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To elaborate on the IPAS’s vision and research program, Dr Ben Sparkes, who is working on quantum atom-light interactions at IPAS, was invited for an interview with Radio Adelaide’s Subatomic program with Rohan Neagle. Dr Sparkes discussed the quantum optics research taking place at IPAS and its potential to increase the distance of absolutely-secure quantum communications using our novel hollow-core optical fibres.
For the interview podcast, please click here.
On Friday 16 March, IPAS was delighted to host a group of 1st year physics students. The group was organised by Miss Lily Taylor who was recently an IPAS Summer scholarship winner and has followed this up with a third year project candidate with the Precision Measurement Group. The students, welcomed by Drs Ben Sparkes and Chris Perrella to the Optics Labs, were inspired by cutting edge projects as well as a learning experience from IPAS PhD candidates Sarah Scholten and Nathanial Wilson. The students were then guided to see the state-of-the-art fabrication facilities and equipment such as the high-tech 3D Metal and Ceramic printer and 5–Axis Ultrasonic Mill, with expert commentary from Mr Evan Johnson and Mr Lijesh Thomas. All students showed great interest in the science through constant interactive enquiries with leading researchers and experienced technicians. All the best to the 1st year physics students, we hope this experience will continuously develop your passion for science and look forward to welcoming you to our IPAS community in the future!
On Wednesday 8th November 2017, IPAS was honored to welcome the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Defence Industry, to visit our Sapphire Clock and High Power Laser Labs. Accompanying the Minster, were Dr Alex Zelinsky, Chief Defence Scientist and head of the Defence Science & Technology (DST) group, Prof Michael Brooks, Interim Vice-Chancellor and President and Rear Admiral the Hon Kevin Scarce AC CSC RAN-Rtd and Chancellor. The Minister was extremely impressed by the amazing work of the Sapphire Clock and High – Power Laser teams and fascinated by the demonstration of IPAS innovative Laser Radio project contributing to the promotion of STEM education in Australia. Following the lab tour, the Minister launched the new University of Adelaide Defence Research and Innovation Network, which will strengthen the University and DST Group partnership.
Click here for more information on the University partnership with DST Group.
Congratulations to Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem for being elected as a Fellow Member of The Optical Society (OSA) at the Society’s September 2017 Board of Directors meeting.
Founded in 1916, OSA is the leading professional association in optics and photonics, home to accomplished science, engineering, and business leaders from all over the world. Through world-renowned publications, meetings, and membership programs, OSA provides quality information and inspiring interactions that power achievements in the science of light.
Prof Ebendorff-Heidepriem is being honored specially for ground breaking science contributions to the field of optical glasses and fibers.
Following the success of our Children’s University tour in August, on 21st September IPAS proudly hosted a stop for #RealDayOut. High school students from the Australian Science and Mathematics School (ASMS) were welcomed and introduced to IPAS by Drs Ben Sparkes and Chris Perrella. The students were then guided through our state-of-the-art fabrication facilities by Dr Erik Schartner and had interactive discussions with our technical experts Mr Evan Johnson and Mr Lijesh Thomas. They were also treated to a hands-on experience with a biomedical imaging device facilitated by Dr Jiawen Li, and enjoyed spectacular light transmission applications in the Optics lab.
A Real Day Out (RDO) is an immersive experience for students (years 10-11) and teachers or community members to learn about future careers and job roles. Students can learn about the jobs of the future, and meet potential employers, entrepreneurs and exporters.
We hope you enjoyed your #RealDayOut experience at IPAS and we wish you all the best in your future scientific endeavours!
Congratulations to Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem who has been chosen as a finalist in the category of Technology for her leadership role in the establishment of the Adelaide node of Optofab, a state-of-the-art glass science, fibre fabrication and 3D manufacturing research facility.
Winnovation Awards, in their fourth year, celebrate and elevate the amazing talent of women in South Australia. The winners will be announced and honoured on Friday, October 6 at Bendigo Bank, Waymouth St, CBD @ 5.30pm.
As part of Children’s University Science Camp in Adelaide, on 29 August 2017 IPAS proudly hosted 20 science students – all FEMALES- from Renmark and Murray Bridge high schools. Drs Ben Sparkes and Chris Perrella, led the students on tours of IPAS, firstly to see our state-of-the-art fabrication facilities and equipment such as the high-tech 3D Metal and Ceramic printer and 5–Axis Ultrasonic Mill, with expert commentary from Mr Evan Johnson and Mr Lijesh Thomas. The students then had hands-on experience with a biomedical imaging device facilitated by Dr Jiawen Li, and with different light transmission applications in the Optics lab. All students showed great interest in science through constantly interactive enquiries with leading researchers and experienced technicians. All the best for our future scientists, we hope this experience will continuously develop your passion for science especially in photonics!
