Here are your nominees for the Alumni Council from the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning and Melbourne School of Engineering.
Mr Harsh Bansal - M. Construction Management (2018)
I am highly stimulated by the broader perspective and vision of the Alumni Council, which extensively focuses on creating a global bridge between the University and its Alumni to improve student experience and develop strategies for their career growth.
I seek this opportunity, as I am highly keen to make an impact in the community and the students’ careers. Being associated with Hansen Yuncken since more than a year as a dedicated employee, I have identified various gaps between industrial and academic knowledge. Hence, I trust that this platform will provide me with an opportunity to establish increased connectivity between the construction industry and ABP students, through the development of work integrated learning programs. I have often been involved in ABP and UniMelb Mentoring Programs, along with being a Graduate Ambassador at MSD and Vice-president at Young Builders Alliance, Victorian Chapter; which clearly depicts my unhindered passion to contribute towards improving graduate employability and workplace readiness.
Overall, I believe that the University of Melbourne is not merely a place to acquire academic knowledge but can also be a place to practically apply this knowledge through co-curricular involvements, participation in industry events and competitions. Hence, I wish to utilise the Alumni Council platform to impart this vision and understanding onto wider cohorts of students at University and bolster in building their moral and skills during Uni life.
Mr William Bennett - BSc (2016), Master of Energy Systems (2018)
My experience at the University of Melbourne began in 2013 when I moved from regional Western Victoria to Trinity College to study the Bachelor of Science. I relocated back to the regions in 2017 whilst undertaking the Master of Energy systems, completing this through a combination of long distance commuting and online correspondence.
My residential college experience as well as share house, private renting and the nowadays common necessity of returning to the family home, brings an understanding of the various benefits and hardships that young students confront. Not to mention juggling part-time jobs with full-time study. I understand the post-graduation job search struggle and looming financial burden of student debts all too well.
Many alumni become disengaged because their only ongoing contact with the university is when they are sought after for donations or offers to reenrol in further study. This leaves them feeling disenfranchised, used with little recognition or appreciation. I would work to improve this by offering opportunities for alumni to easily share their experiences post-graduation and push to provide greater benefits from the university to alumni through invitations to events hosted by university associated organisations relevant to their career paths.
Mr Linus Tan - BEnv (2010), MArch (2013)
I not only completed my Master of Architecture from the University of Melbourne, but have also worked in professional and academic roles at the university. I recently left the University to pursue the challenging career of starting up a business and design consultancy, yet continue to support the university through event promotion and participation.
My experience in operational and strategic management comes from coordinating a military organisation and leading a digital fabrication laboratory. I currently run workshops in organisations to identify blind spots in their business strategies and to scope out latent market opportunities. I also engage with early entrepreneurs through speaking events on using a designer’s approach to stay innovative. I also serve as a business developer in a Design & Research group, and Head of Digital Experience at a non-for-profit charity.
I know life outside the university is full of unexpected surprises and can be isolating. Drawing on my personal encounters with mental health issues, my passion is to inspire and engage young graduates to pursue a life of meaning and purpose.