23 July 2020
10.30-11.30am (AEST)

Zoom Webinar
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COVID-19 has disrupted manufacturing as we know it, and excellence in innovation is needed more than ever for businesses to adapt and transform.

APR.Intern is partnering with the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) and the Innovative Manufacturing CRC (IMCRC) to provide advanced and digital manufacturers with an overview of the current economic climate, research challenges, and solutions to fast-track R&D.

This informative webinar will include:

  • AMGC: AMGC’s National Director for Industry, Michael Sharpe, on the economic climate, funding opportunities and how businesses should start planning R&D next-steps to manufacturing innovation.
  • APR.Intern: An overview of Australia’s only national PhD internship program. Hear how businesses can accelerate research through 3-6 month PhD student placements and retain all IP. The full-time projects start from $5,000 after a Federal Government rebate and IMCRC subsidy.
  • IMCRC: IMCRC’s Project Research Officer, Dr Min-Yin Yap, on IMCRC’s mission to help Australian manufacturers increase their relevance through collaborative industry-led research, and the funding opportunities available to accelerate and grow manufacturing innovation.
  • Business Case Study: Global leaders in 3D printing, SPEE3D, utilised APR.Intern and IMCRC’s support to further improve its state-of-the-art software. CEO, Byron Kennedy, and former PhD Intern (now Software Engineer), Louis Cianciullo, will discuss SPEE3D’s innovation journey.

Who should attend?

  • Advanced and digital manufacturers of all sizes looking to accelerate R&D
  • PhD students and universities interested in supporting the development of crucial manufacturing commercial research

Registrations have now closed for this event. View the webinar recording here.


National Director for Industry, AMGC

Michael Sharpe is the National Director for Industry at the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre. AMGC is an initiative of the Australian Government. Its goal is to drive innovation, productivity and competitiveness across Australia.

AMGC is run by a team of industry experts. It is connected with a nationwide network of manufacturers, universities, and export hubs. Michael has vast industrial experience including nearly three decades at Sharpe Bros (Australia), one of the nation’s leading road companies. From 2004 -2014, he served as Managing Director of the family business. From 2012 – 2016, he was on the board of HunterNet, a successful industry cluster in Australia and served as Chairman.

Project Research Officer, IMCRC

After completing her PhD in structure-based drug design, Min-Yin Yap transitioned into the R&D group at CSL where she was a protein purification scientist and was involved in early stage product development. She also has experience in customer service and sales.

She holds a degree in Biomedical Science (Honours) and a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Monash University.

Business Development Officer, APR.Intern

Michaela joined APR.Intern in 2020 as a Business Development Officer in NSW. Prior to this, Michaela worked as a Science and Innovation Officer within the British Embassy in Dublin. Tasked with facilitating policy exchange between the UK and Ireland, Michaela also nurtured and stimulated collaborative partnerships between the two countries.

Michaela has also held various business and economic development roles in the UK, Ireland and the US after graduating from Queen’s University Belfast with a BSc. (Hons) in Microbiology.

Co-Founder & CEO, SPEE3D

Former CEO In Motion Technologies, R&D Director Regal Beloit Asia Pacific. Masters of Engineering, Young Engineer of the Year (Northern Division).

Former PhD Intern now Software Engineer, SPEE3D

Louis holds a Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours) from James Cook University and is currently completing a PhD in computer science and mathematics. His PhD thesis is concerned with developing efficient algorithms for use in cryptographic and privacy preserving protocols.

Louis completed a 5-month research internship at SPEE3D and has since joined the team as a Software Engineer, allowing him to put his background in mathematics to practical use. Louis writes software and develops tools to further improve SPEE3D’s impressive metal 3D printing capabilities.


Registrations have now closed for this event. View the webinar recording here.