Faculty of Engineering

Browse our areas of research expertise

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

We believe that engineering contributes to the health of our nation, the growth of our economy and the future of our cities. Our researchers 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, and more.

Our over 120 academic staff, about 30 Research and Postdoctoral Fellows, as well as other technical and support staff work together to support the enrolled 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 our dynamic environments.

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. This ensures that our people have access to facilities and the creative, collaborative environment and expertise needed to enable them to be at the leading edge of international innovation.


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  • Energy
    Includes fluid flow modelling, optimisation, dynamics and control systems, heat transfer, power systems and electronics, energy efficiency, fuels and biofuels, renewable energy and aerodynamics.
  • Technologies for Health
    Includes hardware and software design, automation and robotics, sensing and measurement techniques, imaging, advanced materials, modelling, technology evaluation and testing.
  • Manufacturing
    Includes manufacturing processes, systems and technologies, mechatronics, operations research, products, quality management, robotics, supply chain management and logistics.
  • Materials
    Includes ceramics, coatings and surface technologies, composites, electronic materials, functional materials, interface and interphase design, materials analysis, metals and wood. The Innovative Manufacturing and Materials Programme is also notable for its cross-discplinary expertise.
  • Transportation
    Includes active transport, commuting, asset management, driver behaviour, energy and fuels, bridges, equity effects of transport, inductive power transfer, transport economics, planning and operations, sustainability, policy, road and traffic safety, road and pavement surfaces and characteristics, traffic networks, modelling, optimisation and simulation, urban form, vehicle emissions and noise pollution.
  • Food and Health
    Based largely at the Faculty of Science with expertise from our faculty, the Food and Health Programme is a major research and teaching programme that draws on expertise in food science, process engineering, nutrition, health, social sciences, business and commercialisation from across the University.