MSE Foundation

Kernot window
Window from house of Professor William Kernot,
Professor of Engineering (1883–1909)

The Melbourne School of Engineering Foundation Board of Management plays a vital role in bringing together the School’s community to develop a culture of philanthropy and engagement, and leads the School’s fundraising efforts.

The Board is focused on generating financial and community support for the School through relationships with industry, alumni and other groups that are interested in the Melbourne School of Engineering’s growth and development.

  • Mr John North (Chair)

    Bachelor of Engineering, Monash University
    Masters of Engineering Science, The University of Melbourne
    Masters of Business Administration, The University of Melbourne

    During a career spanning almost two decades with J B Were & Son (now Goldman Sachs), John developed an international reputation for the high quality advice he provided to companies and institutional investors. He specialised in identifying opportunities for investment, mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance and corporate advisory, with a particular emphasis on the global building and construction industries.

    He attributes part of his success to the broad experience gained during 14 years as a professional engineer working in both the public and private sectors. His focus was on engineering consulting and project management in Australia and overseas.

    He believes strongly that his engineering and business education that he undertook at The Royal Military College Duntroon, Monash University and The University of Melbourne provided many of the basic skills he needed during his career.

    John’s previous associations include A Fin (retired) (Associate of the Financial Services Institute Australia) and MIEAust (retired).

  • Mr Nick Callinan AO

    Managing Director, Collins Hill Pty Ltd
    Master of Business Administration, University of Melbourne
    Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), Melbourne University

    Nick is a pioneer of the Australian venture capital industry, having started in 1984 what became the Advent group of venture and private equity funds. In 1994, he went to London and set up new funds to invest in the transforming economies of Central and Eastern Europe. He spent time in Boston with the global firm Advent International (whose name he had used for his Australian companies) and then joined Shell in London to establish an international IT venture fund. He returned to Australia in 2006 and now advises companies, particularly those raising capital to expand their operations. He is currently chairman of Sunshine Heart, Inc and a director of a number of companies and not-for-profit organisations.

    Earlier in his career, he worked for Cummins Engine Company, Inc ending up as chief executive of its Australian subsidiary. He started his career with Gutteridge Haskins and Davey (now GHD), consulting engineers.

  • Ms Christine Tursky Gordon

    Co-founder, SouthTech Systems
    Masters of Marketing, Melbourne Business School, The University of Melbourne
    Bachelor of Engineering (Hons), The University of Melbourne
    Bachelor of Arts, The University of Melbourne

    Christine has a range of corporate and entrepreneurial engineering experience with over a decade at Hewlett Packard/Agilent and subsequently as co-founder and co-owner of SouthTech Systems, a specialised Defence Engineering company. She has been involved with the Melbourne School of Engineering on a pro bono basis during her entire career. Christine is also a member of the School’s Electrical and Electronic Engineering Industry Advisory Group.

  • Dr Jack Wynhoven AM

    Diploma of Civil Engineering, Gordon Institute of Technology, Geelong
    Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), The University of Melbourne
    Masters of Science, University of Alberta, Canada
    PhD, University of Alberta, Canada

    Jack worked as a consulting engineer in Australia, Canada and Switzerland. He joined Connell Group in 1972 as a structural engineer. From 1985 to 2001 he was Chief Executive and or Chairman of Connell Wagner, now named Aurecon. He was awarded an AM in 1998 and a CM in 2003 for services to engineering. In 2000 he was named Victorian Professional Engineer of the Year. Throughout his career Jack has been active in professional organisations as follows: President Concrete Institute of Australia, Chairman Building Standards Policy Board, Deputy Chairman Standards of Australia, Chairman CSIRO Industrial Advisory Committee for the Built Environment, Member Victorian Premier’s Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (Premier Bracks) and Member Victorian Premier’s Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (Premier Kennett). Jack joined the MSE Foundation in 2006.

Annual reports

2018 MSEF Annual Report 1.4mb pdf

2017 MSEF Annual Report 3.8mb pdf

2016 MSEF Annual Report 6.4mb pdf

2015 MSEF Annual Report 4.6mb pdf

2014 MSEF Annual Report 3.1mb pdf

2013 MSEF Annual Report 2.52mb pdf

2012 MSEF Annual Report 805kb pdf

2011 MSEF Annual Report 2.36mb pdf

2010 MSEF Annual Report 1.97mb pdf

A brief history of the Engineering Foundation

The 1980s proved to be a huge growth period for the Melbourne School of Engineering: 1982 marked 100 years since William Kernot was appointed the first Professor of Engineering and 1983 commemorated the centenary of the first Melbourne University engineering degree.

To celebrate these milestones the Engineering Centenary Appeal was launched, with a goal of raising $2.5 million to support the establishment of the Engineering Foundation. Since its inception the Foundation has been committed to building financial support and community engagement for the School.

MSE Foundation Scholarships

True to its founding mission of celebrating excellence, the MSE Foundation Board provides ongoing scholarship support. Funds raised support high achieving students who are attempting professional Masters programs. Scholarships are awarded based on academic merit and need to both local and international students.

Contact the board

If you wish to contact the board or seek additional information about the MSE Foundation, please email:

MSE Foundation Secretariat

Scholarship recipient profiles

Hear from two of our recent scholarship recipients:

Danielle Grant

Danielle Grant BSc
Master of Engineering student (Electrical with Business)
Melbourne School of Engineering Scholarship Recipient 2015

Danielle Grant

I am excited to commence my career as an engineer and wish to thank all those who contribute to these scholarships. It has really made a difference for me and I greatly appreciate the support.

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Cailin Wrigley

The MSEF has supported me in a variety of ways over the past two years … the scholarship supported me in studying for one year in Switzerland via the Melbourne Global Mobility exchange program.

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Cailin Wrigley

Cailin Wrigley, BCom
Masters of Engineering (Mechanical)
Melbourne School of Engineering Scholarship Recipient 2015