Under the program, which was established in 2016 as a result of a One Defence approach to recruiting high-performing honours graduates in a relevant STEM degree, five graduates have recently been recruited.
The R&I graduates will be on the program for 12 months and undertake two rotations, an eight-month rotation within DST and an external four-month rotation in another part of Defence or a different DST division. At the completion of the graduate program they will be placed in an ongoing science role with DST.
For Helen Geng, Adam Malcontenti-Wilson and Sebastian Tsui, the R&I program is their first exposure to Defence and presents a new and exciting horizon where they can apply what they learnt at university to real-world problems.
"I am looking forward to working in different areas during the rotations," said Geng.
"And also relishing the opportunity to finally apply the theoretical knowledge I gained at university to practical problems at DST."
Malcontenti-Wilson is also applying his new tertiary skills, but in the air domain.
"Having exposure to basic simulation systems in my university final year team project I think has given me some great context to kick start my placement in the Air Operations Simulation Centre," he said.
"I'm looking forward to being able to contribute to the team here while getting the opportunity to be part of investigating interesting research problems."
Joining the R&I program after university also presents an opportunity for personal growth, says Tsui.
"For me, a challenge has been relocating from Canberra to Adelaide. Having lived a comfortable life surrounded by friends and family, I have found myself in the great unknown. Nevertheless, I look forward to the challenges ahead and establishing myself here at DST Group," he said.