sponsorship are explored,the club looks in good stead to continue providing an abundance of benefits to our members - academically,professionally and socially. Kailash Thiyagarajah Page 10
  15. 15. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2010 ReportEquity Officer’s ReportFor those students who are not aware, at the AGM last year, theAUES voted to replace their women’s officer with an equity officer.This officer is there to help all students who fall within a minority toseek help if required. Their role is also to work with minorities withinthe AUES to create more friendly events for everyone andencourage everyone to attend!This past year ran problem free with not one student feeling singledout or discriminated against - mainly because the megaphone wasin good hands, thanks to Henry and Schults. Women in engineeringstill stand as the largest minority, and as such I have workedtirelessly to encourage female attendance to events. This showedwith a record percentage of females on our Grogfather pub crawl.The AUES Cocktail Night, which has a fantastic female showing, isnow a permanent fixture in the AUES Calendar.In the future the equity officer will look to encourage event participation from people of all walks of life, while possiblyintroducing different events to encourage a larger range of people to attend, hence widening our membership baseand creating an even bigger, more varied, accepting and exciting club.Congratulations to James Hardy who has been elected as the Equity Officer for 2011! I hope your year is asproblem-free as mine. Charlene Du Toit Page 11
  16. 16. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2010O’WeekO’Week - if you remember it you’re doing it wrong. Unfortunately for reasons I can’t quite fathom, I volunteered myself to write about O’Week this year, to give you all the memories that you don’t have. O’Week kicked it off in the usual fashion, with the AUES tent on the Barr Smith Lawns for the second year. We used this position to our advantage; the beloved megaphone was whipped out and in use within the first five minutes of the morning. Every year the AUES gives an introduction to first years on who we are and what we do during the introductory lectures on the Monday,and this year was no different. Tim and I set off for the first session, and delivered our sensible, sober spiel to anaudience of eager young engineers. As the day progressed, the alcohol consumption picked up and the afternoonlecture rolled around, this time we rocked up with a few extra committee members in tow. Together we managed to give a somewhat less sober, more accurate depiction of what the AUES really is (including liberal use of the phrase ‘free beer’). I don’t remember much of what was said, but I am sure we left a reasonable impression as first years are still recognising and talking to me like they know me 6 months after the event.Our mission at O’Week is to sign up as manymembers as possible and get some earlybird pub crawl shirt purchases going. Thisyear we signed up a record 873 number ofmembers, and sold almost a third of our pubcrawl shirts in our 4 days on the lawns. Wealso cooked a BBQ for the Union, harassedpasser-bys with our megaphone, watched onduring the fears, and successfullyundermined the Meds’ Scullduggery with ourkick-ass O’Party. Lara Rocke Page 12
  17. 17. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2010O’PartyThe now annual O’Party was run this year at the Adelaide Rowing Club on Tuesday night of O’Week. We sold 200tickets before the first day of O’Week was even over. Such success with ticket sales was only a small indicator ofwhat was to come. Punters turned out early, the place filling up before sundown. The bar, although the cheapest, was perhaps the slowest in town, but the fact that it was seemingly 17 people deep at some stages didn’t slow the masses to succumbing to alcohol’s effects. Before long, half the party was stumbling about in a drunken stupor, whilst the slightly more sober other half could only laugh at their antics.The d-floor was cranking all night, with sets from Andrew Howlett andStubanga going off, the toilet lines uncomfortably long and half the partystrewn outside the venue on the banks of the river Torrens. By the end ofthe night there had been a few brave soldiers swimming in the Torrens (allof which thankfully didn’t end up with any diseases from the water), and astory of one fellow who shall remained unnamed that fell asleep in somenearby bushes only to wake up at 5 am, cold, alone and hungry.Special mention goes to Red Bull for not only bringing a Red Bull car withgirls to distribute the goods, but for driving their impressively decked out“Red Bull Truck” onto the lawns in front of the Rowing Club. In what canonly be described as a fusion of truck & night club, it was a definite highlightof the night, and supplied the party-goers with plenty of loud music andentertainment with the big screen. A word of warning for those planning on attending next year’s party - get in early for your ticket, and come prepared for the best night out during O’Week, it’s only going to get bigger from here. Lara Rocke Page 13
