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Mustafa Ucgul

ME, PhD (UniSA)

Senior Lecturer

Faculty of Science and Engineering

[email protected]
O3.15, Lismore
Mustafa Ucgul


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Dr Mustafa Ucgul has a Doctor of Philosophy (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of South Australia. Prior to joining Southern Cross University, he worked at the University of South Australia and has had a long career in tertiary education as a lecturer. Mustafa has a strong interest in computational mechanics and its applications in machinery design (particularly in agricultural machinery design).


With 17 years of research experience in the Turkish and Australian contexts, a major component of his research has focused on the discrete element and finite element method simulations of soil-engaging tools, design of mechanical systems, and thermal analysis of agricultural greenhouses and desalination systems. His Doctorate specialization was in discrete element modelling of soil-sweep tool interaction, and since then, he has undertaken research activities in several GRDC, DPIRD, and other industry-linked projects.

Community engagement

I am serving as a reviewer for several peer-reviewed international journals on agricultural engineering, including Biosystems Engineering, Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, Soil & Tillage Research, Geoderma, Journal of Terramechanics, Agriculture, Soil Use and Management, Agronomy, International Journal of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Applied Engineering in Agriculture and Transactions of ASABE.


I carry out research, student supervision, and consultancy in agricultural machinery design and development.


I am teaching the following units

  • Engineering Technology and Design (ENGN1003)
  • Engineering Dynamics (MECH 2003)
  • Advanced Manufacturing Systems (MANF3001)
  • Energy and Power Systems (MANI3002)


I am a member of

  • The Institution of Engineers Australia (MIEAust)
  • Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects-Chamber of Mechanical Engineers

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