Making waves on the quiet: how submarines can avoid detection

Jason Monty conducting research in wave tankProfessor Jason Monty conducting research in the University of Melbourne’s wave tank

One of the navy’s biggest secrets involves the location of its submarine fleet. The reason is compelling. Once detected, submarines are sitting ducks, with little strategic, evasive or defensive capabilities. Worse, they offer no way for personnel to escape if the vessel comes under attack.

But how do you hide a massive submerged machine that produces a stream of disturbed water in its wake that becomes detectable once it rises to the surface?

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‘Be bold’: Students share their top tips for finding an internship

By Melbourne School of Engineering

Sriram Chandrasekaran

Sriram Chandrasekaran believes his internship helped him develop a “competitive edge”. 

Last month, Master of Engineering students Kexin Hu (Environmental) and Sriram Chandrasekaran (Mechanical) and Master of Information Systems student Yubei He shared their insights into landing an internship as part of the MSE Professional Skills event ‘How I found my internship… students tell all’.

The students shared their unique accounts of how interning has boosted their skills and experience – and has even led to full time work.

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Reflections on the Case Study Competition: Arthur Masion

Arthur Masion presents at the Case Competition

Master of Engineering (Chemical with Business) student Arthur Masion was part of the team that won the 2018 Case Study Competition, after successfully pitching their solution to a real-life challenge posed by ExxonMobil. Arthur spoke to MSE about the experience and how it set him on a path to a graduate position with the company.

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Boeing and the University of Melbourne partnering for students’ success

By Melbourne School of Engineering

Boeing’s presence in Australia is the company’s largest footprint outside the United States, with more than 3,000 employees in 38 locations. Boeing has the broadest portfolio in Australian aerospace, with team members supporting the advanced manufacturing of commercial aircraft composite components, defence systems design and development, modeling and simulation, research and development, support and training, and unmanned systems.

From the start of 2019, Boeing and the University of Melbourne have been proudly partnered in a united effort to strengthen the STEM talent pipeline through a variety of scholarship, financial and in-kind contributions offered to the students at the University.

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My life as a pinball machine

By Melbourne School of Engineering

Close-up of pinball bumper

At a recent one-off presentation as part of Melbourne School of Engineering’s Professional Skills Series, the CEO and founder of Guava Insights and Get3D Simon Szwarc shared his career journey using the metaphor of a game of pinball. Sharing his highs, lows, rewards and challenges (likened to the bumpers found on a pinball table), students in the audience were given valuable insights into managing the highs and lows of their future careers.

From his first graduate position in a consulting firm to founder, CEO and beyond, Simon’s career provides a wonderful example of the benefits in staying agile, adaptable and motivated to continue on a trajectory to success.

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Bottling graduate success

By Melbourne School of Engineering

Dylan standing outside Cascade BreweryMSE graduate Dylan Potgieter at Cascade Brewery in Tasmania, the oldest brewery in Australia dating from 1824. Image: supplied.

As a Master of Engineering (Chemical) student, Dylan Potgieter took every opportunity to gain industry insight. This month, he joins Carlton & United Breweries (CUB) as a Supply Management Trainee.

Dylan first came into contact with CUB through one of the University’s careers days, where he had the chance to talk to current graduates and talent managers and to demonstrate his interest in people and culture.

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Boeing visits Melbourne School of Engineering as part of Industry Series

By Melbourne School of Engineering

Boeing 787 wing in flight with wingflex and dark blue sky

Earlier this month, Boeing representatives Andrew Glynn (Program Manager, Phantom Works International) and Michael Skeen (Senior Systems Engineer) were joined at an MSE Industry Series event by over 50 engineering and IT students eager to hear about their experience in the profession.

Launched this year, the Industry Series provides MSE students with the opportunity to attend extracurricular presentations and networking opportunities delivered by industry professionals.

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Professor Timothy Denison announced as speaker for the 2019 Graeme Clark Oration

By Melbourne School of Engineering

3D render of nerve cell

Professor Timothy Denison will deliver the 2019 Graeme Clark Oration with a presentation titled “Towards an Electronic Prescription? The opportunities and challenges for interfacing electrical and biological circuits for the treatment of disease.”

Professor Denison holds a joint appointment in Engineering Science and Clinical Neurosciences at Oxford where he explores the fundamentals of physiologic closed-loop systems in collaboration with the Medical Research Council Brain Network Dynamics Unit.

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Best in STEM: 10 stories you may have missed – January 2019

By Pravin Silva

internet network server room with computers racks and digital receiver for digital tv

Will artificial intelligence (AI) judge your suitability for a job based only on your appearance? Why are water supplies dwindling despite rainfall events increasing? And how can suburban communities help reduce our fossil fuel output? These are just some of the questions our stories will help answer.

We’ve picked 10 of the most innovative, intriguing and important pieces of research setting the scene for another year of STEM discoveries in 2019. Continue reading “Best in STEM: 10 stories you may have missed – January 2019”


12 of the best innovations and discoveries from 2018

By Melbourne School of Engineering

What’s your chance of survival in a zombie apocalypse? Could soybean by-products be the key to unlocking the next healthcare breakthrough? What would be the implications of a world where artificial intelligence could read your emotional state and assess the best and worst parts of your personality?

These types of questions may not be ones that people would generally associate with engineering and information systems, but 2018 saw staff and students from across the breadth of Melbourne School of Engineering tackle these and many more. Here are twelve we think were some of the coolest, most exciting, or just plain interesting from the past year.
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