Department of Mechanical Engineering

Research overview

Our researchers are passionate about developing creative solutions to a diverse range of issues facing communities aorund the world.

Engineering is a discipline that is a natural contributor to the health of our nation, the growth of our economy and the future of our cities. Researchers in the Faculty of Engineering are passionate about developing creative solutions to issues facing many communities around the world – energy, infrastructure, transport, housing and services for aging and diverse populations.

The Faculty of Engineering comprises over 120 academic staff, about 30 Research and Postdoctoral Fellows, as well as other technical and support staff. The faculty has been averaging in excess of 140 enrolled PhD students and 120 Master of Engineering students each year with another 200 doing other postgraduate studies. Research outputs in international refereed journals have averaged in excess of 150 papers per year and refereed conference papers are consistently over 250 each year. Added to that is a consistent flow of patents and patent applications, books and book chapters, as well as technical reports.

Staff are heavily involved with industry projects and consulting, as well as being committed to many other professional activities. The clear focus, productivity, and aim for excellence, continues to attract more than 400 postgraduate students to work in such a dynamic environment.

The faculty’s research is focused around four research themes:

A facet of the faculty of which it is proud is the degree of interdepartmental cooperation and research interaction. Our research activities are viewed not only by department but also by interdepartmental and cross-faculty collaboration.