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Eddie Custovic Associate Lecturer, Engineering, Engineering

With a passion for engineering, science, education, entrepreneurship, innovation and commercialisation, Eddie Custovic is a highly driven, organised and energetic engineer with the ability to deliver exceptional project outcomes. Eddie was born in Bosnia & Herzegovina and lived for extended periods in Switzerland and Germany before migrating to Australia. His multicultural background and multilingualism enables him to take a politically and culturally sensitive approach to life, volunteer roles and professional career. He is a cross disciplinary early career researcher and facilitator of multi stakeholder investigations. He has worked on cutting edge R&D projects securing over several million dollars of funding, infrastructure, program and travel grants in a variety of sectors including; defence, communications, power, food & agriculture, automotive, health, sports technology and civil/construction. His current research encompasses work with four of five La Trobe University's Research Focused Areas; Building Healthy Communities, Securing Food Water and Environment, Transforming Human Society and Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation. 

Eddie was part of the TIGER (Tasman International Geospace Environment Radars) research group for over 7 years which has successfully secured numerous ARC grants and developed collaborative partnerships /co-funded projects with the British Antarctic Survey, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Darthmouth College, University of Alaska, John Hopkins University, University of Leicester, University of Saskatchewan, Newcastle University, University of Adelaide, South African National Space Agency (SANSA) and the Defence Science Technology Organisation (DSTO). The TIGER radar project was awarded the Engineers Australia (State & National) Engineering Excellence Award 2014 - Research/Development and Innovation. In addition, Eddie has secured partnerships for research, industry projects, student placements with the German Aerospace Centre, Fortiss, Continental, Oxford University, Telstra, NHP Electrical, Mondelez International, Engineers Australia, Australasian Jet, Asphaltech, Collier Foundation and many others. Eddie is an academic and industry project coordinator in the School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, La Trobe University and is a member of the Centre for Technology Infusion which focuses on strategic and translational research and innovation through integration of complementary research expertise. A highly active member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), he is currently serving on the global Publication Services and Products Board, Products & Services Committee, Strategic Planning Committee and Young Professionals executive leadership team . He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Young Professionals publication IMPACT. Eddie is also the 2016-2017 Chairman of the IEEE Victorian Section. In 2015, Eddie was recognised for his outstanding leadership an was awarded the IEEE MGA Young Professionals Achievement Award for his contributions. He is heavily involved in student mentoring, career development, industry experience and life coaching, and thrives on further developing student and young professionals communication, leaderships and entrepreneurial attributes. In 2015 he was recognised by the University leadership an awarded the Vice Chancellor's Award for "Supporting Student Employability". He is a tireless ambassador for STEM education and this is evident through his continued work to bridge the gap between primary/secondary/university education and industry. Eddie was the Engineering Project Coordinator for the Learn, Access, Experience Professions (LEAP) program which was funded over 3 million AUD by the Federal Government. He is actively engaged with metropolitan and regional secondary schools to provide additional teaching support through University and government channels.

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