  18. 18. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2010AUES vs. Med Tug of WarThe AUES vs. Med Tug of War was officially an event to celebrate the 125th year of the Faculty that brings us lovely Med students. Unofficially, it was a chance for the AUES to eat and drink as much as possible and have the Faculty of Health Sciences pick up the tab. There was also the chance to ruin some Med egos during their annihilation in a tug of war competition against some formidable Engies.It was a free event for members of both societies, however it was only the AUES that had the ability to sign upmembers... which was a definite bonus. The food was a tad fancy compared to regular AUES BBQs, with a niceselection of green leafy salads (nothing like the mayonnaise-soaked potatoes and spiral pasta we’re used to).After everyone had a chance to fill their bellies to the brim with food and drink, it was time for the Tug of War. Forfairness sake, we had a warm-up round of Engies vs. Engies to show the Meds how a tug of war actually works. Afterthat, it was determined that the winner of the Cup would be decided by a “best of 3” competition. As you may haveexpected, the Engies destroyed the Meds in both rounds quite convincingly – winning the cup and shaming the Medson their special day.Special thanks goes to Red Bull for once again bringing their DJ Truck and supplying the Red Bull girls and free cansfor all. Second thanks are for Apple who kindly donated the red t-shirts for the Engie team, making us look betterthan we could have ever imagined. Kristina Noicos Page 14
  19. 19. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2010BBQsWith more members than everbefore and the reputation of theinfamous Engie BBQ growing, the2010 committee started excitedlyplanning how we could make the2010 BBQs even bigger and better.Each BBQ looks, from the outside,like a casual get together between afew hundred close friends. However,in truth it takes two weeks of carefulplanning from the committee tomake sure they flow as smoothly aspossible. Advertising starts a few weeks prior to the event with a Facebook event being made and the membership email list being spammed. Over the next few weeks posters start appearing around the University and then, with 20 minutes before the BBQ officially kicks off, the AUES releases its secret advertising weapon: 10 kg of onions thrown on a BBQ. On BBQ day set up begins at 9.30 am. This consists of hundreds of trolley trips between our storage room, the AUU and the Barr Smith Lawns. Foodland rocks up around 11 am with a small mountain of bread, sausages and salad. Kegs are tapped, punch with punch is mixed,the PA system is warmed up and theBBQs (yep, there are three of them) are lit,normally with a hunk of flaming cardboard.The first AUES BBQ of the year in Term 1was, in hindsight, epic and even this is aslight understatement. Our members madelight work of a record number of kegs andpunch. The bunnies from ‘09 returned, thistime sponsored by the AUES to hand out alittle bit of Easter spirit. It became obviousthat the AUES would need to tweak somenumbers and the serving system to be able Page 15
  20. 20. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2010feed and water the masses at the future BBQs. This was done by splitting up the food and drinks area and generallyjust spreading things out. This allowed over 500 people to enjoy the Engie BBQ in Term 3. Also an epic addition:pump tops for dispensing sauce, which have been well overdue. An Engie BBQ is not just any old BBQ, it is a time where people come to enjoy the lighter side of Uni life, make new friends and generally relax. In Term 3, the tug of war, which had been conducted on the lawns theprevious year, was moved back to the Torrens with great success. The UniSA students were scared off and a trulyawesome tug of war was conducted by the “North” and “South” members of the AUES. Two minutes of pain endedwhen the “North’s”, who were looking impressive, ran out of room to move back and several members had to let goand run to the front. This gave the “South’s” all the momentum they needed to take home the chocolates. Two legendary members of the losing team expressed their dissatisfaction with the result by performing a protest swim across the Torrens.As the BBQs have grown over the last couple of years the lines have grown butso has the serving efficiency and the customer (member) satisfaction.Although, we call them Engie BBQs, they are enjoyed by a multitude ofdisciplines, students, teachers, homeless lads and... even... med students. Theworkload has been shared over most of the committee this year which hasmade them a lot easier and more fun to run. Finally, a huge thanks has to begiven to the countless non-committee members that help out by setting up,turning sausages, pouring beers and generally making them happen. You know who you are. Henry Harch Page 16
  21. 21. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2010Pub Crawl This is the one AUES event that sets us apart as the premier provider of outrageous enjoyment at the University. Looking back on an engineering degree, the most memorable moments will be the AUES pub crawls regardless of whether there are any memories of them at all. 2010 was no exception. This year’s theme, ‘The Grogfather’, was as popular as the alcohol consumed on it. With over 2000 people in attendance, it was the largest pub crawl in the history of the AUES and arguably1 the history of theworld. Commencing at thecoveted UniBar, the AUESpub crawl oath was recitedwith pride in our hearts, beerin our hands and vodkashots (FREE thanks to theUniBar) in our stomachs.2Sculling competitions set thescene for what was tobecome a momentous night.Moving on from the UniBar,the crowd moved in differentdirections throughout thenight. However, the sea ofsexy black tux shirts wasunmistakeable and quiteintimidating for city dwellers. The long arm of the AUES pub crawl reached countless pubs in the east and west ends. All in all, 17 pubs were visited plus one food stop - Hungry Jack’s. The climax of the night began with the opening of the doors of St. Paul’s. Capable of holding more than half of the attendees, it was the perfect venue to finish off a night which by this stage was becoming quite fuzzy.3 Page 17
