150 years of Engineering at Melbourne

By Jennifer Thomas

The University of Melbourne’s Chancellor and Victoria’s Governor-elect the Hon. Alex Chernov, AO, QC launched the anniversary of 150 years of engineering education at the Melbourne School of Engineering last night.

At the launch Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis talked about how much the School had grown from 15 part-time students and one academic in 1861, to a community drawn from over 100 countries, with a network of nearly 25,000 alumni. Today the School is acknowledged nationally and internationally for excellence in engineering and technology research and education.

Emeritus Professor Len Stevens, patron of the 150th anniversary celebrations discussed his new scholarship appeal. The Len Stevens Scholarship Appeal will provide scholarships for outstanding graduate engineering students who pursue innovative learning experiences as well as extra-curricular achievements both locally and internationally.

Professor Iven Mareels, Dean of Engineering, who presided over the event, said that the 15Oth anniversary was a wonderful time to reflect upon the achievements of staff, students and alumni.

“It is also an opportune time to plan for our future and to consider what our engineers may achieve in the next 150 years,” Professor Mareels said.

Events to celebrate the anniversary will be conducted throughout the year and include:
•    50 years and over lunch, Friday 29th April, 2011
•    150th Gala Dinner, Friday 28th October, 2011