On Friday 13 July, more than 200 students graduated from the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science.
The official conferring of awards ceremony was held at the Australian National University’s iconic Llewellyn Hall.
Bachelor of Engineering (Research and Development) student Ross Pure was honoured with a University Medal for academic excellence, and ANU Lecturer’s Dr Ben Swift and Dr Salman Durrani, each received ANU Vice-Chancellor’s teaching awards.
Professor Elanor Huntington, Dean of the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science congratulated all students during the post-graduation reception.
“You should be very proud of this achievement and I hope that your experience at ANU, and in studying Engineering and Computing stands you in good stead for the future. I am sure that you will all go on to make a positive difference in your careers.” Professor Huntington said.
This event also marked a celebration of the first graduates of the Postgraduate Applied Data Analytics program, an interdisciplinary program that develops leaders in an increasingly data-rich world.
Michael MacFarlane from the Australian Government Department of Human Services said the Applied Data Analytics course has given him the skills and knowledge to positively influence his future within this crucial field.
"The program was huge learning curve but the support I was given from College and from study groups made the process easier, and I now have a clear vision of being able to make important decisions based on data,” Mr MacFarlane said.
During the reception, engineering graduates Emily Campbell, Claire Honeyman and Christine Ng were officially recognised as completing the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenge Scholars Program (GCSP).
These graduates combined formal courses, research, internships and extra-curricular activities to achieve recognition for their work in addressing the global Grand Challenges for Engineering.
Dr Adrian Lowe, Associate Dean Education, delivered a toast to the graduating students and encouraged them to stay connected as the College seeks to Reimagine engineering and computing disciplines for the future.
“Through the Reimagine project, we will lead the way in bringing together people, technological systems and science to resolve highly complex global societal challenges,” Dr Lowe explained.
“It’s a mighty challenge and I invite you, as our Alumni community, to join us in shaping a new future for the engineering and computing disciplines as you embark on the next phase of your careers.”