Technology and Engineering

  • Damaging loss of F35 data at Adelaide defence firm

    Editor     |      October 13, 2017

    The theft of sensitive defence data from an Adelaide aerospace firm has highlighted the need for Australian firms to improve their computer security. The firm, which had not patched its software for a year and used default passwords, was hacked and lost commercially valuable information on air force and navy programmes.

  • Federal Government Announces Space Agency

    Editor     |      September 25, 2017

    After years of lobbying from the nation’s scientists and space industry advocates, the Australian Government has announced the establishment of a National Space Agency. The announcement coincides with the staging of the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide where the government and opposition will lay out details of their plans.

  • Engineering Australia’s Future

    Michael Heimlich     |      September 25, 2017

    The American engineer and author Henry Petroski once remarked that ‘science is about knowing’ while ‘engineering is about doing’. While the importance of science in the STEM agenda is routinely emphasised by politicians and educators alike, the crucial role played by engineers is all too often ignored to the detriment of Australia’s future.