New department to lead on sustainable infrastructure

February 11 / 54

Growing infrastructure challenges, such as greenhouse gas emissions, water scarcity and infrastructure for an expanding population, and the spatial data to monitor these challenges will be the focus of the University’s newest department.

The Melbourne School of Engineering’s Department of Infrastructure Engineering is the new home for the disciplines of civil engineering, environmental engineering and geomatics.

The new department focuses on providing sustainable infrastructure through research and leadership in three key areas: civil infrastructure, environmental hydrology and water resources, and geomatics.

Professor Hector Malano is the Head of Department, and research discipline leaders are Professor Priyan Mendis (civil infrastructure) , Associate Professor Andrew Western (environmental hydrology and water resources) and Associate Professor Stephan Winter (geomatics).

The school’s engineering courses are unchanged with the merger.  The new department  focuses on educating engineers for careers in civil, environmental and structural engineering, geomatics (surveying), spatial information and engineering project management.

The co-location of the three core disciplines creates valuable opportunity for collaboration, broadening the scope of investigation and learning for researchers and students alike.

Geomatics discipline leader, Assoc. Prof. Stephan Winter said the new department would offer a wider scope of choice for students in the three disciplines.

“Students will gain a broader understanding of the professional practice of civil, environmental and geomatic engineers,” he said.

“In practice there is a great deal of cross-collaboration between these areas.”

The Department of Infrastructure Engineering also offers specialist consulting services to industry in all areas of its expertise.

The department’s website can be found at www.ie.unimelb.edu.au.

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