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IGNITE March/April newsletter
Faculty of Engineering
I hope you are safe as we all adapt to the current challenges created by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). At the University of Sydney, many of our researchers have pivoted to help understand and fight the pandemic through their research. I am immensely proud of their work and we have created a dedicated COVID-19 research website portal if you would like to learn more.

Teaching and research continues across the University and I encourage you to explore our latest engineering and computer science breakthroughs in this edition of IGNITE. I believe partnership and innovation are more important than ever in the current climate and we always welcome opportunities to collaborate.

Best regards,
Professor Willy Zwaenepoel
Dean, Faculty of Engineering

In the news

Australia's pandemic peak

Australia has passed the COVID-19 pandemic's incidence and prevalence peak according to research undertaken by our complex systems experts.

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US COVID-19 deaths "poorly predicted"

Our Centre for Translational Data Science has found that over 70 percent of US states had death rates that were inconsistent with IHME predictions.

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Latest research

Synthetic materials for ligament repair

A multi-university collaboration has led to the development of a synthetic material able to assist in the regeneration of injured tendons and ligaments.

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Improving the viability of probiotics

Almost $440,000 from the Australian Research Council has been awarded to help mitigate the negative effects of stomach acidity on probiotics

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Durians may pack an electrical punch

Turning durian waste into super-capacitors could "substantially reduce" the cost of energy storage and charge devices very quickly.

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Visual impact of glyphosate hot spots

The world’s first map detailing global ‘hot spots’ of soil contaminated with glyphosate, the controversial herbicide known as Roundup, has been produced.

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Alumni and student success

Combining sport with study

Engineering student Jillian Colebourn made history when she became the first Australian woman in over 20 years to compete at the Biathlon World Cup.

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Forging a global career in STEM

Alumna Alana Newbrook credits her chemical and biomolecular engineering degree for providing her with a fulfilling career in STEM and business.

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Upcoming events

Postgraduate Information Evening
14 May 2020

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