Improving well-being through mindfulness – R U OK Day 2018

By Carl Jackson

How can mindfulness be used to better our professional and personal lives and improve mental health and well-being? As part of 2018’s R U OK Day, Melbourne School of Engineering hosted mindfulness expert Dr Richard Chambers to present on this topic.

The practice of being fully engaged, present and aware in each moment of our lives, mindfulness can benefit everything from stress management to interpersonal communication and empathy.

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The STEM Six: the best of STEM this week (September 7 2018)

By Carl Jackson

3D illustration of connections and dots representing the concept of cloud computing.

Elevators to space, renewable hydrogen and a nanoscale discovery that’s quite a big deal; there was a lot going in the world of science, engineering and technology this week.

Take a look at the six STEM stories that caught our attention over the last seven days.
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Implant & transplant innovations net $20,000 each from HealthTech Innovation Challenge

By Claudia Hooper

Two teams from Translating Research at Melbourne (TRaM) at the University of Melbourne have successfully pitched their medical technology innovations to win two of four $20,000 funding grants at the Graeme Clark Institute (GCI) HealthTech Innovation Challenge earlier this month.

The two winning TRaM teams, CorGel and NeuroBit, creating research-based solutions for corneal transplants and brain implants respectively, were successful in a pool of ten competitors. Both teams participated in the 2018 TRaM Track program, developing their entrepreneurial capacity and learning how to maximise their prospects for commercial success.

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In the field: water management in Yellow River Basin

By Seema Karki, PhD Candidate (Infrastructure Engineering) and Lubna Meempatta, PhD Candidate (Infrastructure Engineering)

It’s always wonderful to have the opportunity get out of the classroom and learn through doing, as a group of Melbourne School of Engineering students recently discovered through the intensive subject, ENEN90037: International River Basin Management (IRBM). Two PhD candidates who completed the subject offered to share some of their experiences with us.

A recent two week intensive subject, ENE90037: International River Basin Management, provided a unique opportunity to develop greater knowledge of managing co-evolved river-basin systems through gaining practical experience in China’s Yellow River Basin.

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The STEM Six: the best of STEM this week (August 31 2018)

By Carl Jackson

Ever dreamt of travelling through time or having your own bionic implants? There are a couple of stories in this week’s round-up you’re going to be particularly interested in.

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An Australian intern in Paris – my time at Air Liquide

By Molly Livingstone, Master of Engineering (Chemical)

It has always been a goal of mine to work overseas, so when I saw an advertisement for an engineering internship in Paris I jumped at the opportunity.

I started researching the role and quickly found that Air Liquide’s work separating air and distributing gases was incredibly relevant to my Master of Engineering (Chemical) and my future career. I also found that Air Liquide’s values aligned closely with my own; specifically, their focus on innovation, creativity and sustainability.

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New ‘Spotlight Series’ launches to help students develop their careers

By Carl Jackson

How do persistence, resilience and risk help career development for those getting started in the professional world? On 25 July 2018 Melbourne School of Engineering held the first seminar in its Spotlight Series, featuring a group of alumni and current students discussing this exact topic from the unique perspectives of their own careers.

Hosted by Associate Dean (Student Engagement) Professor Andrew Ooi, the panel featured five Master of Engineering alumni and students; John Li, now Project Manager at iBuild; Shruti Pal, Global Management Trainee at Carlton United Breweries; Kevin Ngo, commencing in 2019 as a Security Analyst in Accenture’s graduate program; Finbar Martinson, employed by Nufarm after self-securing an internship; and Danielle Grant, IEA Reliability Engineer at ExxonMobil.

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New fixes for old traffic problems

By Professor Majid Sarvi, AIMES Director

We all know that, in the future, cars will be driving themselves. In fact, some already are – but debate is still raging about their safety after a pedestrian in Arizona was killed by a car in autonomous mode last month.

Of course, this danger is not isolated to autonomous vehicles, with fatal car accidents sadly all too common around the world. Many argue that, despite early issues, autonomous vehicles will ultimately make our roads safer.

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Boeing Aerostructures Australia visits Parkville campus

By Melbourne School of Engineering

Audience at Boeing event

Melbourne School of Engineering students had the chance to receive some unique insights into Boeing Aerostructures’ global aspirations and the internship and graduate employment opportunities they offer when Paul Watson (Senior Manager – Boeing Research and Technology) and Ari Pipilikas (Boeing Aerostructures Australia – Engineering Manager) visited Parkville campus on Tuesday 31 July.

Joined by over 90 engineering and information technology students, Watson and Pipilikas discussed Boeing’s aspirations on the global stage and the associated drive created for graduate and internship talent.

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The STEM Six: the best of STEM this week (July 20 2018)

By Carl Jackson

Close up of CPU

Our latest STEM story round-up has a strong computing theme, with everything from the world’s longest-surviving computer to using AI to address child poverty.

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