Rockwell Automation, University of Melbourne to collaborate on decarbonization research

Aug. 22, 2022

Rockwell Automation’s Asia Pacific President Scott Wooldridge (right) and The University of Melbourne’s Dean of the faculty Of Engineering and IT, Professor Mark Cassidy sign the MoU. Source: Rockwell Automation

Rockwell Automation Inc. and the University of Melbourne are collaborating to help companies in the manufacturing and resources industries use digital innovation to reach their decarbonization goals.

The organizations signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on research activities, jointly develop training and work together to help solve real-world challenges presented by industry. Rockwell Automation will contribute engineering resources and product training to the project. The University of Melbourne will bring its academic and research expertise and innovation infrastructure.

Anthony Wong, regional director, South Pacific, Rockwell Automation, said the MoU marks an important new phase that will benefit industry.

“Decarbonization is now front of mind for Australian industrial companies. They know they must act to remain attractive to consumers and meet compliance targets, but they often don’t know how to start or where to focus their energies for the greatest returns,” Wong said. “Rockwell Automation and the University of Melbourne are coming together to share our expertise and explore practical solutions to this challenge.”

University of Melbourne will provide research expertise, academic and physical resources, and use the collaboration to give its students real-world training, preparing them to tackle tomorrow’s engineering challenges – including using digital innovation – to accelerate decarbonization and become future leaders in their field.

Faculty of engineering and information technology dean, University of Melbourne Professor Mark Cassidy, said the MoU will allow the two organizations to collectively deliver outcomes that could not be independently achieved.

“Our engineering and information technology talent and resources and Rockwell’s capital and expertise are perfectly placed to achieve the digital transformation of Australian industrial manufacturing that is needed. We see this collaboration as a key opportunity to demonstrate the University’s research capabilities, while providing opportunities to enrich our students’ learning experience through industry-led challenges and access to state-of-the-art technology,” Professor Cassidy said.