‘Prof Ian Marshall I will never forget, he was fascinating to talk to, and his jokes, (all good things must come to an end, except for a sausage, which comes to two ends). Also James Friend was a wonderful undergrad lecturer, always so friendly and helpful.’

‘Prof Lampard for sheer brilliance and obvious enthusiasm about any subjects he taught. Also I received my one and only HD from Prof Lampard on a 4th year elective subject on Bioengineering Instrumentation. I also recall Cherry, Dabke, Ng and Morgan being passionate about their subjects and certainly this made the subjects and lectures that much more enjoyable and memorable. Prof Cherry had a great method of conveying certain electronic principles by drawing analogies other physical systems. It was a great way to teach.’

‘Some are so "stingy" in giving information, some are too nice. Some are good for tutorial and some are very boring in lecturing.’

‘Cullin & Donald: taught a very solid course in soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering that was the foundation of my entire engineering career. Dr Cullin was reputed to have some strong personal beliefs but they never intruded into his lectures. One of the lecturers that you could go to for clarification and get an answer. Was my Honours supervisor. Was happy to check the quality of the references I had found just by the names of the authors, which I found impressive at the time. Claus Gloe gave a set of fairly dry lectures on Engineering geology, but again they were the basis of everything I subsequently picked up on this topic. Ian Donald was on sabbatical for one year that I was there, but I got to know some of his idiosyncrasies better later. Ian Donald was a legend. Not just for his pioneering work on unsaturated soil mechanics, but for the piles of books and papers in his room, for his obsession with emus (he even named a computer design program EMU), and for his interest in classical music and Percy Grainger. George Rozvany had quite a reputation as a lady's man, but we only found out about that later. But he was also somewhat detached. In Sept 1972 a group of us went for a weekend skiing at Buller, and bumped into him in the pub. "Hello Dr Rozvani" said Gerry (Nolan). George: "Err, where do I know you from?" Gerry: "How about your structural tutorial?"!! ’

‘Ah, tricky. Doug Lampard particularly, as very wide interests, seemed to be very clever at everything. Greg Cambrell very patient while I was doing my project. But I just thought I had an excellent (and very international) set of lecturers. Doug Lampard said he had tried to set up a course to match MIT's, and within the limited resources, I think he succeeded.’

‘Doug was a man with an incredible range of interests and ability. At that time he was most known for the Lampard Standard Capacitor, basically an exercise in mathematics. He was an accomplished surgeon, was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists for contributions to anaesthesia research, and in retirement ran a business as a consultant wine chemist. He made perfumes. He was an accomplished carpenter.’

‘Dr Malcolm Reid was a fantastic lecturer. I thoroughly enjoyed his lectures. I managed to get a great deal from them. I think it was the way he explained things and got the ideas across.’

‘Geoff Taplin is a very good lecturer but he talks very fast - Xiao Ling is also a very good lecturer and I enjoyed attending his class.’

‘They were passionate about their fields of expertise without coming across as Geeks. They were all normal, but brilliant and engaging.’

‘Darvall was youthful and impressive, someone to aspire to. Rozvany was imposing, with a thick European accent, and his subject was interesting. Brennan was, to put it mildly, eccentric, and a source of both fear and merriment in surveying.’

‘Dr Peter Uhlherr. A very gentle and committed individual. Liked his style.’

‘One of my most memorable times were the mentorship under Dr. Than Cheok Fah. He was assigned to teach Heat and Mass Transfer for my batch at that time. During his off hours, his door is always open for students for consultation. He have very strong impression of me as I frequently come to his room for consultations. At times, the consultation session may drift towards a discussion of the practical implementation of Heat and Mass Transfer. His vast industrial experience has gave me a glimpse on how the knowledge I earned in my undergraduate studies are implemented in the industries at large. I have learned a lot under his mentorship.’

‘Dr Andrews - his glasses and jumpers, Dr Olbrich - the correct way to staple a landscape document in a portrait manner.’

‘Ken Hunt was a real character. A renaissance man with a keen interest in music and the arts. I was interested in writing myself (and eventually became a playwright) so it was good to be taught by someone with many strings to his bow. Professor Ron Barden was a great guy and a good teacher, Prof JDC Crisp was very sauve and cultivated, Stephen Redman who taught me electronics was a good teacher and tolerant given my lack of interest in anything electronic. By fourth year, 1964, I was the only remaining mechanical engineering student so I got great tuition. Very fond memories of all the staff who were excellent.’

