Chemical Engineering Prize Created at Charles Darwin University

A new scholarship for Charles Darwin University (CDU) chemical engineering students is part of an expanding relationship between Dow and the research and training-based institution in the Northern Territory of Australia.

The Chemical Engineering Prize will be offered to third-year engineering students, and will also fund a 12-week internship at one of Dow Australia’s local facilities.

“The award will further support CDU’s Chemical Engineering program, which commenced in May last year, as the first fully accredited, online chemical engineering undergraduate degree program in Australia and the third in the world,” said CDU Vice Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks.

Dow Australia and CDU signed an agreement in March 2012 to deliver the first flexible online accredited chemical engineering program in Northern Australia. The three-year agreement supports the development of research, distance education and training at CDU’s North Australian Centre for Oil and Gas.

Dow Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Andrew Liveris, a chemical engineering graduate himself, said the scholarship and work placement will help fill a need for engineers.

"As the expansion of energy facilities becomes a reality over the next decade, and the potential of downstream advanced manufacturing begins to be realized, there will be considerable need to develop an appropriately skilled workforce and advanced engineering capability to support this and allied industry sectors,” Liveris said.