Five future engineering leaders have become the first to receive scholarships specially created to nurture the talent, passion and courage of students focused on global sustainability at the University of Queensland.
The inaugural scholarships were created by the Andrew N Liveris Academy for Innovation and Leadership through a $13.5 million donation. This was bestowed by chemical engineer and UQ alumnus, Andrew Liveris AO, who is the former CEO of The Dow Chemical Company in the US, and his wife Paula Liveris.
Victoria Barnes, James Orman, Flynn Pearman, Lilly Van Gilst and Javan McGuckin were announced as the recipients of the scholarships that were awarded to "those with a future vision of sustainability and a global mindset".
Professor Vicki Chen, Executive Dean Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology, said the students would be supported by a program of events, activities and mentoring and would be housed in the $157 million Andrew N. Liveris Building when it is completed in 2021. The building will support researchers and students who are addressing sustainability challenges that face the world.
“[The] scholars will receive $10,000 per year, and may also receive up to $10,000 travel support from the Liveris Academy for an approved gap semester, exchange or internship opportunity,” Professor Chen explained.
“The Liveris Academy will also provide a range of unique co-curricular experiences such as structured leadership training. Scholars will develop a depth of knowledge and skills across leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship, systems thinking and emerging digital technologies.
"Students will also be offered mentoring by visiting industry leaders, entrepreneurship, exposure to policy and humanitarian fields; as well as targeted professional practice placements in Australia or globally.”
Dr Liveris revealed that throughout his career at Dow he had envisaged a time where he could "close the loop and help a new generation of young Australians to access the world stage and make a difference”.
“That they could learn that the world today operates at the intersection of government, business and science, and that in the digital century, the stresses and anxieties of an overcrowded planet need solutions," he said.
“These young people, our first five scholarship winners, will trail-blaze for a new generation of leader that creates the frameworks and content of the solutions that will benefit all humanity."
Image: (L-R) Professor Peter Halley, Javan McGuckin, Lilly Van Gilst, Flynn Pearman, Victoria Barnes, James Orman, and Professor Vicki Chen.