The current percentage of postgraduate rail employees is estimated at less than 1 per cent – increasing this is key to further facilitate innovation in Australia’s rail industry.
In response, the Rail Manufacturing CRC and TrackSAFE Foundation have joined together to establish an Internship Program for Queensland-based postgraduate university students in 2017.
QUT PhD students Don Kushlani Ranmal Ranasinghe and Zheshuo Zhang have been granted ‘top-up’ scholarships to contribute to their current PhD studies, and have both been awarded full-time, three month paid internships working at Queensland Rail, Aurizon and the Queensland Government’s Department of Transport and Main Roads on key industry level crossing projects.
Kushlani and Zheshuo are currently completing their PhDs at QUT working under Professors Manicka Dhanasekar and David P Thambiratnam to develop an innovative raised road pavement infrastructure system capable of mitigating level crossing accidents.
By working actively with Queensland Rail, Aurizon and Department of Transport and Main Roads during the 12 week internship, the students will be given the ideal opportunity to combine their academic research with real world level crossing projects being delivered by the Queensland rail industry.