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  • Graduate of the Year - Australia: Brian Lord

    Dec 14, 2018 | 02:07 am

    Graduate of the Year - Australia: Brian Lord On Friday, 23rd November, at the Engineering Institute of Technology’s Graduate Gala Event in Perth, Brian Lord was awarded the 2018 Graduate of the Year. He recently graduated from the Engineering Institute of Technology’s Advanced Diploma of Applied Electrical Engineering (Electrical Systems).There are two reasons why this is remarkable: firstly, he now has another qualification under his belt and secondly, he worked full time while he studied. Like many EIT students, Brian had to become an even more astute juggler — he is also a husband, a father of three, a father-in-law and a grandad to two grandchildren.Brian lives in a small regional city on the Victorian – NSW border in Australia, named Echuca, boasting a population of around 14,000 where he is an electrician by trade.Despite enjoying his work and having worked Australia wide, he began searching for something that could really challenge him and boost his career. Brian[…]

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  • EIT’s Australian Graduate Gala

    Dec 14, 2018 | 01:37 am

    EIT’s Australian Graduate Gala On Friday 23rd November the Perth team at the Engineering Institute of Technology was all dressed up and in celebration mode: we were delighted to be gathered to congratulate our 2018 Australian graduates.A number of these clever people had convened, from all around Australia, and were also joined by Algate Mtemah, a student who had flown in from South Africa.We not only celebrated the graduates themselves, their persistence and hard work, but also their incredible families and friends. It is their love and support which helps our online students through the gruelling hours of study, before or after their working days.All of our students deserve recognition, but the Australian Graduate of the Year was ultimately awarded to Brian Lord. He graduated with an Advanced Diploma of Applied Electrical Engineering and this is what he said about it: “It was the ‘lightbulb’ that changed my electrical life and opened my mind.”[…]

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  • Graduate of the Year - South Africa: Johannes Kapeuasha

    Dec 14, 2018 | 01:00 am

    Graduate of the Year - South Africa: Johannes Kapeuasha Johannes Kapeuasha is a graduate from the Engineering Institute of Technology and at our 2018 African Graduation Gala in October he was awarded Graduate of the Year.After completing high school in 2007 he enrolled at a college in Bulawayo, in Zimbabwe. Here he completed a certificate in computer science (database systems) and then another one in 2009 which certified him to work as a computer technician. He worked in the field for a year, but felt he needed to learn more and kick-start his career. He said:“I decided that I wanted to be part of the robotic and artificial intelligence revolution. For me, to be part of this revolution, I immediately realized that I either had to do software engineering, electrical engineering, or mechanical engineering. I ended up choosing electrical engineering.”He joined the Namibia Institute of Mining and Technology (NIMT) and began studying towards the Electrical Engineering Millwright Trade. At[…]

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  • The 2018 TEQSA Conference – EIT’s Dean of Engineering presents a paper

    Dec 14, 2018 | 00:18 am

    The 2018 TEQSA Conference – EIT’s Dean of Engineering presents a paper At TEQSA’s third annual conference in Melbourne, at the end of November, Dr Steve Mackay presented a paper on the Development of a Career Advisory Site; it summarised his research to date - applying machine learning techniques to millions of job adverts around the world. Caroline Patterson also attended the conference and interacted vigorously at the QA Online Learning Forum.Despite the software still being in its infancy, Steve’s presentation (his latest project) involves the creation of a site which is able to collate and update real time job postings. He believes it will have varied applications, but trusts it will also provide education regulators, including TEQSA and ASQA, with an objective means of measuring and assessing the value of proposed courses - courses that are currently relevant in the marketplace and courses which will enable graduates find work in their fields of study.EIT's Dean of Engineering, Dr Steve MackayWith the[…]

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  • Holographic lectures now a reality

    Dec 13, 2018 | 08:02 am

    Holographic lectures now a reality The technological advancement in education has lagged behind other industries. Yet there are technologies available that would transform the classroom, the lecture hall, or even a person’s home, and ultimately transform learning.The Future of Management Education Alliance wants to bring these technologies to the learners of the 21st century. The alliance is headed up by the Imperial College Business School who plan to introduce hologram technology to their MBA students.The Imperial College Business School has an educational technology lab (Edtech Lab) that assists the school find the kinds of technologies that would better train the students at the institution.David Lefevre, director of Imperial’s Edtech Lab said: “This gives our teaching staff a sense of presence when talking with students. Otherwise we might as well run a lecture on Zoom.”Zoom is video conferencing software employed by some institutions to reach their students via the internet and conduct lectures virtually.Emmanuel Métais, Edtech[…]

