School Alumnus honoured for outstanding contributions to the community

Professor Elizabeth Taylor, third from right, alongside her fellow UNSW Alumni Award recipientsProfessor Elizabeth Taylor (BE Civil ’78) was recently awarded a prestigious UNSW Alumni Award for Engineering in this year’s ceremony held at the newly refurbished UNSW Roundhouse on Monday 28 May 2018. A celebrated ‘humanitarian engineer’, Elizabeth has been the chair of Red R International since 2012 putting her own touch on what it means to be a global engineer. Her body of work has spanned design and construction, academia and volunteering. While her list of achievements is impressive, Elizabeth remains humble, acknowledging that she is inspired everyday by those she works with and their commitment to humanity and the planet’s sustainability. In her role as RedR International chair, Elizabeth has led the collaboration with RedR in India and RedR UK to build the Philippine’s response capacity in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. In a typical year RedR can have as many as 95 deployments to 7 UN agencies in 23 countries.

Reflecting on her decision to study at UNSW in her acceptance speech, Elizabeth affirmed, “My education has been a very strong foundation for my career. I am a very proud UNSW alumni and I thank UNSW for the honour they have given me tonight.” She added, “UNSW is an organisation that moves far beyond economic metrics, with goals for social justice and changing the world.” Professor Elizabeth Taylor is the very embodiment of this, furthering the synergy between engineering and social justice for the betterment of our world. The school congratulates Professor Elizabeth Taylor on her UNSW Alumni Award for Engineering and the fine achievements it represents.

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