Former CTS student, Rohan Nowell is currently working towards a PhD at Monash University. “I am focusing my studies on developing miniature robotics which could be applied to endoscopic surgery; think a robot which is the size of a pencil. This robot pushes the limits of additive manufacturing techniques, colloquially known as 3D printing, due to the small size and complex components required.

This robot differs from existing endoscopic surgical robots by allowing a large amount of rotation of a tool about a single point in 3 dimensions.

I wanted to study engineering at university due to an aptitude for math’s and a desire to construct things, something that Cobden Technical School helped foster through its extensive range of hands on, technical subjects, especially participating in the RACV Energy Challenge. I attended CTS from 2004 until 2009. I particularly enjoyed science and math’s subjects, and did math methods and specialist math in Year 12, along with chemistry, physics and english. Extra-curricular activities I enjoyed were swimming and the chess club.

My studies have taken me to conferences in Sydney and Singapore, with another in Munich this year. I hope to finish my PhD sometime [early] in 2018”.

Cobden Technical School recently welcomed back one of its successful students to speak to the year 10 to 12 students. Zoe Blake completed her secondary education at Cobden Technical School. She started thinking about which subjects to choose at VCE, put in the study then went on to further studies in Melbourne. She always had an interest in the law and social welfare and pursued every chance, starting with her work experience, to get to her goal of a career in the Department of Justice and Regulation. University life was an awesome experience. Especially when you are self-motivated and you realise you alone are responsible for your studies, work and social life decisions. After her initial work in the Warrnambool district, she changed her goals to focus on another aspect of the justice system and now works as a Senior Parole Officer at Geelong Community Corrections. Zoe spoke to the students about her day to day work and the challenges it brings. Students listened very attentively as she told of the work she does with violent re-offenders. It was good to hear of the many success stories of people re-integrating back into the community rather than the very few sensational cases that attract frontpage attention. Ms Blake encourage students to pursue their dreams and goals and to make their school life count. To take every opportunity to study and not waste any of it. Zoe re-iterated the need for students to get ready for real life after school and to make every effort to get the job you really want. And hard work gets you where you want to be.

Rohan Nowell is an ex-student who is pursuing his passion at Monash University. He is currently studying for his Phd in Surgical Robotics. When he attended at Cobden Technical School, he didn't waste his time, he studied.

He really wanted to achieve in the areas he was interested in. So now he pursues his interests in programming, haptics and photonics. What's that mean?


Haptics is interactive technologies and photonics is light and lasers to you and me. Rohanapplied for a scholarship whilst he was at university and he was successful in the robotics area. Some of the world's best medical ICT come out of our Australian university research Phds.

How can you contribute to the future? Are you ready to pursue your passion and make a real diffence to our global society? What are you interested in?

What opportunities are there for you? Go spend some time with Mr Beveridge for career info, but most of all: put your head down and study.

Don't waste another minute.

Nigel Petrie guest speaker this Friday

This Friday at assembly, Nigel Petrie [ex-student] will be speaking about his experiences after CTS - including his quest to break a land speed record on his modified motorbike in the documentary FLATs. If you haven't seen it, it will…

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Courtney Mason

Past student Courtney Mason has just graduated with an Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology from the Gordon in Geelong.

On Tuesday, 13th October a Fashion Show was held at the Gordon with the Graduate class of 2015…

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