School of Civil Engineering

Students of the Icarus Program

The Icarus Program is a highly successful initiative within the School of Civil Engineering that blends traditional civil engineering learning with small-group interdisciplinary projects, providing an alternative pathway for students whose learning needs and interests extend beyond a traditional classroom environment. The Icarus Program has three primary goals:

  • to boost undergraduate student interest and experience in diverse and interdisciplinary projects; 
  • to foster close collaboration between academic mentors and small groups of students and
  • to leverage this engagement to elevate student learning pathways, student career outcomes, and UQ’s national and international reputation for producing the leaders of tomorrow.

Icarus is currently being implemented as co-curricular program available by application to 2nd and 3rd year civil engineering students. Once accepted into the program, student learning is developed through highly diverse project activities - as opposed to a traditional ‘lecture-style’ learning environment. The diversity of projects is key to Icarus' success, as students are able to find mentors and activities that align with their interests and motivate them to pursue study in that area. A wide range of projects have seen strong participation from engaged Icarus students, including field work, international exchanges, industry-sponsored competitions, technical conferences, start-up programs, and educational projects.   

In its pilot year (2015) we were delighted to see applications from several student groups who have classically been shown to be less likely to enrol in engineering study and co-curricular activities. Students also won a variety of awards for Icarus project work.  These are positive, early indications of Icarus’ potential to be an innovative model of education, and a unique opportunity for change and diversity in engineering education.

Your philanthropic support – at all levels – will play an important role in helping to develop the program now and into the future. To join me in creating the next generation of high impact civil engineers who can positively contribute to our society – please make a gift today.

I look forward to reporting back on how your gift has made a difference.

José Torero Cullen,

Head, School of Civil Engineering

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The Icarus Program is currently coordinated by Dr Joe Gattas. He is happy to answer any questions and can be contacted via icarus@civil.uq.edu.au.