We wish to thank a number of people for their help with this project.
First, thanks to Hewlett-Packard Australia Limited for their generous sponsorship of the position of Assistant Dean (Equity and Diversity) at the Engineering Faculty of the University of Melbourne, which enabled the successful completion of this book. Hewlett-Packard Australia's ongoing commitment to tertiary education is part of a long tradition of contribution to the community, and their support of the position of Assistant Dean (Equity and Diversity) emphasises the importance of a diverse workforce and the benefits of innovation and flexibility that this brings to any organisation.
We would also like to thank the Manager of Equity and Learning Programs at the University of Melbourne, Patricia McLean, for her useful advice and encouragement, and for giving us the time to get our ideas together and write this work; and Frank Leahy of the University of Melbourne Faculty of Engineering for his enthusiasm for everything to do with engineering education. Special