Final student forum focused on network building

March 2020 marked the final PhD Students’ Forum for the Rail Manufacturing CRC, with students in attendance from UTS, University of Wollongong, Deakin, Monash, Swinburne, RMIT, CQUniversity and University of Queensland.

This third forum highlighted the importance of building networks, both now during their PhD and in future when identifying future career opportunities. Each student was also asked to develop a poster about their research to be shared during the event. The students took part in a keynote session about best practice networking, which was put to the test that evening with an industry networking session represented by Downer, Transport for NSW, Deakin and UTS Rapido.

A team of judges – made up of Research Director Larry Jordan, Chair Paul Johnson and Knorr-Bremse’s Josh Pitcher – reviewed all poster submissions and selected Esteban Bernal of CQUniversity as having the poster that best represented his PhD’s focus, challenges and opportunities – well done Esteban!

Thank you to our students and supervisors for making the time to attend – it’s always a great event to keep building relationships, sharing successes and identifying opportunities for improvement.

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