From electric racing cars to 3D printing and virtual reality, RMIT will be showcasing the skills that underpin the jobs of the future at the 2016 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix this week.
Work by RMIT students and staff will take pride of place in the event’s Industry and Innovation Precinct, creating a not-to-miss attraction.
Attendees will be able to see:
- Formula SAE racing cars (petrol, electricity and hydrogen), designed and built by students
- Cutting-edge drone technology
- 3D printing
- Virtual reality projects
- Smart textiles research
- Robots, including an F1 model car
- Road safety research
- Evening dresses designed by students for the event’s “Glamour on the Grid” launch party
The FSAE cars will also take to the home straight at 11am on Thursday 17 March.
Visitors to the event’s M-Lane street-culture precinct will enjoy artwork created by Master of Arts (Art in Public Space) student, Simon Mazzei.
Martin Bean CBE, RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President, said the breadth of skills and talent on display was an exciting confirmation of Australia’s prosperous future.
“People are rightly concerned about the end of mass car manufacturing in Australia. But design thinking is alive and well and will be key to generating the jobs of the future,” he said.
“RMIT embraces the task of extending the benefits of a fast-innovating, high-skill knowledge economy to our whole community and our world.
“Visitors to the 2016 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix will enjoy a fabulous overview of how we are equipping our students to be ready for life and work.”
Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO, Andrew Westacott – an RMIT engineering alumnus – said the Industry and Innovation Precinct was part of establishing a versatile and educational range of off-track activity at the event.
“We’re really excited to have RMIT embracing the Industry and Innovation Precinct at this year’s event, and providing an avenue for fans to gain first-hand knowledge of the current technology behind the great spectacle of Formula One,” Westacott said.
Philip Dalidakis, Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, said: “Ideas are our future and having innovators from around the world choose to come to Victoria, not just to see our world-famous sporting events, but to contribute to the conversation that is making us an innovation hub is a huge vote of confidence.
“The Andrews Labor Government is focused on fostering innovation and making sure we are supporting the right industries that will create jobs for the future, and we couldn’t do this without strong support from our world-class education institutions like RMIT.”
RMIT is a partner to the Industry and Innovation Precinct at the 2016 Formula 1 ® Rolex Australian Grand Prix.
Story: David Glanz