Deakin is committed to providing state-of-the-art research facilities. During the past two years, we have opened the $80 million Deakin Regional Community Health Hub (REACH), the Geelong Technology Precinct, and the Australian Future Fibres Research and Innovation Centre (AFFRIC), which is home to the $34 million Carbon Nexus.
Carbon Nexus is a carbon fibre plant that provides an international centre of excellence for fibre science, materials and manufacturing research. It incorporates a 20 ton p.a. carbon fibre pilot line and fully equipped laboratories, integrating high-level research capabilities with industrial scale infrastructure.
Infrastructure investment is continuing, with the $55 million Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training (CADET), set to be completed by the end of 2015. CADET will offer the most advanced engineering and design training capabilities in regional Australia. It will house virtual and real prototyping facilities, and a range of laboratories, design studios and interactive learning spaces.
Deakin is also investing heavily in laboratories and equipment across all campuses. For instance, the motion capture and performance technology studio at Burwood campus, Deakin motion.lab, offers outstanding digital/creative research facilities, while, at the Warrnambool campus, the purpose-built research vessel 'Yolla' provides marine biologists with access to one of the world's most advanced multi-beam sonar systems.