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QUT Master of Engineering (research) candidates - progress

01/02/2004

QUT Master of Engineering (research) candidates making progress

As you may recall, last year Corporation Technologies (managers of the CEED Program) were authorised by QUT to assist them with streamlining applications into their prestigious Master of Engineering (by research) program.

To date, we have assisted 7 ‘candidates’ to gain entry into this program, and 3 others should be enrolled shortly. The seven candidates who have started their Master of Engineering (research) are:

Darryl Markwell – Butter Producers

Gerry Weatherall – EDMI

Daniel Kahler – Gympie Gold

Alex Noller – Smorgon Steel Tube Mills

Paul Higgins – Excel Technology Group

Ben Wee – Sealy of Australia

Clint Harry – own company

A recent interview with Alex Noller, Mechanical Engineer, Smorgon Steel Tube Mills revealed that the reasons for his decision to undertake this research Masters degree were that this degree offered “affordable further education...one degree is not enough anymore” and it “fitted in with my work program and gives the company more value”. The support from QUT also offers Alex and his employer “more in-depth technical skill” and allows Alex to “get credit for the work done in the company”. Brett Willcox, Alex’s supervisor indicated that by sponsoring Alex to do this company project as his Master’s thesis, the company gained a “more rigorous approach to R&D and an understanding of why we are getting certain results”.

Darryl Markwell, Engineering Manager, Butter Producers’ Co-op Federation (aka QBB), was the first engineer that we assisted into the Masters by research program. Darryl commenced his project back in October 2002, motivated by a desire to challenge himself. During his project, Darryl has taken the opportunity to present findings of his project at an Aust. Industry Group meeting and has formed a collaboration with University of Queensland and EPA researchers, who are working on a large energy optimisation/management project - Darryl was able to contribute some of his research and findings to their project. Darryl is currently tidying up his thesis, which he will present in May. He is pleased with the test results that have been achieved during his project. Darryl said “the improved knowledge that I’ve gained will assist with the design of new vats” for production of ghee (optimised for energy conservation). He’s now looking forward to presenting his thesis to QUT for assessment and gaining that valuable Master of Engineering (research) degree. May your hard work soon be rewarded, Darryl!

As you can see from the comments above, the reasons for undertaking this research Masters degree are varied. The main benefits of undertaking your Masters in this way are:

· Save time, as your thesis topic is a project that you are already committed to, in the normal course of your employment (only a library course at QUT is usually necessary, to update your research skills - you do not usually need to attend any other classes).

· Gain extra support for your company project - a QUT supervisor will guide you throughout the project, and you gain access to the QUT library and some other resources for the benefit of your project.

· No cost to you – your employer signs a contract with QUT, which gives them confidentiality if required, retention of all intellectual property rights arising from the project, and they pay the administration fee ($6,400+GST).

· Start any time during the year – to suit your project.

· Your company could also be eligible to claim the AusIndustry’s R&D Tax Concession, for your project.

· You gain a prestigious research Masters degree, in recognition of your hard work!

Applications are assessed on the basis of academic qualifications, results and level of professional experience. Note: an undergraduate degree is not always necessary for entry into this Masters program, depending your level of professional experience (as assessed by the Faculty Research Committee, at QUT).

Generally, projects are of a research and development nature and are conducted over 2 years part-time. Projects are broken into three stages:

1. literature review and research proposal

2. detailed work on the project; and

3. final write-up of thesis, to present for the degree

Interested to know more? If you would like to discuss your eligibility for the Master of Engineering (research) degree or the suitability of your company’s project, please contact Graham Willett on phone: 07 3273 2804 or email: [email protected], in the first instance.

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