Centre for STEM Education and Innovation

The Centre for STEM Education and Innovation (CSEI) is a thriving hub of learning and teaching. We bring together STEM discipline and education experts to lead the delivery and development of critical courses.

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Strategically placed within the University of Adelaide’s Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology, the CSEI is a focal point for industry engagement. We provide best-in-class education in partnership with industry, government, and STEM discipline experts. This includes creating customised short courses for professional development and teaching transferable STEM skills to our students.

CSEI acts as a conduit to connect industry to our faculty’s comprehensive STEM disciplines. We create bespoke training products that address workforce requirements. We offer a unique opportunity for you to learn from and work with passionate educators and industry specialists.

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  • About us

    We are leaders in education. We invest in high-quality, innovative educational experiences, providing staff training and a vibrant community of practice for STEM educators. We work collaboratively to deliver education that breaks down traditional silos and develops the transferrable, professional competencies required of 21st Century STEM professionals.

    We are dedicated to teaching STEM skills to broad audiences, including industry employees, sole traders, undergraduate and postgraduate students.

    CSEI acts to:

    • Deliver high-quality courses, modelling best practice in education.
    • Create and deliver short courses which support sector and societal needs.
    • Foster a vibrant, inclusive and STEM education community of practice.

    Our history

    CSEI was founded in 2020 to bring together teaching and STEM experts from across the faculty to deliver multidisciplinary and sector-facing courses and programs, while being a focal point for industry engagement. CSEI has since expanded to incorporate short courses and micro-credentials for industry partners, specific teams, individuals as well as students looking to complement their award studies with specific skills training.

  • Delivering high-quality courses through best practice in education

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    Our highly experienced education specialists deliver both core and bespoke courses in STEM-related topics – everything from programming, design, communication, and project management to targeted engineering skills such as digital and systems engineering.

    We deliver superior educational experiences including:  

    • Award course offerings with a focus on transferable professional capabilities.
    • Bespoke short course and micro-credential offerings for industry, responding to sector needs.
    • Internal staff training to enhance the skills of our emerging and established STEM educators.

    We provide:

    • A place for discussions on best-in-class education and forward-looking pedagogy.
    • Educational leadership, investing in innovative education experiences.
    • A vibrant community of practice for STEM educators.
  • Our CSEI courses

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    Our award courses for undergraduate and postgraduate students

    We offer a range of courses specifically designed for STEM undergraduate and postgraduate students that contribute to STEM degree programs. Courses range from fundamental professional capability building to advanced STEM-specific skill building.

    Courses include:

    • Essentials of Humanitarian Engineering
    • Complex Systems Engineering
    • Systems Engineering and Industry Practice
    • Defence Leadership
    • Introduction to Engineering / Introduction to Engineering EAL
    • Programming (Matlab and C)
    • Programming (Matlab and Excel)
    • Communication and Critical Thinking
    • Research Methods and Project Management

    We are also responsible for coordination of the Bachelor of Engineering - Flexible Entry and Bachelor of Engineering - Pathway programs.

    Short courses and custom training for industry participants

    We are specialists in short courses. We develop highly engaging training courses for industry partners, tailoring them to specific needs. Our courses are taught by a mix of award-winning STEM professionals and world-class academics.

    Our custom courses can cover the breadth of Science, Engineering and Technology topics – from space to safe road management. Our short courses are available for those considering University through to mid-career professionals looking to broaden their knowledge.

    Courses open for registration now include:

    Industry training topics include:

    • Configuration Management Fundamentals
    • Naval Design Engineering
    • Systems Engineering
    • Carbon Capture and Storage
    • Radar Theory
    • Gas Conditioning
    • Digital Engineering
    • Advanced Digital Signal Processing
    • Introduction to Data Science and Data Literacy

    We can tailor courses to your workforce’s needs. Please contact our team to develop a specialist STEM short course.

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  • Our people

    We are education innovators and world-class STEM professionals. We lead the development and delivery of targeted short courses, custom training, and micro-credential offerings.

    Dr Bree Bennett

    Director, CSEI

    Dr Bree Bennett

    Dr Bree Bennett is passionate about the growth of the STEM industry and believes upskilling is key to its growth. Dr Bennett has led the Centre for STEM Education and Innovation since its launch in 2020, establishing CSEI as a trusted partner for STEM education and industry training. In addition to being Interim Director at CSEI, she is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Architecture and Civil Engineering with a background in Civil Engineering. She is passionate about the application of advanced modelling and simulation to engineering problems in areas such as water resources, agriculture and life-cycle assessment of construction materials. Dr Bennett has a wealth of experience in teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as training industry professionals across a wide variety of STEM topics.

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Industry testimonials

I would highly recommend CSEI to anyone wanting to expand their Configuration Management repertoire. A great mix of practical and theoretical content. The lecturers had fantastic CM knowledge, were helpful and inspiring, which lead to a creative and relaxed education environment. The overall experience exceeded my expectations.

Michael Bevan

Configuration Management Specialist, Boeing Defence Australia.

This innovative and interactive approach on delivering the Configuration Management functions and their underlying principles is truly ground-breaking and makes for a very informative and fun course for all levels.

Guy Urban

Configuration and Data Management Capability Manager, Boeing Defence Australia.

Engage with us

For more information or to book a course with us, please contact: csei@adelaide.edu.au.