Engineering graduate selected as Gates Cambridge Scholar

May 15 / 157

Environmentally Sustainable Development (ESD) engineer Michael Li, University of Melbourne graduate and Gates Cambridge Scholar
Environmentally Sustainable Development (ESD) engineer Michael Li, University of Melbourne graduate and Gates Cambridge Scholar

Environmentally Sustainable Development (ESD) engineer Michael Li, graduate of the University, is one of eight Australians to be selected as 2015 Gates Cambridge Scholars. 

Fifty-four of the “world's most academically exceptional and socially committed young people” from 28 countries were selected from 3,535 applicants on the basis of “intellectual ability, leadership capacity, academic fit with Cambridge, and their commitment to improving the lives of others."

Mr Li will undertake an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development. In his statement on the Cambridge website, he says the following:

“I have a passion for creating change in the way governments and private organisations undergo development in the built environment by reducing the impact of buildings and infrastructure on climate change.," he said.

“Growing up in Australia, where we are often exposed to extreme weather events such as heat waves and droughts, I have always had an interest in resource efficiency and our relationship with our varying climate and environment.

“I hope through my experience at Cambridge to apply world's best practice to help Australia build a more sustainable future.”

In 2010 Mr Li made the Melbourne School of Engineering Dean’s list. Last year he was named as one of 25 young professionals under 25 transforming the world of sustainable business by collaborative sustainability community 2degrees.

Professor Barry Everitt, Provost (CEO) of the Gates Cambridge Trust, said: "The Scholars are truly remarkable and inspiring individuals and showed at interview that they fit the mission of the Scholarship by their commitment to using their academic skills and leadership capacity to improve the lives of others. We look forward to welcoming all 94 new Scholars to Cambridge in October and to seeing their future impact as Gates Cambridge Alumni".

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship was established through a $210m donation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000, in what is the largest single donation to a UK university. The first class arrived in Cambridge 2001, and there are currently 1,418 Scholars and Alumni from 105 countries.

More biographical details of individual Scholars are available at http://www.gatescambridge.org/our-scholars/new-scholars.aspx.

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