Monash Scholar is Cambridge bound

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

UON Alumna Catherine Richards has been awarded a prestigious General Sir John Monash scholarship to Cambridge University in the UK.

Catherine Richards graduated from UON with a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) and Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental) in 2013, both degrees awarded with Honours Class I, Dean’s Medal and University Medal.

While studying her dual degree, Catherine was employed full-time as an Undergraduate Engineer, gaining a breadth of experience in the engineering and business sector.

The General Sir John Monash Scholarship is awarded to scholars who possess significant leadership potential and are outstanding in their fields – it’s awarded to those who will make a difference in the world.

Presented at an awards ceremony at the Sydney Opera House on Monday, November 21, Catherine was one of 15 scholars in attendance, with 20 scholarships awarded in total.

Catherine intends on undertaking a PhD in resource dynamics at the University of Cambridge, UK. In her thesis, Catherine will explore the complex issues of resource sustainability of energy, water and land resources.

“This is a life changing opportunity to study at one of the world’s best universities and become a member of the exceptional family of the General Sir John Monash Foundation,” Catherine says.

“My work will address some of the most critical challenges the world is facing regarding the sustainable development of energy, water and land resources. Issues in this space are complex; there are many practical, ethical, social and economic factors to consider and each country is in a unique position.”

Working under the supervision of Professor Julian Allwood, who has a team of 40 specialists, Catherine will be able to harness the experience and contacts of leaders in the field of resource dynamics and energy efficiency.

“This experience will enable me to step up as a leader to drive holistic and responsible action on big issues such as climate change, renewable energy, water security and food supply.”

Catherine plans on using the knowledge gained at Cambridge to help her bridge the gap between science, business and policy making to ensure an environmentally and economically responsible future for humanity.

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