On Monday night the College held the annual Engineering Faculty Dinner. The student convenors were James Merriman, Michael Muniappian and Tim Hudson, who did a fantastic job organising the night and representing the College at the event.
The speaker for the night was Mr Mark Elliott, a Fellow of College, who spoke with students and academics of the University of Sydney on the key factors in developing a successful career, social issues in regards to engineering, and the complexities within the industry.
“Many of society’s major issues have simplistic and unrealistic solutions proposed by politicians, the media and others. Engineers have the education and skills to appreciate the complexity of these matters and need to be more prominent in the public discussion.” – Mark Elliott
Mr Mark Elliott resided in College for 4 years (1981-1984) while studying for his Civil Engineering degree. He served on the Students’ Club Committee, convened a successful Rawson Cup Rugby campaign, and was a member of the Rawson Cup Rowing and Athletics teams.
Since leaving College, Mr Elliott has enjoyed a 30 year career in construction, mining, and infrastructure engineering and contracting, with an emphasis on project delivery. He is currently CEO of Northwest Rapid Transit (NRT), which has been awarded the Operations, Trains and Systems (OTS) contract for Sydney Metro Northwest, Australia’s biggest public transport project and a priority infrastructure investment for the NSW Government.
Mr Elliott is a member of the Infrastructure Partnerships Australia – Transport Taskforce. He was previously Chairman of the not-for-profit organisation Engineers Without Borders and President of the Civil Constructors Federation (Northern Territory). Mr Elliott has completed Stanford University’s Executive Program in Leadership and MGSM’s Strategic Management Program.
The College would like to thank Mr Mark Elliott, the convenors, and all those who attended for a splendid night of dining and discourse.