  22. 22. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2010For those of you who participated in this prestigious event, you are able to walk around with your heads held highknowing that you have contributed to a long lasting tradition of enjoyment, mateship and excessive drinking. Forthose of you who were not there, your life has yet to begin.4I would like to extend a huge thank you to those few people who roamed the night in white shirts for their efforts aswell as those who put in the effort without one. Also, a special thanks to those very few who went above and beyondthe call of duty to ensure a fantastic night was had by all: they know who they are. Brad Hocking1 Quite arguably!2 Many vodka shots by thisstage had already managedto resurface and could befound in various locationsaround the UniBar.3 Please see photos for amore in depth explanationof the night from St. Paul’sonwards as there was noone on the committee andpossibly the entire pubcrawl that can remember…4 No. Not metaphorically.You literally have not lived. Page 18
  23. 23. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2010Quiz NightThe 2010 AUES quiz night was definitely one of the best events on the AUES calendar, with 220 bright, eager youngminds filling 22 tables. Each attendee eagerly awaiting an evening of pure brain teasing questions interlaced withdelightfully stimulatingmini-games, thehighlights of which wereheads and tails, boatraces and toss a coin ata bottle of liquor. Thisnight offered the usualAUES quiz night fun,games and “occasional”drink, but this time at anew venue, St Paul’s.This classy new venueboasted not onlyglasses actually madeof glass, but also tableservice! This removedthe need for any of the competitors to run away from their tables to refill their drinks, but instead allowed them to givetheir full attention to the fantastic questions prepared by the AUES committee.The night got off to a speedy start in the drinking and socialising departments while everyone waited on the mostimportant ingredient of a quiz night, the questions, which were still in the process of being printed in CATS by the 7:00 pm starting time. This delay, however, did allow teams to begin on the trusty table games like “Name This Flag”, “Where In Uni Am I?” and of course the famous “Scavenger Hunt”. The MC for the night, Xan, used this time to introduce another new addition to the 2010 Quiz Night. This item was used many times throughout the night and was successful in removing small pieces of every user’s dignity as it went, this item of course was the “dress of shame”, used to highlight everything from cheating quiz goers to slightly inebriated acts of stupidity. With the arrival of our trusty president Tim, a fresh round of beer, wine and champagne and of course the questions, round 1 began. A ripple of excitement permeated around the room. The teams debated the opening questions in an attempt to Page 19
  24. 24. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2010 win the first round. For some, this was an attempt to get a good start on the way to winning the night. For others it was a matter of being able to say “we were number one!” before slowly falling down the leader board with every beer, wine or champagne consumed. As the night progressed a clear divide was forming between the tables. Some teams had obviously come to win, while others, although beginning with great enthusiasm and promise, later realised they were not quite up to scratch. Some teams soon changed their focus of winning the main prize of Quiz Night glory towards another equally important, respected and prestigious prize - the wooden spoon.As the final round drew to a close,the leader board revealed TheDavid Campbell Experience asthe winners of eternal glory, or, in other words, the 2010 AUES Quiz Night. By 1 point, they claimed the title of QuizNight Champions, as well as winning the Scavenger Hunt. With the quiz over for another year, attention turned to making the most of the remaining drinks package. Congratulations and commiserations drinks were shared before gearing up for the Winston Bar after party. With the party set to rage on for hours to come, it was overall a fantastic night with quizzes, mates and many drinks topping off yet another fantastic AUES event. James Hardy Page 20
  25. 25. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2010Careers NightThe 2010 YEA AUES Careers Night which took place in Term 3 was a roaring success, with over 250 students and50 industry representatives in attendance.The Night kicked off with an hour of presentations from esteemed companies Chris Tan Consulting, Santos, BabcockInternational and Australian Defence Force. Each company shared their insight on student relevant topics such as “Engineers can make a difference”, “Getting out of the office”, “Your career, aim high, be proud”, and “The alternative side to engineering”. The response from students on the night was so overwhelming that all seats and aisles of the function room were packed out before the event commenced. Following these presentations was the opportunity to network over drinks and finger food, with representatives from the following companies in stalls: DSTO, Australian Defence Force, Engineers Australia, ElectraNet, KBR, Babcock