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Cars, cricket, carbon emissions and Comilla. Three of these are familiar terms, but the fourth? It’s a small farming district in South East Bangladesh. An odd mix? Not for Swinburne University of Technology‘s Rez Haque.

Rez was always a little different. 80 per cent of the people in his hometown of Comilla are farmers and nearly all of them fancy football. But Rez had a love of cars which inspired him to leave Comilla to study mechanical engineering. Now, he uses his skills and interests to help reduce carbon emissions.

“The automobile industry is always looking for innovative ways to reduce car emissions. One way for cars to burn less fuel is for them to be lighter, but joining lightweight high strength alloys is difficult and sometimes impossible. Henrob develop special rivets that can join these materials,”


Rez Haque, PhD Intern at Henrob

When the Henrob internship was advertised, Rez knew he would be able to contribute to and profit from the project, as his PhD in Mechanical Engineering looked specifically at these special “self-piercing” rivets.

Stuart Blacket, Managing Director of Henrob, was keen to capitalise on the knowledge and innovation developed by Rez in his PhD at Swinburne.

“The project resulted in a greater understanding of the Henrob self-piercing system, including its limitations and how additional research in specific areas may lead to reduced carbon emissions,” 


Stuart Blacket, Henrob Managing Director