Dean's message

Elanor Huntington

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you have enjoyed hearing from our Senior Leadership Group (SLG) over the past few weeks. And thank you to the SLG who generously shared their perspectives with the College.

We have much on the horizon and only a few months left in 2019. The RSEEME School Review will be taking place from 30 Oct – 1 Nov, I will be travelling to the US for the first few weeks of November with our Head of Advancement, the CoDesign Culture Lab is shaping up well for the end of November, EEME and CS School Retreats will be in the first week of December followed by Graduation on 10 December.

The CECS Academic Performance Standards will be circulated for consultation, college wide, by the end of October.  This is also an opportunity to say a huge thanks to the writing team who worked on these standards. Thank you!  

I held an ad-hoc EEME school meeting today to announce the new School Director, Professor Chris Kellett. Chris will be joining us in the new year. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ian Petersen for the invaluable role he has played as Interim Director, and will continue to play, as Chris transitions into the role.

Finally congratulations  to Parastoo Sadeghi and Katia Bazaka on receiving ARC Future Fellowships! And Katia again, for receiving an ANU Futures Scheme Grant!!




Dear Colleagues, 

This week I have the pleasure of sharing excellent news. With much enthusiasm, we can officially announce the establishment of the Software Innovation Institute (SII) as an organisational unit within our College.

The Inaugural Director of the SII is Associate Professor Jochen Trumpf. As many of you know, Jochen and his team have worked tremendously hard to stand up the Institute. The Institute will explore new boundaries in software innovation and work with the other schools and institutes within our college as a coordinated team. Furthermore, the SII now completes the structural rework of the college as approved by Council late last year. Please join me in congratulating and supporting our newest Institute! I encourage anyone interested in the SII and in congratulating the team to reach out to Jochen.

I would like to thank all of those in the College who provided useful feedback on the draft Design Guidelines for the CECS Academic Performance Standards.  In response to the feedback, the consultation process for the development of the Academic Performance Standards will kick off with a co-design workshop open to all members of the College, allowing the co-creation of the Standards content. In the coming week, please look out for the invite for the co-design session, in which I hope many of you can participate. I will be circulating the final Design Guidelines with the session invite.

I wish you all a restful weekend during this winter break. I hear there is also ample snow in the mountains now!


Kind Regards,




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Professor Elanor Huntington, Dean

ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science

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