Report to donors 2015

2015 marks the third year of Believe- The Campaign for the University of Melbourne and it has been a record year, philanthropically, for the Melbourne School of Engineering.

Our individual donors and industry supporters continued to provide opportunities for our students and strengthened our research capabilities, enabling the School to continue to shape advances in our community.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has donated to the school- those who have supported scholarships to honour friends and family, foundations who provided grants, donors who are committed to the school through regular giving and those who have chosen to leave a gift to the School in their will.
Please enjoy our 2015 update below:

Clifford Family Gift

Mr Leigh Clifford AO at the naming event for The Clifford Family Atrium at the Centre for Neural Engineering

Mr Leigh Clifford AO at the naming event for The Clifford Family Atrium at the Centre for Neural Engineering

Mr Leigh Clifford AO, Mrs Sue Clifford and their family made an historic contribution to the Melbourne School of Engineering this year, pledging $5million to endow the Clifford Chair in Neural Engineering. Professor Stan Skafidas was appointed to this role earlier in the year and will work to facilitate the development of new medical point of care devices, providing clinicians with the information they require to undertake faster, more reliable diagnoses and better management of patients especially those located in Indigenous and rural communities. Professor Skafidas will work across a number of disciplines to deliver new biotechnologies, treatments and improved engineered systems that replicate biological networks.

Mr Clifford graduated in 1968 from the Melbourne School of Engineering with a Bachelor of Engineering and in 1971 with a Master of Engineering Science. The Cliffords believe the combination of engineering and medicine can result in innovative solutions leading to better healthcare outcomes for the community.

Allan Reid Scholarship

The Melbourne School of Engineering is delighted to announce a new ongoing scholarship in support of Master of Engineering students which is being given by the Reid Malley Foundation.

After six years in petrol chemical and process plant construction in the UK, Holland, Belgium and Kuwait followed by 45 years in business, Allan Reid, a graduate of the University of Melbourne (BE 1963, MBA 1970) attributes his successful career to the training he received in his engineering and business degrees. Allan, along with wife, Janet Reid OAM, also a graduate of the University of Melbourne (BA(Hons) 1963, LLB 1977), hopes that the scholarship can lead to exciting opportunities, particularly for students coming from underprivileged backgrounds. The Allan Reid scholarship will be awarded for the first time in 2016.

The John Beaton Scholarship

The John Beaton Prize was established by the Beaton Family, in memory of their son and brother, John Beaton, an exemplary alumnus of the University of Melbourne, who graduated with a BE (Software) (first class Honours) and a BA (Art History) in 2010.

Throughout his exceptional career, John provided unique insights and challenged standard thinking. As a senior consultant with IBM, John was recognised as a visionary who designed and built solutions using leading edge technology in creative ways. Subsequently employed John as a software development engineer in its research arm Lab126 in California. John was described as an innovator and “driver” of ideas, who encouraged and inspired his colleagues to become a world class software team. He was promoted to lead Amazon’s new research team in New York. Tragically, John died in a car accident before taking up that position in July 2014.

This prize recognises academic excellence and exceptional teamwork in the Master of Advanced Software Engineering Project, honouring John Beaton, who was a high achieving student and well-known for his teamwork efforts in his course.

Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) (Victoria Branch) Endeavour Prize

In 2015, the IMarEST (Victoria Branch) established a student prize to honour the best final year project in the Melbourne School of Engineering’s Endeavour programme addressing the marine environment. This will include the areas of marine biodiversity, marine engineering, oceanography or fluid mechanics with the objectives of highlighting and expanding the knowledge and importance of engineering in the marine environment through the application of sound project design, rigorous research and technical engineering skills.

Founded in London in 1889, IMarEST is the first professional institution to bring together marine engineers, scientists and technologists into one international multi-disciplinary professional body embracing a wide spectrum of marine endeavours. It is the largest marine organisation of its kind with a worldwide membership based in over 100 countries.

The IMarEST (Victorian Branch) has supported the Melbourne School of Engineering in a number of capacities from donations to the School’s archive to the establishment of the IMarEST Endeavour Prize. The prize was awarded for the first time this year and will continue to be awarded over the next ten years.

John Collier Scholarship

The Melbourne School of Engineering would like to recognise the late John Collier and his wife Deirdre for the establishment of The John Collier scholarship. Thanks to John’s generous bequest, this scholarship will be awarded to PhD or Research Masters students in support of travel that furthers their research through international activities.

John, a Melbourne School of Engineering graduate (BE Mining 1959), enjoyed an illustrious career as a mining engineer, retiring as the Chief Executive of Gold and other Minerals Product group, Rio Tinto. He was held in the highest esteem by his colleagues and the community and was an enthusiastic attendee of Melbourne School of Engineering alumni events. John was passionate about supporting young students and we are delighted to be able to help him do just that through awarding this scholarship for the first time in 2016.

