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Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Griffith design student’s 3D-printed guitars hit a sweet note

A Griffith University design student has produced the first two 3D-printed guitars on the Gold Coast.

The guitars were engineered with the skill, passion and commitment of third-year industrial design student Adrian McCormack under the direction of Associate Professor Dr Jennifer Loy at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.

Griffith student's 3D-printed guitars hit a sweet note

Griffith design student Adrian McCormack shows off his 3D-printed guitars (Photo credit: Griffith University)

The bespoke guitars highlight the limitless possibilities of 3D-printing technology and had their first public outing at the Blues on Broadbeach Festival recently.

The first design was brought to reality with help from Brisbane guitar builder and technician Rohan Staples at the renowned Guitar Shop in Paddington and printed at Griffith’s Gold Coast campus in seven components, while the second was printed in one complete piece by Belgian company Materialise.

Adrian says his wave design was inspired by the Gold Coast’s rich surfing culture, and explains he spent plenty of time studying the playing style and technique of blues guitarists.

“It was clear that arm support within the design was vital along with overall strength and of course, aesthetics,” he says.

“For the model printed overseas we used a bio-compatible and food-safe material called polyamide, which also ensured the body weight stayed roughly the same as a generic Telecaster body.

“For the locally printed guitar, once the model pieces had been tested and prototyped, they were printed over the course of eight days on campus, with around 200 hours of printing.

“This guitar print also featured a unique process called ‘hot swapping,’ which created the unique red and white finish,” he says.

The locally printed guitar will stay on campus, finding a home at the Griffith Red Zone, while the second guitar will be offered as a prize for a Festival-goer to be announced later this month and presented at Griffith’s Open Day on July 24.

According to Associate Professor Loy, Griffith is working hard to develop graduates who have specialised skills in this area.

“Our industrial design and 3D design digital media students are learning world leading software for additive manufacturing, and gaining hands-on experience of designing with advanced digital technologies, including 3D Printing, scanning and electronics for new design applications.

“3D printing is not just an add-on technology within the digital landscape—it has matured and now completely changes what is possible.

“We envisage that the students of today will have the jobs of the future, ones that may not even exist yet, but that are clearly on the way, with 3D printing alone being forecast as a 7-billion-dollar-a-year sector by 2020.”

About the Bachelor of Industrial Design

In this degree, students will combine a creative engineering approach with industrial design innovation and will graduate with a unique ability for innovation and creativity in Industrial Design while working within the principles of engineering. Students learn through project-based design studios and technical learning studios and learning through making, as the degree takes a hands-on approach to teaching that uses advanced technologies such as 3D printing, while also experiencing traditional engineering learning.

Bachelor of Industrial Design students will learn about design process, material characteristics, mechanics and electronics as well as 3D computer modelling, creative thinking and digital media. This degree also incorporates an international focus on digital and advanced technology manufacturing, giving you the chance to develop an understanding of how a product is created, from design to delivery, in a global context now and in the emerging advanced manufacturing environment.

Program: Bachelor of Industrial Design
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: February and July
Duration: 3 years

Apply to Griffith University!

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Monday, March 21st, 2016

Macquarie University international scholarships

What does the Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship cover?

Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship is a partial scholarship for undergraduate and postgraduate studies, the amount is varied up to AUD$10,000 and it will be applied towards your tuition fee.

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Priority areas: Engineering, Environment, Human Science, Media, Linguistics, and Education.

Application Deadline – June 29, 2016

The Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarships do not provide financial support in the form of a living allowance, nor does it provide for the cost of visa application, Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), airfares, accommodation, conferences or other costs associated with study.

The Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship is a single scholarship and not available to be renewed. Please note that applicants can only receive one scholarship.

Applicants applying for the Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship will not be required to submit a referee’s report or a statement of purpose. Once you have completed the online scholarship application form, a confirmation email will be sent to you at your nominated email address. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Environment

Degree: Master of Environment (Environmental Management)
Duration: 1 – 2 years
Semester intakes: February and July

The Master of Environment offers an interdisciplinary approach to environmental management. A major focus of the degree is to teach you how to work with people from different disciplinary perspectives in order to find environmental solutions.

