Students flying high at aero conference

10 July 2012

Aeronautical engineering students in a flight simulator.
Aeronautical engineering students in a flight simulator.

Australia's aerospace industry is facing an exciting future, according to aeronautical and space engineering students at the University of Sydney's Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.

Fifteen students from the Faculty's School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering have assisted in the organising of the Aerospace Futures 2012 meeting taking place 9 to 13 July.

Aerospace Futures is the major national event of the Australian Youth Aerospace Association. The three-day conference is designed to provide students with access to representatives of both the Australian and international aerospace industries.

Chair of Aerospace Futures 2012 and third-year aeronautical engineering student at the University Abhijeet Kumar says the speakers were selected to provide insight and initiate discussions on current research, careers and future prospects in the industry.

"Aerospace Futures aims to cultivate future aerospace leaders," says Kumar.

"The team is hoping to continue the great work of previous committees and generate a thriving community of individuals eager to make their mark in the Australian aerospace sector, and create a workforce capability for industry."

The founding body of the conference is the Australian Youth Aerospace Association (AYAA), a not-for-profit organisation managed by student volunteers with the objective of promoting education, awareness and involvement in the aerospace industry to young Australians.

It hosts two major annual events, the Australian Youth Aerospace Forum (AYAF) for high school students, and the Aerospace Futures conference (AF) for undergraduate and postgraduate university students. The AYAA also operates AeroDesign which facilitates hands-on aerospace projects for students.

The Australian Youth Aerospace Association is comprised entirely of university students from the University of Sydney, Monash University, University of Melbourne, RMIT, University of Queensland, and Queensland University of Technology.

"The faculty is delighted to be a co-educational sponsor of this terrific event and student initiative," says David Cox, the faculty's chief operating officer.

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