Siobhan O'Brien's honours year project investigates prosthetic hands – specifically, how to optimise mechanical control systems to understand simple messages of intention from muscle movement in a person's arm.
"I love being able to do something to better the human body. I'm making a version of Iron Man!" O'Brien says.
She's just finished a Bachelor of Engineering (mechanical) and B Science double degree at the University of Wollongong.
From future-gazing 3D printed structures of living cells...
This story was the cover article for SMH's International Boat Show liftout on July 23. It featured adventure sailor Lisa Blair, who plans to become the first woman to successfully solo-sail around the Antarctic.
SMH, Feb 27 2016: Students are going beyond coding to become digital thinkers and do-ers, building robots, designing complex 3-D printed objects and producing artworks infused with augmented reality. They create rather than just consume technology, use abstract thinking skills, problem solve and are preparing for the 21st century workplace, leaping STEM to embrace STEAM, where art combines with maths, science, engineering and technology to kick-start new ways of learning.
If you felt being a high-school high achiever was hard work, uni could well stretch you to breaking point: one in five students starting a bachelor's degree are likely to quit by the end of first year.