| 03 November 2023

International recognition for Australian engineering educator Professor Sally Male

Professor Sally Male FIEAust has been awarded the World Federation of Engineering Organisation’s Medal for Excellence in Engineering Education. 

Engineers Australia nominated Prof Male for this prestigious global award for her wide-reaching contributions to enhancing engineering education in Australia and across the world.  

Prof Male is an engineering teacher at Melbourne University. She’s committed to helping all engineering students develop capabilities and attributes to lead successful lives and make meaningful societal contributions. 

Early in her career Prof Male built on her engineering background by developing her education research expertise. Her PhD work identified 11 generic engineering competencies for engineers graduating in Australia. 

Her work led to governmental submissions on the development of competency standards and provided input into the 2021 revision of the International Engineering Alliance Graduate Attribute and Professional Competency Framework 

Over the course of her career Prof Male has led numerous projects on gender inclusion of students in work experience, intensive mode teaching, virtual work integration in engineering learning and more. 

Since 2019, she’s been the editor-in-chief of the Australasian Journal of Engineering Education. She also holds reviewing and writing workshops for engineering educators as well as hosting capability development workshops at international engineering education conferences. 

More recently Prof Male established the teaching and learning laboratory in the faculty of engineering and IT at the University of Melbourne - the only laboratory of its kind in Australia. 

She recruited three lecturers and leads the laboratory in a program of research in engineering and computing education as well as capability development, support and celebration to enhance education. The laboratory has six PhD students and Prof Male supervises three PhD students at the University of Western Australia. 

Engineers Australia nominated Prof Male to recognise her career of significant contributions to engineering education. On behalf of the engineering profession, Engineers Australia would like to congratulation Prof Male for this significant achievement. We thank you for your service to Engineers Australia, the engineering profession and wider society.