13 final stage PhD students from ECU, Curtin, Murdoch and UWA are midway through their iPREP projects. The students come from a range of backgrounds including Screenwriting, Marine Biology, Accounting, Computer Science and Engineering. They are engaging in a wide range of activities to assist tech start-ups and government organisations including CSIRO, Department of Education (Butler College), WA Health and WA Health Translation Network (WAHTN), Treadlie Engineering and The Feel Great Challenge.
The students are researching new product ideas, new ways of using existing products, evaluating current service offerings, prototyping and designing, and providing potential solutions. Industry mentors selected their team based on relevant skill sets needed to fast track their business activities.
Businesses are not the only ones who benefit from this partnership. PhDs are exposed to a potential career in industry. They see tangible evidence of their research skills being used in a business setting and are also faced with the challenge of completing a project within 6 weeks. This is new territory for a PhD student. With the help of their industry mentors, they are able to transition into an industry-based role and gain new skills and a new experience.
Edi Nuryatno, a specialist in the area of enterprise architecture within management information systems who is currently placed at WAHTN can already see the long term effect iPREP will have on his career thanks to mentor Rashmi Watson, ‘Rashmi is an amazing mentor. She will be incredibly powerful in shaping my career.’
The next round of iPREP will be starting in July. For more information please visit: www.iprep.edu.au