Engineering and IT research
The Faculty's Engineering and IT research is conducted in a variety of areas with the support of talented and passionate academic professionals.
Excellence in Research (ERA) 2018 national report results
‘Well above world standard’
ERA Rating 5 in Civil Engineering (0905)
‘Well above world standard’
ERA Rating 5 in Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy (0914)
‘Above world standard’
ERA Rating 4 in Engineering (09)
The University achieved the highest possible classification of ‘well above world standard’ in 14 key areas and another nine research areas received ‘above world standard’ and ‘world standard’ classifications. For more information and full ERA results for the University visit our ERA outcomes page.
Research topics and projects
Discover the research topics and projects that our engineering students and academics have been conducting in several key areas. These research topics are broadly related to the built and natural environments. Specific areas include, but are not limited to, the following:
|Structural health monitoring, non-destructive evaluation, assessment, repair and rehabilitation of civil infrastructure; Smart materials, concrete technology and geopolymer concrete development.||Dr Yee Yan Lim|
|Energy harvesting, and renewable and sustainable energy resources.|
|Chemistry of natural and engineered aquatic systems; Numerical modelling of biogeochemical processes in natural and engineered environments.||Professor Andrew Rose|
|Sustainable Transportation Systems and travel behaviour, choices and systems.|
|Optimisation and modelling of concentrated solar thermal (CST) and hybrid renewable energy systems applied for power, heating, cooling and desalination; Modelling and experimentation of advanced power blocks operating with different heat sources.||Dr Ricardo Vasquez Padilla
Dr Ken Doust
|Mechanical characterisation and numerical modelling of composite materials and structures.||Dr Ahmed Thabet|
|Mechanical design and manufacturing techniques; Aerospace structure analysis; Biomechanical testing and modelling; Impact dynamics of composite laminates.||Dr Ahmed Thabet|
|Sustainability planning and management; re-engineering existing infrastructure in both urban and regional areas and climate risk, engineering and societal response.||Dr Ken Doust|
|Coastal and river flooding research embracing a holistic systems approach.||Dr Ken Doust|
||Dr Dirk Erler|
||Dr Mona Malekzadeh|
|Structural health monitoring using piezoelectric-based techniques to monitor the curing process of cementitious materials. Energy harvesting with piezoelectric materials. Testing on fibre-reinforced polymers strengthened concrete structures. Nanofibres fabrication with electrospinning process.||Zi Sheng (Albert) Tang|
|Mechanical engineering, asset management, program and project management, managing technology projects, new product development, decision science and the training and development of engineers.||Dr Steven Pudney|
|Governance and stewardship threads in smart cities.||Dr David Mills|
Systems analysis of big data to integrate multiple disciplines such as engineering, economics, environment, and microbiology to find solutions for the biosphere.
|Associate Professor Peter Coombes|
|Project management of transportation and rail infrastructure projects. Estimation, risk evaluation and project governance.||Robert Rollin|
|Wastewater treatment, resource recovery, electrochemistry and mathematical modelling.||Dr Emma Thompson-Brewster|
|Harvesting energy from low-frequency vibration sources such as human motions by using smart materials (piezoelectric materials).||Dr Iman Izadgoshasb|
|Water modelling, hydrologic and hydraulic modelling, irrigation modelling, irrigation and drainage system, urban wastewater reuse, integrated water resources management, groundwater resource management, and contaminated land assessment and management.||Dr Sydur Rahman|
For information and a list of possible supervisors please visit the research supervisors page.
You are welcome to contact the staff involved to learn more about the projects. There may also be opportunities to become involved in these projects in several capacities, namely (i) undergraduate study (eg final year thesis project), (ii) postgraduate study (eg PhD), and (iii) industry collaborations.
Research activities have been supported by funding from multiple sources including the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery, Linkage and LIEF schemes, Australian Synchrotron and the Sugar Research Association (SRA).
Research is performed in collaboration with the University's colleagues as well as domestic and international collaborators in industry and academia.
IT research highlight
When AI meets aged care: using technology to keep the elderly safe
When an elderly relative falls over, help response time is critical. Left untreated, a fall can lead to injuries, health complications or fatalities.
In a world-first, a new Australian-made artificial intelligence-driven fall detection device is expected to be a game-changer. Called HomeGuardian.ai, it monitors the interaction of objects and people within its surroundings and alerts carers or family members if abnormal behaviour occurs.