University of Sydney Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies

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Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies
Type Public
Established 1920
Dean Archie Johnston
Location Camperdown / Darlington, New South Wales, Australia
Affiliations University of Sydney

The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies is a constituent body of the University of Sydney, Australia. It was established in 1920 and is Australia's oldest engineering school and one of the most prestigious.

The school has an excellent academic reputation with its programs being ranked in 2011 by the QS World University Rankings by Subject at 21st in world for Civil Engineering and 27th in the world for Mechanical Engineering. Programs at the school are accredited by professional bodies including Engineers Australia, The Australian Institute of Project Management and the Australian Computer Society

In 2011 it had a student enrolment of 4,645 (9.5% of all students), thus making it the University's fourth-largest.[1]


Teaching of engineering at the University began in 1883 within the Faculty of Science established just a year prior. The Faculty of Engineering itself was established in 1920.

Initially engineering classes were taught in The Quad, however in 1909 the P.N. Russell School of Engineering was completed. This building, an outcome of the P.N. Russell benefactions was formally opened by the Governor on 20 September 1909. With the expansion in student numbers in the 1950s and early 1960s, new purpose built facilities were constructed in the Darlington extension area across City Road and since the mid seventies all departments have been accommodated in this area, although a wind tunnel in the Woolley Building is still in use by Aeronautical Engineering.

The new SciTech Library opened in the Darlington engineering precinct in 2010, as the amalgamation of the Architecture, Engineering, Madsen and Mathematics libraries, brought together as part of the Campus 2010 project.

The School of IT building

Constituent schools[edit]

  • School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
  • School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • School of Civil Engineering
  • School of Electrical and Information Engineering
  • School of Information Technologies
  • Graduate School of Engineering and IT

Research centres[edit]

  • Australian Centre of Advanced Risk and Reliability Engineering
  • Centre for Advanced Materials Technology
  • Centre for Advanced Structural Engineering
  • Centre for Geotechnical Research
  • Chemical Engineering Foundation
  • The Civil and Mining Engineering Foundation
  • Cooperative Research Centre in Aerospace Structures
  • Electrical Engineering Foundation
  • Mechanical Engineering Foundation
  • The Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering

Notable alumni[edit]


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