Why does an Engineer need a PhD?


The Royal Society of Tasmania - 2018 Launceston Lecture Series

Start Date

26th Aug 2018 1:15pm


Meeting Room, QVMAG at Inveresk

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No RSVP required.

Presented by

Associate Professor Jonathan Binns

Engineering is an inherently applied set of disciplines. As such research and development often involves little “r” and big “D”. However, the definition of engineering from Engineers Australia is stated as “Engineers are scientists, inventors, designers, builders and great thinkers. They improve the state of the world, amplify human capability and make people's lives safer and easier.” Improving human capability requires research, research requires research training. To fulfil the expectations of engineering we need to have R&D Engineers qualified with PhDs. Jonathan will explain high level R&D from engineers in fast ferry design, submarine analysis and America’s Cup technology.

Jonathan has trained and worked as a design and research engineer. His primary expertise is in a variety of model and full scale experiments as well as numerical flow predictions. He has experience in hydrodynamic and structural design, research, development and simulation of marine craft.

Jonathan has taken a leading role in research across the whole of the Australian Maritime College in his roles as Associate Dean of Research and Director of the ARC Research Training Centre for Naval Design and Manufacturing (RTCNDM).  The RTCNDM is a training centre whose mission is to create a new cohort of PhD trained engineers for the naval design, manufacturing and sustainment of a global supply chain. 

Before A/Prof Binns’ lecture, Year 12 student Rose Donnelly and Year 10 student Dominic Grose will report on their respective attendances at the 2018 London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF) and the Youth Conference of the Australian & New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science (ANZAAS).

Admission: $6 General Public, $4 Students, QVMAG Friends and members of Launceston Historical Society.
Free for members of The Royal Society of Tasmania

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