You will study areas such as

  • sustainable development;
  • environmental decision making;
  • environmental management and analysis; and
  • environmental law.

Engineering

Degree: Master of Engineering
Duration: 1 – 2 years
Semester intakes: February and July

The program covers key areas of professional electronics engineering systems design, delivery and management, including:

  • Very Large Scale Integration Algorithms and Systems
  • High Performance Integrated Circuit Design
  • Reconfigured Electronics
  • Telecommunications Performance Analysis
  • Hetrogeneous Networks, Theory and Practice

Linguistics

Degree: Master of Applied Linguistics
Duration: 1 – 2 years
Semester intakes: February and July

It is internationally relevant and focuses on the development of analytic skills and understanding the complex relationship between language use and context, and research in these areas. The degree is designed to allow candidates to study a broad range of topics within the area of Applied Linguistics. In particular, the degree has been designed to provide a strong theoretical and practical foundation in the field of teaching English as a second or foreign language.

Education

Degree: Bachelor of Education (Primary or Secondary)
Duration: 2 years full time
Semester intake: February

The Macquarie School of Education is committed to an academic, research-based approach to teacher education. At the core of Macquarie’s approach to teacher education is the concept of the scholar-teacher, one who is flexible, responsive to academic needs, reflective, open-minded, confident and adaptable.
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Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Minister joins call for more women in science, tech, engineering and maths

In the lead-up to International Women’s Day (March 8, 2016) the Hon Karen Andrews MP, Assistant Minister for Science, visited young engineering students on Griffith University’s Gold Coast campus on Friday, March 4, 2016.

Assistant Minister Andrews, herself a qualified engineer, is a strong advocate for making science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) a priority in schools and in particular for girls to study these subjects through to university.

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Hon Karen Andrews MP, Assistant Minister for Science visits first-year engineering students at Griffith’s Gold Coast campus (Photo credit: Griffith University)

“Tackling the gender imbalance in STEM is a key focus for the government in its National Innovation and Science Agenda. There’s $48 million to inspire STEM literacy under the agenda and we’re investing an additional $13 million to inspire girls and women to take up STEM education and careers,” said Mrs Andrews.

“This will be done by highlighting female leaders and building programs and networks to support workplace gender equality and advance women in STEM.”

Pro Vice Chancellor of Griffith Sciences Professor Debra Henly said she was delighted to have the Minister’s support in calling for more women to take up careers in STEM.

“The future of work is in STEM. The National Innovation and Science Agenda will drive a new boom to generate jobs and prosperity for all and we need more women to do that.

Griffith University is committed to producing high calibre STEM graduates and we begin that process with our Science on the Go team which works very closely with high schools across the southeast Queensland encouraging more students, particularly girls, to study science, technology, engineering, and mathematics courses.”

“At Griffith University, we also work closely with our industry partners so that our students are working on real-life projects from the word go and they have the necessary skills and experience to take advantage of the range of jobs that are evolving.”

Professor Henly is one of only a handful of women who head a science, engineering and information technology faculty in Australia.

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Friday, February 12th, 2016

Eight projects boost equity at University of Newcastle

The University of Newcastle has attracted eight Higher Education Participation Programme (HEPP) National Priority Pool (NPP) grants, totalling almost $1 million, to help improve the tertiary education experience and process for students from diverse backgrounds.

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UON’s Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education (CEEHE) will oversee the eight projects and ensure their impact is sustained long after the funding period ends.

Professor Penny Jane Burke, Co-Director of CEEHE, said that the Centre’s unique framework brings together people committed to an equity agenda to share ideas and collaborate to tackle the complexity of educational inequalities.

“This funding is very important in supporting our aim to develop research across a range of challenging and complex issues in an emerging field. In order to tackle inequalities in higher education, we must build and sustain research-informed strategies and practices, for which funding such as this is crucial” said Professor Burke.

