• Heather Waters

Big Ideas in Action: Charles Sturt Engineering

Another example of a Big Idea in action from our Sponsors Charles Sturt University is their engineering school. And what better facility to host an ideas workshop, than inside a successfully operating regional idea in action.

In creating Australia's 37th engineering school, Charles Sturt knew they had to offer a new approach to engineering education in Australia. The program, which started in 2016, provides the first three semesters working on campus in an award winning purpose built, high-tech engineering laboratory, followed by four years of paid work placement.

This purpose built laboratory is the venue for WRI's Big Ideas in Regional NSW workshop. This vibrant and superb space will allow us all to come together and put forward all our big ideas to help change the future of our regions and celebrate comfortably in a space that will be sure to impress.

The Charles Sturt engineering building is home to some incredible geek-gear including a 3D printing lab, pitch space and water treatment device. Attendees at our Big Ideas workshop will have the opportunity to take a short guided tour of the facility during afternoon tea.

Charles Sturt University's engineering program is unique in that it has neither formal lectures, nor exams, but rather focuses on project based challenges and an entrepreneurial approach to engineering that builds skills in communication, finance and management.

So far its successes include being listed as one of the top emerging engineers in the world by global leader in education and research Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Underpinning the course is its strong connections with local industry and with Charles Sturt University’s strong connections into regional NSW the school is providing a strong pipeline of engineering graduates into our regional communities.

Charles Sturt kindly allowed us to use this state of the art building for our event and has also become a Gold sponsor for Big Ideas for Regional NSW. We would like to thank everyone at Charles Sturt, including Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann and Professor Euan Lindsay, foundation Professor of Engineering.

To read more about the innovative engineering program at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst click here

WRI Team at CSU Engineering Building, Left to Right: Chris Mullen - Research Officer, Kathy Woolley - CEO, Heather Waters - Administration Officer, Dale Curran - Executive Officer