The John Styles Memorial Prize

The John Styles Memorial Prize has been set up by the Department of Infrastructure Engineering to honour John Styles, an academic staff member in the Department for over 30 years. John passed away in October 2014 after a courageous battle with illness. John spent the majority of his career at the University of Melbourne, commencing as a Lecturer in Soil Mechanics in the Department of Civil Engineering in 1976. He was the Deputy Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering between 1997 and 2001. He was also appointed as the Assistant Dean (Undergraduate Studies) in the Faculty of Engineering from 2004 to 2005. Throughout his career; John was very popular with students and a much loved and respected colleague.

The John Styles Memorial Prize was made possible thanks to generous friends of the School who would like John to be honoured in this way. The prize will be awarded to the highest performing student in the subject “Earth Processes for Engineering” annually for 20 years. A ceremony is to be held at the School on 7 March 2016 for the inaugural prize to be presented to the recipient by the Styles family.

The MSE Foundation Scholarship Program

Throughout 2015, the MSE Foundation has continued to offer scholarship support to Masters of Engineering students, enabling them to pursue their academic goals regardless of their financial circumstances.

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. 21 MSE Foundation Scholarships have been awarded through 2015, bringing our total number awarded through the program to 167.

Acknowledging Donors to the MSE in 2015

Friends of Melbourne School of Engineering at the 2015 Celebration of Support

Friends of Melbourne School of Engineering at the 2015 Celebration of Support

At the time of writing, the total amount of philanthropic funds received by the by the MSE in 2015 is over $2.9 million with over $2.5 million more pledged to come in by the end of the year. This record year highlights the continued growth in community support and our subsequent growth in activities and initiatives for both staff and students. We would also like to acknowledge our alumni who support the University of Melbourne philanthropic community more broadly.


A particularly special mention must go to the following supporters of the School who currently support the University at the Chancellor’s Circle level:

Alumni & Friends
Robert Armstrong
Jennifer Beaton, John Beaton & Elizabeth Beaton
Eric Billman
Patrick Blain
Stefan Bradica
Anthony Burkitt
Justin Cleeland
Leigh Clifford AO & Sue Clifford
Ian Cochran & Dahlia Cochran
Jonathan Crockett & Sandra Crockett
Ian Curwen- Walker
Charles Day & Elise Everest
Jack Edwards & Jane Edwards
George Embelton & Laila Embelton
Jamie Evans & Jane Cohen
James Fleming & Julia Fleming
John Floyd AM & Carolyn Floyd
David Ford & Lona Ford
Peter Gerrand & Valerie Gerrand
Christine Tursky Gordon & Rodney Gordon
Roy Hardcastle AO & June Hardcastle
Keith Higgins
John Humphrey
Mark Johnson & Helen Johnson
Christine Kenworthy
Richard Kirsner
Eng Say Lau
Peter Laver AM
Tony Lee
Christopher Lester & Rosemary Lester PSM
William Lewis
David Lim & Hee Nyun Peng
John Mann
Iven Mareels & Sylvia Mareels
Jan McDonald
Rory Nathan & Julienne Kinna
Robert Niall
Thas Nirmalathas
John North & Sue North
Andrew Ooi
Marimuthuswami Palaniswami
Ian Paterson
Geoffrey Phillips & Jan Phillips
Low Ping Lin
Abbas Rajabifard
Allan Reid & Janet Reid OAM
Joyce Richards
Robert Robson CBE & Joan Robson
Peter Scales
Seng Wong
Roger Smith
Doreen Thomas & Gwynne Thomas
Roger Vaughan OBE
Peter Vulcan AM
Graham Watsford
Karen Wayne & Victor Wayne
John Webb & Susan Webb
Kingston Wong
The Late Charlotte Woodgate
Jacobus Wynhoven AM & Cynthia Wynhoven
6 anonymous donors

Organisations and Foundations:
The CASS Foundation Ltd
ATD Energy
Defence Health Foundation
Ford Motor Company (USA)
The Ian Potter Foundation
IBM Corporation
The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (Victorian Branch)
Intel Corporation
James & Vera Lawson Trust
Larsen & Toubro Infotech
The Late Diane Adrienne Lemaire
The Late Edith Stephenson Mather
Pro Medicus Limited
The University of Melbourne USA Foundation
Reid Malley Foundation
Stiftelsen Promobilia
Wyntopia Investments Pty Ltd ATF Wyntonia Trust

We would also like to acknowledge the generosity of supporters who have established 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 Scholar Fund
The Diane Lemaire Scholarship
The Dr John Patterson Prize
The DJM Rankin Memorial Prize
The Len Stevens Scholarship
The Melbourne School of Engineering Foundation
The Noel Mather Memorial Prize
The Norman Westmore Memorial Prize
The Paterson Scholarship
The Sir Louis Matheson Prize

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