Roderick Distinguished Lecture

Rodd Staples, Northwest Rail Link
Rodd Staples, Northwest Rail Link

Roderick Distinguished Lecture

Thursday 31 August 2017

Join us on Thursday 31 August 2017 for the second Roderick Distinguished Lecture for 2017 featuring the Sydney Metro Program Director for Transport for NSW, Mr Rodd Staples. presenting an insight into the Sydney Metro project, his path to such a role and the opportunities available for civil and other engineering graduates to help deliver the transport infrastructure required of a modern city.

Sydney Metro is Australia’s biggest public transport project, with 31stations and 66km of new metro rail.

This project comes at a time of the launching of the Transportation Engineering major within the Faculty of Engineering & IT, which provides students with the opportunity to embrace the mathematical and engineering methods required to plan, design, operate and manage the infrastructure necessary to achieve safe, economical and environmentally sustainable movement of people and goods.

Professor David Levinson who has recently joined the School to lead the implementation of this new major, sees it as an exciting time to be in a city where there is currently a generation’s worth of major transport infrastructure projects occurring simultaneously.


Rodd has almost twenty years experience in transport and infrastructure, across both government & private sectors. With tertiary qualifications in civil engineering & finance, Rodd has worked across a mix of senior executive, project management & technical leadership roles with a core career focus on transport project planning, development and delivery.

“The opportunity to work on a city-transforming project with such a dedicated team is a privilege and one that I am very proud of,” Rodd says.

“We are delivering a new metro system with the customer as its focus which will help transform public transport in Sydney.”


Thursday 31 August 2017

Open from 5:00 for 5:30pm start, followed by refreshments and networking from 6:30pm


PNR Lecture Theatre No 2, Faculty of Engineering & IT, University of Sydney


This event is free but please CLICK HERE to register or contact Malcolm Boyd (see details overleaf)


The Roderick Distinguished Lecture Series

The Roderick Distinguished Lecture Series brings the leaders of industry and government to the University to present to the civil engineers of tomorrow the challenges and opportunities which they and their organisations face and the role that civil engineering plays in their work environment

The Roderick Lectures are an initiative of the Council for Civil Engineering Sydney, an industry advisory group formed to assist the School of Civil Engineering to deliver world-class education and research through an inclusive program of engagement between industry and academia at all levels.

The Roderick Lectures are promoted widely to the students as well as the industry network of the School of Civil Engineering

The Roderick Lecture series acknowledges Professor Jack William Roderick who, as Head of School from 1951 to 1978, initiated programs of engagement with industry to build and to augment the teaching and research programs of the School through the Graduates Association and the Civil Engineering Foundation.

For more information

Malcolm Boyd| Executive Officer | Council for Civil Engineering Sydney
T 0412 797 479 | E