Report to Donors 2013

Alumni and friends of the Melbourne School of Engineering (MSE) continued to support the School generously  throughout 2013; an important year for the University of Melbourne as we celebrated the launch of Believe: The Campaign for the University of Melbourne.

Philanthropic support enables opportunities for our students, strengthens interdisciplinary collaboration and advances vital research for the benefit of humanity. Staff and students here at the Melbourne School of Engineering are grateful for your support and it is our sincere pleasure to offer you our thanks along with this update.

The Len Stevens Scholarship Appeal

Eric Lambers and Prof. Len Stevens

2013 Len Stevens Scholarship recipient, Eric Lambers, with Professor Len Stevens.

Many of you will be familiar with the Len Stevens Scholarship Appeal, which was established in 2011 with the goal of raising $500,000 by the end of 2013 to establish the Len Stevens Scholarship in perpetuity.

We’re delighted to advise that this goal has been reached, and in fact, the Appeal has raised over $502,785 at the time of writing! This is a tremendous result and we cannot thank you enough for making this possible.

Established in honour of Emeritus Professor Leonard Stevens AM, former Dean of Engineering (1979-1988), the Len Stevens Scholarship is designed to give exceptional students a transformative opportunity to broaden their experience beyond their studies. Through the Scholarship, generations of talented graduate students will have opportunities to enrich their studies by undertaking an extra-curricular project of their choice either locally or internationally.

The success of this Appeal is a testament to the commitment and generosity of our community, and we thank each and every one of you for contributing.

Most recently, we were delighted that the Civil Engineering Class of 1967 used their reunion as an opportunity to gather support for the Appeal in honour of Professor Stevens, who has been a most welcome guest at their reunions for many years. Similarly a group of alumni worked together to offer matching funds to encourage donations through the University’s Annual Giving student telethon.

Whether these donations have come from staff, alumni or friends of the School we are deeply grateful for your contribution and look forward to keeping you informed about progress and impact of the Len Stevens Scholarship in years to come.

The MSE Foundation contributed significantly to the success of the Appeal, and also ensured that we were able to offer interim Scholarships while the Appeal was still underway. Thanks to this generosity two Len Stevens Scholarships have already been awarded and it has been wonderful to see the opportunities enabled for these exceptional students, and the enthusiasm with which these opportunities are pursued. More information on the recipients can be found elsewhere on our blog – Jing Ming Ren was the 2012 Len Stevens Scholarship recipient, and Eric Lambers was awarded the Scholarship more recently in 2013.

The successful establishment of this Scholarship is a testament to the esteem in which Professor Stevens is held by our alumni and friends, and we have been honoured to work with him to ensure that exceptional students are given this life-changing opportunity.

The MSE Foundation Scholarship Program

As in the previous two years, the MSE Foundation has continued to offer scholarship support to students entering the professional Masters degrees offered by the School. The funds are available due to the generosity of our community in establishing and contributing to the MSE Foundation over the past three decades including a specific fundraising Appeal from 2008 through until 2010.

Scholarships are available to both local and international students, and are awarded on the basis of academic merit or to support students in need or who have experienced disadvantage. We were thrilled to be able to award 32 MSE Foundation Scholarships in 2013 which brings our total number of scholarships awarded through the program to 108.

This support has a tremendous impact on the students concerned and we continue to be so grateful for the contributions of our alumni and friends to this program.

2013 Celebration of Support & Endeavour Exhibition

We enjoyed an opportunity to welcome many of you on to campus on Thursday, 17 October as we celebrated the Melbourne School of Engineering’s community of supporters, and viewed student exhibitions at the Endeavour Industry and Awards Night.

At the Celebration of Support reception we were delighted to hear from Eric Lambers, the 2013 recipient of the Len Stevens Scholarship. Eric shared with us his plans to use the Scholarship to investigate direct geothermal energy and its potential application in Australia. The Dean of Engineering, Professor Iven Mareels, also took the opportunity to thank all of our supporters for their generosity and give an update on the current and future direction of the School.

Professor Iven Mareels, Dean of Engineering, and John North, MSE Foundation Board Member, at the 2013 Endeavour Industry and Awards Night.

Following the reception, guests moved across to the Endeavour Industry & Awards Night for a guided tour of student projects on display, led very ably by a number of academic and student volunteer hosts. The students exhibiting their projects as part of Endeavour enjoyed the active interest and engagement of our guests, having worked hard on their projects all year.

