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Curtin University
Note to staff

27 March 2009


WA Information Technology and Telecommunications Awards

My congratulations to the University’s software engineering students from the Department of Computing who have won the Student Project Category at the Western Australia Information Technology and Telecommunications Awards (WAITTA) recently.

The group produced the ground breaking “SENSii” technology that aims to improve the quality of life for people living in aged care facilities and ultimately, save lives.

This project was jointly supervised by Associate Professor Tele Tan and Professor Geoff West in association with Mr Steve van Blommestein from the Netlink Group.

This project was part of the Software Engineering course where final-year students work in teams on a major industry led project, utilising the broad range of skills and knowledge acquired through the entire course.

This is an outstanding result that clearly demonstrates the innovative strengths of our staff and students and the effective working relationship we have with industry.

Congratulations also to Dr Helen Armstrong from the School of Information Systems, who was awarded the prestigious Western Australian IT Achiever of the Year Award this year.

Dr Armstrong is the first woman to have won this award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Information Technology and Telecommunications in Western Australia.

2009 HBF Freeway Bike Hike for Asthma

The 2009 HBF Freeway Bike Hike for Asthma was held on Sunday, March 22 and attracted a record number of Curtin participants. I rode the 30km distance to Joondalup and was pleased to see so many Curtin Team t-shirts and jerseys along the way.

Curtin had an impressive 123 cyclists join in the fun, including a tandem couple, a father and son team using a bike extension and four unicyclists!

With such a large team, Curtin easily claimed back-to-back Tertiary Sports WA Participation Challenge Cups in this event.

Recreation Services set up a marquee at the finish line and supplied a light brunch for Curtin team members. This provided the perfect chance for participants to have a rest and share stories of their journey with other members of the Curtin community.

Photos of the day can now be viewed online at:

I want to thank all those who participated in the event and Curtin Recreation Services for coordinating the University’s effort and making the day a great success.

The next Healthy Lifestyle Event is the 2009 ASICS Bridges Fun Run to be held on Sunday, April 5. If you would like to join the Curtin Team please contact Rodney Glossop on 9266 4150 or email

Earth Hour Reminder

This is a reminder that at 8.30pm this Saturday, 28 March 2009, one billion people in 1,000 cities and towns of all sizes will be turning off their lights for one hour to deliver a simple message about the connection between energy usage and climate change and that mass participation can help improve our planet’s future.

As advised previously in a Note to Staff, Curtin wants to strongly support WA’s Earth Hour activities and I encourage you, your friends and family to participate in this symbolic event.

When you leave work today, please ensure that all non-essential lighting and equipment such as computers, printers and faxes are switched off. We will be measuring our energy consumption prior to and during Earth Hour to demonstrate how small changes can reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and slow global warming.