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Pelican : November 2009
Alumni Friendship bears fruit Adriano Di Pietro and Iain Kendal, both Class of 2001 and friends since Year 10, recently teamed up to take part in Innovation ACT 2009. Innovation ACT aims to foster people with ideas and educate them in business principles to encourage commercialisation of research. Iain, a law graduate of the ANU specialising in Commercial Law, and Adriano, Bachelor of Engineering with Honours at the ANU and current PhD (Engineering) candidate, combined their two complementary disciplines to produce and present a comprehensive business plan to bring their idea to market. Adriano's research has involved the design and development of a machine that manufactures composite material parts using robotics in a fully automated way. The machine, named Fibreform, is faster, more efficient and more affordable than any current technology and produces higher quality parts. Composite materials (such as carbon fibre) are structural materials that are similar to metals and plastics but are stronger and significantly lighter than other materials. They are also recyclable and of particular interest in 'green' transportation. Composites can be used to make a multitude of parts, including those in automobiles, aircraft, ships and wind turbines. At the end of a three-month series of seminars, mentoring, and then submission and presentation of a business plan, Adriano and Iain won First Prize Overall, First Prize in the Elevator Pitch competition and an industry award for business acumen. Currently, both Iain and Adriano are working part-time on their five-year plan. With their working prototype, they have already had expressions of interest from Boeing, Airbus and Holden Australia. You don't have to miss a thing... From 2010, the College will launch the Eddie's Events SMS Broadcast. This service will publish information about the big events at the College. In particular, the service will broadcast the time and location of the Firsts' games, musical performances and other significant College events. You can expect to be contacted via SMS no more than once a week. The attendance at Eddie's events by our alumni is always welcome. To have your name put on the Eddie's Events list, send an email to email@example.com or contact the College on (02) 6295 3598. Jessica Draper-Jones Marketing Manager Vale Luke Mitchell, Class of 1997 Luke was tragically killed in May this year in Melbourne, while coming to the aid of someone else. Throughout the arc of Luke Mitchell's life, and along the short sweep of his time with us, he touched our hearts in many personal ways. His life impacted upon societal views of good citizenship. Indeed, he was a young man to whom moral integrity and solid personal relationships were paramount. He should also be remembered as a compassionate man who spent his life putting others before himself. Luke was the straight-talking Vegemiter of the Eddie's scene whose often controversial, zero- tolerance and dogmatic approach earned him a tremendous respect among both the staff and student population. He had a strong sense of justice and he deemed honesty, fairness and loyalty as important elements in relationships and social justice. A testament of this life ethic was the way that he dealt with the situation of the three assailants in Melbourne. Now that Luke is no longer with us, it is up to us to share his laughter, to help others in need, and to make this world a better place because we are here. The St Edmund's College community wish that Luke had more time with us in this life; however, he will live forever fondly in our thoughts and in our hearts. RA Widmer Luke's former teacher 13 Innovation ACT 2009 Prize winners. From left, Adriano Di Pietro, Kim Beazley, Iain Kendal.