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Friday, July 14th, 2017

Monash University is the no. 1 engineering school in Australia

Are you creative, imaginative, analytical and technical? Do you want to extend yourself and help build the future? Engineers are in demand both in Australia and internationally—and an engineering qualification might just be for you.

Did you know Australia is a signatory to the Washington Accord, which means Monash Engineering graduates can work in any other signatory country, without the need to re-qualify. Just imagine where an internationally recognised engineering qualification could take you (Canada and USA!).

Monash University is the no. 1 engineering school in Australia

Study at the no. 1 engineering school in Australia—Monash University

Who are engineers?

They’re creative…

They’re imaginative, analytical and technical, with excellent teamwork skills. As an engineer, you get to apply science and mathematics in a practical way, to develop new technologies and improve existing ones.

They’re problem solvers...

They figure out how things work, and they create solutions to problems. They are key to the development of society and solving the challenges the world currently faces such as climate change, natural resource depletion, food shortages and increased demands on energy.

And they’re in demand

Engineers possess a rare combination of skills and qualities that place them in demand in many different industries. An engineer’s career is diverse, interesting and can be anywhere in the world. As a qualified engineer you’ll be equipped to work in many areas outside of engineering, such as management, banking and consulting.

Some engineers go on to become CEOs of major corporations. Almost 20 per cent of CEOs of ASX100 companies are engineers. Problem solving and planning skills, combined with a focus on the future and continuous improvement, make engineers competent business leaders.

Where does Monash Engineering stand?

Well, Monash University ranks as the best faculty in Australia for engineering (Times Higher Education, 2016–2017), and is one of the largest in the country. Monash is renowned world-wide for the quality of their teaching and research and the calibre of their graduates.

Master of Advanced Engineering

Did you know that Monash offers the widest choice of engineering courses than any other Australian university? Monash offers the Master of Advanced Engineering—the only kind in its field—that ensures that students grow into transformational, global, and socially-responsible leaders and engineers.

Delivered at the Clayton campus, the Master of Advanced Engineering is designed to extend your knowledge in your specialisation area and advance your leadership and complex-problem-solving skills. Specialisation options:

  1. Chemical engineering
  2. Civil engineering (Water)
  3. Civil engineering (Transport)
  4. Civil engineering (Infrastructure Systems)
  5. Electrical engineering
  6. Energy and sustainability (Malaysia campus only)
  7. Materials engineering
  8. Mechanical engineering
  9. Medical engineering
  10. Renewable and sustainable energy engineering

Apply to Monash University Engineering School!

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Find out more about studying at the no. 1 engineering school in Australia—Monash University. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Engineering Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Monday, June 26th, 2017

New hub for biomedical engineering research named after inventor of cochlear implant

A new institute that brings together biomedical engineers, clinical researchers and industry partners to develop real-world solutions for public health has been launched.

New hub for biomedical engineering research named after inventor of cochlear implant

Study at the University of Melbourne

Located in the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct, the Graeme Clark Institute for Biomedical Engineering (GCI) will be a hub for University of Melbourne researchers and industry partners to collaborate on developing new bionic devices, implants, drug treatments and assistive technologies like prosthetics, as well as diagnostics.

The institute is named after Professor Graeme Clark AC who invented the bionic ear along with his University of Melbourne colleagues, the first prototype multiple electrode implant device that successfully improved the ability of deaf people to understand speech.

The inaugural Director of the Graeme Clark Institute, Professor Mark Cook, says the Institute will link clinical and engineering fields in the pursuit of new solutions to public health.

“It’s fair to say that no biomedical engineering institutes, either in Australia or the wider world, have the scope and scale of the Graeme Clark Institute,” says Professor Cook.

“The Institute is in a unique position to capitalise on multi-partner collaborations that are critical to innovation and commercialisation. The novelty of the solutions we will develop comes through the direct interaction of the Melbourne School of Engineering, the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences and the Faculty of Science.”

GCI’s success will be measured in the impact of clinically driven research that solves clinical needs and engagement with industry to translate that research into clinical practice.

GCI researcher and Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Melbourne School of Engineering, Professor David Grayden, says the university’s position as one of the top centres for biomedical engineering research in the world means it is well-placed to make significant contributions to the field.

“Projects will include modelling the human body in 3D to virtually assess and insert implants for joint replacements, testing the university’s world-first stentrode device in human trials, and building on its position as the top university for mechano-pharmacology, where tissues cells are mechanically measured to develop effective drug therapies,” adds Professor Grayden.

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Discover more about studying engineering at the University of Melbourne! Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com, or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Record number of women graduating from engineering at UQ

The University of Queensland is celebrating the graduation of a record number of female engineering students last semester with women making up 35 per cent of all graduates—more than double the national average of 17 per cent.