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  • Mechanized warfare: Remembering the introduction of the tank in WWI

    Dec 11, 2018 | 00:05 am

    Mechanized warfare: Remembering the introduction of the tank in WWI 2018 marked 100 years since the end of World War I. On the eleventh day, of the eleventh month, of the eleventh hour in 1918, the Allies of World War I and Germany signed a treaty that ended the war.World War I was a turning point in warfare. In its time, it was the most significant war with the most modern warfare equipment ever invented — Mortars, machine guns, rifles, poison gas and the surprising entrant of the flamethrower. But it wasn't just the handheld equipment and biological weapons that were new.Even light railways were set up between the trenches upon which petrol-powered locomotives could ride and transport both soldiers and weaponry. But the British still needed something that would give them the upper hand on the Germans.Source: Imperial War MuseumA stalemate on the Western Front, where endless trench warfare was taking place, had produced the need for a new[…]

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  • An undersea hotel room is the latest civil engineering marvel

    Dec 10, 2018 | 07:48 am

    An undersea hotel room is the latest civil engineering marvel With the festive season just around the corner, it might be time to start planning your next vacation. While on holiday, you might be able to admire some impressive feats of civil engineering. That much is true if you're visiting the Maldives this year.A structural engineer from Auckland is making news around the globe. His name is Michael Murphy, and he has built a hotel...underwater. Murphy is world-famous for his work on aquariums and underwater restaurants. He graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering in civil engineering at Auckland University in 1971.The new underwater hotel villa has officially opened in the Maldives as a new addon to the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. It’s named the Muraka. The top level is above water, and the bottom is fully submerged under the sea.Source: Conradmaldives.comIt provides the patrons willing to pay US $55,000 per night, a night's sleep 16 feet down on the Indian[…]

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  • Trump says Navy must use steam, not electromagnetism

    Dec 10, 2018 | 07:13 am

    Trump says Navy must use steam, not electromagnetism President of the United States, Donald Trump, phoned American Navy service members on Thanksgiving to discuss their aircraft catapult system.On the phone with the commander of the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, Trump asked a few questions about the system they were using. Catapults are used to get the aircraft airborne which would otherwise be impossible with the short runways the ships have. The USS Ronald Reagan is a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, utilizing a steam-powered aircraft catapult. The catapult diverts steam from the ship's nuclear reactor and uses it to launch the planes.However, the U.S. Navy is in a phase of transition from steam to electromagnetic systems on some of their carriers. They are called Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch Systems (EMALS), and they are developed by an organization called General Atomics for the United States Navy.In the last two years, the USS Gerald R. Ford was fitted with four electromagnetic catapults.The[…]

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  • Powering ships in a new (rotten) fashion

    Dec 5, 2018 | 01:13 am

    Powering ships in a new (rotten) fashion It's the year 2021. You are on a cruise ship, soaking in the sun, inhaling crystal clean air, and drinking a cocktail. While you're on this vacation, it never occurs to you that the very ship you are on is being powered by rotten fish.Yep. The Norwegian cruise liner group Hurtigruten is planning to power their ships using biogas, liquified natural gas (LNG) and solar-powered battery packs. Biogas is made with organic material like dead plants and animal waste. The company will speed up the decomposition of organic waste and capture the methane it produces.The group intends to have these ‘fuels’ in place and ready to power their fleet by 2021.Source: hurtigruten.comHurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam told the Telegraph:“What others see as a problem, we see as a resource and a solution. By introducing biogas as fuel for cruise ships, Hurtigruten will be the first cruise company to power ships with[…]

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  • Fix it or replace it? Troubleshooting engineers save a city $10 million

    Dec 4, 2018 | 07:47 am

    Fix it or replace it? Troubleshooting engineers save a city $10 million For 15 years, the city of Gweru in central Zimbabwe has been increasingly dry, with water failing to flow into one of their reservoirs. However new water infrastructure would cost the council US $10 million. Since Zimbabwe is enduring extraordinarily tough economic times, an expense of this magnitude was daunting.As is so often the case, a group of engineers managed to save the day! With little in their public coffers, the Zimbabwean government enlisted the help of the German Development Cooperation-GIZ-Ausaid. GIZ-Ausaid’s head of urban water and sanitation, Mr Stephen Lidsber told the Herald newspaper:Source: The Herald“We asked them what was wrong with the old infrastructure. We decided to fly in a team of German engineers to look at the problem. They spent a good two months looking at ways of getting the water into the city’s reservoir. They discovered it was just a single valve that was malfunctioning. So[…]

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  • 3D printing building technique takes construction into digital future

