Perth Branch Fellowship

Congratulations to Sarah Elkhatib, who was awarded an SUT Perth Branch Fellowship on Friday 22nd November 2019 at our 15th Annual Dinner.

Sarah has served on the Perth committee for 6 years, including 3 years as treasurer. She was a key figure in establishing the OSIG-Perth section and in her role as treasurer she was instrumental in seeing the Perth branch through economically challenging times.

Sarah has been an exceptionally active committee member, leading or assisting various other subcommittees over recent years and we are so very grateful for her wide-ranging and pro-active service over the years.

Thank you Sarah, for all that you have done for the Perth Branch of SUT!

New Chairman for OSIGp

At their Committee Meeting on 13th November 2019 OSIGp were pleased to announce the new OSIG office bearers for 2020-2021:

  • Chair: Laith Tapper
  • Vice Chair: Michael Cocjin
  • Secretary: Emma Eltringham

After 2 years as serving as Chairman, SUT would like to officially thank Damon Sunderland for his time, efforts and energy! As per their constitution guidelines Damon will remain on the committee for another year.

A big thanks to all Committee Members (outgoing and continuing) for their continued efforts also.

We’re all looking forward to seeing the three of them lead the Special Interest Group and will keep kicking OSIG goals into the future.

The Future Engineers Program – 2019

The Future Engineers Program built on last year’s momentum and expanded to a 50-student cohort in 2019. The five-day school holiday program was open to all girls in Western Australian high schools and set out to inspire them to pursue a STEM career in the marine, subsea, and oil & gas industries.

The program helped students define what engineering is, demonstrated the diverse careers an engineering degree can lead to, and showcased the industry through interactive presentations at Engineers Australia and visits to offices and industrial sites.

Highlights of the 2019 program included office visits to BHP Petroleum and the Woodside Robotics lab, and a site visit to Subcon to cast concrete structures for the Coogee Maritime Trail. Students also visited IFAP where they practised escaping from a smoke-filled room and strapped themselves into a lifeboat. Other highlights were seeing ROVs in action at Oceaneering and NEXXIS, and an afternoon at the University of Western Australia to understand the different engineering pathways and the importance of science communication.

The 2019 program involved over 125 volunteers from 25 sponsoring companies and organisations.