Record number of women graduating from engineering at UQ

UQ female engineering graduates exceeded the national average of 17 per cent (Image credit: UQ)

UQ’s engineering cohort has seen significant growth in female graduate numbers since 2012, when they numbered 21 per cent, and the national average was 15 per cent.

Faculty of  Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology, (EAIT) Executive Dean, Professor Simon Biggs said the increase in female graduates highlights UQ’s leadership in shaping a more inclusive and equitable engineering industry, bolstered by the very successful Women in Engineering (WE) program which has been running for four years.

“The Women in Engineering program was established at UQ as a university-led, industry-funded initiative to address the gender disparity in engineering at both the tertiary and industry levels, and the results so far speak volumes for the value of the program.” said Professor Biggs.

“UQ also recently hosted the first joint university workshop to collaborate and share best practice for recruiting females into engineering.

More than 30 representatives from 18 universities across Australia, New Zealand and the US state of Colorado attended the event with the long-term objective to see female participation in engineering increase collectively across Australia.

“We don’t just want to see gender diversity improve in engineering at UQ, we want to see broad change across the industry in Australia and globally.”

Women currently account for less than 13 per cent of the engineering workforce in Australia, and industries that employ engineers are missing out on the benefits that diversity brings to technically-grounded problem solving.

EAIT faculty is leading from the top with a record increase in female academic appointments in engineering in 2016, especially in the area of chemical engineering. A popular area of study for female students, chemical engineering is an exemplar of female participation with women making up over 40 per cent of the graduating cohort this semester.

Second-year chemical and environmental engineering student Geethu George says young women need strong female role models when setting out in engineering careers.

“Being in contact with female academics in my field of study encourages me to keep moving forward with my decision to pursue engineering,” Ms George said.

“Having women in these senior positions and watching them achieve success is essential to increasing female participation in engineering.”

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Want more information about engineering programs available at the University of Queensland? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Engineering Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Monash Engineering ranked 41 in the world

Monash University has ranked 41 in the world in Civil Engineering, and placed in the top 100 and 200 universities across five further categories, according to the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

Monash Engineering ranked 41 in the world

Monash Engineering ranked 41 in the world (Photo credit: Monash University)

Monash ranked in the top 100 universities for Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Materials Engineering, and placed in the top 200 for Energy Science Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.

Monash Provost and Senior Vice-President Professor Edwina Cornish commended staff and graduates on the latest world rankings.

“This outstanding result is a reflection of Monash Engineering’s world leading research which is focused on bringing real benefits to Australia into the future.”

ARWU ranks more than 1200 tertiary institutions each year and the best 500 are published.

Monash Engineering School

Did you know that Monash Engineering School offers the widest choice of engineering courses than any other Australian university?

Monash Engineering School offers a Master of Advanced Engineering, which commenced in 2015. Delivered at the Clayton campus, the Master of Advanced Engineering offers flexibility to complete your master degree in just one or two years depending on your previous study and work experience.

Specialisation options

  1. Chemical engineering
  2. Civil engineering (Water)
  3. Civil engineering (Transport)
  4. Civil engineering (Infrastructure Systems)
  5. Electrical engineering
  6. Energy and Sustainability (Malaysia campus only)
  7. Materials engineering
  8. Mechanical engineering

Apply to Monash Engineering School!

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Learn more about engineering degrees at Monash. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Engineering Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Monday, July 4th, 2016

UQ engineering team blitzes NASA competition

Designing and building rockets and sending them into space is one of the most expensive endeavours on earth, costing upwards of $500 million.

But a team of University of Queensland engineers has come up with a cheap 3D-printable solution, earning them first place in the NASA Brisbane International Space Apps Challenge and an invitation to the international competition.

UQ engineering team blitzes NASA competition

UQ Rocket3D team (Photo credit: UQ)

The Rocket3D team, made up of UQ tunnel engineer Sam Grieve, and Thomas Reddell and Jianyong Wang, PhD students at the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering, were given a brief to design a rocket that could be built inside the Kennedy Space Center.

“We chose to design a 3D-printed rocket because the technology has many advantages and it’s much easier to create complex geometries” Mr Grieve said.

“One guy in the competition produced a fully functioning asteroid mining computer game, which was absolutely amazing! It was a huge honour to be selected over that.”

The UQ engineering Rocket3D team incorporated an unconventional features into their design—an Aerospike engine—which they said would potentially provide a 30 per cent increase in fuel efficiency.

“Usually these engines aren’t used as they have problems with cooling, but a 3D-printed version could incorporate complex cooling channels as well as mass air pockets to improve cooling,” Mr Grieve said.

The competition, which challenges teams to find solutions to complex problems within 48 hours, is run simultaneously at locations around the world.