The 2016 funding success builds on eight existing HEPP NPP grants secured in 2015, aimed at enhancing equity across a number of disciplines – Creative and Performing Arts; Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), as well as digital resources and strategies aimed at access and student experience.

Successful 2016 Projects

  • Building Statistical Literacy for Success in Higher Education – Project Lead: Dr Peter Howley
  • Enhancing University Retention and Success for First-In-Family, Low SES Students Through a Flipped Classroom Learning Model – Project Lead: Dr Johanna Macneil
  • Equity & Medical Education – Project Lead: Dr Robbert Duvivier
  • Guiding futures: The role of teachers in the formation of students’ aspirations for higher education – Project Lead: Professor Jenny Gore
  • Indigenous enabling: ‘what works’? Developing a national conversation around enabling education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students through a comprehensive audit of current provision – Project Lead: Associate Professor Maree Gruppetta
  • Live Learn Grow – Project Lead: Louise Rak
  • Unlocking Capacity and Empowering Choices”: Indigenous Students’ Aspirations – Project Lead: Professor Max Smith
  • Yarning the Way: The role of Indigenous education paraprofessionals in guiding the post-school educational pathways of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth – Project Lead: Associate Professor Maree Gruppetta and Dr Erica Southgate

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Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Gold Coast Science and Tech Festival launched at Griffith

National Science Week and Griffith University is a major contributor to a packed agenda celebrating the wonders of science and technology.

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Queensland Minister for Science and Innovation, The Honourable Ms Leeanne Enoch MP, at the launch of the Gold Coast Science and Tech Festival (Photo credit: Griffith University)

Griffith University hosted Queensland’s Minister for Science and Innovation, The Honourable Ms Leeanne Enoch MP, who launched the inaugural Gold Coast Science and Tech Festival. Guests joined Ms Enoch in Griffith’s Red Zone interactive learning facility on the Gold Coast campus.

Presented by Study Gold Coast, the Gold Coast Science and Tech Festival will run throughout National Science Week (August 15–23) and feature events across the city.

Ms Enoch said such initiatives were important because education, expertise and leadership in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) subjects–as well as aspects of the Arts to form a new acronym, STEAM–were needed to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world.

“Massive change is already occurring across all we understand and as that continues we must be ready,” said the Minister. “STEM and STEAM skills form the crucial platform underlying the ongoing development of a knowledge and innovation-based economy and society, and South-East Queensland can be a leader in that pursuit.”

Griffith University Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Ned Pankhurst said Study Gold Coast was a fantastic initiative and during National Science Week would highlight those bringing key innovation into focus in the city.

Through Griffith Sciences, and in particular its Science on the GO! education outreach program, Griffith University will conduct events on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane.

The Science Trivia Challenge will be held at the Queensland Academy for Health Sciences in Southport on Tuesday, August 18, and the Calamvale Community College in Brisbane on Thursday, August 20.

With three groups—Years 5-6, Years 7-9, and Years 10-12 and Teachers—school teams face six rounds of eight questions. There are plenty of prizes on offer, as well as science demonstrations, audience questions and hands-on interactive science activities.

Also on Thursday, the future of 3D printing and its impact on industry will be the focus of The 3D Printing Revolution, a discussion led by Griffith’s Program Leader of Industrial Design, Associate Professor Jennifer Loy, and Head of Engineering, Professor Geoff Tansley.

Featuring displays, demonstrations and activities, the event will cover archaeology and antiquity, human body and movement, energy and transport, environment and nature, space and astronomy, innovation and technology.

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Monday, July 20th, 2015

New pathway for Monash engineering students

Achieving engineering Chartered status is now within reach for masters students, following an agreement forged recently between Monash University and professional association Engineers Australia.

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The new agreement will give students another pathway to climb engineering’s professional apex and accelerate their careers thanks to a new streamlined certification process. The agreement will see Monash become the first university to achieve this level of certification with the new Monash Master of Advanced Engineering program.

The Monash Masters degree is the only one within Australia designed for alignment with Engineers Australia Stage 2 Competency Standards.

