School of Chemical Engineering

In its 100-year history, no one has had more impact on chemical engineering at UQ than the late Robert John ‘Gus’ Wiles AM.

For four decades, Wiles was considered the heart and soul of chemical engineering at UQ, and his legacy will help to ensure the University remains one of the world’s most influential in the field for many years to come.

Head of School Professor Peter Halley said Wiles’s dedication was unmatched and his approach to education was ahead of his time.

“Gus acknowledged the importance of a well-rounded education – one which included international education, vacation work opportunities and industry networking,” Halley said.

“He encouraged his students to undertake semesters abroad at international universities and broaden their engineering knowledge and skills – something for which he often provided personal financial assistance.”