QinetiQ Australia has been awarded a four-year contract to deliver engineering and technical services to the University of Melbourne to develop and operate their Creator Space.The Creator Space at Melbourne Connect will provide students, academics and tenants the ability to prototype and test early concepts to drive ground-breaking innovation, supported by industry-experienced engineering and fabrication professionals.
The space will support Melbourne School of Engineering students across disciplines from mechanical and electrical engineering to IT and biomedical engineering. The space will combine equipment including 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC machines, electronics manufacturing and power tools, with on-site experts to guide the use of all equipment.
QinetiQ Australia will provide service design and prototyping, coupled with safe, student-focused engineering design and technical supervision services.
QinetiQ Australia Managing Director, Greg Barsby, said: “This service builds on our 20 year history operating complex engineering infrastructure and services for customers such as the Defence Science and Technology Group (DST).”
“As a science and technology company, we are passionate about inspiring future STEM leaders. We are proud to support The University of Melbourne in delivering an interactive space for students and industry to improve their application of engineering theory and to help turn ideas into commercial reality.”
Melbourne School of Engineering Dean, Mark Cassidy said the Creator Space is designed to foster the type of collaboration that can expedite and amplify innovation.
“It’s great to have an industry partner that can provide students with the technical guidance and real-world knowledge to amplify innovation and enhance learning.”
This contract award reinforces QinetiQ’s position in delivering complex, world-class facilities-based engineering services, from a 5m Wind Tunnel to one of the largest hydrodynamic facilities in the world.
Together with our partners we combine access to diverse test, evaluation and prototyping ranges, laboratories and facilities with scientific and engineering expertise and operational know-how.