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ACADEMIA/RESEARCH Peter Lee, 53 Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of South Australia, Adelaide Chemical engineer, RMIT new courses. He has recently initiated a complete review of the curriculum, which is due to be completed in 2010. The review is part of developing a new teaching and learning framework for the P university called Step 2010. This includes a greater focus on practice-based and fl exible learning, graduate attributes, and links between learning and research. The university has 33,700 students, of which about 2300 study engineering. Prior to his appointment to the University of South Australia in 2006, Lee was execu- tive dean of the Division of Engineering, Science and Computing at Curtin University of Technology. He founded the school of engineering at Murdoch University. David Skellern, 57 CEO of National ICT Australia (NICTA) Electrical engineer, University of Sydney rof Peter Lee oversees all of the university’s academic programs. This includes determining which courses the university offers, their quality, direction and designing Iven Mareels, 58 Dean, School of Engineering, University of Melbourne Electromechanical engineer, Gent University, Belgium “O ne of the fundamental goals of NICTA when it was created was to grow the Australian ICT industry,” its chief executive Dr David Skellern said. “NICTA does this by working in close collaboration with industry and other research institutions to solve problems and make breakthroughs in ICT which can underpin the development of globally competitive products, processes and services.” In March, NICTA launched a spin-off network monitoring company called Monitoring Division. The company has its headquarters in the US with a research offi ce in Melbourne. It is the fourth spin-off company established in NICTA’s six years of operation. NICTA plans to develop closer ties with European partners this year. It also intends to work out a new intellectual property policy, weighing up the advantages of open source. NICTA has recently been classifi ed as a registered research agency. Companies contracting work to a registered research agency may claim the R&D tax concession. 54 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2008 Melbourne Model of engineering education. Mareels has been involved in developing the model from the beginning, reviewing the curriculum and supervising the implementation. The model requires students to study engineering as a major in a generalist undergraduate degree such as commerce, science or environmental studies. To qualify as professional engineers they can go on to complete a two-year masters degree in engineering. Mareels said the school is looking to have more engineers from industry teach these postgraduate courses. According to Mareels, students and employers have welcomed P the Melbourne Model. However, it is too early to tell how many students will study the engineering majors and progress to masters degrees. “We of course need to see how this pans out in the marketplace, when our students graduate in about four years from now,” he said. Mareels has a PhD in systems engineering from the Australian National University. He recently received the Clunies Ross Award from the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering for improving the effi ciency of irrigation. rof Iven Mareels oversees an engineering school that caters for 4400 students. This year the school started offering the Book 1.indb 54 Book 1.indb 54 4/6/08 15:17:14 4/6/08 15:17:14