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MWA providing benefit across Curtin

Jed Karel Darang (Student Project Team, Development Manager), Stephen Mina (Student Project Team, Team Leader), Dr Brian von Konsky (Unit Coordinator, School of Management), David Emrich (MWA Operations Team), Greg Sleap (MWA Operations Team), Bryan Hon (Student Project Team, Quality Manager)
Left to right: Jed Karel Darang (Student Project Team, Development Manager), Stephen Mina (Student Project Team, Team Leader), Dr Brian von Konsky (Unit Coordinator, School of Management), David Emrich (MWA Operations Team), Greg Sleap (MWA Operations Team) and Bryan Hon (Student Project Team, Quality Manager).

An innovative course in Curtin’s School of Management has seen the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) radio telescope not only provide great benefit to Curtin’s scientists and engineers, but students in the Faculty of Business and Law as well.

Third year students studying the Information Systems and Technology Project recently worked with the MWA Operations Team to find a solution to the team’s real-world asset tracking issues for the telescope.

Murchison Widefield Array Director, Professor Melanie Johnston-Hollitt said it was a fantastic collaboration which greatly benefited all those involved.

“The students came in and worked with the MWA team over the semester, analysed the MWA requirements, researched solutions and then produced an outcome that we will actually adopt for the telescope,” Professor Johnston-Hollitt said.

“I think this is an excellent example of how Curtin students get to engage in cutting-edge work and also highlights how the MWA brings value across the University beyond science and engineering.”

Unit coordinator Dr Brian von Konsky said students in Information Systems and Technology Project undertake a team-based project of significant scope on behalf of a real-world client.

“The goal is to assist students in making the transition to professional practice in ICT, and to use and enhance all of the skills they’ve developed from throughout their course,” Dr von Konsky said.

“In this instance, the student team did a great job, undertaking both technical and stakeholder relationship management tasks as they identified requirements and recommended solutions on behalf of their MWA client.”