Our research areas and facilities

An extensive list of the Faculty of Engineering's research activities, in alphabetical order.

Much of our research activity address globally significant issues such as sustainable energy, quality of life, a vibrant economy, and the future of our cities, by pulling together researchers with diverse skills from across the faculty.

Beyond teaching and supervision, our academic staff are heavily involved with industry projects and consulting, as well as being committed to many other professional activities. This clear focus, productivity and aim for excellence continues to attract more than 400 postgraduate students to work in our dynamic environments.

Our research outputs in international refereed journals average in excess of 150 papers each year, on top of over 250 refereed conference papers annually. Added to that is a consistent flow of patents and patent applications, books and book chapters, as well as technical reports.

Our commitment to research excellence has also demonstrably resulted in tens of millions of dollars of benefit for companies who have collaborated with us. We see theory and applications as elements that interact seamlessly to the benefit of both, and welcome enquiries from industry professionals regarding research needs.

With access to expertise and purpose-built facilities, we extend the offer to you to join us, either as collaborators or as students. Our University's research culture is about more than the acquisition of new knowledge – it also leads to a steady stream of highly skilled people moving on to further their careers, be it in industry or academia.

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Aerodynamics and wind engineering
Advanced Computing and Virtual Technologies in Construction
Advanced and nanomaterials research




Centre for Advanced Composite Materials
Centre for Automation and Robotic Engineering Sciences (CARES)
Centre for Disaster Resilience, Recovery and Reconstruction (CDRRR)
Centre for Infrastructure Research
Coastal and Marine Science
Construction Management


Design and Development
Disaster Simulation Laboratory
Distributed Embedded Intelligence Room (DEIR)
Dynamics and control | Dynamics and control laboratory


Electric Power Optimisation Centre
Embedded systems
Energy and environment research
Environmental Engineering


Fluid Dynamics
Food and Bioproduct Processing
Forensics and Biometrics


Geotechnical Engineering | Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory
Geothermal, Reservoir Engineering and Environmental Fluids
Geothermal Research Institute


Hydraulic Engineering


Industrial Information and Control Centre (I2C2)
Industrial Informatics and Automation (IIA) | IIA laboratory
Industrial solutions
Intelligent and Interoperable Manufacturing Systems (IIMS)


Laboratory for Industry 4.0 Smart Manufacturing Systems
Light Metals Research Centre


Magnesium research
Medical and rehabilitation robotics
Mechanics of Materials and Composites
Mechatronics | Mechatronics laboratories


Nanomechanical research laboratory


Oceania Water Research Consortium
Operations Research and Computational Analytics (ORCA)


Parallel and Reconfigurable Computing
Power electronics
Power systems




Research Centre for Surface and Materials Science


Separation and Reaction Engineering
Signal Processing
Smart materials and microtechnologies | Microfabrication lab
Software Engineering Processes, Tools and Applications (SEPTA)
Solid mechanics
Speech Processing and Technology
Structural engineering | Structures Testing Laboratory
Surface and materials science
Systems and control


Telecommunications and Electromagnetics
Thermofluids | Thermofluids laboratory
Transportation Research Centre


UACEER (Earthquake Engineering Research)


Water engineering | Water Engineering Laboratory
Wind Tunnel Hall


Yacht Research Unit