For the first time in years, engineering Masters students at the University of Melbourne, have had the opportunity to get their hands dirty, while learning more about the consolidation of clayey soils, thanks to the recent refurbishment of the Melbourne School of Engineering’s (MSE) Wet Labs.
University of Melbourne researchers have been awarded the largest share of ARC Future Fellowships funding with more than $17 million allocated to support 22 outstanding researchers, with four from the Melbourne School of Engineering, one project led by Associate Professor Kenneth Crozier being shared with the Department of Physics in the Faculty of Science.
While batteries represent a substantial proportion of the cost of electric vehicles, a meta-analysis of current battery costs and future cost predictions, reveals that battery pack costs per kilowatt hour have been decreasing rapidly in recent years and the decrease is expected to continue.
The rise of machines is presumably inevitable, but their progress might not be a tale of woe for humanity. Dr Denny Oetomo, Senior Lecturer from our Department of Mechanical Engineering, discusses the future role of robots and their importance to the Australian economy with the Business Spectator.