Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn

SEAM Launch


The Australian Research Council (ARC) Training Centre in Surface Engineering for Advanced Materials (SEAM) led by Swinburne University of Technology was officially launched by ARC Chief Executive Officer Professor Sue Thomas, on 28 August 2019.

The Launch line up included Emeritus Professor Derry Doyle acting in the role as Master of Ceremony, with Professor Aleksandar Subic providing an overview of Swinburne’s remarkable research success and introducing Professor Sue Thomas. The SEAM Director, Distinguished  Professor Chris Berndt joyfully provided the aims and objectives of the Centre and thanks many responsible for its creation.

“SEAM is a significant resource, we will develop cutting edge technology that will be key to the jobs of the future. SEAM is now Launched. Our upward trajectory has been realized. The momentum of the SEAM Team is compounding. None of this happens by accident. On behalf of all the Chief Investigators, I wish to acknowledge colleagues, staff, students and friends”, said Professor Berndt.

Professor Berndt emphasised, “SEAM trains industry-fit professionals. Our staff are trained to be ‘plug-&-play’ and to provide immediate economic outcomes that can evolve from industrial transformations. In short: “SEAM covers it all”.”

In a Media Statement The Honourable Dan Tehan MP, Minister for Education said the training centre’s placement of early career researchers into key industry partners would result in job creation and a high quality workforce in manufacturing. “This centre will be an innovator for the manufacturing of biomaterials, graphene layering, high temperature coatings and laser metal deposition for materials repair. A strong local manufacturing industry is vital to our future prosperity because the sector creates jobs and drives economic growth,” Mr Tehan said.

The successful event brought together 150 attendees and cemented the brand among all those who attended, including prospective new partners.


28 August 2019


6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (GMT+10)
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