WSP Mentoring the Innovators of the Future

On Friday 2 Aug, WSP welcomed the winning and runner-up multidisciplinary teams from the University of Melbourne who have been in competition to pitch concepts for a Gateway Link and precinct solution for the Fishermans Bend precinct – the site of the Melbourne School of Engineering’s future campus.

More than 250 students in 33 multidisciplinary teams participated in the competition by submitting two-page bid documents in response to the challenge, with five teams selected to pitch at the final. The winning teams addressed the potential of the site, public domain, strategic cycling corridor, public transport and employment. They also examined the risks around contaminated land, noise and vibration, existing infrastructure, air quality, water and geotech requirements.


The project highlighted a multitude of opportunities which included ecology, sustainability and how to integrate centralized energy systems and renewable energy. Community and wider benefits such as amenities and integration of considered transport connections to existing infrastructure were also investigated.


WSP Associate Regina Moran and Associate Director David Yates were part of a panel of 3 judges that judged the teams according to criteria based on potential challenges and how to overcome them, and identifying budding strategies and the best approach for achieving them.


The winning team presented at our Melbourne office to 150 staff. They were greeted by members of our Pathways group and RAP committee who gave them a tour of the grounds and provided additional networking opportunities for the students.




The winning five team members were each awarded with monetary vouchers, a site visit to WSP and a one-year mentorship by five senior members of WSP. Mentors will provide the students with career guidance and subject choices to support their transition into professional roles. WSP mentorships enable our people to foster the development of students entering the industry, shaping the future.


We would like to take this opportunity to thank Graham Rogers, Brian Ferreri, Evan Brumley, Kanda Seyon and David Yates for offering their time, expertise and guidance as WSP mentors.


WSP encourages and supports professional development and is always seeking determined and driven graduates who want to pursue careers in engineering and consulting. For more information head to our careers page / job opportunities page.


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