New degrees fill a gap
FLINDERS University will offer two new degrees next year to help meet demand for engineers in two important growth areas.
The university says its new electrical engineering degree will target two of the highest growth areas for employment in the state – renewable electrical energy production such as wind farms, and electrical drive systems of the type used on submarines.
Flinders University’s dean of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics Professor John Roddick says the new degree will help meet local and national demand for engineers.
‘‘ This degree has also been tailored to directly enhance the economic capacity of South Australia and will target two of the highest growth areas,’’ he says.
‘‘ It is clear from any number of sources that the supply of professional engineers is not keeping pace with demand – there is an estimated shortfall of about 40,000 skilled engineers across the country – and thus graduates of the degree will be highly sought after.
‘‘ Flinders is also launching a unique combined Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) with Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) degree to re- flect the crossover between the two disciplines.’’
Matthew Kokegei completed an undergraduate degree in computer systems engineering before beginning a PHD. Kokegei is developing a control system to direct an autonomous underwater vehicle, cur- rently being developed by the university for maritime surveying and surveillance.
‘‘ There’s a lot of technology-based companies here in Adelaide – like at Mawson Lakes, the DSTO (Defence Science and Technology Organisation), and ASC. There’s a lot of defence-based engineering here,’’ he says.
In 2013, Flinders will also introduce a new Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences degree, focused on solving evolving problems related to issues such as climate change, ground water usage and infection control.
- Giuseppe Tauriello