Ideas are summarised into a 10-minute pitch to a judging panel that considers if projects could be turned into viable product.

“Having a background studying and working at UQ was certainly a great advantage, as I had the confidence to approach problems that were new and unusual,” Mr Grieve said.

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Discover more about UQ engineering degrees! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Engineering Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Melbourne chemical engineering students claim Pratt Prize victory

A team of chemical engineering and biomolecular engineering students from the Melbourne School of Engineering has taken out the 2016 Pratt Prize for the best Chemical Engineering Design Project in Victoria.

The winning team, Lachlan Henderson, Huixuan Yu, Rob Murray, Chen-Yu Tsai, Yonathan Christianto and Suya He, developed a method to produce biodiesel from microalgae through a detailed facility design of unit operations.

Chemical Engineering Design Project

Left to right: Suya He, Huixuan Yu, Yonathan Christianto, Chen-Yu Tsai and Robert Pratt (son of Clive Pratt). Absent: Robert Murray and Lachlan Henderson (Photo credit: University of Melbourne)

The award is presented in honour of Professor Henry Reginald Clive Pratt and his contributions to chemical engineering, recognising a Victorian student team presenting the best chemical engineering design project.

The three Victorian universities that offer a degree in Chemical Engineering, the University of Melbourne, Monash University and RMIT contest the award each year.

Team member Chen-Yu Tsai said that the team worked hard to develop their project and undertake research within the time constraints.

“We are very glad that out hard work was recognized” Chen-Yu said.

“The project was very challenging but the experience is valuable. The design project did not only provide me the chance to apply knowledge from my degree to a real life case, but I have also learnt to solve problems in general and to be a good team player.”

Yonathan Christianto also said that his experience of working on the project was very challenging, yet it was the “best experience” he has had at the university.

The team will now compete for the Australasian Design Project Prize at the Chemeca 2016 conference in September.

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Discover more about studying engineering at the University of Melbourne. Contact OzTREKK Australian Engineering Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Monday, March 7th, 2016

JCU engineering weed terminator

James Cook University scientists are testing a weed-killing robot they hope will eliminate invasive plant species.

Alex Olsen is tackling the challenge as part of his PhD in Engineering and Related Technologies at JCU. His aim is to develop a robot that will be able to differentiate weeds from other plant life using an algorithm to detect a range of variables including colour, shape and texture.

JCU engineering school

Brendan Calvert, Jake Wood and Alex Olsen with the weed-killing machine (Photo credit: JCU)

“We try to think of it as what we do when we first see it with our own eyes,” Mr Olsen said. “We can identify green straight away, then determine the shape of the plant, then the leaves, and then we strip that down to a point where we can grab small texture windows for a feature comparison to find out if it matches what we’re looking for.”

The machine will have a series of cameras on the front and herbicide sprayers on the back, which will work together through a series of processes to determine precisely when to spray the weed.

Invasive plant species pose a serious threat to Australia’s natural environment and account for around 15 per cent of flora across the country. They displace native species, reduce productivity and cost the agricultural industry an estimated $4 billion per year, with their cost to the environment estimated to be even higher.

Mr Olsen said the scale of the invasive weed problem is such that there is no chance of it being solved by manual weed spraying alone. The machine was recently trialled at Hidden Valley on the western slope of the Paluma Range in north Queensland, and the team was encouraged by the early performance of their prototype.

Environmental weeds are the starting point for the technology but it also has scope for use in agriculture or plant classification.

“It’s not just for weed removal, it could be for helping to identify which species of plant are located in a national park,” Mr Olsen said. “The algorithms are for image processing, if you have a knowledge of this it can apply to anything.”

He said the team envisaged the device being towed by, or fitted to, existing agricultural vehicles in the short-term, but the possibility existed that it could be fully autonomous in the future.

Mr Olsen’s work on weed-killing robots has been recognised in Canon Australia’s Extreme Imaging competition, an initiative by the company’s research and development arm, Canon Information Systems Research Australia Pty Ltd (CiSRA).

Mr Olsen and supervisor, Professor Peter Ridd, received the runner-up prize in the Digital Image Computing: Techniques and Applications (DICTA) category.

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Find out more about JCU Engineering School! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Engineering Schools Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Materials Science and Engineering at Monash University

The ability to understand and manipulate materials and their properties is a key factor in any industrial process or technology, new or old. Increasingly nanotechnology, sustainable materials and biomaterials are becoming important areas of endeavor. Because of the enabling aspect of Materials Science and Engineering, and the multidisciplinary nature of the skills learned, Monash Engineering School graduates are much in demand in many industrial organisations. Many also go into research, be it in academia, industrial laboratories or government research organisations.

