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A group of university students has brought us one step closer to a cure for HIV by developing an innovative DNA scaffold to study the virus at close range.

A student-designed DNA scaffold that helps provide new insights into self-assembling biological systems has taken out the Grand Prize at Harvard University’s annual BIOMOD challenge.

The international competition invites teams of undergraduate students from around the world to develop new nanotechnologies using DNA, RNA and proteins.

Past winners have developed prototypes for nanotherapeutics and molecular robots. However, 2017’s winners – UNSW’s Capsid Constructors – had other ambitions.

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This year’s list of the best graduate employers shows high-performing graduate engineers are choosing interesting work, not just big names.

The AFR list of the Top 100 Graduate Employers for 2018 features three engineering and technology multinationals in the top 20, and a good showing by the domestic public sector.

In particular, infrastructure giant AECOM has leaped from number 14 to eight, right behind technology consulting firm Accenture.

Other top engineering employers are Aurecon and Jacobs, ranked at numbers 20 and 21, respectively.

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Tim Procter MIEAust CPEng NER is one of Australia’s leading risk and due diligence engineers and a Partner at R2A Due Diligence Engineers. Tim shares his experience as a graduate engineer developing engineering judgement and his approach to communicating this knowledge to various stakeholders.

As a graduate engineer (some years ago) moving from university to the workplace I was surprised to discover just how vast and varied engineering knowledge actually is. After completing an intensive degree and gaining what felt like a good understanding of engineering fundamentals, it came as something of a surprise to realise that becoming expert in just one engineering sub-sub-discipline could truly take a lifetime.

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If the winners of these STEM student awards are any indication, the future of science and engineering in Australia is pretty bright.

It’s an exciting time for the STEM students revealed as winners for the 2018 BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards.

The awards highlight innovative science and engineering projects from students across Australia and seek to “promote the next generation of STEM leaders”.

Winners and runners-up for the competition’s three categories (Engineering, Investigations and Innovation to Market) were picked from a field of 26 finalists. Although competition was fierce across the board, many entrants cited a desire to make the world a better place and an inquisitive mind as the motivations for their projects.

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Three ways to improve your presentation skills

Effective presentation skills are vital for an engineer throughout their career.

Engineers present to many different audiences in many different formats, from briefing their project team to presenting bids to potential clients.

Becoming a confident presenter can help engineers communicate with clarity, strengthen their credibility, influence stakeholders and win work.

Business and communication training expert, Jarrod Benson believes mastering this skill early on in their career will help engineers gain a competitive edge and get noticed by management. He shares his top three tops to improving presentation skills:

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