Stu­dent wins schol­ar­ship to re­search bio­fab­ri­ca­tion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Look Local -

A DE­GREE in bio­fab­ri­ca­tion – the process of grow­ing hu­man tis­sue us­ing 3D prin­ters – could be com­ing to the Univer­sity of WA.

Brazil­ian stu­dent Matheus Sauer­es­sig won UWA’s Pitch the Course of the Fu­ture com­pe­ti­tion, which en­cour­aged peo­ple from around the world to sub­mit a two-minute video out­lin­ing their idea for a new course at the univer­sity.

The 17-year-old’s win­ning en­try earned him $10,000 to travel any­where in the world to re­search his idea and then visit Perth to pitch his re­fined idea to UWA Vice-Chan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor Paul John­son.

Prof John­son, US fu­tur­ist, in­ven­tor and writer Mark Pesce, for­mer WA chief sci­en­tist Prof Lyn Bea­z­ley, Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaf­fidi and Sin­ga­pore­based ar­chi­tect Johnny Tan made up the judg­ing panel that chose the win­ning en­try.

UWA chief mar­ket­ing of­fi­cer Karen Carriero said it was a tough job for the judg­ing panel to se­lect the win­ning en­try from more than 200 pitches.

“The top 10 were in­cred­i­ble en­tries that cov­ered such a wide range of top­ics and sug­gested so great po­ten­tial cour­ses of the fu­ture,” Ms Carriero said.

“Be­cause of the cal­i­bre of en­tries, we also awarded two hon­ourable men­tions to James Din­g­ley for his course in Deep Space Re­sources and Holo­graphic In­te­gra­tion by Ah­mad Al­la­ham.

“We want to think about the ex­per­tise, ex­pe­ri­ence and qual­i­fi­ca­tions that grad­u­ates of the fu­ture will need and to make sure we meet the needs of fu­ture stu­dents and that we’re al­ways one step ahead of our com­pe­ti­tion.”

Matheus Sauer­es­sig has won UWA’s Pitch the Course of the Fu­ture com­pe­ti­tion.

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