International, GHD, Farley Riggs, Bardavcol, York Civil, Santos, GPA Engineering and Teach AUES Vice President Christopher Quek presenting the ADFA Industry Representative with a bottle of wine. for Australia.Young Engineers Australia (YEA) were the major sponsor of the event and provided great support by providingadvice in the early planning stages and being very generous to open up the event to all engineering students fromother major Universities in South Australia. YEA were also very kind to contribute an iPod Nano as a door prizewhich was presented by the University of Adelaide YEA Campus Coordinator Divina Tomamak.The AUES is very honoured and would like to thank the representatives who flew in from interstate to attend theevent. We are also very thankful that multiple company owners took an interest in the event and personally camealong to meet students. It was a highly rewarding evening with many students securing vacation work interviews andmaking new contacts/networks. The industry representatives were very pleased with outcome of the event and haveexpressed their interest in participating in the future. Page 21
  26. 26. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2010The careers night was an overwhelming success and exceeded our expectations in terms of quality and studentparticipation. We aim to bring this event up to a bigger scale in 2011, with hopes of moving to a larger venue to caterto increased student numbers.The AUES would like to thankthe organising committee forputting in a lot of hard work inorganising the event. We wouldalso like to thank the Faculty ofEngineering, Computer &Mathematical Sciences (ECMS)for their continual support. It hasenabled us to organise qualityevents on a regular basis for ourdedicated student body. Chris Quek Page 22
  27. 27. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2010Cocktail NightAs the Cocktail Night falls outside the timeline of Hysteresis in 2010, we have an opportunity to look back at the inaugural event held in 2009. It was a starry night, and surprisingly, people turned up at exactly the starting time, a very early 7 pm. So much for these engies being “fashionably late”, although for the first time the truly fashionable side of AUES members was evident as they dressed up in their finest cocktail attire. The event was to celebrate “100 Years of the AUES”, despite the somewhat obvious knowledge that the AUES has not actually existed for 100 years. It does sound good though. The hors d’oeuvres were quickly devoured, and the drinks package was a delight (excepting for the strangely purple “Fruit Tingle” daiquiri which will notbe repeated in 2010). An extreme underestimation of drink consumption (sorry everyone!) resulted in the cocktailsrunning out by 9 pm, so it was a quick drive to Dan Murphy’s and Coles to fill up a very small hatchback with $1200of ingredients! Tom Vincent, the AUES’ longestserving committee member, kindly offered to bebartender for the entire night, and was supportedby the tireless efforts of Yasmin Freschi andCharlie Aust (who isn’t actually on committee butloves being behind a bar). Without their quickservice and drink skills the night would definitelynot have run so smoothly.Sadly, the hired DJ seemed to misinterpret themeaning of “current charts music” and decided toplay a mixture of electro/house tunes that no onewanted to dance to for a long time. This again willnot be repeated in 2010 - when we say a DJ will take requests we really mean it this time! The 2010 event themed “The Red Carpet Cocktail Night” is shaping up to be a bigger and even better event than its predecessor. It has been kindly sponsored by GPA Engineering and will feature a slightly new collection of drinks and definitely more food. If you haven’t bought your ticket yet, go to the Chemical, Mechanical or Civil school offices and do it! Kristina Noicos Page 23
  28. 28. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2010Vox Pop1. Something you can’t wait for to be created?2. Favourite sexual innuendo?3. Place you would pick to pay your bill in 5c pieces, why?4. Why you think Jesus turned water into wine instead of beer?5. Favourite club on campus? (Hint: AUES) Tom Noicos 1. Performance enhancing drugs that actually increase your learning capabilities (they would have to be illicit so I could then proceed to sell them, thus generating wealth and maintaining high grades). 2. A Secular Nun. 3. Whichever store hired a blind clerk so I could beguile them into believing they were light $2 coins. 4. I believe like me he was a shallow man, and prior to the days of low carb beers, Jesus believed that beer would create a voluptuous society and one in which he would no longer want to penetrate with his gift of love, hence the lower cholesterol option of wine. 5. AUES.Lloyd Moffatt1. Fart Cam, track down the bad eggs in lectures (pardon the pun).2. Doggy Style. Innuendo is French for position, right?3. DJs Subway at lunch time. To teach them a lesson for having broken toasters, for over a month!4. They didnt have home-brew back then I guess.5. AMSS, ‘cos theyre all dumb enough for engineers to be able to pick up. "hey cutie, can you teach me how to play doctors..." Jenny Ngyugen 1. Time travel. 2. Thats what she said. 3. The $1 shop to piss them off. 4. Same reason why Jews have wise monetary investments - wine actually goes up in value. 5. AUES. Page 24
