Maddy Cochrane studies robotics and mechatronics engineering plus computer science at Swinburne University. Having completed a DST Industry Experience Placement working with unmanned aerial vehicles, Maddy is now combining her studies with a cadetship at DST.
She models how armour and other protective systems can extend the amount of time a military vehicle will survive under attack. With one year left of her five-year degree, Maddy can’t wait to see where maths takes her next.
“Flexibility is the nice thing about maths,” she says. “Effectively, maths is about solving problems, and that kind of skill set is valuable in just about any industry.”
Applying maths skills to defence is not limited to working for the Department of Defence itself. The government is investing $200 billion into Australia’s defence capability and related industries. Maths will be used in areas like surveillance, space and electronic warfare, to name a few.
Maddy’s path to defence science
>> Robotics and Mechatronics Engineering/Computer Science, Swinburne University
>> Defence science and technology Industry Experience Placement, Melbourne
Author: Elise Roberts
Elise is a science, tech and business enthusiast, motivated to connect people with research that will propel their success. With over ten years’ experience working at the intersection of technology and communications across a wide range of industries, Elise enjoys jumping on the latest trends in digital media to share new knowledge with the Australian community.