Date: 15 February 2018
Time: 2 – 4pm

Venue: University of Technology Sydney
Building 11 Level 0 Room 11.00.100
Cnr Broadway and Jones Sts, Ultimo

Culture Change in Engineering Education’

A presentation from Dr. Guien Miao from University of Sydney on learning culture in the Humanities vs. Engineering and reflections on recent experiences teaching in engineering.

Followed by a presentation from Associate Professor Keith Willey from University of Sydney addressing the following:

Where do our students go and what do we they need to learn to help them get there?  Disruption from scientific advances and technology means that engineering students will most likely encounter several changes in the way they practice their profession.  What’s more, an increasing number of engineering students are taking their skills and applying them in different professions.  In this environment it is timely to consider where our students are employed and ask are we providing them with opportunities to develop the skills they need for a successful career.   In this presentation Keith will discuss what he has learnt from his and others research about essential inclusions in learning and assessment design to develop the next generation of engineers and how this has been implemented in the Integrated Engineering and Professional Engagement program at the University of Sydney.

The presentation will include opportunity for discussion, followed by networking and afternoon tea.

RSVP to Anne Gardner on before 9 February 2018 for catering purposes.


Dr Guien Miao is a Scholarly Teaching Fellow in the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Sydney. She has research interests in geotechnical engineering, having completed a PhD on particle breakage at the University of Sydney, as well as building communication skills in engineering students.  Last year Dr. Miao was appointed an inaugural member of the AAEE early Career Academy.

Associate Professor Keith Willey is the leader of the Integrated Engineering Program at the University of Sydney.  Keith, an Australian Learning and Teaching fellow, has received an Engineering Australia excellence award, and awards for both teaching and research from the Australasian Association for Engineer Education.  He began his academic career after 20 years in the broadcasting and telecommunications industry.  In the area of education, Keith’s research interests include the learning and assessment associated with working collaboratively and in teams, developing student’s judgement and professional identity, the impact of assessment self and peer review, collaboration and feed-forward on student learning and development.