Agreement instrumental for engineering

Professor John Roddick (left) with Mr Matej Krajnc of National Instruments

An agreement between Flinders and National Instruments (NI) Australia will significantly boost the University’s capacity in teaching and research in engineering.

The agreement was signed by  Mr Matej Krajnc, Managing Director of National Instruments Oceania and South Africa and Professor John Roddick, Dean of the School of Computer Science Engineering and Mathematics at Flinders.

“This agreement will accelerate the development of projects such as remote teaching experiments that our engineering students can operate from anywhere, at any time,” Professor Roddick said.

“This will allow remote sharing of equipment across universities, including interstate.”

The collaboration will be of great benefit to students wishing to add high level measurement and control system development credentials, which are in high demand from industry.

The collaborative learning model is one that will come into its own with the move of the School to the new science, engineering and innovation precinct at Tonsley.

“It is a good example of the change in teaching methods and the increased industry engagement that the School’s move to Tonsley represents”, said Professor Roddick.

Building on a number of projects already completed, it also underscores an intent to extend research collaborations in the School.

“It will also deliver measurement and control ‘building blocks’ to enable us to construct more research machines, such as those that reproduce the movement of biological joints or implants,” Professor Roddick said.

Among other things, the agreement allows for technology sharing, future research collaboration, as well as staff and curriculum development.

The parties have also agreed to work towards the prospective establishment of an NI LabVIEW Academy at Flinders University, which would provide undergraduate students with National Instruments industry standard qualifications before graduation.

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