Edward Brown Award for Teaching Excellence

The Edward Brown Award is an annual, University-wide teaching award that recognises overall teaching excellence in any of the following, or related, fields: Architecture; Engineering; and Economics, Commerce and Business.

Recipients are acknowledged for their outstanding achievements across the various elements that constitute excellence in teaching in higher education: the inspiration and motivation they provide students; their contribution to the development of curricula and teaching and learning resources; the high quality practice in assessment of student learning; their respect for students as individuals; and the various ways in which their scholarly activities have influenced and enhanced learning and teaching.

How to apply

Honour Roll

  • 2016

    Dr William Ho is presented award for teaching excellence

    Dr William Ho, Faculty of Business and Economics

  • 2015

    Dr  Dominique Hes

    Melbourne  School of Design, Faculty of ABP

    For inspiring students to be life-long learners connected to their  environment through linking theory and practice, with inspiration, embedding  sustainable architecture knowledge and action.

  • 2014

    Associate Professor Andrea O’Connor

    Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering

    Melbourne School of Engineering

    For outstanding teaching that motivates and inspires students, and ensures that their learning is focused on the latest exciting developments in the field. In particular the development of a pioneering new subject ‘Tissue Engineering’ has been a resounding success, and is testament to Associate Professor
    O’Connor’s skills not only in teaching, but also in curriculum design and development.

  • 2013

    Dr Sean Pinder

    Department of Finance

    Faculty of Business and Economics

    Prior to taking up his position as Senior Lecturer in 2001, Sean Pinder lectured at universities at both undergraduate and postgraduate level nationally and internationally. Sean teaches mainly in the area of Corporate Financial Policy. He has extensive experience in designing and implementing innovative
    approaches to learning and teaching with a focus on providing students with an appreciation and understanding of the context in which financial decisions are made. He has also been active in bridging the gap between finance theory and practice. He does this by getting finance practitioners involved in
    his lectures while also regularly delivering lectures to members of the finance profession. Sean is also active in conducting - and publishing - finance-specific teaching-related research and is a co-author of the multi-award-winning text Business Finance which is now in its 11th edition.

  • 2012

    Dr Brian Krongold

    Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Melbourne School of Engineering

  • 2011

    Dr Jillian Walliss

    Melbourne School of Design, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning

  • 2010

    Mr Clifford (Cliff) Ogleby

    Department of Geomatics, Melbourne School of Engineering

    in areas such as remote sensing and computer graphicsmore

  • 2009

    Associate Professor Angela Paladino

    Management and Marketing, Faculty of Business and Economics

    in areas such as consumer behaviourmore

  • 2008

    Associate Professor Andrew Ooi

    Mechanical Engineering, Melbourne School of Engineering

    in areas such as thermofluids and computational mechanicsmore

  • 2007

    Associate Professor Sandra Kentish

    Chemical Engineering, Melbourne School of Engineering

    in areas such as environmental engineering and biomolecular engineeringmore

  • 2006

    Professor Jeff Borland

    Department of Economics, Faculty of Business and Economics

    in areas such as microeconomics and labour marketsmore

  • 2005

    Dr Phil Collier

    Department of Geomatics, Melbourne School of Engineering

    in areas such as satellite positioning and surveyingmore

  • 2004

    Associate Professor Lea Waters

    Management and Marketing, Faculty of Business and Economics

    in areas such as organisational change and workplace dynamics more

  • 2003

    Professor Nilss Olekalns

    Department of Economics, Faculty of Business and Economics

    in areas such as macroeconmicsmore

About Edward Brown

Associate Professor Edward Brown was a founding academic in the University’s Department of Electrical Engineering.

Brown was born in Strathdownie, Victoria, in 1880, and died in Melbourne in 1966 at the age of 85. He was awarded his first degree at the University, a Bachelor of Science, in 1902, followed by a Master of Science in 1911, a Doctor of Science in 1926 and, finally, a Doctor of Engineering (honoris causa) in 1961.

Following his graduation from the Bachelor of Science degree in 1902, Brown headed abroad to work at the General Electric Company in Schenectady, New York. Upon his return to Australia in 1908, he commenced lecturing in mathematics and physics at the University. In 1911, a separate degree course of Bachelor of Electrical Engineering was established and with its introduction Brown was appointed to teach the necessary material.

Brown, or Eddy Brown as he was more affectionately known, was seen as a good choice for the job as he had a background in scientific teaching and research as well as in professional engineering practice from his days at the General Electric Co. Brown was both a keen researcher and successful inventor particularly in the field of instrumentation associated with power electrical engineering.

From 1913 to 1947 a steady stream of electrical engineers, 228 in total, graduated under the guidance of Brown and the distinctive nature of electrical engineering began to emerge under the influence of his leadership, personality and experience. His teaching style gave emphasis to practical application and bench demonstrations, which, for that time, was considered highly innovative. He preferred to motivate the students by talking about the interesting things he was doing in the way of research and invention. Typically, he would start a lecture on some topic and then with his trademark comment “I have an interesting problem which has just come up”, talk enthusiastically about that problem and its possible solution for the remainder of the time. His lasting legacy to his students was to instil in them the habit of self-education. Brown was highly popular amongst the student body as well as highly respected amongst the University’s academic community, where his standing can be judged by the fact that he subsequently received the degrees of Doctor of Science for his scientific research achievements and Doctor of Engineering honoris causa for his contribution to engineering and engineering teaching.

(This biography contains excerpts from ‘The First 50 Years – The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering University of Melbourne 1947-1997’ by John S. Packer.)