Live Event

In this virtual showcase you will discover some of the University of Newcastle’s most exciting engineering and computing innovations - like a soft robot manta ray for coral reef research, a mind-controlled prosthetic hand, a contender for the world’s fastest boat, a healthcare respirator and a scaffold for the human spine.

Mind controlled prosthetic

Sam has designed a prosthetic hand that you can control with your mind.

Efficient copper processing

Sian has validated a more sustainable and efficient process for extracting valuable copper.

Soft robot manta ray

Matheus's soft manta ray robot will explore the Great Barrier Reef without harming fragile coral.

Through a robot's eyes

Josephus is developing a real-time vision tool that let's him see inside a robot's mind.

Solving downstream erosion

By predicting flow rates, Rob's research could help reduce erosion downstream from wiers.

3D printed spine scaffold

Sam has developed a 3D printed scaffold to support the human spine while it heals.

COVID safe respirator

Isaac, Nicholas and Phoebe designed an innovative respirator to protect healthcare professionals from COVID-19.

World's fastest boat?

Adam joins the team behind Spirit of Australia 2, contender for world's fastest boat.

Personalised VR training

Andrew is developing virtual reality based training systems that adapt to the user's skill level.

Clean hydrogen energy

Ruvimbo has synthesised a unique metal composite to help produce cleaner, greener hydrogen energy.

Team rocket

Team NU Rocketry are building a rocket to compete in the Australian Universities Rocket Competition.

Biomass batteries

Tahereh's aim is to convert biomass into advanced materials for use in batteries.

FIFA hopeful robots

Ysobel leads the NUBots, programming soccer playing robots to compete in the RoboCup championships.

Flood resistant future

By predicting future flooding, Chelsee and Harry are helping to design more resilient infrastrcuture.

Automated groundskeeper

Nathan and Brandon used Internet of Things technology to create an automated groundkeeper system.

Study Areas

Engineers and computing experts are the world’s great problem solvers. They apply a mix of creative and technical skills to tackle complex issues, invent new products and advance technology. If you’re excited by the idea of being part of the solution, consider a degree in engineering or computing.

Want to be part of the solution? Get involved with our live online event, Save the World in 60 Minutes, where you’ll hear from our researchers about emerging renewable energy solutions, brainstorm ways to tackle climate change, and compete for the title of Sustainability Superhero.

Date: 9 December 2020
Time: 5.30pm – 6.30pm


We acknowledge and pay our respects to the traditional Aboriginal owners of the lands on which our offices are located, as well as other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nations from which our students, staff and community are drawn.

  • The Pambalong Clan of the Awabakal Nation - Newcastle (Callaghan Campus)
  • The Awabakal and Worimi Nations - Newcastle (City Campus)
  • The Darkinung People - Central Coast (Ourimbah Campus)
  • The Biripai People - Port Macquarie Campus