Leading power and automation technology group ABB has joined forces with the University of Sydney’s School of Electrical and Information Engineering with the opening of a new advanced Technology Centre at the university campus.
“The opening of the ABB Technology Centre marks a major step forward in an Australian-first project to close the gap between academia and industry,” said ABB Australia CEO John Gaskell.
“The centre integrates many professional functions to facilitate learning, industry training and continuous interaction between students, academia and industry.”
Vassilios Agelidis, Professor and EnergyAustralia Chair of Power Engineering, championed the vision of this innovative novel, integrated teaching approach:
“The ABB Technology Centre was a concept born to highlight the breadth of talent of Australia’s young engineers and act as a beacon for the way in which electrical engineering will be taught. We have now seen this dream come to reality with the opening of the centre,” said Professor Vassilios.
Special guest Heather Ridout, CEO of the Australian Industry Group said ABB’s investment would benefit the university, industry, the economy and the broader community.
The ABB Technology Centre houses a wide range of ABB products and solutions – 15 different technology demonstrations in total. These include low and medium voltage switchgear, an AC and DC variable speed drive system, substation automation systems, instrument and distribution transformers, process control system, an industrial robot, amongst others.
“Engineers of tomorrow will now not only have the finest theoretical instruction, they will also be able to gain first hand experience on state-of-the-art equipment as used in the industries that they will work in on completion of their studies,” said Mr Gaskell.
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