Swinburne’s first Founder in Residence to focus on zero-emissions aviation

Swinburne’s first Founder in Residence to focus on zero-emissions aviation

Rachel Barritt from Dovetail Electric Aviation, Swinburne University’s first Founder in Residence, will work with researchers to develop new aviation and aerospace ventures.

Barritt will work closely with the team from Swinburne’s Aerostructures Innovation Research Hub (AIR Hub), utilising the hub’s cutting-edge capabilities in intelligent manufacturing processes, advanced composite materials, advanced air operations, and sustainable fuels.

Alongside Dovetail Electric Aviation, they will bring to life the most innovative and cutting-edge technologies to help shape the future of sustainable aviation.

The Founder In Residence initiative is designed to bring experienced entrepreneurs to Swinburne to supercharge commercialisation pathways, supported by Swinburne’s world-leading facilities, capabilities and research.

“As a Founder In Residence at Swinburne, I am excited to be working at the forefront of aerospace technology. This program represents the future of innovation,” Barritt said.

“Working with leading experts from industry and academia, we will help translate cutting-edge research into sustainable, real-world solutions for the aviation industry.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Dovetail Electric Aviation and Rachael Barritt to Swinburne,” said Dr Werner van der Merwe, Swinburne’s vice president for innovation and enterprise.

“By connecting experienced entrepreneurs and leading researchers, we are accelerating the commercialisation of new technology to put Australia at the forefront of global innovation. Together, we are paving the way for a sustainable future for air travel.”

Barritt is the first Swinburne Founder In Residence to be announced for 2023. The program will drive market-led venture creation across three of Swinburne’s flagship research areas – space and aerospace technology, innovative planet, and medical technology.

The program will create new ventures of mutual benefit to entrepreneurs and researchers, fast-tracking technological advancements and developing robust market-ready solutions.

This article originally appeared on Manufacturer’s Monthly.

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