The University of Melbourne’s Formula SAE team had a presence at the Australian Grand Prix for the first time ever this year, as they attended the event’s Educational Expo, with the support of the Defence Science Institute.
The DSI hosted the stand at the Driving Science, Driving the Future expo, with the message about the importance of recruiting and retaining an engineering workforce.
MUR Motorsports coordinator Lucy Shaw said the exposure that the team received by exhibiting at the Grand Prix was a fantastic experience.
“We had the opportunity talk to school children about what they do, let them have a seat in the car, and show the launch videos from the past three years.
“We also had the chance to talk to people from industry and make connections there that may support our final year project students this year.”
She said that the team had the opportunity to network with other SAE teams as well as F1 in Schools, which organised for them to visit the pit and speak with the drivers.
“It was a great event, really put us out there in the community and we couldn’t have done it without the kind support of Defence Science Institute, who promote scientific advancement and public engagement.”
DSI has recently partnered with Selex ES to assist them in the establishment of their communications engineering facility in Melbourne.
The DSI will assist with knowledge transfer aspects and help to identify local capability and capacity to raise, train and sustain the skilled professional engineering work force that Selex ES will require to grow their Australian presence.
Professor Bill Moran of the DSI said “By working closely with the local suppliers of training courses and local defence industry to identify demand similar to Selex ES, the provision of the appropriate training can be better coordinated and provided.”