A group of 12 students, studying to take up future STEM careers, will work on a range of projects to progress their careers and support STEM in Western Australia.
The group has been given the opportunity through the government of Western Australia’s $16.7 million New Industries Fund.
The fund supports and accelerates new and emerging businesses, while diversifying the Western Australian economy and creating new jobs.
The Industry PhD Fellowship Program encourages researchers and industry to work together, adding value to the PhD experience, and strengthening collaboration and research impact in economic high growth areas.
The government’s Innovation and ICT minister, Dave Kelly, said the program will give PhD students first-hand experience solving industry problems and will expand the science network in Western Australia.
The range of projects the students will work on includes:
- Developing new materials to repair tendon damage;
- Creating a smart home automation system;
- Protecting critical infrastructure from cyber-attack;
- Promoting sustainable cultural tourism in the Kimberley; and
- Providing expert advice for beekeepers to maintain healthy hives.
The program will also include additional training and networking events for PhD candidates, supervisors and industry partners.