Faculty of Engineering


Our research

The Faculty of Engineering has four umbrella research themes directed towards cross-disciplinary activities that address complex issues of socio-economic importance.

The themes create critical mass in strategically important areas, bringing together expertise from wherever it is needed; across the Faculty’s five departments, other faculties, other research organisations as well as industry, Councils and other external stakeholders. Click on the links to the right to find out more about each theme and to contact the theme leaders.


Research themes brochure
An introduction to the Faculty of Engineering's answer to addressing tomorrow's challenges. (682.5 kB, PDF)

Want to know more about our research?
See a list of our areas of interest relating to our research expertise and capabilities.

Areas of expertise

  • Dean's message

    A message from Professor Nic Smith, Dean of Engineering.

  • Energy

    This research theme targets improving energy supply and use and includes new sources, sustainability and low usage technologies.

  • Technologies for Health

    This research theme focuses on improving quality of life through product design, prototype development, testing and optimisation.

  • Infrastructure and Environment

    This research theme has a broad approach bringing together many aspects of infrastructure and environmental research.

  • Innovation in Manufacturing and Materials

    This research theme aims to develop new technologies and novel materials for new and value added products.

  • University-wide research

    The Faculty of Engineering hosts the Innovative Manufacturing and Materials Programme and is involved in other University-wide research.

  • Research centres, units & facilities

    A catalogue of the research centres, units and facilities affiliated with the Faculty of Engineering.

  • Research projects available to students

    View a list of Engineering research projects currently available for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

  • Staff only

    Resources available to staff. You will need to login to the University network with your username and password to access this page.