Cutting-edge projects in areas such as bushfire prediction technology, a regenerative braking system for an electric car and waste-to-energy technology are just some of the displays at The University of Western Australia's Engineering Foundation Research and Innovation Showcase this Wednesday, November 11.
Building on last year's successful inaugural showcase, the event aims to promote collaboration between research and industry and highlight the broad range of high-quality research being done at the University.
UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Alan Robson said the showcase would demonstrate how researchers, often in collaboration with industry, were addressing complex, real-world engineering problems.
"It will highlight the research capabilities of our internationally renowned flagship research in areas such as the Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems, the Centre for Ecohydrology and the Eureka Award-winning Microelectronics group," Professor Robson said.
"It's a clear demonstration of the types of issues that can be resolved - and the powerful research outcomes that can eventuate - when committed and like-minded people go forward in a cooperative and collaborative manner," Professor Robson said.
New research projects to be showcased include:
- Winthrop Professor George Milne's research into technology that will help predict and even prevent potentially disastrous bushfires; and Professor Milne's simulated public health interventions during the swine flu pandemic
- Winthrop Professor Dongke Zhang's research into biogas, a waste-to-energy technology, synthetic transport fuels and synthetic natural gas from coal and biomass
- Research Assistant Professor Brendan Graham's project on the advanced distillation of petroleum fuels
- Associate Professor Herbert Iu's research into a regenerative braking system for an electric vehicle
The UWA Engineering Foundation Research and Innovation Showcase will be held at 5.30pm this Wednesday, November 11, in the Banquet Hall at The University Club of Western Australia.
Janine MacDonald (UWA Public Affairs) (+61 8) 6488 5563 / (+61 4) 32 637 716