Department of Mechanical Engineering


Prospective supervisors

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Dynamics and control


  • Vibration measurement
  • Analysis and modelling
  • Structural dynamics
Dr Roger Halkyard
BSc BE(Hons) PhD
  • Dynamics and control systems
  • Robotics
  • Mechatronics
  • Wind energy
Dr Karl A Stol
BE Cant. MS,PhD Colo.

Manufacturing systems


  • CIM
  • Industrial productivity
  • Mass customisation
  • Technology management
  • New product development and design
  • Sustainable manufacturing
Dr Rainer H. A. Seidel
Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing Karlsuhe, PhD
  • CAD/CAPP/CAM/CNC
  • STEP
  • STEP-NC
  • Product design
  • Product data modelling
  • Intelligent manufacturing systems
  • Manufacturing technology
  • e-manufacturing
Professor Xun Xu
BSc Shenyang, MSc DUT, PhD Manchester
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Mechanics of materials and composites


  • Composite materials
  • Sandwich structures
  • Analysis, design and testing
  • Nonlinear and dynamic behaviour
Dr Mark Battley
BE(Hons), PhD Auck.
  • Composite materials
  • Manufacturing technology
  • Synthetic and natural fibres
Professor Debes Bhattacharyya
ME Calc., PhD Jad., FRSNZ, FIPENZ, MASME, MASM
  • Modelling and simulation
  • Computational mechanics
  • Mesh-free and finite element methods
  • Composite materials
  • Failure analysis
  • Fracture mechanics
  • Fatigue
  • Structural optimisation
Dr Raj Das
BE(Hons) Jad., PhD Monash, MIEAust, MASME
  • Composite materials
  • Materials behaviour
  • Solid mechanics
Associate Professor Krishnan Jayaraman
BE Madras, ME Howard, PhD VPI & SU
  • Machinability of composite materials
  • Tribological characteristics of composite materials
  • Statistical analyses of composite material
  • Manufacturing and performance
Dr Richard Lin
BE, ME NSYSU, PhD Auck

Mechatronics research


  • Mechatronics
  • Medical and rehabilitation robotics
  • Advanced control systems
  • Computer aided tools for mechatronics
  • Manufacturing automation
Professor S Xie
BSc, MSc HUST, PhD HUST, PhD Cant.
  • Mechatronics
  • Semiconductor devices and reliability
  • VLSI design
Associate Professor Kean Aw
CEI, MSc, PhD, MIEE, MIEEE
  • Robotics in foods
  • Mechatronics in medicine
  • Mechatronics for intelligent infrastructures
Professor Peter Xu
BE, ME, PhD Beijing, SMIEE, FIPENZ
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Thermodynamics research


  • Design
  • Heat transfer
  • Thermal engineering
  • Safety
Associate Professor Joe Deans
BSc PhD Strath., Ceng, FIMechE, MIPENZ
  • Alternative fuels in internal combustion engines
  • Combustion
  • Vehicle and engine exhaust emissions
  • Pollution
Associate Professor Robert Raine
BSc PhD S’ton., MSAE MASME
  • Computational fluid mechanics and visualisation
  • Computer-aided design
  • Computer graphics
  • Heat transfer
  • Fluid mechanics
Professor Gordon Mallinson
BSc Well., PhD N.S.W., MIEAust, CEng
  • Thermal - fluid dynamics
  • CFD
  • Heat and mass transfer
  • Jet flows
  • Aerodynamics
  • Wind power
  • Wind engineering
  • Industrial fluid mechanics
  • Ventilation flows
Dr Rajnish Sharma
BE(Hons) Auck. PhD Auck.
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Heat transfer
  • Fluid mechanics

Dr Stuart Norris
ME Auck, PhD Syd

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Yacht research


  • Aerodynamics
  • Wind energy
  • Wind engineering
  • Wind tunnel design and testing
Professor Richard Flay
BE PhD Cant., CEng, FIMechE, FIPENZ, FRINA, MASME
  • Aerodynamics
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Wind engineering (windbreaks, low-rise buildings)
Associate Professor Peter Richards
BSc R’dg, PhD C.N.A.A., AMRAeS
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Yacht aerodynamics and hydrodynamics 

Dr Stuart Norris
ME Auck, PhD Syd

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