Making connections 2013

RMIT provides an education where analysis and action are fused, where "learning by doing" is privileged, and where the needs of industry and society are incorporated into teaching and research.

We are an industrious university in each sense of the word - in constant and deep dialogue with industry partners, our students engaged in work-integrated learning, and our researchers striving to turn "pure" insights into practical initiatives.

These stories and videos help illustrate the case and I hope you find them as enlightening and inspiring as I do.

Professor Margaret Gardner AO
Vice-Chancellor and President, RMIT University

Close-up of a test engine that run on natural gas
Talking the torque
When Karl Benz put the world's first cars into production with his four-stroke internal combustion engine, he probably didn't imagine that technology would still be driving vehicles nearly 130 years on.

Simon Lockrey
Keep it clean
When Simon Lockrey was flown to Hobart to explain life cycle assessment to staff at the Australian Antarctic Division, he didn't expect to strike such an instant chord.

Two dogs
Woman's best friend
According to the Australian Companion Animal Council, we own 3.4 million dogs - and the more dogs, the more canine illnesses.

Researcher holding up a piece of nano-fabric
The god of small things
Talking to experts in nano-technology it's easy to be reminded of the old joke about the Silicon Valley chip designer who became so successful he had to move to smaller premises.

Piece of jewellery made from a 3D printer
On the design frontline
Five recent RMIT graduates are making their mark in the world of style.

Bird cages hanging in between two buildings
Art and soul
High above Sydney's Angel Place laneway, birdcages of all shapes, sizes and colours appear to be dangling from the sky, with the calls of more than 50 birds that differ as day transitions into night.

Mother playing with her children in a playground
Working with pioneers
Pioneering early residents in green field housing estates usually have to put up with barren open spaces and a lack of amenities for the first few years.

Woman laying out a fabric pattern for cutting
Young guns
Meet young entrepreneurs using their RMIT skills to build vibrant businesses.

Logo for People and the Planet conference
People and the planet
Globalisation and climate change - two of the overarching issues facing the world today - will be the subject of a major international conference to be held in Melbourne on 2-4 July.

David Gilbert
Chemistry of success
Success in business is often about chemistry - chemistry between people that is. When the right people come together at the right time, with the right knowledge and skills and outlooks, what comes out of it can greatly exceed the sum of the parts.

Bunches of bananas
Drop in the ocean
It is well known that our Pacific neighbours, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, are vulnerable to natural disasters. Less well known is their vulnerability to recent food and fuel price hikes and the impacts of the global economic crisis.

Professor Simon Watkins
Quiet, please
Rough roads, hungry engines and bored kids made road trips of yesteryear noisy, uncomfortable affairs. Better surfaces, greener engines and iPods have delivered respite for drivers.

Umanned aerial vehicle
Sky's the limit
Planes without pilots: experts call them unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). Most of us call them drones.

Man using gym equipment
Smart gym muscles up
As the world gets fatter so, too, does its appetite for gym equipment. Gym machines are generally too heavy for even a building's first floor and are not portable and suitable for outdoor use.

Three men standing amongst bolts of fabric
No sweat
Getting older has its benefits: experience, wisdom, perspective. Paradoxically, just when we begin to "get it together", our bodies start to slow down. We are more likely to develop conditions like arthritis, osteoporosis, incontinence and breathing difficulties, all of which can cause broken sleep.

Professor Adrian Mouritz
Composites fly high
Humanity's first composite material was putting mud and straw together, but modern composites started turning up in fighter planes from the 1980s and more recently in large commercial jets, to replace the likes of aluminium, which had been used since the 1920s.

Adjunct Professor Rob Hulls
No justice, no peace
The young woman in the dock on prostitution charges had already packed much misery into her short life - abandoned by her parents and growing up living on her wits.

Three people inside the Fab pod meeting room
Quiet achiever
The FabPod project has created a prototype meeting room for the open-plan office.

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