Photos from the evening can be viewed online at

Acknowledging Donors to the MSE in 2013

At the time of writing, the total amount of philanthropic funds received by the by the MSE in 2013 is over $446,000.  A particularly special mention must go to the following supporters of the School who support the University at the Chancellor’s Circle level through annual giving:

Alumni and Friends

  • Colonel Bruce Addis
  • Raymond Batch
  • Professor Robin Batterham AO
  • Stefan Bradica
  • Raymond Brady
  • Professor Rajkumar Buyya
  • Nicholas Callinan & Elizabeth Callinan
  • Christine Charman
  • Terence Tat Yan Chow
  • Civil Engineering Class of 1967
  • Justin Cleeland
  • Ian L Cochran & Dahlia Cochran
  • Geoffrey P. Cook AM
  • Jonathan Crockett & Sandra Crockett
  • Ian Curwen-Walker
  • Dr Charles Day & Ms Elise Everest
  • Heather Doig & Rob Koczkar
  • Jane Edwards & John Edwards
  • G R Embelton & L Embelton
  • Professor Jamie Evans & Ms Jane Cohen
  • James Fleming
  • John Floyd & Carolyn Floyd
  • David Ford & Lona Ford
  • John Forrest MP
  • Professor Peter Gerrand & Dr Valerie Gerrand
  • Mr Kenneth Gin & Dr Wee Kit Gin
  • Mr Roy T Hardcastle AO & Mrs June Hardcastle
  • Jeffrey Harding
  • Dr Keith Higgins
  • Dr Peter Hoadley & Mrs Elizabeth Hoadley
  • Reg Hobbs & Louise Carbines
  • John Humphrey
  • Christine Kenworthy
  • Peter Laver AM
  • Dr William Lewis
  • Low Ping Lin
  • Professor Iven Mareels & Mrs Sylvia Mareels
  • Jan McDonald
  • Noel Murphy & Robyn Murphy
  • Dr Rory Nathan & Ms Julienne Kinna
  • Ng Gek Nga
  • Robert Niall
  • Professor Thas Nirmalathas
  • John North & Sue North
  • Professor Andrew Ooi
  • Associate Professor Marimuthuswami Palaniswami
  • Ian Paterson
  • John Peyton
  • Geoffrey Phillips & Jan Phillips
  • Robert A Robson CBE
  • Professor Peter Scales
  • Professor Emeritus Leonard K Stevens AM & Mrs Fay Stevens
  • Dr Owen Tassicker
  • John Taylor
  • Associate Professor Gwynne W Thomas & Professor Doreen Thomas
  • Professor Rod Tucker OAM & Dr Gretel Lamont
  • Christine Tursky Gordon & Rodney Gordon
  • Professor Peter Vulcan AM
  • Navid Wasimi
  • Graham D Watsford
  • John Webb & Susan Webb
  • Professor Ian Williamson AM & Mrs Munlika Williamson
  • Charlotte Woodgate
  • Wong Seng
  • Dr Jack Wynhoven AM & Mrs Cynthia Wynhoven
  • 5 Anonymous Donors

Organisations and Foundations

  • ATD Energy
  • BJT Legal Pty Ltd
  • Estate of Margot Sophie Cassidy (via Perpetual Limited)
  • The Estate of John Collier
  • Gill Family Foundation
  • Golder Associates
  • Harvard Club of Australia Foundation
  • Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology
  • L.E.W Carty Charitable Fund
  • Estate of Francis H Loxton (via Perpetual Limited)
  • McMeckan Family Foundation
  • Pro Medicus Limited
  • StarNet Systems Pty Ltd
  • The Walter Harold Taylor and Esma Jean Taylor Memorial Fund (via The Trust Company)
  • The University of Melbourne USA Foundation (made possible by Professor Emeritus Samuel Aroni)

Where donors have requested that their funds be allocated to certain areas or purposes within the MSE, we have honoured these wishes and allocated the funds accordingly. Such funds enabled the purchase of equipment for new academic staff, provided students with direct scholarship support and gave PhD students and staff opportunities to attend and present at key conferences in support of their research.

As well as supporting Engineering, many of our alumni have chosen to support the University in other areas by contributing over $207,000, with most donors directing their support to the University’s Highest Priorities.

Beyond donations received this year, the School also acknowledges the generosity of supporters who have established a number of perpetual University Trusts that continue to benefit the School and our students, including:

  • The AE Perry Memorial Prize
  • The Aileen Sinclair Memorial Scholarship
  • The AAII Prize in Computer Science
  • The Clive Pratt Scholarship
  • The David Trezise Robertson Prize
  • The DJM Rankin Memorial Prize
  • The Noel Mather Memorial Prize
  • The Norman Westmore Memorial Prize
  • The Paterson Scholarship
  • The Sir Louis Matheson Prize

We continue to be grateful for and encouraged by our committed supporters, and look forward to keeping you apprised of future progress.

If you have any questions or comments in the meantime, we would be happy to hear from you – please contact us by email or phone +61 3 8344 9864+61 3 8344 9864.

Tanya Wilding, Alumni & Donor Engagement Manager (Engineering)

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