• Boeing, RMIT to Expand Joint Research in Design and Advanced Manufacturing

    • New multi-year agreement fuels innovation and a future pipeline of graduates seeking careers in aerospace
    • Boeing Professor of Aerospace at RMIT to be established

    April 8, 2016

    Boeing’s unique ecosystem in Australia – combining advanced manufacturing with research and development – will benefit from the Commonwealth’s innovation system through a new, four-year agreement with RMIT. Announced at Boeing’s Fishermans Bend site, the collaborative research agreement will support and enhance strategic research ties between the two organisations and provide RMIT graduate students with opportunities that can lead to career possibilities in aerospace and other high-tech industries.

    Areas of interest to be explored during this next phase of the decades-long Boeing/RMIT relationship include improved design and advanced manufacturing processes. In addition to research, RMIT will establish its first Boeing Professor of Aerospace.

    RMIT University Vice-Chancellor and President, Martin Bean CBE, said the agreement exemplifies RMIT’s direction as a global university of technology, design and enterprise. “RMIT’s research and innovation creates impact through collaboration – with industry and enterprise embedded in everything we do. We want our students to have a transformative and connected experience, and our longstanding and multi-dimensional relationship with Boeing helps make this happen.”

    By continuing to work together, one of the most valuable outcomes is growing the skills and professional readiness of RMIT graduate students.

    “Embracing ongoing innovation, and investing in productivity through training, skilling, and automation are the keys to the continued success of Australia’s manufacturing industry,” said Michael Edwards, general manager of Boeing Research and Technology Australia. “We see our continued alliance with RMIT as a way to not only conduct meaningful joint research, but more importantly, to find and inspire the next generation of researchers, engineers and scientists for Australia and indeed the world.”

    One such person is Dr. Lauren Burns, who earned her PhD at RMIT and now works as a composite research engineer with Boeing Aerostructures Australia. Her story is down below.

    For media inquiries about the Boeing/RMIT research agreement, please contact:

    Robyn Box
    Communications Manager, Boeing Aerostructures Australia
    robyn.a.box@boeing.com
    Office: +61396473258
    Mobile: +61466523299

    Deborah Sippitts
    RMIT Senior Communications Advisor
    deborah.sippitts@rmit.edu.au
    Office: +61399253116
    Mobile: +61429588869