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The Warren Centre

Promoting excellence in engineering innovation
We unite industry, government and academia together in the areas of engineering, computer science, technology and innovation.

The Warren Centre was established in 1982 following public fundraising, coinciding with the centenary of Engineering at the University.

The objective of the Centre, as established in that appeal, was to promote excellence and innovation in engineering and greater co-operation between the Faculty, industry and government.

The Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering was up until 2020 an ASIC registered controlled entity; it has now transitioned back with the the Faculty of Engineering. 

The Warren Centre aims to promote excellence and innovation in engineering and to promote collaboration between the Faculty, industry and government. Its objectives include to:

  • provide independent comment and advice to government and industry, on engineering and technology issues; 
  • initiate, undertake and promulgate the outcomes of projects funded by industry and government, emphasising significant areas of interest to Faculty researchers;
  • organise functions including seminars, courses and lectures to facilitate improvements in engineering practice and to transmit knowledge among researchers, industry and government;
  • create and sustain common interest networks in innovative engineering and technologies, involving industry and government leaders, encouraging interchange with the Univeristy; and 
  • add to the reputation and standing of the Faculty as well as the Centre through the quality and significance of the Centre's work and its dissemination in the public arena. 

Our projects

Past events

Innovation Lecture

Our annual Warren Centre Innovation Lecture provides a platform for leading engineering and computer science researchers to share their stories of discovery to the industry community.

Our latest event featured Andrew Liveris AO, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Dow Chemical Company and former Executive Chairman of DowDuPont. Learn about Andrew's views on innovation in manufacturing research and the future of the Australian manufacturing landscape.

You can also watch the 2020 Innovation Lecture, featuring Professor Hala Zreiqat AM, a biomedical engineer within the Faculty of Engineering and Director of the ARC Centre for Innovative BioEngineering.

The world of digital energy: A focus on virtual power plants

Explore how industries today are having to transform due to the accelerating digitisation of devices and processes, particularly in the energy industry.

This forum event featured leading experts from the Faculty of Engineering, Nokia and AGL, and was proudly presented by Nokia.

A Digital Energy Systems paper was released to coincide with this event.

Our staff

  • Mr Chris Vonwiller (Chair)
  • Professor Willy Zwaenepoel (Ex-Officio Director)
  • Mr Chris Janssen, GPC Electronics Pty Ltd
  • Dr John Lear, JBL Consulting
  • Ms Fiona Mahony, Telstra
  • Ms Melanie de Gioia, Project Manager

Professor William Henry Warren

Professor William Henry Warren
Appointed as the first Professor of Engineering at the University of Sydney in 1884
"I will build a great engineering school"

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