The Sir Lawrence Wackett Aerospace Centre will specialise in innovative capability development, policy advice, industry-focused courses and workforce training. Centre director Professor Michelle Gee said the university’s experts will work closely with industry and government to help grow Australia’s high-tech economy.
"Australia is in an excellent position to become a world leader in developing niche, high-tech capability to support the growth of industries such as aerospace and defence. We’re living in an exciting era for these fields, spurred on by incredible technological advances from artificial intelligence, innovative satellite systems and energy harvesting to advanced materials and manufacturing," Professor Gee explained.
“I’m delighted to say we offer a wealth of expertise in all of these areas at the Sir Lawrence Wackett Centre, which will focus on every stage of product development from concept, design and testing through to policy and implementation.
Vice-chancellor of RMIT University, Martin Bean, said the centre’s priorities to address the full range of Australian defence interests would also include a big focus on training and development.
"A key strength will be to bring together expertise from across multiple disciplines including science and engineering, architecture, business, industrial design, policy, law and ethics," Bean added.
"The centre will strategically align our support of the sector and enable us to more comprehensively deliver trusted technology, policy and business solutions, expert advice, industry-focused micro-credentials, cross-disciplinary courses and workforce training. At the same time, it will leverage research and innovation expertise in support of business development and commercialisation."
Founded in 1887, RMIT is a multi-sector university with more than 87,000 students and 11,000 staff globally. With three campuses and two sites in Australia, two campuses in Vietnam and a research and industry collaboration centre in Barcelona, Spain, RMIT also offers programs through partners in Singapore, Hong Kong, mainland China and Indonesia, and has research and industry partnerships on every continent.