How could soybeans help heal diabetic ulcers?

By Prue Gildea

Soy bean plants at sunrise

A one-year grant from the Ohio Soybean Council is helping two talented University of Melbourne researchers make better use of a soybean by-product, potentially providing higher revenue for farmers. Standard practice involves using the stems and leaves from soybeans to make straw for cattle feed. However, like all plant material, these stems and leaves contains a useful substance.

You can’t see it and you’ve probably never heard of it, but inside all plant material is one very special substance. It’s known for its ability to provide both strength and reinforcement to materials it is added to. It’s called nanocellulose.

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‘Loads, Diodes and Cathodes’ Win the 2018 Case Study Competition

By Carl Jackson

‘Loads, Diodes and Cathodes’, the 2018 Case Competition winners

Presenting to peers, academics and a panel of industry-based judges on 26 March 2018, over 154 students comprising 33 multidisciplinary teams competed in this year’s Case Study Competition, with ‘Loads, Diodes and Cathodes’ taking home the prize.

Melbourne School of Engineering alumnus Alex Catto-Smith, Longford Surveillance Engineer from ExxonMobil, presented the teams with this year’s case topic, which focused on the repurposing and decommissioning of two ExxonMobil offshore platforms in the Bass Strait.

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Remote drone surveillance maps horticulture crop health

By Melbourne School of Engineering

Drones carrying high-resolution multi-spectral, hyper-spectral and thermal cameras are being used to develop monitoring systems to help growers assess the health of their crops.

Dr Dongryeol Ryu at the University of Melbourne’s Department of Infrastructure Engineering is leading several related research projects, one of which targets water stress in fruit trees and grape vines. This has been funded and coordinated through Victoria’s Horticulture Centre of Excellence.

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Self-driving bus takes first tour of University of Melbourne campus

By Claire Quinn

The University of Melbourne launched its own autonomous mini shuttle bus today to assist in integrated transport solution research and make transport safer.

The autonomous vehicle is designed for low-speed urban environments and is part of a three-year partnership with French company EasyMile, specialists in autonomous vehicle technology.

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Using virtual reality to treat real-world injuries

By Kate Stanton

Footballer Cat Phillips has just suffered a painful ankle injury – one that could keep the AFLW star sidelined for weeks.

“Right now, the main thing frustrating me is that I don’t know when I’m going to be back playing again,” she says.

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Biomedical engineering startup Stelect wins Medtech’s Got Talent

By Kristen Goodgame

Biomedical engineering startup Stelect, co-founded by Melbourne School of Engineering alumni, have received $60,000 in funding as winners of Medtech’s Got Talent.

Stelect, which made its debut at the 2017 Endeavour Exhibition, aims to improve stent selection for heart surgeries by helping surgeons select the right stent length and diameter. It uses sensory technology to create a visual representation and 3D model of the artery to get the required dimensions.

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Australian-first CAREN laboratory launched last week

By Melbourne School of Engineering

An Australian-first state of the art Virtual Reality (VR) biomechanical facility that is vastly improving our understanding of human movement and how to treat and prevent injuries was launched last week.

Federal Minister for Health the Hon Greg Hunt officially launched the Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN) laboratory on 15 March in front of invited university and industry guests. A crowd of invited university and industry guests attended the launch and were given a demonstration of the CAREN.

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Gender diversity & the Melbourne School of Engineering: IWD2018

By Professor Elaine Wong, Associate Dean (Diversity and Inclusion), Melbourne School of Engineering

Growing up as the eldest of three daughters, I was fortunate enough to have parents who actively encouraged our interests in science, technology, engineering and maths.

While the outside world was sending thousands of subtle and not-so-subtle messages that science and engineering were the domain of men, my parents refused to subscribe to preconceived notions about what careers boys and girls should pursue. The three of us ended up with degrees and postgraduate degrees in engineering, finance, and medicine.

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Melbourne School of Engineering advertises academic roles for women

By Melbourne School of Engineering

Melbourne School of Engineering is seeking women of exceptional calibre to fill five lecturer positions across all engineering and computer science disciplines.

At present, women represent 22 per cent of the current engineering academic staff. To drive systemic change towards gender equity and provide an inclusive working environment, Melbourne School of Engineering is working to lift the representation of female academics to at least 30 per cent by 2022.

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HEPEX Biannual International Workshop Held at University of Melbourne

By Melbourne School of Engineering

The HEPEX Biannual International Workshop was successfully held at the University of Melbourne on 6-8 February 2018.

HEPEX grew from a Hydrological Ensemble Prediction Experiment and has become the international peak community of research and practice to advance hydrological ensemble prediction.

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