Engineers Australia certifies that the Monash University Master of Advanced Engineering provides accelerated progress for students towards the attainment of Chartered status. The knowledge acquired from the Masters degree for each specialisation aligns with the requirements of many of the Chartered competencies when coupled with relevant industrial experience.

Chartered status is an internationally recognised benchmark for professional aptitude among engineers that recognises an engineer practices in a competent, independent and ethical manner.

Professor Frieder Seible, Dean of Monash University’s Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of IT, said a chartered engineer’s strong leadership skills and expertise boosted potential earning power, job opportunities and promotions within their branch of engineering.

“Students with certification are on track to receive an internationally recognised badge of competence that is benchmarked and transferable with standards applicable in other parts of the world,” Professor Seible said.

“Chartered engineers are recognised by the community, industry and governments as a professional and responsible contributor to the well-being of Australian society.”

Engineers Australia CEO Stephen Durkin said the new program would “develop transformational, global and socially responsible leaders in the engineering profession. We are proud to be working with Monash University, an institution recognised as a world leader in engineering education and research.

“The high quality knowledge and skills developed through the new Master of Advanced Engineering program at Monash University directly supports a path to international recognition via Chartered status.”

Master of Advanced Engineering at 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 is offering a new Master of Advanced Engineering, which commenced in 2015.

Delivered at the Clayton campus, the Master of Advanced Engineering is a one-year qualification. The course 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. Electrical engineering
  5. Materials engineering
  6. Mechanical engineering

Structures and Geotechnical specialisations planned to commence in 2016.

Entry requirements

To apply for the Master of Advanced Engineering, you must have the equivalent of a four-year Australian Bachelor of Engineering in the relevant discipline with a minimum 70% average.

Apply to the Monash Engineering School!

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Learn more about the Master of Advanced Engineering and other engineering degrees at Monash University. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Engineering Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com, or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355. Find out how you can study in Australia!

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

JCU researcher developing electric car gadget to drive profits

A James Cook University researcher is working on a new device that will let electric car owners sell extra current from their vehicle’s battery to the power network.

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JCU researcher Kirk Martel (Photo credit: JCU)

Kirk Martel is developing technology that will tell electric vehicle owners the best time to sell excess charge back to the grid.

A display unit smaller than an iPad screen and designed to fit under a car stereo will receive information from a smart meter.

It will tell users when to sell power to the grid and when to buy, based on peak and trough periods of demand and pricing.

Mr Martel said the benefits of his device will extend to more than just electric car owners. “My key aim is to help the consumer, but with many more electric cars expected on the road the electricity companies may not be able to handle the load without significant upgrades unless many of the cars are being charged at optimum times.”

Researchers have found the typical private user plugged their car in after work at a time of peak domestic demand. Fleet users plugged in at work during peak industrial demand.

Mr Martel said the calculations needed were more complicated than turning the battery on and off at certain times.

“The hard part is answering all the other things: how quickly do different battery types charge? When you are discharging it to the grid, how much charge do you leave in the battery for emergency trips? The battery will be subject to extra wear if it is charging and discharging more often, how do you take account of that?”

Mr Martel said he expects to complete the project by the end of the year.

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Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

My robot is better than your robot

FRC is a robotics competition, not a robot-fighting contest… everyone asks.

Macquarie University is hosting a regional FIRST Robotics Competition from March 12 – 14 at Sydney Olympic Park. Expected to attract more than 1,000 students from Australia, Asia and the USA, students with an interest in science and technology will design and build robots, and then put them to the test in the competition challenges.

FIRST Robotics is an internationally acclaimed robotics program that inspires a passion for science, technology, engineering and maths in young people.

Founded in the USA in 1989, FIRST Australia was established at Macquarie University in 2006. Since then, FIRST Australia has partnered with schools and universities across Australia with teams and competitions held in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.

Australian teams have enjoyed remarkable success attending the FIRST World Championship Tournament each year from 2006 to 2014.

Worldwide there are 32,600 teams made up of 350,000+ students from nearly 80 countries; 64,000+ Mentors and 66,000+ event Volunteers and Affiliate Partners donate their time to make FIRST possible.

