The University of Newcastle, Australia

Showcasing the latest engineering solutions

Friday, 29 November 2019

From a shark-proof wetsuit to an interactive boxing robot, a public exhibition taking place in Newcastle over the next nine days will showcase cutting-edge engineering and computing innovations from the University of Newcastle.

The Art of Problem Solving will see 25 innovative projects, developed by both staff and students, on display at the University’s NeW Space Campus.

Among the innovations is an optimised beehive designed to ensure the survival of the sugarbag bee, which is native to Australia’s east coast, in extreme heat conditions.

Mechatronic engineering student, Jonathon Robb, who led the project, said these bees have a limited ability to regulate their own body temperature.

“When the daytime temperatures soar, entire populations of sugarbag bees are at risk of being wiped out,” Jonathon said.

Using modelling software, Jonathon has designed a beehive with a heat resistant shield to regulate the internal temperature and ensure the bees’ survival even on extremely hot days.

Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, Professor Brett Ninness, said the annual exhibition offers the community a glimpse into some of the forward thinking, and game-changing final year projects of its engineering students.

“Our engineering students are applying their creative thinking and scientific know-how to a whole range of innovations.

“We’re excited to share with the community the breadth of research our students and staff have been working on with very real-world applications which help address global problems,” Professor Ninness said.

The exhibition will run from November 30 – December 8 and is open to the public 9am – 5pm.

The official launch will be held December 3, from 5.30pm. Register for the free event here.


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