Sean Lawrence

Sean Lawrence

Sean Lawrence

  • Student type: Domestic
  • Degree type: PhD
  • Year commenced: 2017
  • Degree(s): PhD (Engineering)
  • Major(s): Mechanical engineering; Aerospace engineering

What attracted you to engineering?

If I could choose one word it would be “curiosity”. I have always wondered how thing work and function and I feel like engineering could help me understand and answer all those questions.

Tell us about your PhD research.

My research involves exploring new possibilities in mechanical design. A large focus of my work is in design and analysis of parallel robots, which are finding more and more applications these days. Possible future applications of our work is in any task that requires accurate manipulation of an end effector such as 3d printing and manufacturing.

What made you chose your area of research?

I am very interested in robotics and design, this area allows me to focus on both. I enjoy the creativity in this area of research. I would say watching the world become more “automatic” and “futuristic” as I grew up, drew me to this area of research, as I wanted to be a part of it.

What had been the highlight of your PhD so far?

The highlight of my PhD has been seeing some of the ideas I worked hard on become a reality in creating prototype to test and analyse different designs. Such as testing out adaptive gripper on a farm in China.

What do you hope to do after completing your PhD?

Hard question. I would be happy staying in academia or moving towards industry, as long as I continue to be able to work on projects that I enjoy.