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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AIMES world-first transport technology trial completed in Carlton

By Carl Jackson

Majid Sarvi explains AIMES' transport trial to the Hon Paul Fletcher

In a significant milestone for Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem (AIMES), a world-first trial of connected transport technology took place in Carlton on 11 July 2018. While AIMES involves a live ecosystem in a CBD-adjacent setting, this particular test focused on sensors in place around the intersection of Drummond and Faraday streets.

Attended by Australia’s Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher, the trial demonstrated real-life use cases including speed management, intersection collision avoidance and vulnerable road user protection.

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Six STEM stories to read this week

By Carl Jackson

Robot on futuristic background

Chemical sensitivities’ impact on Australians, the discovery of the world’s oldest colour, a world-first transport trial and more – we’ve put together a wrap-up of some of the most interesting and important STEM news from Melbourne School of Engineering and beyond.

Important inclusion: a piece featuring astronauts falling over on the moon you definitely don’t want to miss.
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Smart sensors provide low-cost solution to monitor air quality

By Prue Gildea 

An environmental focus of the Australian Integrated Multimodal Ecosystem (AIMES*) has seen a new range of “smart” environmental sensors in place in central Melbourne. The sensors have been installed along Victoria and Alexandra Parade by the University of Melbourne in partnership with the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) and technology company, Active Reactor Ltd.

The new low-cost sensors called arcHUBs, monitor air quality and for the first time provide detailed information at the local street level. Poor air quality is often due to changing conditions such as traffic and building works.

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Using maths to map mines deep underground

By Greta Harrison

The wires of a tiny microchip may seem a world away from a huge underground mine full of complex tunnels, but for a team of University of Melbourne researchers, the design principles are very similar.

More than 20 years ago, Professor Doreen Thomas and Professor Hyam Rubinstein were working on innovative methods of network optimisation – which aims to ensure optimal usage for system resources, as well as improving productivity and efficiency – in the design of microchips.
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ARC grant helps biomedical engineers develop algorithms to restore sight

By Prue Gildea

Photo of eye with futuristic overlay

A Biomedical Engineering research group was recently awarded a linkage grant from the Australian Research Council. The two-year funding will focus on developing algorithms for electrical stimulation of neurons using arrays of electrodes.  These algorithms could be used to help restore sight for a bionic eye user.

The University of Melbourne led research will be carried out in partnership with commercial entity, Bionic Vision Technologies (BVT). Professors Anthony Burkitt and David Grayden (University of Melbourne), Dr Hamish Meffin (University of Melbourne and National Vision Research Institute) together with Dr Tatiana Kameneva (Swinburne University) are the chief investigators. They are joined by Dr Martin Spencer, postdoctoral researcher from the University’s Department of Biomedical Engineering.

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