Abstract: Technology transfer from university research to industry is an issue that universities are addressing regularly through many avenues. This paper examines a novel approach by Monash University which involves teams of students working in conjunction with industry to achieve realistic outcomes for issues challenging industry. As an example, the paper uses the problem of the blinding eye disease trachoma, in remote communities in Australia. Trachoma is widely regarded as a public health issue, but teams of students at Monash under the auspices of the Monash Industry Team Initiative (MITI), assisted by industry have devised an engineering solution, in the form of a mobile Interactive Face Washing trailer, to encourage facial cleanliness amongst children, as a preventative measure to stave off serious consequences of trachoma. The teams also took into account cultural aspects that could encourage the use of the device.
Rogers, Peter, McManus, Madeline, Taylor, Hugh, Lange, Fiona Orchard, Jim, 2019, n engineering solution to assist the elimination of trachoma from Australia [online], Conference Paper, viewed 11 December 2023, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=17569.