Creating innovative professionals (ENGR90039)

Introducing Creating Innovative Professionals

The School of Engineering is delighted to offer Masters students from various specializations in the Faculty of Business and Economics the opportunity to join students enrolled in the Master of Engineering, Master of Information Systems, Master of Information Technology and Master of Biomedicine (MDHS)  - in a new subject for 2020 – Creating Innovative Professionals (CIP).  CIP will be taught alongside a companion subject, Creating Innovative Engineering, which has been taught since 2017.

In CIP you will work in a multidisciplinary team with a mentor – either a fellow student, or more likely a representative from the sponsoring organization – to propose an innovative response to a strategically important challenge faced by the sponsor.   Through this process, you will learn how to innovate.  You will also learn how to work in teams on ambiguous, conceptually challenging projects, and will gain insight into yourself and your career.

CIP is offered because employers are increasingly looking for people who have the theoretical and interpersonal skills to work out what problem the client really needs to solve, at the same time as knowing how to solve that problem.

CIE re-ignited the belief that I’m capable of being an effective leader.

Creating Innovative Engineering


Entry to CIP is via a selective competitive process and places are limited.

If you are admitted to CIP, you will be working with industry professionals on projects that matter to the sponsor organization.   You will be interacting directly with employees and other stakeholders.  The need to engage in a professional way begins with the admissions process.

To be admitted, you will need to:

  • meet the eligibility criteria (which essentially means being currently enrolled in a Masters program that allows you to take CIP  - for FBE students this will mean seeking approval from your Program)
  • submit an application form (accessible via the 2020 Handbook)
  • complete a video recording of your answers to these questions:
    • Why do you want to take CIP?
    • Identify a skill that you think would be important to bring to CIP. 
      Describe a time or experience where you have demonstrated that skill.

Places will be offered based upon the quality of your interview responses, including the strength of your verbal communication skills,  and the extent to which you demonstrate the potential to:

  • add value to the program through your commitment and professionalism; and
  • benefit from the CIP experience.

For more information on the application and admissions process, and to access the application form, please refer to the 2020 Handbook.

  • New housing options for an ageing population

    With people’s average life expectancy booming, there is an increasing need to innovate living options for Australia’s ageing population. As people age, their options for living situations are often very limited. Think retirement villages on the suburban fringe, old people’s homes, or remaining in the family home (alone once their significant other dies). However, there are better ways to accommodate people as they age. The team’s task was to come up with an innovative development concept that will allow people to remain in a dignified and delightful living situation during the later years of their lives.

  • Quantifying quality of advice in the financial services sector

    A global leader with deep expertise in IT sees an exciting opportunity to generate significant value in the financial sector. The team was responsible for designing an innovative solution that will be used by financial institutions to manage regulatory compliance for financial advisers.

  • Hydrogen – Where will green hydrogen first compete?

    The “hydrogen economy” is a phrase that has been around for many years. Recently however it has become far more “current” – with the dramatic falls in the cost of renewably produced electricity combined with improvements in electrolyser performance, “green hydrogen” appears to be just around the corner. The team’s task was to identify the early important applications for hydrogen in the Australian economy and the scenarios in which they would grow rapidly, to identify the gaps in engineering capability for delivering those applications, and to propose a novel product or service for the company to take to market.

  • Better food packaging management at festivals

    Festivals can be a hotbed of fun, sun and good vibes. But they also have a dark side in the form of...packaging waste. That tray your food truck tacos come in, the wrapping from your ice cream, even the cup your 'gotta stay awake until the end’ coffee comes in will likely end up in landfill, or as litter. The team’s task was to come up with an innovative solution that improves the environmental outcomes associated with packaging at festival-type events.

  • Supporting clinical decision making in a major trauma hospital

    A major local hospital’s clinicians make thousands of decisions each day about how to treat, or not to treat, patients. Decisions should always be based on up-to-date clinical knowledge and research. Despite – or perhaps because of - the availability of medical decision support tools, clinicians often do not find relevant research to enable them to make the correct decision. The team’s task is to design a means by which doctors and allied health professionals find relevant research and data to support their clinical decisions – to enable them to make the best decisions that they can, repeatably, and with data to back them up.

The following are some quotes from students who took Creating Innovative Engineering - CIP's parent subject - in 2019:

"I believe that our degrees without this subject would be incomplete. Whilst I have already had the opportunity to work in a professional workplace, I think if I had learnt this theory before my internship, it would have allowed me to be a more proactive colleague, a more open and considerate thinker and overall a better engineer."

"CIE has laid the foundation for a conscientious, effective and well-reflected career, a career that is an innovation project."

"CIE has generated a multifaceted experience. In addition to expanding my professional network through industry collaboration, the program has been a character-building exercise. I have developed sharper insight into my aspirations and have obtained tools in achieving my objectives."

"I learned from CIE that successful people still have uncertainties in their lives, and they also cannot predict all of the negative consequences that will happen precisely in the future. It is just how well they manage to see, think, and deal with uncertainties and all negative consequences that occur, which makes them be a success in their business, career, and lives."

To find out more about Creating Innovative Professionals, please see the Handbook entry.