In partnership with Boeing Australia, RMIT University PhD students are contributing to major breakthroughs while gaining skills and a better understanding of the industry.
Lauren Burns completed her PhD at RMIT in conjunction with Boeing Research & Technology – Australia, looking at the bio-inspired design of aerospace composite joints. The partnership between Boeing and RMIT has since been extended with continuing collaboration through fourth year undergraduate projects and another collaborative PhD.
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Strong Links – RMIT and Boeing Australia
In partnership with Boeing Australia, RMIT University PhD students are tackling industry relevant research projects – contributing to major breakthroughs while gaining skills and a better understand of the industry.
Professor Adrian Mouritz [Head of School, Aerospace Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, RMIT University]: At RMIT in engineering wherever there's an opportunity for the university to work in partnership with industry through PhD programs we strive to do that.
Steve Georgiadis [Senior Research Engineer, Boeing Research and Technology - Australia]: We see patented research performing three functions in the future. The first function is to train the next-generation of aerospace research engineers. The second function is to attract the best and brightest students to pursue technical careers, and the third is to help Boeing solve some of our more complex technical problems.
Lauren Burns [Composites Research Engineering, Boeing Research and Technology - Australia]: I was really excited to do my PhD in conjunction with Boeing because they’re a global leader in aviation and aerospace and very innovative, and I think looking into that level of experience and resources has had benefits to my work.
Steve Georgiadis: Boeing decided to sponsor Lauren’s PhD project because we see major breakthroughs in new materials and structural architectures all coming bio-inspired research and engineering.
Lauren Burns: The project was looking into natural structures such as trees and wood in order to get ideas and inspiration for innovative ways we can improve the design of aircraft structures specifically made of carbon fibre. The overall picture is to design safer more environmentally friendly and low-cost aircraft for the future.
Professor Adrian Mouritz: Industry can't do everything. They just don’t have the resources to do everything they’d like, and in those sort of situations where you’ve got a potential engineering technology field which is very futuristic, relatively high-risk and you’ve got to do a lot of research work to try and solve the problem, then that's where it's an ideal fit with a PhD project.
Steve Georgiadis: By partnering with RMIT, Boeing has been able to tap into the enormous knowledge base of the entire faculty that has supported Lauren during her PhD project. This has brought many more ideas and new perspectives in helping us solve our technical problems.
Lauren Burns: The industry supervision is very much embedded in the project from the beginning. I would meet with my industry supervisor and seek out their advice on the direction I was heading. I’d basically give them an update of what I've been up to the last couple of weeks and the work that I’ve done. It’s also helped me in that it helped me get this job here in the Melbourne centre and that's something I'm really enjoying, and appreciate those opportunities.
Professor Adrian Mouritz: It’s about getting the students to do industry relevant research so that they become skilled and knowledgeable about the industry that ultimately they will work in.
Steve Georgiadis: The decision for us to extend the program is a very easy one for us. We're hoping to attract the best and brightest students to continue the great work done by Lauren during her PhD project and we can really generate a lot of critical mass behind the research and this will allow us to focus on more problems to get solved.
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