A/Prof Ben Horan is the Course Director for the Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering at Deakin University where he has led the curriculum redesign of the Mechatronics course to focus on Project Oriented Design Based Learning where students learn through designing solutions to industry focussed problems. Ben established and is the Director of the Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training (CADET) Virtual Reality (VR) laboratory which focuses on both fundamental and applied research into VR, haptics, and Human Computer Interaction (HCI) paradigms. His technical expertise lies at the intersection of mechatronics, robotics, virtual reality and soft computing. Ben was the technical lead on the development of Verity, a first-of-its-kind VR technology able to provide midwifery and nursing students the opportunity to learn what it is like to palpate contractions during the early stages of labour. He has received a number of grants and accolades for his research working including an ARC Linkage Grant with the Australia Council for the Arts, and an Australian Academy of Science Early Career Researcher Fellowship undertaken at Seoul National University, South Korea. Ben’s team has recently worked with a number of different industry partners to develop innovative VR training systems and solutions in including Melbourne Water, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), McLean Care, IP Australia, and the National Wool Museum.