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Campus News : CONNECT:UOW July 2012
RAIDER'S ART NOT LOST WILLIAM VAN DER STRAATEN Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) 1997 Bachelor of Arts (Legal Studies) 1997 The wheel has turned full circle for UOW-trained William Van Der Straaten . When Will was a UOW student in the 1990s he couldn't have imagined that his part-time job in student recruitment would see him return to the University 15 years later doing just that -- but this time in an international role. Will was one of the so-called "Hilton's Raiders", the team of student representatives who went out across NSW and further afield under the direction of UOW's former student recruitment head Liz Hilton, "selling" the University to high school students. Liz pioneered the use of students as recruiters by Australian universities and she says Will was one of her best. After 10 years as a consulting engineer, Will is now living in Germany with his wife Angelika, a mechanical engineer in e-mobility, and is back working in the education sector -- this time for the Technical University of Munich (TUM). In May he visited UOW as part of the Australian Exchange Fair, manning the TUM stand as part of a travelling information expo of international universities informing Australian students about options for Study Abroad and Student Exchange. Needless to say, he caught up with his former mentor Liz, who is a UOW Honorary. Will joined TUM in December 2011 as TUMexchange Program Manager, with responsibilities that include promoting the TUM as an exchange and research destination for students from Bachelor through to Doctorate level. It is quite a change from the consulting work Will had been doing since graduating from UOW, but has called on his experience as a student recruiter and skills he picked up working for Liz Hilton. "As one of 'Hilton's Raiders' I visited schools from Brisbane to Canberra," he said. "It really helped that we were students as well, because we understood our target market and could relate to what was driving them. I have been able to draw on that experience for my present role." Will grew up in Canberra and came to UOW as Civil Engineering wasn't offered at universities in the national capital. He added a BA majoring in Legal Studies. After graduating at the end of 1997 he spent some time on a working holiday in the US and Europe before joining the engineering consulting company Halcrow in the UK. His first job was at the Devonport Royal Navy Dockyards in Plymouth, which were being upgraded to withstand earthquakes in order to safely service the British nuclear submarine fleet. He then returned to Australia in 2001, working with Halcrow in Melbourne and Sydney before joining leading Australian engineering and professional services consultancy, Cardno. In 2008 he took leave to go to Germany to study for an MBA in Munich. "Originally we thought we would return after I finished my MBA, but Munich is such an exciting city and with the economy being strong and the quality of life second to none, we made the decision to stay in Germany and so I took the job with TUM," he said. NH INDONESIAN HONOUR DR BUDI NOTOWIDJOJO Bachelor of Metallurgy 1987 PhD Materials Engineering 1991 UOW alumnus and Indonesia steel industry executive Dr Budi Notowidjojo has been honoured in the 2012 Australian Alumni Awards for Indonesian citizens who have studied at Australian universities. Dr Notowidjojo won the Business Leadership and Business Management category in the annual awards which seek to recognise Indonesian citizens who have studied in Australia for at least 12 months and display outstanding talent, achievements and contributions to Indonesia. The awards are run by Ozmate, a social networking site for Indonesians established by the Education section of the Australian Embassy in Jakarta and supported by Australian universities and organisations such as the ABC and the Australia Indonesia Institute. Fellow UOW graduates Dr Ari Poespodihardjo and Dr Basuki were finalists in the awards. Dr Poespodihardjo is Director of the London School of Public Relations in Indonesia and Dr Basuki is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at Universitas Airlangga. Dr Notowidjojo completed a Bachelor of Metallurgy degree in 1987 and a PhD in Materials Engineering in 1991. He is founder and CEO of PT Bima Bisalloy, an Indonesian joint venture with Wollongong- based manufacturer of specialist hardened steel Bisalloy Steel Pty Ltd. Over the past two decades Dr Notowidjojo has developed PT Bima Bisalloy into a dynamic and successful business that is well respected in Indonesia's steel and mining industries. Dr Notowidjojo's award citation noted that he combined strong business leadership and mentoring skills with corporate community responsibility and a commitment to high standards of occupational health and safety for his workforce. NH William Van der Straaten caught up with his former mentor Liz Hilton when he visited UOW in May. Australian Alumni Awards for Indonesian citizens winner Dr Budi Notowidjojo (centre) with fellow UOW graduates and award finalists Dr Basuki (left) and Dr Ari Poespodihardjo. JULY 2012 CONNECT :UOW 11 CONNECT: ALUMNI