  29. 29. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2010 Law Stapleton 1. Self removing pair of trousers. 2. Addicted to group sax nights. 3. Laos or Thailand, currency takes it a bit further. 4. When Jesus told all his followers to turn around for his trick, he knew they were full of faith but the opening of a bottle of beer in place of the water was too noisy, therefore giving away his trick, where the casket wine is much more stealth to pour. 5. AUES because their BBQs are unlike anyone else and more like everyone else’s. Chris McMichael 1. A GPS on the TV remote so you can’t lose it. 2. Associated homogenous equation (ass. homo. equation). 3. The Casino - because they keep taking my money. 4. Jesus was a snob...? 5. Whats that club that has that sweet pub crawl??? Michael Hopper 1. A device that allows me to hit idiots on the internet through the computer screen. 2. More like in-your-endo. 3. When paying a parking fine because pissing off that desk wench gives me a warm fuzzy feeling. 4. Because Australian beer hadnt been invented yet and he liked the taste of his own blood. 5. AUMS; without their solutions I could never have achieved my brilliant 51P in DESM. They also give me lots of sausage.Michael Lee1. Powdered water.2. The second coming is imminent.3. Any nightclub. Let’s see if the door b**** actually knows how to count.4. Jesus was a template for today’s modern homeless man; poor, unwashed, goes everywhere on foot and so on. Now if we apply this analysis backwards, today’s modern homeless man can obtain a bottle of wine for $1.99 and when you’re homeless and drinking in the park with your buddies, $1.99 is an excellent price.5. AUES, enough said. Page 25
  30. 30. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2010Where are they now? Name: Paul Pearce MIEAust CPEng Degrees: MEng(MilitarySysInteg), B.E (Mechatronics), B.Ma&CompSc Final Year Project: “GPS Differential Carrier Phase Measurements for Attitude Determination”. My colleague, Matthew Cranwell, and I built a demonstrator to use the relative readings of three GPS receivers (to be installed in the wings and nose of a UAV) to determine pitch, roll and yaw in real-time, as an alternative to a regular inertial navigation system. Matt Tetlow was our supervisor (thanks Matts).Current Job: Lead Systems Engineer at Deep Blue Tech Pty Ltd (DBT)DBT is an R&D arm of ASC (formally Australian Submarine Corporation) based in Adelaide. DBT is focussing ondeveloping and comparing submarine concepts to replace the Collins Class submarines. In DBT, I have beenresponsible for developing a distributed submarine simulation, called SUBSIM, which is used to assess and comparesubmarine concepts.Winding the clock back, I graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2004, having completed both a Bachelor ofEngineering (Mechatronics) and a Bachelor of Mathematical and Computer Sciences. In the same year, I completeda 3-month student internship working on the A380 passenger jet at EADS Airbus in Hamburg, Germany. It was anincredible journey, both technically and culturally. Imagine having to walk under a landing strip to get from the frontgate to my office building!After graduating, I got a job with ASC and entered into a two-year graduate program. As a graduate I was rotatedthrough a number of different engineering departments to expand my knowledge and skills. Two highlights spring tomind - the first was spending seven days at sea on HMAS COLLINS transiting from Adelaide to Perth. Living onboard an operational warship was an amazing experience - and I gained an enormous respect for our submarinersand the steel tube they call home. The second highlight occurred towards the end of my graduate program, when Iworked on the Air Warfare Destroyer project during the competitive tendering phase. During that time I helped tocoordinate alternative bids from Navantia and Gibbs & Cox.On a reflective note, my closest friends today are still the same rag-tag bunch of friends that came together insecond-year uni to solve tutorials and assignments! Now, despite being spread far and wide interstate and overseas,we still try to celebrate with a meal somewhere when someone returns home. Paul Pearce Page 26
  31. 31. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2010Australian School of Petroleum Head of School Professor Steve Begg Deputy Head of School Professor Bruce AinsworthThe past year has been full of eventful highlights for the Australian School of Petroleum. Early in 2010 we welcomeda new Head of School with Professor Richard Hillis leaving ASP to take up the position of CEO for the new DeepExploration Technology CRC after 18 years at the University of Adelaide. The newly appointed Head of School forASP is Professor Steve Begg with Professor Bruce Ainsworth as Deputy Head of School.In addition to Richard Hillis’ departure we have also farewelled Dr Ros King, Dr Motiur Rahman, Dr Rachel Nanson,Dr Nicole Dobrinski, Dr David Haberlah and Sally Holl. Yet we welcomed the arrival of Dr Mark Tingay, who took up aSenior Lecturer position with the School in March. Mark has taken on co-ordination of the Level II course ‘DrillingEngineering’, as well as ‘Introduction to Petroleum Engineering’.In late 2009 Dr Kathryn Amos, who was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow at ASP, started as a Lecturer. In addition toher teaching into the Petroleum Geoscience program, Kathryn is currently co-ordinating ‘Sedimentology &Stratigraphy’ for Level II Petroleum Engineering students and supervising an Engineering Honours project.On the research side we welcomed Dr Julien Bourget in February. Julien is the first ASP funded Postdoctoral Fellowand has been working with Prof Bruce Ainsworth