Industry night wrap up
2016 marks the 40th Anniversary of the School's foundation. GSBmE is the oldest and most respected school of its kind in Australia
Founded in 1976, the first director of the formerly known Centre of Biomedical Engineering was Associate Professor Peter Farrell, who subsequently founded the industry heavyweight ResMed, which specialises in artificial respirators. Recognising the need for biomedical engineers to have a strong skillset in core engineering disciplines, GSBmE made the early decision to only offer postgraduate degrees in biomedical engineering. Since 1994, GSBmE has been offering its flagship dual-degree program, where students undertake a bachelor’s degree in a traditional engineering discipline including electrical, mechanical, mechatronic, chemical, materials science, computer science, or software engineering, while simultaneously undertaking a range of biomedical engineering courses. In five years, students graduate with a traditional bachelor’s engineering qualification, as well as master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering.
In fact here are just a few of our many many additional claims to fame:
- Many of the biomed start-ups in Sydney have been founded by our graduates
- Our students have had their research on the cover of Scientific American magazine
- One of our students is working with the Australian institute of sport to help make the world’s fastest one-legged human
- Our students regularly win international awards for their research papers
- GSBmE is the only place in Australia where you can study biomed and a bachelors concurrently
ATP Innovations is an award-winning start-up business hub, so naturally the crowd was vibrant, but this year we also had the pleasure of hosting some extra special guests from CSIRO, who were participating in a program that links innovation with industry. In addition we had our annual Research Posters competition where some of our brightest and best budding biomedical engineers got to show off their research. Andy Li was the judges' clear winner, presenting his research on post-knee-reconstruction patient satisfaction and the impact on techniques, especially with reference to the angle of the patella (knee cap) to the femur. A very accessible and well presented piece of research. Congratulations, Andy.
This year also marks the first year of Petra Andren's post as the CEO of ATP Innovations. Petra welcomed us with open arms and we look forward to perhaps even a combined universities event in the future. And of course, plenty of research and industry collaboration.
It is not an easy thing as a student to approach a potential employer and begin a conversation, but the main tip is to simply say hello and ask them about their work. Another great tip is to make sure you have your LinkedIn profile updated and looking good, so that you can ask them after meeting them if you can follow them on LinkedIn. It's a bit less confronting than asking for their phone number!
A huge range of biomedical engineering companies were there, including ResMed, Device Technologies, Saluda, Glaxo Smith Kline, Johnson & Johnson, Garvan, Cochlear and Medtronic. We are so delighted to host these evenings with our industry friends with the goal of improving health outcomes through innovation.
To all our alumni and industry partners: Thank you for your support and encouragement throughout the past 40 years! We look forward to seeing you at our next event which is the Bionic Eye Implant Seminar on 30 June.