UOW’s Desert Rose team’s presentation to a panel of experts on “The Grand Plan – Big Ideas for Australia” was awarded the top place for Engineer Australia’s ten big ideas for the future of Australian Innovation.

The Faculty recently hosted two booths at the Australian Engineering Conference which looked at the impacts of engineering challenges, from the ethics and limits of artificial intelligence to the role of robots in our daily lives.  This high-level, industry-focused engineering conference attracted over 1000 delegates from across numerous engineering disciplines.


Team UOW Desert Rose provided virtual reality tours of the Desert Rose house. And Faculty representatives attended to promote and profile our engineering postgraduate industry courses and research strengths through our Australian Power Quality and Reliability Centre (APQRC), Sustainable Building Research Centre (SBRC), Steel Hub and SMART Infrastructure Facility.

The final day of conference was open to school students, and UOW’s In2Uni and Future Students teams were on hand to promote our STEM outreach programs and degrees to more than 600 students that attended the Conference’s STEMCELL event.

Faculty start-up entrepreneurs Chris Magiri from Genspeak and Ravneet Phull from Instashred also came along to keep the school students entertained with their interactive demonstrations. Both Chris and Ravneet were successful in obtaining a place at UOW’s business incubator iAccelerate after completing their studies.

This wide-reaching collaboration of staff and students from across the University ensured the success of this wonderful opportunity to profile our researchers and students to industry partners.