About Us

THE SIR LAWRENCE WACKETT CENTRE AT RMIT UNIVERSITY IS SUPPORTING THE TRANSFORMATIONAL GROWTH OF AUSTRALIA’S DEFENCE AND AEROSPACE INDUSTRY. WE DELIVER TRUSTED TECHNOLOGY, POLICY AND BUSINESS SOLUTIONS, PROVIDE EXPERT ADVICE AND DEVELOP WORKFORCE CAPABILITY.

We have expertise in every stage of product development from concept, design and testing through to policy and implementation. Through our commitment to industry best practice, transdisciplinary collaboration and cross-sector partnerships, we are supporting the growth of Australia’s high-tech economy empowered by the Defence and Aerospace industry.

The calibre and diversity of this expertise attracts researchers and students from around the world who undertake fellowships, postgraduate studies and internships with the Centre. We welcome postgraduate research candidates interested in aerospace and from other diverse and complementary disciplines.

Our broad capability makes us the partner of choice for a wide range of government, industry organisations and other research institutions.

Professor Michelle Gee is the Centre Director.

 

Our Outstanding History

RMIT has been a partner of Australia’s defence sector for 100 years. The Working Man’s College provided vocational training for more than 1,500 returned servicemen between 1917-1919.

RMIT contributed to the war effort between 1939 -1945 training more than 20,000 servicemen and women in communications and 2,000 in munitions production. It was partly due to RMIT’s service to defence that saw Queen Elizabeth II award royal patronage to RMIT in 1954.

The Centre honours Sir Lawrence James Wackett, a celebrated Australian aviation pioneer.