April 2015

Rosanne Hunt

I hope you enjoyed a happy and safe holiday break over Easter!

April promises to be an exciting month, with the official opening of our science and health precinct’s remarkable Thomas Street Building, featuring a state-of-the-art Super Lab and a new public-facing psychology clinic, as well as the recent announcement of UTS’s Sports Central Campus at the SCG.

Make sure you don’t miss our UTSpeaks public talk on 'Trouble-making Science' on 23 April, and for our international graduates, I am looking forward to meeting you at our alumni reunions in Jakarta, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur this month, with more reunions in Vietnam in May! We’ll also be catching up with our Origins graduates with tours of our new campus next month.

This edition we talk to alumni making an impact in their field, including Australian Museum Director and CEO Kim McKay AO, founders of tech start-up KoalaSafe Steve Pack and Adam Mills, and young entrepreneur Matthew Ho, who is joining other innovators in the China Australia Millennial Project this month.

Check out our many events and catch the latest news and events on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram!

Kind regards,

Rosanne Hunt
Deputy Director, Alumni and Communications

Kim McKay AO: Transforming the Australian Museum

Kim McKay

Celebrating her first year as chief executive and director of the Australian Museum, UTS Luminary and Communications alumna Kim McKay AO shares why she is passionate about making a difference.

UTS alumni making parenting easier in the digital age

UTS alumni start-up making parenting easier in the digital age

As teenagers, Adam Mills and Steve Pack knew they wanted to start a company together. Fast-forward 20 years and these two UTS IT graduates are realising their dream – and making life a little easier for parents in the process.

SCG and UTS partner to create Sports Central Campus

Sydney Cricket Ground

The Sydney Cricket Ground Trust and UTS are bringing the next generation of sports scientists and administrators together with the creation of fully embedded teaching and research programs at Moore Park.

Business/Law alumnus Matthew Ho off to CAMP

Matthew Ho

Meet Matthew Ho, the young entrepreneur working with the China Australia Millennial Project, bringing together the brightest innovators from Australia and China.

UTSpeaks: Trouble-making Science – Can Australians handle the truth?

Woman doing a science experiment

With science now underpinning every aspect of life – health, technology, food, war, travel, entertainment – don’t miss this free UTS public lecture exploring Australia’s complex and sometimes tense relationship with science.

Supporting biodiversity

Sofietje Voerman drilling into a seaweed bed

The Australian Wildlife Society's support has made a huge difference to PhD researcher Sofietje Voerman's work investigating the complex underwater world of Australia's coastal ecosystems.

Providing eco-friendly desalination

Aerial view of Tjuntjuntjara community

UTS researchers are collaborating to create a portable, solar-powered desalination plant to provide cost-effective water security for the remote Indigenous community of Tjuntjuntjara, in Western Australia.

Two students looking up information in a newspaper

Alumni in the News

Christine Piper

Doctor of Creative Arts 2014; Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Communication 2003
Congratulations to Christine Piper, whose debut novel After Darkness has been long-listed for the 2015 Miles Franklin Literary Award.

Adam Goodrum

Bachelor of Design in Industrial Design 1994
Goodrum’s considerable contribution to Australian design has seen him recognised as an Indesign Luminary.

Kate Grenville

Doctor of Creative Arts 2005
The acclaimed author shares the personal tale of her latest book One Life: My Mother's Story in the Good Weekend.