Since graduating in 2021, Raiyan has had plenty of opportunities to work remotely and collaborate with other researchers around Australia. Being based in Cairns, and with access to JCU’s innovation hub, the Ideas Lab, Raiyan was motivated to start his own business, . Raiyan’s business focuses primarily on helping researchers commercialise their research projects, in a similar way as he had helped Jayden before.
The researchers Raiyan works with are usually funded by research grants, and for some of these grants, Raiyan says, the location of the staff may have an influence on how easily a project can obtain funding. “Working with collaborators from a regional or remote area may be a plus when applying for funding. Being based in Cairns, this gives me more brownie points,” Raiyan says and laughs.
An app for healthy smiles
One of Raiyan’s latest projects is an app that aims to connect dentists with patients from rural and remote areas. With Raiyan’s app, patients will be able to go to a nearby medical centre where five different photographs are taken and uploaded to the app.
The images will then be shared with the dentists so they can discuss potential treatments with the patient from their office in the city. “The next time a dentist comes to that town, they can go straight to treating the patient,” Raiyan says.
He estimates that by the end of this year, the app will be finished, and that it will help rural and remote patients to have improved access to vital oral health care.
Tips for future engineering students
Raiyan, who has recently become a co-director of the , says that graduates like to joke that studying engineering is difficult. “But the thing is, it's not as challenging as people say it is. Most of the are already built, so all you're doing is taking advantage of something that is already available,” he says.
"You're going to learn how these systems work and how you're going to use them for your specific project. It’s fun, and you also get to meet of a lot of scientists and researchers. They take pride in their work, and they are really lovely to work with.”