Outstanding Achievements of Engineering & Computing Students Recognised

Dean, Professor Elanor Huntington and some of the prize winners.
Thursday 11 August 2016

Eight students from the College were recognised on Tuesday 9 August for their outstanding achievements in the 2015 academic year.  

The prizes recognised the most outstanding of a very talented cohort of engineering and computer science students.

Dean of the College, Professor Elanor Huntington, presented the awards to the students and congratulated them for excelling in their studies.

“The students who have received these awards represent the future leaders in engineering and computer science.

“They have demonstrated excellence in their studies and have taken advantage of the dynamic and pioneering research environment.

“It’s also great to see a large number of female students receiving the awards,” Professor Huntington said.

Third year engineering student, Maria Foo, was one of two students awarded the Mechanical and Manufacturing Prize. The prize is funded from an endowment established by Pro Vice-Chancellor (Innovation), Professor Michael Cardew-Hall who also attended the event.

“I’m hoping to encourage others from East Timor to study engineering and computer science at the university.

“After I complete my studies I would like to use my skills and knowledge to make a difference in the field of mechanical and manufacturing engineering,” Maria said.      

Caroline Skinner was the other recipient of the Mechanical and Manufacturing Prize and is currently a Marine Engineering Officer with the Royal Australian Navy.

“I have spent the last 6 months based at HMAS Creswell in Jervis Bay doing general officer training.

“I recently moved to HMAS Cerberus, which is based down on the Mornington Peninsula where I’ll complete the Engineering Officers Application Course.

“It gives us the theory for how the engineering systems run and focusses a lot on safety and risk management as well,” she said.

Samuel Toyer, a third year student who has already achieved 5 grades of 100% received the Google Prize for Computer Science (Honours). He previously won the Boyapati Computer Science and Mathematics Prize for First Year. 

Katrina Kelleher completed a Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Science with first class honours in Engineering in December 2015 and was awarded the HA Jones Medal for Excellence in Engineering Studies. Katrina is currently undertaking a graduate program with the Department of Defence.

Congratulations to all students who received a prize.

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