Smart moves, career moves into the engineering field


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So you’re done with school, you’re earning a pay cheque and want to enjoy life. That may be fine for now, but what about down the track when you want to travel or start a family?

You remember your folks saying you had a good brain, so why not use it… to get a profession?

In today’s world, it is your best asset, and no matter when you go back to using it, whether it’s at the start of those many jobs you will have over your lifetime, or half way through, training and a new career are only a phone call away.

Maybe you want to help the environment, learn all about designing apps, become a teacher or an engineer. It’s all possible.

For instance, Australia’s engineering profession is recognised worldwide for their many innovations which have been of enormous benefit to many in their own country and around the world.

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You could become an engineer just like Marita Cheng. She is the co-founder of Aipoly, a smartphone app to help blind people identify objects, providing them a richer experience of the world.

She and her team developed a version that recognises about 1000 objects and it is hoped their next version will recognise 5000.

Or aim for a career in robotics. Australian Centre for Field Robotics director of research and innovation Professor Salah Sukkarieh’s innovation is RIPPA and VIIPA.

RIPPA (Robot for Intelligent Perception and Precision Application) is a solar-powered, battery-operated robotic ground vehicle capable of large-scale agricultural data collection. VIIPA (Variable Injection Intelligent Precision Application) is mounted to RIPPA, detecting individual crops or weeds and accurately applying fertiliser or herbicide.

Professor Veena Sahajwalla, Director, Centre for Sustainable Materials and Research Technology (SMaRT), UNSW, has been working on a Smart Recycling project.

It focuses on turning waste glass and plastic from cars into value-added material. She says by “mining” rubbish dumps and landfills, you can access “ores” of various materials more concentrated than in greenfield mine sites.

The innovation uses temperatures over 1500 degrees Celsius to trigger reactions which create new products by releasing the materials’ elements from their original structures, enabling them to reform. Water Modelling Solutions director Monika Balicki has been working on GPU (Graphic Processing Unit) Models for Rivers.

A prime example of her work was to help update a region’s planning scheme, a project that covered a massive area including the Condamine River floodplain where light detection and ranging (LiDAR) data and GPU technology was used to develop a comprehensive map of flood elevation surfaces, velocities and depths and flood hazard and hydraulic categories for a full set of modelled events.​