The University of New South Wales will share information regarding digital engineering and nuclear engineering initiatives in the domestic defence industry with defence engineering advisory ADROITA, under a new memorandum of understanding agreement.
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Under the newly signed agreement, the UNSW Capability Systems Centre will share information, research, insights, and expertise regarding the Australian defence sector.
The agreement is expected to open new avenues of collaboration to strengthen Australia’s sovereign defence industrial base, in particular, regarding emerging areas of interest such as digital engineering, nuclear engineering, and the array of advanced technologies in AUKUS Pillar 2.
“UNSW Canberra and ADROITA share a common purpose in that we both want to enable Australia’s Defence Force to be a world leader in digital engineering and nuclear engineering, and we look forward to building our partnership with ADROITA to help make this happen,” according to UNSW Canberra’s Capability Systems Centre director, Associate Professor Sondoss Elsawah.
“The AUKUS partnership brings both opportunities and challenges, and by bringing together the expertise and knowledge of ADROITA and UNSW Canberra, we will be able to deliver great outcomes for Australia’s defence industry in the key priority areas that require a fairly rapid capability uplift.”
The first joint initiative to be delivered under the MOU between ADROITA and the UNSW CSC was the Inaugural Australian Digital Engineering Summit 2023 that was held at the Australian Defence Force Academy on Friday, 17 November 2023.
ADROITA and the UNSW CSC collaborated to bring together industry, Defence, national security agencies, academia, and government leaders with an interest in digital engineering to share their insights, network, and create a fertile ground for future collaborations and research.
“We are very excited to partner with UNSW Canberra’s CSC and explore how we can work together to share our knowledge and develop initiatives to drive the creation and retention of the skilled workforce that Australia will need to deliver advanced AUKUS capabilities such as nuclear-powered submarines,” according to ADROITA chief executive officer Sarah Pavillard.
The advisory, with employees in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Wollongong, and Adelaide, said there is a strong interest in developing opportunities for Australia’s small-to-medium enterprises to partner with domestic and international companies to boost the expertise and experience available to the Australian defence sector.
The veteran-owned company, founded by former Royal Australian Navy weapons engineer Sarah Pavillard in 2016, recently launched a white paper, titled, “Micro-Partnerships in the Age of AUKUS” in the United States.