The University of Melbourne is responding to modern engineering challenges with the recent appointment of Professor Richard Sandberg from the UK, an expert in making air travel faster and cheaper.

Named as a veski (Victorian Endowment for Science, Knowledge and Innovation) Innovation Fellow this week, Professor Sandberg has brought an innovative research program and strong industry contacts, as well as additional young researchers from his previous laboratory to continue research in new labs in Australia. 

Professor Sandberg is using his expertise to develop new models for the airline industry to reduce noise and predict turbulence, by using supercomputers housed at Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative (VLSCI.)

His aim is to develop models that industry can use in engineering ‘greener’ technologies, faster and cheaper air travel and improved heating and cooling systems.

In a virtual wind tunnel at the University of Melbourne, Professor Sandberg is using a powerful numerical code to leverage modern supercomputers and create a ‘time machine’ to reduce simulation time to test and simulate these new technologies from 30 years to as little as one week.

Professor Iven Mareels, Dean of the Melbourne School of Engineering welcomes the appointment and the support from the Victorian Government.

“Having international researchers with us at the Melbourne School of Engineering with their strong industry collaborations and a clear focus on translational research, will deliver big results for the state,” said Professor Iven Mareels, Dean of the Melbourne School of Engineering”.