BAE Systems Australia unveils first engineering scholarship

Defence contractor BAE Systems has announced its first Joint Open Innovation Network Undergraduate Scholarship, which will drive the research, development and innovation of defence technologies.

University of Adelaide Software Engineering student Lachlan Lampard will receive $5000 each year for the next three years to support his second, third and final year engineering studies.

The scholarship also provides for 12 weeks of vacation employment, access to a company mentor, and pre-selection for interview for a BAE Systems graduate position.

The Joint Open Innovation Network (JOIN) is a national initiative established to drive the development of technologies critical to supporting the Australian Defence Force.

To date, three universities have become partners in the program – the University of Adelaide, Flinders University and University of SA.

Under the initiative, BAE Systems will contribute up to $10 million to support new university engineering scholarships, internship and undergraduate industry placements.

JOIN will also see the establishment of an Innovation laboratory to provide a secure facility that allows industry and academia to work together to advance existing defence technologies.

“I am delighted that we can inspire the next generation of engineers and innovators with scholarships such as this,” said BAE Systems CEOGlynn Phillips. “Investing in tomorrow’s leaders will help ensure that Defence industry is better able to deliver the unique solutions that the nation needs now and well in the future.

Lachlan is a second year software engineering student and a high academic achiever, who enjoys listening to music, travelling and sport.

He said he was attracted to engineering because of the scope it provided to be innovative and creative and be able to apply maths and science to solve important problems which can have a real impact in the world.

“The prospect of working within an ever-changing field that will continually present different and interesting challenges excites me,” he said.

“The BAE Systems JOIN Scholarship has given me the opportunity to be associated with the Australia’s largest defence and security company and given me the self-belief and extra motivation to strive for success.”

University of Adelaide director and Defence and Security professor Michael Webb added that collaboration between universities and industry working together in this way will be key to building South Australia’s defence future.