Sunshine Coast Annual Dinner

Start time: 6.00pm AEST. Partake in an evening of fun, food, networking and CPD with the Sunshine Coast Regional Committee.
Sunshine Coast Annual Dinner

Join engineers of all stages of their career, from all disciplines, from the Sunshine Coast region and surrounds for an evening of jovial celebration and professional recognition. 

The end of year dinner for the Sunshine Coast Regional Group of Engineers Australia will include a year in review, selection of the 2021 committee and presentations from local members. 

We look forward to welcoming back the engineering community to face-to-face events at this celebratory dinner.


About the Speakers:  

Helen Fairweather FIEAust | Discipline Leader, Engineering, USC 

Dr Fairweather's research over her career has included a diverse collection of projects encompassing agriculture, hydrology, irrigation and climate research in a number of Universities including the University of Lethbridge in Canada, UNE and USC as well as Government agencies in NSW, QLD, Canada and the United Kingdom and Cooperative Research Centres (Beef and Cattle Industry and Irrigation Futures). 

Dr Fairweather's PhD centred on the modelling of nutrients and effluent from a Feedlot and was followed by a Post-Doctoral Fellowship through a Canadian Science and Engineering Research Council award. 

On her return to Australia, Dr Fairweather worked for the NSW Government, where she delivered on a range of climate and agricultural projects for various funding agencies (the Grains Research and Development Corporation, Land and Water Australia) and a State Government research grant to develop a climate change adaptation tool in a GIS framework. 

For several years, Dr Fairweather was privileged to lead the Toolkits Program, which was one of the two major irrigation research programs conducted by the CRC for Irrigation Futures, involving collaboration with a range of Universities and Government agencies across Australia. 


Professor Steve Wilcox | Dean, Academic, USC

Steve is a mechanical engineer that has worked in academia since 1989. He became a full Professor in 2003 at the University of South Wales, UK where he also became head of engineering, and gained his PhD from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK in 1992. From 2016 to 2019, Steve was Head of Engineering and subsequently Deputy Dean for Science and Engineering at Federation University. 

The use of engineering, and in particular advanced monitoring systems, to provide solutions to environmental issues is a common theme of his research and he has many collaborators around the world. He has coordinated a number of pan-European Union projects, the last one being a 9.7M€ Framework 7 programme that investigated, in collaboration with 11 partners and two sub-contractors, the “Reliable and Efficient Combustion of Oxygen/Coal/Recycled Flue Gas Mixtures”.

More recently in Australia, Steve has led projects that have investigated the potential for additive manufacturing to provide the Gippsland region an enhanced competitive advantage and in collaboration with Australian Paper the development of biomaterials from waste streams.

Steve is the Dean, Academic at USC with responsibility for transforming the universities curriculum and employability of our graduates. 

About the Presentation

Steve will speak about the implications of COVID on engineering education generally, and specifically for the Sunshine Coast. COVID drove a lot of innovation in the tertiary sector and the ramifications of these changes will be felt for generations. There are a lot of challenges that have resulted, but also a lot of positive aspects with a sharp focus on what an engineer of the future should like. Steve will discuss this concept as well as the implications of the Higher Education support amendment bill.  



Please note:

This event is face-to-face only.

Bookings are compulsory and Engineers Australia will not provide entry to anyone who shows up without proof of booking. 

The health and safety of our members, guests and staff is our highest priority and a range of measures are being implemented in-line with, and in addition to, the QLD Government WHS regulations and COVID-19 policy to ensure everyone's wellbeing.

Please adhere to the following when attending an EA Event:

  • Please use the sanitizer stations provided
  • Please ensure you complete the guest register using the QR code provided
  • Please maintain the 1.5 metre physical distancing rule
  • Stay home if you are sick, have been advised to self-isolate or travelled from overseas in the last 14 days or returned from a Government determined hotspot
  • Avoid close contacts with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
04 / 11 / 2020 - 06:00 pm to 08:00 pm
Registration Closes
03 / 11 / 2020 01:30 pm
Alexandra Headland Surf Life Saving Club
167 Alexandra Parade
Alexandra Headland
Event Registration
  • Member Rate: $60.01 ($54.55 excl. GST)
  • Technical Society Member Rate: $90.00 ($81.82 excl. GST)
  • Student: $55.00 ($50.00 excl. GST)
  • Non-Member Rate: $90.00 ($81.82 excl. GST)
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