Materials engineers make a unique contribution to the design of new devices, products or components, and they make existing ones work better by improving or altering the properties of the materials involved.

Materials engineers also work as metallurgists, plastics engineers, ceramists, adhesive scientists, process and quality control engineers and corrosion or fracture engineers. They work in a range of industrial activities, including manufacturing, processing and recycling, and select and design materials for

  • aerospace vehicles;
  • ground transportation systems;
  • automotive industry;
  • solar energy and battery devices;
  • biomedical implants and opthalmic devices;
  • tissue engineering and drug delivery;
  • information and communication systems;
  • electronic and magnetic devices; and
  • optical and opto-electronic components.

The ability to actually engineer, or create, materials to meet specific needs is only just being realised. Improved processing and characterisation equipment such as the Australian synchrotron, mean the possibilities are endless, and key to almost all advances in aspects of manufacturing and engineering.

Careers in materials science and engineering

The expertise of materials engineers is required in many areas:

  • Conservation of energy and recycling
  • New biomaterials to image disease and heal the body
  • Novel electro-optic polymers that allow greater amounts of information storage
  • Lightweight metal alloys in cars to conserve energy
  • New magnetic materials
  • Materials for energy storage such as fuel cells
  • Functional materials made on the nano scale to reduce costly corrosion

The result for materials engineering graduates is overwhelmingly positive as unprecedented job opportunities continue to outstrip supply.

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Monday, February 8th, 2016

Melbourne Engineering’s new method for making biofuels is cheaper and better for the environment

Chemical and biomolecular engineers from the Melbourne School of Engineering have discovered a new way to deliver carbon dioxide to microalgae, which in turn, can be harvested to make renewable fuels such as biodiesel.

Carbon dioxide is well known to speed up the growth of microalgae.

University of Melbourne Engineering School

Carbon dioxide delivered to microalgae can be harvested to make renewable fuels (Photo: University of Melbourne)

However, the carbon dioxide has to be free of contamination or the algae die. Published in the research journal, Energy and Environmental Science, the new method purifies the carbon dioxide that is in power station flue gases by absorbing it into a liquid.

This liquid is then pumped through hollow fibre membranes. These hollow fibre membranes are like very long drinking straws, which can be immersed into the microalgae beds.

Professor Sandra Kentish, Head of the Chemical Engineering department at the University of Melbourne and leader of the research team said that supplying purified carbon dioxide by extracting it from flue gases can work, but it is expensive and takes a lot of energy.

“In this work, we have found a way to purify the carbon dioxide and to supply it to the microalgae for a much more moderate cost and using a lot less energy,” Professor Kentish said.

“The CO2 moves directly from the liquid into the microalgae culture by permeating through the fibre walls. Aside from being a cheaper approach, our research has shown that the microalgae grow faster than in other work done to date,” said another team member, Dr Greg Martin.

Other products such as chemicals, proteins and nutraceuticals can also be produced using the same approach. The experiments were completed by PhD student, Qi Zheng, who is now undertaking further experiments to find the optimum liquid composition.

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Friday, January 29th, 2016

University of Melbourne “Rapid Feedback” app for student learning

A new app created by learning specialists from the University of Melbourne will enable teachers to assess and provide helpful feedback in real time as students deliver oral presentations.

University of Melbourne Engineering and Information Technology

Assessing and providing helpful feedback in real time (Image credit: University of Melbourne)

The Rapid Feedback app was developed by Professor David Shallcross from the Engineering Learning Unit and Antoinette Mendoza from Computing and Information Systems, to provide students with individual and immediate feedback on their work.

The app was originally developed to assess oral presentations but there are plans to repurpose it to provide feedback on dental, physiotherapy, nursing and music examinations.

“It will be adapted for a range of practical subjects,” Professor Shallcross said.

“We are also planning to translate this into other languages starting with Mandarin.”

Assessors are able to grade student presentations across different criteria. They can then select as many or as few pre-written comments as they like from an in-built library that addresses more than 160 common issues.

The selected comments then appear in a PDF document that can be e-mailed to the student as soon as their presentation is completed. Assessors also have the option to personalise the feedback by adding an audio file of spoken comments.

Engineering and IT at the University of Melbourne

Engineering and IT at the University of Melbourne has ranked number 1 in Australia across four engineering and technology discipline areas according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015. For Computer Science and Information Systems, the University of Melbourne has been ranked 1st in Australia and 13th in the world.

For Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Melbourne is ranked number 1 in Australia and 33rd in the world.

At a faculty level, the QS Rankings placed Melbourne Engineering and Information Technology at number 1 in Australia and 18th in the world.

Apply to a University of Melbourne engineering or IT program!

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Discover more about studying engineering and information technology at the University of Melbourne! Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com, or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.