Air-travel innovator joins Melbourne to address big challenges

4 August 2015

The University of Melbourne is responding to modern engineering challenges with the recent appointment of Professor Richard Sandberg from the UK, an expert in making air travel faster and cheaper.

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Professor Richard Sandberg (Photo credit: University of Melbourne)

Named as a veski (Victorian Endowment for Science, Knowledge and Innovation) Innovation Fellow, Professor Sandberg has brought an innovative research program and strong industry contacts, as well as additional young researchers from his previous laboratory to continue research in new labs in Australia.
Professor Sandberg is using his expertise to develop new models for the airline industry to reduce noise and predict turbulence, by using supercomputers housed at Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative (VLSCI.)
His aim is to develop models that industry can use in engineering ‘greener’ technologies, faster and cheaper air travel and improved heating and cooling systems.
In a virtual wind tunnel at the University of Melbourne, Professor Sandberg is using a powerful numerical code to leverage modern supercomputers and create a ‘time machine’ to reduce simulation time to test and simulate these new technologies from 30 years to as little as one week.
Professor Iven Mareels, Dean of the Melbourne School of Engineering welcomes the appointment and the support from the Victorian Government.
“Having international researchers with us at the Melbourne School of Engineering with their strong industry collaborations and a clear focus on translational research, will deliver big results for the state,” said Professor Mareels.

Melbourne School of Engineering

The Melbourne School of Engineering offers an internationally recognised curriculum with dual accreditation that is unique in Australia. The Master of Engineering suite of programs are the only engineering courses to be accredited by Engineers Australia, as well having received EUR-ACE® label European accreditation, allowing graduates to register and work as professional chartered engineers in many countries around the world.
Melbourne’s graduate model of engineering education provides depth, breadth and flexibility to a world-class curriculum that is informed by real world, problem-based learning, industry experience and a generous program of scholarships for both local and international students.

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