Boeing Research and Technology Australia (BR&T-Australia) says having its Brisbane-based staff working at its new facility at the University of Queensland will help spur inspiration for new ideas in aerospace.
Some 30 research and technical staff have moved into the BR&T-Australia Technology Centre located at the University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus research hub.
Boeing said in a statement it was the first time Boeing had co-located its research arm within a university in the Asia Pacific. The University of Queensland site, which was officially opened on Monday, features a “high-tech student interaction display area complete with augmented-reality technology, computer labs and collaborative spaces”.
“The opening of this centre on campus brings together Boeing and UQ researchers who will collaborate on the next great advances in aerospace,” Boeing Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific president Maureen Dougherty said in a statement.
“We are excited to see our relationship with The University of Queensland take this significant step forward.”
Boeing said BR&T-Australia would work together with University of Queensland researchers and students in areas such as engineering, human movements, neuroscience, chemistry, physics and psychology.
“Projects earmarked for investigation include studies in unmanned aircraft and autonomous systems, aircraft simulator technologies, manufacturing technologies, and cabin disease transmission,” Boeing said.
University of Queensland vice-chancellor Professor Peter Høj said BR&T-Australia’s move onto campus “dramatically boosts opportunities for our creative researchers and talented students to engage with a global innovator, and to explore opportunities to collaborate and work with industry”.
“Boeing has partnered with UQ for more than 13 years and gained a strong appreciation of the quality of UQ staff, students and graduates,” Høj said.
“This colocation is a neat fit with the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda and the Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland program, and the innovations and expertise generated here will yield important benefits for society.”