24 October 2011

Aerospace PhD students shine in China

Presentations by PhD students from RMIT University led the field at an international aerospace summer school in China.

More than 100 students spoke on their postgraduate research topics, with presentations by Lauren Burns, Tze Min Koh and Asintha Nanyakkara recognised as the three best.

The three students, with colleague Dipesh Parekh from the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, travelled to Beihang (formerly Beijing) University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in China for two weeks of lectures, presentations and experimental workshops.

The students studied a wide range of advanced aerospace technologies topics, including design of small aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles and digital manufacturing.

To take part, the students underwent a competitive selection process which saw the top 140 PhD students selected from across China and the rest of the world. The exchange included tours of previously off-limits Chinese national key laboratories in aerospace and aviation.

Aerospace Engineering PhD student, Lauren Burns, gave the opening welcome for the event on behalf of all students.

Ms Burns said: "The summer school program was a great opportunity to learn about what aerospace research is being done by students from all over the world.

"It was really interesting to see how much China is investing in aerospace technology, through visits to their key national laboratories," she said.

Ms Nanyakkara said: "The BUAA exchange program provided me with an insight into the aerospace industry in China and around the world due to the privilege of participating in a research forum/exchange. It was also a wonderful cultural experience."

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