At UNSW School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, we currently work with more than 100 industry and government organisations each year on specific industry-related projects. In addition, we’ve won millions of dollars in federal funds to investigate issues of national importance. 

We also have a vibrant Industry Partners Program. This furthers our strong links with industry, raising the profile of the profession among students and the community as a whole. 

Industry Advisory Committee 

Our Industry Advisory Committee (IAC) meet four times each year. Its composition is reviewed from time to time and currently comprises up to 18 members. They represent a number of distinguished employer groups, a range of professional disciplines, graduates and UNSW Engineering staff.  

The IAC’s role is to advise the Head of UNSW School of Civil and Environmental Engineering on industry views of undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as research directions. Particular briefs may also be provided to the IAC at various times to address specific issues. Finally, the committee may raise issues they would like to see investigated, providing advice on these to the Head of School. 

IAC Committee Members

A consultant for more than three decades, Ian has advised on a wide range of infrastructure, building and systems integration projects throughout Australia and Asia. He has considerable experience in analysis of the reasons for project delivery problems.

With a background in the Australian Army, Greg specialises in managing consulting projects in the transport, energy and resources, water and property markets. He is passionate about creating leadership opportunities for junior engineers.

Laurie has worked across a range of projects. These include the Parramatta Justice Precinct, Lifehouse at RPA and the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney.

James has 25 years’ experience consulting across transport, mining, tunnelling, oil and gas. Having previously held senior leadership roles at Laing O’Rourke and WSP, James has now taken on an executive role in McConnell Dowell, where he will oversee the continued establishment of communities of practice and centres of excellence across their core disciplines.

Andrew is a structural engineer with a passion for design philosophies combining innovation with efficiency in holistic building or structural solutions. His expertise includes tall buildings, hybrid structures, long-term serviceability of structures, seismic analysis and design, and long-span lightweight roof structures.

With more than 20 years’ experience across the Water and Transport sectors, Yasnna has held a number of executive project governance roles. An advocate for greater gender participation in STEM-related careers, she sits on the mentoring panel for Engineers Australia’s Women in Engineering Mentoring program.

Specialising in long-span structures, tall buildings, stadiums, seismic design and forensic engineering, Kourosh has played key roles in many innovative, complex structures across the globe. Recently appointed as a Board Director of Engineers Australia, he is also the Director of the Australian Steel Institute, and President of the Lightweight Structures Association of Australasia.

Jessica is the current President for Engineers Australia Sydney Division and an infrastructure advisor and works across the full lifecycle of infrastructure projects, focusing on transport, development and social infrastructure sectors.

Lucas has 15 years’ experience in the development, procurement and delivery of major infrastructure and building projects, covering both the private and public sectors. Having held key delivery roles during his time at the Sydney Ports Corporation and Evans & Peck, Lucas now specialises in commercial advisory services for major project delivery and in contractual disputes.

Moving from academia to industry, Gareth’s expertise centres on tailings dam design and operation, assessment and management of mine subsidence impacts and numerical analysis. He is currently a Visiting Fellow with the UNSW Water Research Laboratory.

Prior to joining Spatial Services, Narelle worked in both private industry and state government. She was at NSW Road’s and Maritime Services for seven years, holding a number of senior roles. Throughout her career Narelle has been actively involved in NSW’s surveying and spatial professional organisations.

Athena is responsible for leading, directing and planning investor assurance for the whole of government infrastructure program. Previously Director of RMS’s Greater Sydney Project Office she has developed and delivered complex transport projects including motorways, railways and multi-modal infrastructure.

Travis has an international reputation for innovation and setting industry standards. His publications are prolific, awarded, often cited and highly regarded, particularly his work in mathematical representations of transport systems to support the planning and management of mobility and infrastructure. 

Pells Sullivan Meynink Senior Lecturer of Rock Mechanics since 2007, Kurt looks at better predicting the properties of rock for efficiently designed foundations, tunnels, slopes and dams. His research covers rock mass strength and deformation prediction, spillway erosion assessment and piping within embankment dams.

Our Outreach Programs 

Primary School Prize in Mathematics 

We encourage lifelong interest in mathematics, as one of the key requirements for a rewarding, fulfilling and socially useful engineering career. The UNSW Civil and Environmental Engineering Primary School Prize in Mathematics is to the value of $100.  

The prize is an initiative of the IAC, developed and managed by the External Relations Committee. It helps address the problem of falling numbers and interest in maths and science in the early high school years. We wanted to communicate the practical value of maths and science to students prior to that period. 

Every year, more than 80 NSW schools participate in our Maths Prize, and we give prizes to more than 250 students. Selection criteria emphasise applications and creativity as well as class projects and test results. 

Staff or alumni hand over the Prize at our end-of-year presentation. It gives students and parents a chance to meet a real-life engineer and talk to them about the field’s opportunities and rewards. 

If your school wishes to take part, please contact us

High School Work Experience Program 

In partnership with the IAC, we run an annual work experience program to promote engineering career options to high school students. The program is for Year 10 students across NSW and runs for five days. 

You can gain first-hand experience with engineering projects across six areas of the civil and environmental engineering fields: 

  • Coastal and Port Infrastructure 
  • Structures and Design 
  • Construction and Project Management 
  • Water, Wastewater and Environment 
  • Road, Transport and Underground 
  • Surveying and Geospatial Engineering 

Daily field trips are led by UNSW staff, supported by engineering professionals. We visit a range of engineering sites across Sydney, followed by an afternoon debrief and short report writing session at the UNSW Kensington campus. Students selected for the program will be required to meet daily at 8.50am, at Central Station, with each day of the program finishing around 4pm at UNSW. Students MUST attend the full five days. 

Please note that students must be confident in using public transport and bring suitable clothing for outdoors and appropriate to weather condition. Enclosed footwear will also be a requirement. 

How to Apply 

We’re interested in receiving applications from Careers Advisers for students who are self-motivated, reliable, punctual and have strong mathematical ability. Importantly, students must have an interest in pursuing a career in engineering. We offer a wide choice of combined degrees such as Engineering/Commerce and Engineering/Arts as well as single degrees in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering and Civil with Architecture. 

Selected students and their Careers Advisers/Teachers receive email confirmation with full details and are required to sign the current version in the Employer section of the Student Placement Record.  

For more information, please contact Tricia Tesoriero