Leadership Program students shine at annual dinner

Program Graduates Group Photo

A group of talented young engineers recently celebrated their completion of the prestigious Engineering Leadership Program at Monash University.

The internationally recognised program prepares students to be leaders in their field and connects them with potential employers.

Alwin Wang, a Monash University student who recently graduated from the program, said the course was a really positive experience.

“We had amazing speakers there with lots of life experiences and they had absolutely amazing presentations that imparted a lot of knowledge,” he said.

Monash engineering graduates are well known for their sound technical skills. But the outstanding students who participate in the Leadership Program also learn skills which are in high demand in the workplace such as communication, negotiation skills and project management.

Student Arielle Tickner-Smith was the winner of the 2015 Transurban scholarship and gave a presentation at the program’s annual graduation dinner.

“In the last 18 months I've seen myself improve in absolute leaps and bounds, especially in my technical engineering knowledge, as well as my own confidence levels,” she said.

Telstra Service Operations Chief Automation Officer, Mr Ian Wood, was one of the guest speakers at the dinner. He said that the Engineering Leadership Program helps Telstra to bring new blood into their team.

“We like to see how the students go about creating and crafting solutions, their interest and intensity, their passion for what they do and their thinking outside of the box,” he said.

Other key industry partners involved in the program include Visy and Woodside Energy.

Dean of Engineering, Professor Frieder Seible, said that the program was highly valued by industry.

“This is really a program which helps our leadership students to set themselves apart from other graduates,” he said.

Monash student Annie Aldridge agreed, saying that she felt more job ready since completing the three year long program.

“I have a lot more skills now, and I feel like I am more aware of what the workforce has in store for me,” she said.

Annie, Arielle and Alwin were among the 43 engineering students who graduated from the program in 2016. At the graduation dinner, sponsored by Woodside Energy, Telstra and Visy, students were seated with industry representatives to encourage networking and the development of professional relationships.  The  table  centres were all high-tech student projects, including drones and 3D printed prosthetic hands.

Manager, Student and Industry Engagement Zara Hamon said that the Monash Engineering Leadership Program has been very successful for both students and industry, and encouraged more organisations to get involved in the program.

“When one of our very high achieving students is awarded a scholarship from industry it benefits both sides. While it eases the financial burden for the student, our industry partners are able to build connections with some of the most talented engineers in the country before they even enter the  workforce,”  she  said.

In 2016, the Monash Engineering Leadership Program was supported by Austrade, BECA, Centre for Engineering Leadership and Management, Clive Weeks AO and Helen Weeks, Dr C M Tay, CPB Contractors, Doric Group, Dubsky Family, Ericsson, Fulton Hogan, GHD, GlaxoSmithKline, Jacobs, John Holland, Nick Apostolidis,  Orica  Ltd,  Pitt & Sherry, QANTAS, Simplot, Snowy Hydro, Telstra, Transurban, Visy, Wilson Transformers, Woodside Energy and Worley Parsons.