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ECSE Alumni

The department is looking to build and develop its relationships with ECSE alumni to establish lifelong connections in partnership with our established alumni community, the Society of Monash Electrical Engineering Alumni (SMEEA).

SMEEA was established to provide graduates of ECSE an opportunity to keep in contact with the Department and other alumni and saying that, we’d love to hear from you! To get in touch please contact us at


We hope the information below provides some insight into what’s been happening in the department over the recent years.

Alumni News

  • Society of Monash Electrical Engineering Alumni Annual Dinner and Project Displays, Wednesday Evening 21st October 2015.
    The Final Year Projects will be on display in the departmental labs from 6pm and the dinner will commence at 7pm:
    Change of venue. For the dinner we have had to move from the previously advertised venue to Waverley Industries, where we held the dinner last year.
    The main speaker at the dinner will be Kishor Dabke, well known to all!
    For more details please read the revised  invitation with speaker details.

  • Fond memories of your FYP? In 2015 the Department introduces SPARK!
    Learn more about ECSE SPARK - happening on October 21 - you are welcome even if not going to the SMEEA Dinner afterwards

  • Join our Department LinkedIn group! This group is open to all graduates, students and staff of the Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering at Monash University. Click here to join

  • New approach to make cancer treatment more targeted and subsequently more effective? Learn more about the research.

Alumni Profiles

Douglas Lampard Prize winners


Society of Monash Electrical Engineering Alumni

SMEEA welcomes alumni from all courses run in the past and present by the Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering, including non-Clayton Campus courses. Membership for SMEEA is free.

To become an alumni member, please register your contact details with the Monash University Alumni office.

Graduates are encouraged to keep in touch via email to or through the faculty itself: 
Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering
P.O Box 35
Monash University 3800
Vic, Australia

If your email address has changed recently, please send an email to

Members may be interested in Single Subject Enrolments, which allows single subjects out of postgraduate coursework programs to be taken. Please check here for the Postgraduate units available.

The Society of Monash Electrical Engineering Alumni (SMEEA) was established to provide former graduates of ECSE an opportunity to keep in contact with the Department and other alumni.

SMEEA releases an annual newsletter and hosts an Alumni Dinner yearly. The Archived newsletters can be found here.

SMEEA Alumni Annual Dinner 2015

Save the date – Wednesday 21 October 2015.

If you are interested in expressing an interest in attending the dinner - email And see above for more details.


SMEEA Alumni Annual Dinner 2014

Andrew Atkinson, BE(73) was the guest speaker at the 2014 event addressing the topic of ‘In Control, Out of Control’.

Andrew spoke to the development of industrial control systems over the past forty years.  With a background in the design and installation of systems in the food/beverage, automotive, smelting and mining sectors locally and internationally, and 15 years spent in Dubai at the Dubai Aluminium Smelter, Andrew had some interesting stories to tell! 

During his time in Dubai Andrew was drawn into the citys dark underbelly– people trafficking.  Providing the guests with an insight into his experiences, Andre shared what he has done to both rescue people and fight the traffickers.

SMEEA Alumni Annual Dinner 2013

James Brown BE(65), PhD(71) addressed the audience on the topic of ‘Experiences of an Un-Reconstructed Engineer’.

James’ career started in the SEC and is ending in renewable energy and decentralized power generation. He will describe some experiences in developing and manufacturing renewable energy products, how power electronics, digital control and communications have enabled the industry, and how the integration of renewable energy into the electricity industry and the political environment presents opportunities and worthy challenges.

James’ generation has seen vast changes in the techniques of electrical engineering, publication of knowledge, now transformed into IP, expansion in the depth and breadth of engineering disciplines, and low cost access to a fantastic range of software tools. At the same time the environment in which engineering is practiced has changed dramatically. Engineering judgments must be converted to economic benefits. The ideology of private ownership and competition is seen by many as a one size fits all silver bullet. Regulation is seen as a necessary but undesirable constraint. Society exists to serve the economy.

SMEEA Alumni Annual Dinner 2012

A Brief History of the Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering at Monash University - 1962 to 2012

It is 50 years since the Department was formed in 1962 so it is appropriate that a history be written at this time. Bill Brown, who joined the Department in 1964, has put together some reminiscences of his time there and has been assisted by many others.

A summary of the very enjoyable evening and a copy of the presentation on ECSE early history can be found here.

A copy of the SMEEA alumni news from this year can be found here.

SMEEA Alumni Annual Dinner 2011

Ed Cherry delivered a key note entitled ‘My Life in Electronics’ where he started by describing the one valve radio circuit he had built at age 12 and ended noting that in spite of changing technologies the fundamentals of analog electronics had not altered much through his career.

Further information can be found through the following link Dinner Report (pdf) 

ECSE Obituaries

Vale Ray Jarvis October 2013

Emeritus Professor Raymond A. Jarvis's life and achievements tribute from

  • the Australian Robotics and Automation Association (pdf, 86kb)
  • the International Foundation of Robotics Research (pdf, 62kb)
  • colleagues and friends (pdf, 143kb)

Vale Bill Bonwick March 2011