    Dec 4, 2018 | 06:10 am

    3D printing building technique takes construction into digital future Can a construction crew finish building a house in a week?What about in 24 hours?Winsun (also known as Yingchuang Building Technique) is a Chinese construction company that can 3D print a house in 24 hours. The company is at the forefront of 3D printing architecture. Founded in 2003, Winsun currently holds 151 national patents pertaining to their construction materials.The company has also been recognized as an essential contributor to the ‘one belt one road' policy. The Chinese Government's infrastructural policy aims to connect Asia, Africa, and Europe. It's inspiring sustainability in construction, energy, and transportation.The 3D printing technique employed by Winsun could go global, considering the Belt and Road Initiative's influence is expected to reach up to 70 countries.Source: CGTNIn Jiangsu Province, the company has been printing structures that embody Chinese history and culture, while providing a look into the future of creating Chinese homes, business offices and more.The process[…]

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  • A day in the life of a systems engineer

    Nov 29, 2018 | 08:03 am

    A day in the life of a systems engineer Friday 30 November is Systems Engineer Day!A systems engineer's job is to create and manage complex systems. They ensure that the system has a good life cycle and that all systems are running efficiently.This celebration debuted in 2012, lauding the engineers who, through design and implementation of digital solutions, make a difference in the many workplaces globally. On the day, everyone is encouraged to high five their systems engineer and show their appreciation.Systems engineers are becoming increasingly valuable to companies as the Fourth Industrial Revolution brings about complex networks to facilitate the Internet of Things. These system engineers are vital and essentially — at least in the interconnected technological industry— make the world go round.Systems engineers have to work tirelessly to understand user experience. They need to tailor their systems to what they think other people will enjoy and consider efficient.Dice Insights, an institution which provides advice for tech professionals,[…]

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  • Mthulisi Mlalazi Thenga

    Nov 27, 2018 | 02:10 am

    Mthulisi Mlalazi Thenga Mthulisi Mlalazi Thenga is a 28-year old, qualified Control & Instrumentation technician. He mainly specializes in system integration & automation. In 2005, Mthulisi graduated from high school in Zimbabwe, but decided to migrate to Botswana. He would visit Kgalagadi Breweries in the region and be fascinated by the automated processes at the plant.  He ended up spending some time in the technical departments there assisting with the electrical, control and instrumentation technologies.As a child Mthulisi found he had a profound love for machines. He was also keen to discover how electricity was generated. Clearly he was already actively – but perhaps even unconsciously - trying to find which niche of engineering and technology he would fit into as an adult.“Finally I realized my loyalty was in Control Engineering. I went back to Zimbabwe to start my tertiary education at Bulawayo Polytechnic College. I worked hard and excelled,” Mthulisi said.As a[…]

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  • Engineering Students from the Universiti Putra in Malaysia visit EIT

    Nov 21, 2018 | 00:09 am

    Engineering Students from the Universiti Putra in Malaysia visit EIT The Engineering Institute of Technology was delighted to welcome representatives from the Universiti Putra Malaysia, on the 29th October 2018.The delegation was made up of a wonderfully enthusiastic group of ten students, the university’s principal, Dr B.T. Hang Tuah Baharudin, and the students’ chaperone.For an education provider dedicated to engineering we are conscious of the need to lure females to this largely male-dominated industry. It was very exciting, therefore, to meet these ten visiting students, all of whom were women!The engineering students, Mrs Caroline Patterson and Dr B.T. Hang Tuah BaharudinOver a morning tea the students were welcomed to EIT by the Compliance and Accreditation Manager, Ms Caroline Patterson. She gave them an overview of the college and proudly encouraged them to visit Perth’s beautiful sites while here.The visitors then gave short presentations. Each student outlined her study focus and career dreams, post-graduation, in engineering.Thereafter Mr Paul Celenza, the College[…]

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  • To solve our energy crises interdisciplinary engineering becomes critical

    Nov 20, 2018 | 07:28 am

    To solve our energy crises interdisciplinary engineering becomes critical Future generations will judge us for not taking the necessary precautions to offset the effects of climate change on our world. The blame will inevitably involve our reticence to cut down on fossil fuels. In reality, however, the task is massive and will rely on science, technology, engineering and government all committing to solving the problem.Mark Lynas, a British journalist and environmentalist, has been issuing warnings since 2007. He explains what will happen to the world if the earth continues to warm, Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet.In one chapter he writes about the Palmer Drought Severity Index — a computerized forecast run by the Hadley Centre at Britain's Meteorological Office. This computer model calculates the likelihood of drought in the century to come. In 2007 he wrote the following:"The results were deeply troubling. The incidence of moderate drought doubled by 2100 — but worst of all, the[…]

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