Prestigious Award for Dean of Engineering

February 14 / 130

Professor Iven Mareels receives his award at the Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate (CDIO) Conference
Professor Iven Mareels receives his award at the Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate (CDIO) Conference

Professor Iven Mareels, Dean of the Melbourne School of Engineering received the Grand Challenges Award during an engineering education conference held in Malaysia late last year.

The Grand Challenges Award, conferred by Taylor’s School of Engineering at the Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate (CDIO) conference, is presented to engineers who make a significant contribution towards addressing the 14 Grand Challenges for Engineering, identified by the National Academy for Engineering.

Professor Mareels received the award for his role in the development of smart irrigation systems that focus on improving the productivity of water and for his world-wide advocacy on water issues. 

At the conference, more than 160 participants from 23 countries discussed and developed plans for engineering education.

Professor Andrew Ooi represented the University and discussed developments in the Melbourne curriculum graduate engineering and IT education courses. 

In the past 10 years, the CDIO Initiative has been adopted by more than 93 collaborating institutions and universities in over 25 countries worldwide. 

Professor Mareels has been Dean of the School of Engineering since 2007. He obtained a Masters of Electromechanical Engineering from Gent University, Belgium in 1982 and a PhD in Systems Engineering from the Australian National University in 1987.

His research interest focuses on the modelling and control of large scale water networks, smart grids and the brain (healthy and epileptic). He has published 5 books, in excess of 120 journal publications and 230 conference publications. He is a co-inventor of a portfolio of international patents dealing with open water channel management. 

The Malaysian star covered the conference and Professor Mareels’ award. <> 

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