QinetiQ Australia exhibits at National Science Week

26 Sep 2012

QinetiQ recently exhibited at the recent Australian National Science Week Modelling and Simulation careers showcase in Canberra.

Visitors experienced QinetiQ’s hazardous environment virtual reality simulator, including facing a disaster in an underground mine and/or a fire in a ship’s engine room. Other organisations displayed the modelling and simulation of earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic ash, bushfires, storm surges, geothermal energy, change and trends in vegetation cover, and traffic and crowd management.

Opened by Mr John Hargreaves MLA, representing the ACT government, the showcase was held as part of National Science Week with the theme of ’Inspiring Australia’.

Alongside QinetiQ, a number of Australia’s leading organisations contributed to the event including the Australian National University, the ACT government, the Australian research body National ICT Australia (NICTA), the Association of Professional Engineers (APESMA) and the Department of Defence.

Over 300 visitors made their way to the event to be inspired by an array of high-tech gadgetry that focused on a variety of industries and various modelling and simulation applications.

The Canberra Modelling and Simulation Forum, of which QinetiQ is actively involved, showed how important modelling is to keeping Australia at the forefront of technology and allowing organisations to adapt to changing conditions. Many students and the general public were introduced to the fascinating world of modelling and simulation and the careers available. The Canberra Modelling and Simulation Practitioners Forum is made up of individuals dedicated to promoting the science of modelling and simulation within the business, academic, professional and wider community.

Alan Woolford, QinetiQ CEO said

“This was an outstanding opportunity for QinetiQ to share its expertise, technology and vision to a much wider audience. Within QinetiQ we have many ‘people who know how’ and we are in the vanguard of trying to inspire a new generation of young Australians to actively engage with science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects in a much more practical way. We look forward to many more such opportunities.”

A second Modelling and Simulation Careers and Technology Showcase is planned for Science Week 2013.

Notes for Editors:

A FTSE250 company, QinetiQ uses its domain knowledge to provide technical support and know-how to customers in the global aerospace, defence and security markets. QinetiQ's unique position enables it to be a trusted partner to government organisations, predominantly in the UK and the US, including defence departments, intelligence services and security agencies.
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QinetiQ Australia exhibits at National Science Week