on ‘Plio-Pleistocene evolution of the Bonaparte basin, Timor Sea,NW Australia’. Julien has also been assisting with both the Geoscience and Engineering programs.There have been some significant staff achievements over the last 12 months, including major ARC funding successfor Prof Pavel Bedrikovetsky, who was awarded both a Discovery Project for ‘Modelling the capillary entrapmentphenomena and integrity of geological reservoirs for clean energy, water and waste management technologies’ anda Linkage Project for ‘Development of innovative technologies for oil production based on the advanced theory ofsuspension flows in porous media’.Dr Mark Tingay was selected, on the basis of being an exceptional early- to mid-career researcher, to attend theAustralian Academy of Sciences 2010 high-fliers think tank on ‘Searching the Deep Earth: The Future of AustralianResource Discovery and Utilisation’.Prof Steve Begg will begin an SPE Distinguished Lecturer tour in October presenting on ‘Reliability of ExpertJudgments and Uncertainty Assessments’. The tour will include Romania, Norway, Denmark, the UK and Spain.There have also been numerous student achievements. Petroleum Engineering Honours student Mohamad HakimHamid was awarded 1st prize and the Patrons Award at the Merdeka Gala Dinner Awards held in August. The awardrecognises top Malaysian students in their final year at a South Australian University, based on their academicperformance and community contributions. Page 27
  32. 32. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2010 Final year honours student Finlay Ball was the 2010 recipient of the JF Kennedy Memorial Petroleum Engineering Entrepreneurial Scholarship The scholarship of $20,000 is awarded to students who demonstrate entrepreneurship, community involvement, innovation and academic achievement. For her poster presentation at the 2010 AAPG Annual Convention, PhD student Marianne Sandstrom received an SEPM Award, one of their Mobil Student Travel Grants. Marianne was one of five students to receive one of these awards.PhD student Justin MacDonald has been awarded an AAPG grant (the Gordon I. Atwater Memorial Grant of $3000)to use towards conducting analytical modelling of detachments in the delta and deepwater fold-thrust belts of theCeduna Sub-basin, Australia. He also received second place in the 2009 Midland Valley Student Structural Prize($1000 USD), for his work on the White Pointer and Hammerhead Delta Systems in the Bight Basin, Australia.In November 2009 John Ciccarelli, a member of the 2009 honours class, was invited to attend the Energize YourFuture Conference in Paris, all expenses paid! We congratulate John, one of only three students internationally tohave been invited to attend.In late 2009, PhD student Treena Bron was awarded the Eric Rudd Memorial Scholarship of $5000. This travellingscholarship is designed to enable students to spend time at some of the best geoscience institutes, mine sites andother key geological locations, possibly in combination with presenting a paper at an international conference.Caitlin Davis from the 2009 Petroleum Geoscience honours class received the PESA Graduate Prize for her thesisentitled "Pre-Permian structural evolution of the Western flank of the Cooper Basin, with implications for migrationpathways".In October 2009 Dan O’Reilly (who graduated in April 2010) won the Australia region Society of Petroleum Engineers(SPE) student paper contest, winning an expenses paid trip to attend the SPE Annual meeting in the US where hepresented his paper at theInternational Student PaperContest. This is the highestaward/level achievable forundergraduate petroleumengineering students. Dan camesecond out of around 20 regionalwinners.Our Geoscience Honours andMasters program has provedvery popular this year with arecord number of 19 enrolled Page 28
  33. 33. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2010students. The class benefitted from the annual trip in June to the Amadeus Basin in Central Australia. The week-longtrip sees students travel to Alice Springs, the starting point for an examination of the Proterozoic and Palaeozoicsuccession in the Amadeus Basin.Over the first weekend in May our 1st year class enjoyed the annual weekend field trip to Sellicks Beach andCarrickalinga Head. Geoscience and Engineering staff, as well as some ASP postgraduate students assisted the 1styear groups with some basic geological tasks whilst exploring the Fleurieu Peninsula.This year we have our largest number of undergraduate engineering students (almost 50), completing their final year.Honours and Design project presentations will be held over 3 days from October 27th to 29th.One of the most engaging final year undergraduate courses is ‘Integrated Reservoir and Project Management’ whichis taught by Dr Steve Mackie and Peter Gilliland. The Project Management portion sees the ASP conference roomtransformed into a dynamic classroom as students undertake their group projects.The articulation program with Ho Chi Minh University of Technology has seen several students arrive from Vietnamto complete their Petroleum Engineering degree at the University of Adelaide. We look forward to the expansion ofthe program and anticipate significant increases in student numbers for the next couple of years.The ASP Seminar Series continues to attract interest with the 2010 seminars including a presentation from an ex-engineering honours student Jürgen Mason. Jürgen’s presentation was on the Cobia platform, located in the BassStrait. He gave an overview of the geology of central fields, the key challenges associated with developing drilling targets, and the importance of good communication and strong team work. The annual Graduation Dinner for 2009 was held at Ayers House on the evening of December 10th. From our 2009 engineering honours class, awards were received by Phillip Lemon, Ibrahim Shahin, Page 29
