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Boeing opens research centre at U Queensland


By David Schwartz
Published: July 11th, 2017

Boeing Research and Technology Australia (BR&T-Australia) has moved its Brisbane-based team into a new center at The University of Queensland, marking the first time in the Asia-Pacific region that Boeing has co-located research within a university.

Boeing Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific President Maureen Dougherty said the move would be of great benefit to both Boeing and UQ. “The opening of this center on campus brings together Boeing and UQ researchers who will collaborate on the next great advances in aerospace,” Dougherty said.

About 30 Boeing research and technical staff will move to the specially designed facility, which features a high-tech student interaction display area complete with augmented-reality technology, computer labs and collaborative spaces. Boeing staff will work with UQ researchers and students in fields including engineering, human movements, neuroscience, chemistry, physics and psychology. The company’s workspace will demonstrate the realities of aerospace research and provide UQ staff and students with first-hand experience in the aerospace industry.

Projects earmarked for investigation include studies in unmanned aircraft and autonomous systems, aircraft simulator technologies, manufacturing technologies, and cabin disease transmission.

UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Peter Høj said the move represents a huge vote of confidence in UQ’s students, staff and graduates. “Boeing has partnered with UQ for more than 13 years and gained a strong appreciation of the quality of UQ staff, students and graduates,” Høj said.

“Its move to campus dramatically boosts opportunities for our creative researchers and talented students to engage with a global innovator, and to explore opportunities to collaborate and work with industry.

Source: UQ News

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