‘Prof Cherry would go with us to the Nott at the end of a term for a beer of two. He was my hero for his hi-fi audio amplifier design. He was my supervisor for my final year project. Prof Lampard had half a law named after him!’

‘John Andrews was a character. He scared us 1st years witless but I took Chem Eng anyway. By the time we got to 4th year I liked him but he had some unconventional methods. Dr (now Dean!!) Sridhar was very competent and I still remember some of the things he taught, more how to get on in industry than technical info. Rod Dry was the best. Great teaching skills and treated us as adults. He was able to put real-world connection to the lectures.’

‘Dr Andrew Hoadley - A lecturer with casual lecturing but worth every moment of learning in his class, a class where he makes us think a lot... Dr Chai - A lecturer who's always try his best to feedback all my questions and able to solve the questions the other way around without following the module answers, a caring and kind hearted lecturer. Dr Ooi - A lecturer who really impressed me when I was a first year student with her passion and advices on all sort of experiences. Dr Kannan - A very friendly lecturer who has been with us throughout the whole degree except my final year. Professor Dong Chen - A professor who never answers our question straight to the point, who always love to bring us round the garden and find the answers ourselves. A very good motivation where he taught us the other way, not spoon feeding. He makes me love spray drying. Dr Kamlesh Patel - a very, very patience tutor who guided us throughout all the mass and energy balance calculations where it is impossible for us to complete it without him.’

‘Nick di Toro was an outstanding communicator and teacher as well as an exceptional engineer.’

‘Inspiration on engineering responsibilities; an early inkling on pollution control, and in fact about 10 years afterwards I started a career in pollution control and environment protection, leaving mainstream chemical engineering as a consequence of several inspiring lecturers (one of whom was later a senior figure in NSW SPCC, which I joined in 1980). I can still partially remember some of my laboratory prac sessions.’

‘Dedicated, passionate, breadth of knowledge Peter Darvall (interesting character), Prof Grundy - jolly good at crosswords, Profs Laurenson & Murray - extremely widely respected in their respective fields (world-wide).’

Lecture Style

‘Noisy at the start but everyone usually quiet Lots of notes to take Very quick coverage of the information.’

‘That atmosphere at Monash was welcoming. I did not notice that I was in the minority as a female student. (It did hit me when I joined the workforce!!!)’

‘Very formal, brand new facilities.’

‘First day of lecture, the lecturer invited the class to throw the best paper planes at him. He collects the most unique version. "Get it (throwing papers) out of your system then pay attention to the lectures for the rest of the semester.’

‘Some of our lectures were in the larger Science lecture theatres (Maths, Chemistry) and the atmosphere was often fairly light-hearted and there was of course the issues of the time of the mid- to- late 60's of student protests (Vietnam era) that occasionally interposed in the larger groups. For lectures in third and fourth year within the Chem Eng Department, the numbers were much smaller so they were generally held in more intimate surrounds of small classroom/tutorial rooms and could be more informal than in the larger raked-seating lecture theatres. I recall the very extensive use of overhead projectors and the scramble to write down notes, as some lecturers often went through the slides quite fast!’

‘Heavy workload compared with some other faculties. Some lab sessions ran til 6.15 I recall. Most of my fellow students at the Halls of Residence seemed to have less lecture & tutorial time. High proportion of international students (around 75% at a guess). Lectures were pretty routine - not a lot of excitement and certainly no dancing girls. Male orientated - only 1 or 2 girls at most in our year.’

‘First year lectures were very rowdy and disruptive. We didn't listen very well and threw paper planes. Lecture theatres were dark and cold. Lecturers used the blackboard and hand written notes on the overhead projector, all fairly hard to read.’

‘Varied! Several chem eng lecturers had recently come from industry and their lectures were a bit rough and ready. They tended to try and cover too much.’

‘Initially found them challenging - adjustment from High School to (in general first year) classes of 150 - 200 was tough, and I needed (and appreciated) a lot of after sales care from the lecturers and tutors, but later when I specialised, class sizes were much smaller and lectures were more like interactive tutorials - very good experience.’

‘The first two years were more "carefree" and larger group. As we moved towards the senior years, the class size was smaller, and hence the relationships with the lecturers were more "friendlier". Chem Eng classrooms and labs were small and old during my time.’

‘Lecture notes then were written with white chalk on blackboard. Some lectures are lengthy and theoretical. Atmosphere is good as the students are focused and not causing much distraction from the lecturer attention.’