From 22nd – 24th August, IPAS researchers, supported by ATSE, represented the University of Adelaide at the 13th Global Maintenance Upper Spencer Gulf (GMUSG) Conference and Trade Expo at Whyalla. GMUSG was established to promote the Upper Spencer Gulf as a regional centre of excellence in the provision of “maintenance services” to the local, national and international resource processing sector.
Alongside with UniSA and Flinders Uni, Dr Stephen Warren-Smith had a talk to promote collaboration between industry and universities. Of particular interest to attendees were the high temperature sensors and 3D printers; with ABC Eyre Peninsula following up with Stephen on the 25th for a short radio interview with Deane Williams to discuss IPAS’ work with SJ Cheesman at the Nyrstar multi-metals recovery plant.
Today we were delighted to host Rachel Bragg, the great great granddaughter of William Henry Bragg and the great granddaughter of William “Lawrence” Bragg. Not only did William and Lawrence win the Nobel Prize in 1915 for the X-ray crystallography, but both are the namesakes of our building.
Rachel and her husband toured the Braggs laboratories, received a brief tour of the University campus, saw the UNiversity’s collection of equipment from the Bragg’s laboratory and lastly, saw the busts of both William and Lawrence, twins of busts that are located in the Royal Institute of Great Britain.
“The Braggs” were the only father-son team to win a Nobel Prize and Lawrence is the youngest recipient, at 25 years old. William Bragg was the Elder Professor of Mathematics and Experimental Physics at the University of Adelaide between 1885-1908. Lawrence was born in Adelaide in 1890 and was a student of the University until 1908, studying mathematics, chemistry and physics.
The University of Adelaide has partnered with IMNIS to offer 20 PhDs the chance to receive one year of mentoring from an industry leader in the areas of MedTech-Pharma and Energy Resources.
What is IMNIS?
The Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS) is a prestigious, award-winning initiative of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE). IMNIS connects motivated PhD students with outstanding industry leaders in a one year mentoring program. Officially launched in 2015, IMNIS has successfully piloted in multiple universities in three states and was recognised in 2016 with a prestigious B/HERT Best Higher Education and Training Collaboration Award.
Mentors (industry leaders) and mentees (PhD students) meet face-to-face for 1 hour each month. Guidelines are provided to both mentors and the mentees, and five state-level networking events are hosted by IMNIS to allow mentors and mentees to network and connect more broadly.
IMNIS is not a job placement program. IMNIS is an opportunity to increase your understanding of industry, extend your professional skills and expand your network!
IMNIS is a 12 month program of mentoring, networking, education and training. IMNIS provides mentees real-world experience, pragmatic advice and a broad professional network that enhances their capacity to engage with industry and understand commercialisation and regulatory processes related to innovating their research. Importantly, IMNIS also extends the mentees’ professional network in different parts of the STEM sector across their State, and educates mentees about the career opportunities beyond academia.
Mentees are matched with an industry leader who will be their individual mentor for the year. Each month, there will be a 1 hour mentor-mentee meeting to review mentee progress, career aspirations, challenges, skills development, answer questions, and to share knowledge and experiences. Mentors may offer guidance, but ultimately it is the mentee’s decision whether to act on that advice. This is an outstanding opportunity to have access to a mentor who has “been there, done that” with years of experience and expertise in industry. Mentors are volunteering their time, so make the most of it!
In addition to the individual mentoring, IMNIS hosts five (5) events/activities to facilitate industry-based education, training and State-level networking during the year.
Participation is available in the following two IMNIS programs and 10 students will be selected for each:
- MedTech-Pharma Program
- Energy Resources Program
Students in relevant disciplines are encouraged to apply and should select the program, either MedTech-Pharma or Energy Resources, that is more closely aligned to their research interests.
The candidate must be:
- enrolled as a PhD candidate at the University of Adelaide in the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences (ECMS), Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, or Faculty of Sciences
- in the 2nd year of their PhD
- able to commit the necessary time to meet your mentor (1 hour per month for 12 months) and attend IMNIS events as a participant in this program
Materials to be submitted:
- Mentee Application Form (attached)
- Curriculum vitae
- Letter of support
Deadline – COB Monday 10 July 2017
Completed applications including supporting documentation must be submitted electronically (preferably in PDF format) to email@example.com.
A diverse range of the most suitable candidates will be short-listed for enrolment. Successful students will be notified via email and invited to enrol in the IMNIS program.
Notification of outcome – 21 July 2017