|Professor John F. Roddick, Dean of School|
Although the world has been shaped by engineers and scientists for the past 3,500 years, the need for high quality STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) graduates has never been greater. Humanity, and the planet on which we live, are more in need of technological solutions than at any time in our history.
At the same time, the differences between a scientist, a technologist and an engineer are becoming less distinct. It is no longer unusual for multidisciplinary teams to be involved from the outset of scientific discovery to the final engineered product or solution. Computer scientists need to know about hardware and networking; engineers commonly need advanced knowledge of materials and programming skills. Mathematics is a core discipline in both engineering and computing (and a variety of other disciplines).
Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics (CSEM) reflects this by deliberately combining the different disciplines into one School, thus eliminating the often arbitrary boundaries that can be created by separating them. Staff are not assigned to disciplines - they assign themselves to one or more disciplines according to their teaching and research strengths and interests.
We are following a strategic growth path. CSEM currently comprises over 90 staff and around 1200 students ... and is growing fast. In January 2015 we moved to our new purpose-built, $120M, 18,000 sqm pair of buildings at the University's new Tonsley campus in a move that represents a new era in industry interaction and provides the School will substantial space to grow.
The move represents the largest change for us since we were established and shows that, whatever the problems, we will be part of the solution.
This is a extraordinarily exciting time. If you would like to be a part of it, please contact us.