Macquarie University has an international reputation for being innovative in the study of science. It is at the forefront of research nationally and internationally, and excels in the application and commercialization of new discoveries.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering at Macquarie is broken down into the following departments:

  • Department of Biological Sciences
  • Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences
  • Department of Chiropractic
  • Department of Computing
  • Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Department of Engineering
  • Department of Environment and Geography
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • Department of Statistics

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Monday, October 6th, 2014

UQ to roll out super computer

The University of Queensland is one step closer to developing better mobile phone battery life, understanding the engineering of vaccines, and creating stem cell therapies for Parkinson’s disease.

The university’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) has bought a $275,000 high-performance parallel computer cluster that will support research stretching from the development of advanced materials for clean fuel, through to the engineering of new vaccines to develop anti-cancer drugs.

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Centre for Theoretical and Computational Molecular Science Director Professor Debra Bernhardt said the new computer would focus on computational speed.

“The facility will be more efficient, providing more processing power and working over a fast network, which will enable researchers to work with more realistic models,” Professor Bernhardt said.

“The computer has a new type of co-processor, providing faster and more energy efficient performance.

“Another advantage is that it works with traditional programming languages, making it easily accessible to researchers. The computational power is well beyond the current capabilities of a traditional PC.”

AIBN researcher Dr Marlies Hankel said she would use the computer to model materials in lithium ion batteries.

“We hope to understand the mechanisms of charging and recharging batteries used in mobile phones and laptops, and aid the design of safer batteries and with longer life times,” Dr Hankel said.

A UQ Major Equipment and Infrastructure grant and a National Health and Medical Research Council Equipment Grant totalling $275,572 funded the super computer.

It will be used by UQ’s Faculty of Science and Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology for research in computational modelling of physical, pharmaceutical and biological systems, and will host the AIBN’s stem cell collaboration platform, Stemformatics.org.

The computer cluster will aid in visualising genes for stem cell research, potentially leading to the development of therapies for a range of medical problems such as Parkinson’s disease and heart attacks.

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Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

New Master of Advanced Engineering at Monash University

What about engineering? We often talk about medicine, dentistry, and law, but let’s take a moment to talk about engineering, shall we?

How about if we say “All students who commence Monash’s new Master of Advanced Engineering program in 2015 will receive a $6,000 scholarship?

Now we’ve got your attention!

Joking aside, if you’ve got a Bachelor of Engineering, further postgraduate study can be the foundation to a great career, and can turn an existing career into something brilliant, help you change careers, or aid in pursuing your passion. Did you know that Monash Engineering School offers the widest choice of engineering courses than any other Australian university?

Monash Engineering School is offering a new Master of Advanced Engineering commencing in 2015.

Delivered at the Clayton campus, the Master of Advanced Engineering is a one-year qualification. The course is designed to extend your knowledge in your specialisation area and advance your leadership and complex-problem-solving skills.

Specialisation options for 2015 include

  1. Chemical engineering
  2. Civil engineering (Water)
  3. Civil engineering (Transport)
  4. Electrical engineering
  5. Materials engineering
  6. Mechanical engineering

Structures and Geotechnical specialisations planned to commence in 2016.

Scholarship for ALL commencing 2015 Master of Advanced Engineering students

To celebrate the launch of the new program, all students commencing the Master of Advanced Engineering program in Semester 1, 2015 will receive a $6,000 scholarship! Questions about this scholarship? Email OzTREKK’s Australian Engineering Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com.

Do a double Master

Take your career even further by combining your postgraduate engineering qualification with another one-year Master degree. Combine with

  • Master of Business
  • Master of Business Information Systems
  • Master of Information Technology

Entry requirements

To apply for the Master of Advanced Engineering, you must have the equivalent of a four-year Australian Bachelor of Engineering in the relevant discipline with a minimum 70% average.

Apply to the Monash Engineering School!

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Learn more about the Master of Advanced Engineering and other engineering degrees at Monash University. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Engineering Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com, or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355. Find out how you can study in Australia!