• Sally Atherton, proud winner of a national civil engineering award.  Photo credit: The MercurySally Atherton, proud winner of a national civil engineering award. Photo credit: The Mercury

UTas student wins a national civil engineering award

Sally Atherton has become the first UTas student to win a national civil engineering prize that is named after a fellow Tasmanian civil engineer.  The Rod McGee Medal has been awarded to promising final-year students of civil engineering for the past eight years.

Sally, who is 22, hopes that her win will encourage more girls into the field of civil engineering.  She graduates from the University of Tasmania this month with a first class honours degree and a university medal.  She was inspired to study civil engineering by her father who also worked as an engineer.

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology Dean Margaret Britz said: "Dr McGee was an alumnus of the University [of Tasmania], who went on to a successful career in engineering in our state, whose great promise was sadly cut short by his early death."

Professor Britz also congratulated Sally, saying that it was a particularly pleasing achievement: "As Sally’s research interests align with Dr McGee’s, that too is a great indication of the inspiration his career has provided."

Sally will commence her career in civil engineering in February when she starts work at an engineering consultancy in Hobart. "I hope to make my mark and became known like Rod [McGee] was, he was internationally renowned."

If you are interested in finding out more about studying engineering programmes in Australia or New Zealand, contact Study Options for course lists. As well as civil engineering, there are many other specialisms available; the Engineering page contains some suggestions.  Read more about the University of Tasmania here.

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