New Melbourne School of Engineering displays
Two new displays have been installed in the Melbourne School of Engineering (MSE), showcasing the School’s cultural collections. A display in the MSE offices in the South Wing of the Old Engineering Building (Building 173) presents objects and stories from the late 19th century to the present, highlighting engineering teaching over that period. From an initial 15 students in 1861, the school taught over 13,000 students in 2018.
The display in the Medtech Linkway, which runs through the Engineering Workshop (Building 169), focuses on innovations in biomedical engineering undertaken at the University. Items on show include a low-cost pressure-cast system to make sockets for prosthetic legs, now used in Vietnam and Cambodia, and developed with the International Committee of the Red Cross; a 3D-printed prosthetic joint replacement for the temporomandibular joint in the jaw, individualised to each patient; and a ‘Rainbow Box’ low-cost multi-sensory toy designed by students in Electrical and Electronic Engineering for children with autism, developed in collaboration with AMAZE (formally Autism Victoria).
A video explaining the purpose and operation of the adjacent CAREN laboratory, a Virtual Reality biomechanical facility which supports cross-disciplinary research in human movement and rehabilitation, is also on show in the Medtech Linkway.
Image: The CAREN Lab, Melbourne School of Engineering