  34. 34. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2010Elferrerious Alim Albert, Dominic Pepicelli and Piotr Sapa. Petroleum Geoscience honours student Steven Kwitkoreceived 3 awards at the dinner including the George Allen Memorial Prize, the AusIMM/Santos Prize and the OriginEnergy/Ted Moorcroft Award.ASP had 56 graduates who had their award conferred in April 2010. There were 32 in BE (Petroleum) and combineddegrees, 7 in our Masters of Petroleum Engineering program, 4 in the Master of Petroleum Geoscience program, 10in our Honours Petroleum Geology and Geophysics program and 3 PhD students. We wish all our graduates greatsuccess in their future careers. Anne Gurowski Administrator of Australian School of Petroleum Page 30
  35. 35. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2010School of Chemical Engineering As the first year of my tenure as Head of School comes to a close, I look back on the year with pride and a renewed sense of purpose as we look towards 2011. Some significant firsts have occurred in 2010. This year saw the opening of the new $1.5 million biopharmaceutical laboratory in Engineering North that is now fast being populated by state-of-the-art equipment and exploited by both undergraduate and postgraduate students. This year will also see the graduation of the first cohort of Pharmaceutical Engineering students, a major milestone in this program that is unique in Australia. The Pharmaceutical Engineering students also formed the first Australian-based student chapter of the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE) earlier this year. Head of School This chapter has since organised a very successful industry night at Adelaide and, if the Prof. Mark J. Biggs feedback from others in the community are anything to go by, it also represented the Schoolwith distinction at the ISPE Leadership Forum recently held in Sydney. Dr Hu Zhang and Dr Jingxiu Bi, the twoPharmaceutical Engineering lecturing staff in the School, have played a significant role in mentoring this chapter.The School also played a leading role in organising Chemeca 2010, the 40th Annual Australasian ChemicalEngineering Conference, which was held in the Adelaide Hilton over the last few days of September. This conferencewas one of the largest Chemeca conferences ever, with nearly 550 delegates, and one of the most cutting-edge, withthe posters being delivered via 42 inch flatscreens and the proceedings being supplied on aUSB stick.The School is proud to acknowledge thesponsorship of two undergraduate scholarshipsby BHP worth $40,000 each over four years. Therecipients this year were James Russell andAlicia Hurkmans, who are both to becongratulated. The School is also pleased toacknowledge Santos for very generouslydonating a personalised copy of Perry’s ChemicalEngineering Handbook to every first year studentin the Chemical Engineering and associateddouble degrees!The School was also very pleased to hearrecently that Abdul Al-Dasooqi, a second year Dr David Lewis (left) and Associate Professor Peter Ashman (right) with the General Manager of SQC, Gerald Barker, the company that has recentlychemical engineering student, recently won the joined with the Australian Research Council (ARC) to fund a major project in‘Make It So’ competition. The purpose of the the School concerned with energy co-products from microalgal biofuelcompetition, which was run nationally by production, which is one potential way of making fuel from microalgaeEngineers Australia, was to raise awareness of economically feasible.the contribution engineers make to thecommunity. Over 7000 ideas were submitted by more than 100,000 people – 1 in 100,000 is pretty impressive! Welldone Abdul.As one of the inaugural recipients of the Schroder Scholarship in the first half of the 1990s, I am particularly pleasedto see its re-launch in 2010. This scholarship, which is supported by Adelaide Brighton Cement, supports PhDstudies directed towards developing a more sustainable Australia. The scholarship was awarded to Andrew Ward,who will be researching anaerobic digestion of marine microalgal biomass under the supervision of Dr David Lewis.On the staff front, the School is happy to welcome its latest Associate Professor as Peter Ashman gets a welldeserved promotion following his year as Acting Head in 2009. This reflects the outstanding contributions that Petehas made over many years to teaching, research, leadership and life of the School.The School has also seen an influx of new staff in the last 18 months with the arrival in the second half of 2009 of DrSheng Dai and Dr Philip Kwong. Both work at the interface between materials and chemical engineering. Theseappointments along with my own in December 2008 means the School is once again building a major presence inthe materials sphere. Page 31
