Ezgi Onal

Ezgi Onal

Ezgi Onal

  • Student type: Domestic
  • Degree type: PhD
  • Year commenced: 2016
  • Degree(s): PhD (Engineering)
  • Major(s): Materials science

Why did you choose Monash?

Monash is ranked number 1 in Australia for engineering and has the best academics and lecturers in the world. The aspect I like best about Monash is the variety that the engineering faculty offers. You can find any research group working in any field here. In addition, Monash offers a wide range of facilities and equipment, which enables a high quality of research.

Tell us about your PhD Research.

My PhD project is on additive manufacturing (or commonly known as 3d-printing) of titanium orthopaedic implants integrated with complicated porous meshes. The project involves designing porous implants, manufacturing them by 3d-printing and characterizing them to assess and optimize their mechanical and biological properties. I have been working with 3d-printers and in characterization labs such as PC2 and mechanical workshop. Most of my time is divided between lab and office. I do a lot of reading, writing up papers and preparing conference talks or presentations in the office.

The possible future application for my project is designing and manufacturing customized orthopaedic implants based on the patient’s anatomy. The aim is to speed up the process of designing and manufacturing patient-specific implants so that the implant is ready within a few hours as soon as the patient is registered into a hospital. Additive manufacturing is a disruptive technology and has opened up new ways to design and fabricate medical parts and the potential use of this technology is only limited by our imagination.

What has been the highlight of your PhD so far?

I had the chance to visit two European research groups last year as part of my PhD. I worked in a design group at Loughborough University, UK for a month to learn how to use a design software for my project. Then I went to Technical University of Delft, the Netherlands for 3 months to work on a joint project.

Before my Europe trip, I had the opportunity to join the SPARK program in Tokyo. SPARK is a commercialization and entrepreneurship training for medical technologies. It was an intense 2-weeks workshop and the experience was unique.

I have learned a lot and enjoyed my time from my overseas trips last year. I am thankful to Monash University for all these opportunities and I feel very lucky to be doing my PhD at Monash. Monash is a global university with international partnerships and offers numerous opportunities, scholarships and grants for students to travel overseas.

What do you hope to do after completing your PhD?

My career aspiration is to work for a large organisation which has a positive impact on society and the future. I hope to leverage on my technical skills and knowledge to deliver innovative, transformative and sustainable solutions to organisations and industry.