ECA NovA Nova Systems Test and Evaluation (T&E) engineer will deliver tutorials for the University of South Australia’s (UniSA) Master of Systems Engineering degree next year, in a bid to provide postgraduate students exposure to real-life T&E applications to support their future careers in industry.

The new collaboration builds on a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Nova Systems and UniSA, focusing on growing the future pipeline of engineers and conducting industry and academic exchanges in emerging technology areas, including defence, national security and space.

Nova Systems Senior T&E Engineer Ben Luther will deliver weekly two-hour tutorials for the duration of the Principles of Test and Evaluation unit, aimed at providing students with an understanding of the principles and methods of T&E in the context of systems engineering.

T&E is a rigorous process to ensure any platform or system is safe and reliable and fit for purpose. For example, in Defence, T&E is critical because it ensures our service men and women have the capability and platforms they need to keep themselves – and our nation – safe and secure.

Nova Systems CEO Jim McDowell said the new collaboration would benefit students, Defence and industry. “Nova Systems is a sovereign leader in Test and Evaluation, so there is real value in the company delivering the Principles of Test and Evaluation course for UniSA. “Not only is our new collaboration beneficial to students who will learn from real-world T&E experts; the opportunity is incredibly rewarding for our people to teach and engage with the next generation of systems engineering professionals.”

University of South Australia Director, Defence and Space, Matt Opie said the relationship with Nova Systems was invaluable. “There are many benefits for UniSA working with companies like Nova Systems. “UniSA’s collaboration with Nova Systems enables staff to ensure our education is aligned with real-world application and students to become familiar with the company as a potential employer. Nova Systems is a global company so there are opportunities for graduates to work in Australia but also around the world. Collaborations such as the UniSA and Nova Systems MoU benefit our nation because we’re producing research, graduates and employment and as a result, contributing to the Australian economy.”

As industry leaders in T&E, Nova Systems announced in September it would establish an Australian-first T&E Centre of Excellence – a central hub supporting sovereign defence capability and cutting-edge research, digital technologies, training and ideas. The hub will bring together Defence, industry and academia to deliver integrated joint-force T&E and capability assurance. A location for the Centre is yet to be announced.

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