  36. 36. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2010The School has also recently appointed three new independent postdoctoral fellows – Dr Shen (biomaterials), DrZivkovic (microfluidics) and Dr Mijajlovic (bionanotechnology) – following success in the Faculty Research GroupInitiative launched by the Dean in 2009.The School lost one of its longest serving members, Sanh Tran, in 2010 when the School’s computing officer postwas made redundant following a review that recommended the resources would be better directed towards assistingacademic staff be more innovative in their delivery of the taught programs. This support will come in the form of aLearning Support Officer (LSO) whose appointment is being finalised as I write this article.In early 2009, staff gathered at the annual two-day School Strategy Workshop to develop the basis for a strategyaimed at making the School a research leader in the field by the middle of this decade. Much efforts since then hasbeen focused on developing and implementing the details of this strategy. There has already been someencouraging developments with the number of category 1 grant applications in 2010 up 4-fold on 2008, whilst thenumber of top (A/A*) journal publications has increased dramatically over the same period from 2 in 2008 to what looks like being more than 30 by the close of 2010. The strategy has also seen the launch of a new School Research Seminar series. Funding of this series has seen leading researchers from around Australia and beyond brought to Adelaide to present on their work, including Professor Kaneko from Japan, a World leader in nanocarbons, and Professor Su of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, an internationally recognised bioprocess engineer. Students enjoying themselves at the Annual Chems Dinner held this year in the Sebel Playford following a very successful fundraising campaign by the Chems Society.2010 has also seen the micro-algae activity atAdelaide come of age. This activity, that wasfounded by Dr David Lewis and Professor KeithKing in the earlier part of this decade and hassince been joined by Associate Professor PeterAshman, was recently awarded nearly $1M fromthe ARC and SQC Pty Ltd to investigate energyco-products from microalgal biofuel production.This follows on from a $2 million grant awarded in2008, with partners at Murdoch University, tomake the economical production of fuels and othermaterials from microalgae a reality. As part of thiswork, construction of a pilot plant in currentlyunderway at Karratha in WA. The group has nowbeen invited to be part of a Cooperative ResearchCentre involving four universities and severalmajor companies. The bid has progressed to stage 2 and there are high hopes of success.The School is not, of course, resting on its laurels. It has much further to do on the research front. The School hasalso resolved at its 2010 Strategy Workshop in July to increase substantially the innovation in its curricula and theway they are delivered.The above clearly indicates we have achieved much as a School over 2010 and I am proud to have been part ofthose achievements. Of course, none of these would have been possible without the hard work of all the staff andstudents in the School – I thank you all for these efforts. In closing, I would like to wish our soon-to-be graduates of2010 all the best in their new careers and hope you will not forget to let us know from time to time what you aredoing. Of course, we would also most definitely welcome you back for a visit either as individuals or as a cohort. Professor Mark J. Biggs Page 32
  37. 37. Adelaide University Engineering Society Hysteresis 2010School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Engineering Forty students are expected to graduate from the University of Adelaide’s new mining engineering program at the end of the year, the first graduates since the program started in 2007. For the students, the timing couldn’t be better as the mining industry continues its dramatic recovery. Developed in conjunction with the South Australian government and in response to industry’s increasing demand for resources and skilled workers the program was targeted to turn out highly trained and job-ready graduates. With this in mind the students have been exposed to all aspects of the mining industry including geology, planning and design, mine management and environmental engineering. We wish the new graduates all the best as they start their careers. Head of School Prof. Martin Lambert Interest in Architectural Engineering has also been very strong and student numberscontinue to grow dramatically. Meetings with industry have indicated that graduates with this qualification will besought after in the fast moving buildings engineering area. The school has just appointed its first ArchitecturalEngineering academic, Dr Alex Ng, who will take up his position in February 2011 and we expect another moresenior appointment to be made soon.The Civil Engineering laboratories have been extremely busy with final year research projects and commercialtesting this year. 18 Civil Honours research projects were undertaken, as well as an additional 5 postgraduateresearch projects and a large volume of commercial testing work. Civil laboratory facilities were also used by 5Mechanical Engineering Honours research groups. The year started with a courageous attempt to win back the Concrete Canoe Race champions title from UniSA, but despite a valiant effort by all involved the title remained elusive. Look out in 2011 though! Two significant Civil structures projects were undertaken, one investigating earthquake protection of masonry wallsusing near surface mounted CFRP, while the other looked and the cyclic loading performance of Carbon Fibre(CFRP) and Aramid Fibre (AFRP) tubes with high strength concrete. Other projects investigated the growth of biofilm Page 33

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