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Engfest – another successful community event!

Engineering students
Our CSUEngineering team and students have once again hosted a brilliant event with Engfest 2018. EngFest brings together industry, educators and the community over 3 days to showcase the works of the engineers of the future and to discuss and celebrate regional engineering.

As Euan Lindsay, CSU Engineering’s Director writes in his update:

What started as an idea to showcase CSU Engineering students’ work and the role of engineering has grown into an event that offers something for all engineering minds!
This year Engfest attracted over 500 people from schools, industry, government and the community, and reached around 12,500 people via Facebook. A highlight of the three days was the presentation of the Engineering Cadets to Industry in front of 90 guests at the Engfest celebration dinner.
A number of reports from those who were able to attend have commented on the high calibre of the students’ projects, their ability to meet client briefs and present their ideas to others – whether experienced experts to novices. We wish the latest round of Engineering Cadets all the best as they embark on their first industry placement.

Do facial features signal behavioural traits?

Kelly-FornoIt’s always great to see our research students forging ahead with important work. Kelly Forno is studying our Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (Honours) degree in the School of Psychology. Her study explores whether personality traits like honesty and behavioural traits like promiscuity can be detected when considering a person as a potential partner.”As you can imagine, such findings stand to have a vast impact on our behaviour in relationships and reactions to others behaviour,” she has said. “This research could potentially lead to answering some significant questions such as ‘To what extent do people make inferences about others?’, ‘Are such inferences correct?’, and ‘What impact do such inferences have on or behaviour or reactions toward those people?’.”

Kelly outlines the relevance of her research to physical dating behaviours, but also within today’s growing digitalisation within which perceptions of facial attractiveness and relationship decisions are often made in the blink of an eye.

“For instance, on a daily basis hundreds of thousands of people are ‘swiping left or right’ on relationship apps such as Tinder based on a split second decision regarding a person’s suitability (or unsuitability) as a potential romantic partner,” she said. “People’s participation in this research can assist in unravelling the underlying reasons for such rapid decisions and their potential outcomes.”

Kelly is keen for participants to complete her 30-35 minute survey. It’s open until 9am, Monday 16 July, so if you can help out, please do.