School of Engineering - Page 13

A QUICK GLANCE AT WHAT WE ’ RE WORKING ON …

ENGINEERING
IMPROVING PATIENT MOBILITY
Diseases like stroke and injuries to the spinal cord often result in reduced mobility and are reported to be among the leading causes of mobility impairments worldwide . We ’ re working on an exoskeleton , called Ambulate Me , to help support the body by sending stimulation signals to the affected muscle group so that the limbs can move again .
ENABLING SAFE DRINKING WATER
A three-pronged collaboration between Monash , University of Newcastle , and Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology is addressing the global water challenge . Together , our researchers are developing a portable filtration device , produced at a fraction of the cost of other similar water filters , that can be fitted into water bottles to allow those deprived of access to clean drinkable water .
REPURPOSING E-WASTE
Without e-waste recycling , natural materials used in electronic and electrical components are lost when products are discarded . Our mining and minerals engineering experts are exploring the extraction of copper from discarded printed circuit boards . We ’ re also developing a Smart E-Waste Collection Box , which uses a mobile application to optimise the collection of e-waste materials .
DETECTING HARMFUL POLLUTANTS
A Monash team is working on an advanced sensor that can detect harmful environmental pollutants . The sensor will be able to function without a power supply and can be manufactured into wearables like watches , rings and belts . This invention will make an enormous difference for people living in polluted cities .
Alleviating traffic congestion
Traffic congestion costs Malaysia RM13 billion yearly in lost productivity , wasted fuel and environmental damage . Dr Susilawati ’ s research is looking into coordinating traffic signals to reduce up to 100 seconds in travel time for each driver . She ’ s part of a multidisciplinary research team at Monash that is developing an intelligent transportation ecosystem to ease traffic congestion and reduce carbon emissions . Scan to learn more .
Click to watch
11