He came home so animated and full of stories and ‘did you knows...'

Barangaroo Transport Tunnel buildingThe School of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s outreach program for the Year 10 work experience week has been operating for a decade! Due to the success of the program The Industry Advisory Committee decided to increase the student intake from 60 to 90! In May ninety high school students joined CVEN academics and industry partners on various sites around Sydney to experience the world of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The program included students from Central Coast, Cowra, Forbes, Illawarra, Jindabyne, Lisarow, Maclean, Moree, Newcastle, Parkes, Tamworth, Toormina, Wagga Wagga, Young  and local Schools. One third of the students were girls.

The students appreciated visiting a wide variety of civil engineering sites – in progress, accomplished and in creative development – including Laing O’Rourke’s ‘Innovation Space’, the UNSW Water Research Laboratory at Manly Vale, Richards Crookes Construction, Barangaroo Metro, UNSW Driving Simulator Lab,  Centennial Parklands, Cronulla Waste Treatment Plant,  GHD Head Office, Seacliff Bridge, Sydney Harbour Bridge,  Jacobs Head Office,  NaURA  POW, Brookfield Multiplex  SHOR, Transport NSW, UNSW Chemical Engineering,  Opera House, Port Botany, RMS, Stanwell Tops, and the NSW Transport Management Centre and Computer Labs at UNSW Sydney.

A decade of achievement, 530 students have benefited from this wonderful opportunity!

 Feedback from the students, parents and teachers about their experience was overwhelmingly positive and often heart felt. They include: “thank you for running the engineering excursions, they were all brilliant” … “she wanted to be an Engineer but has been 100% against even considering civil engineering as a career but this week has certainly given her a new perspective about it & is now considering Surveying as a career choice also.”…

Also “He came home so animated and full of stories and ‘did you knows….’ Not to mention the amazing friendships he made with like-minded kids.” “Thank you and your amazing team for providing such an amazing experience.” … “He certainly knew a little about Engineering and now that is much broader and his interest in pursuing engineering as a career has definitely increased substantially” and lastly “Thanks for all you do with this initiative it is a great thing for our country kids.”

Our special thanks to the generous support from our industry partners –Arup, aurecon, Bouygues Construction, CMS Surveyors, CPB Contractors, GHD, Laing O’Rourke, Jacobs, JK Geotechnics, Macquarie Geotech, Multiplex,  PSM, SMEC, Taylor Thomson Whitting and WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff - whose funding makes this event possible. 

Our grateful thanks also to the UNSW staff who dedicated their time to showcase an area of engineering – School academics, researchers and professional staff who were on the team – Mudabber Ashfaq, Iman al-Damad, Mikel Barbara, Asal Bidarmaghz, Guy Boncardo, Amos Branch, Laarni Caluducan, James Carley, Grace Carlino, Julian Cox, Ron Cox, Steve Davis, Kurt Douglas, Stefan Felder, Ruth Fisher, Paul Gwynne, Alice Harrison, Bruce Harvey, Robert Holdom, Coral Johnson, Maria Lee, Aziz Mahmood, Ahsan Parvez, Olga Pimenova, Paula Ploysarak, Craig Roberts, Ted Robson, Tamara Rouse, Jamie Ruprecht,  Neeraj Saxena, Johnson Shen, James Simpson, Grantley Smith, Tricia Tesoriero, Ozair Turabi, Patrick Vuong, Kasun Wijayaratna, Zhitao Xiong, Frances Xiao, Jiaqi Yang, Anna Yeung and Yincai Zhou.

Applications for next year’s program will be accepted from February 2020. Students need to apply through the Career Advisor at their School. For more information about this program please contact cvenschools@unsw.edu.au.

Geotechnical Engineering field trip

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