Research centres

The Faculty of Engineering leads – and are closely affiliated with – a number of well-recognised research centres.

Major research breakthroughs come from teams where the interplay of ideas from across disciplines can be combined to design innovative solutions. Our research expertise create a critical mass of groundbreaking activity in strategically important areas, bringing together expertise from wherever it is needed.

A facet of our faculty that we're exceptionally proud of is the degree of our cooperation and research interaction. Our research activities are not confined to our own disciplines; we encourage 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.

Acoustics and Vibration Research Centre

The premier acoustics and vibration research group in New Zealand, committed to undertaking high-quality fundamental, theoretical and experimental research and seeks opportunities to create meaningful impact across the nation. Find out more

Advanced Thermal Engineering and Aerodynamics (ATHENA) Centre

The Advanced Thermal Engineering and Aerodynamics (ATHENA) Centre develops clean energy technology to enable a sustainable net-zero carbon future. We undertake cutting-edge research in the areas of thermal engineering, aerodynamics, fluid mechanics and wind engineering for energy production, conversion and efficient utilisation of renewable sources. Find out more

Centre for Advanced Materials Manufacturing and Design (CAMMD)

Addressing the global challenges of energy efficiency, low emissions and sustainability in manufactured products through increasing innovation and productivity within the knowledge-intensive, advanced manufacturing sector. Find out more

Centre for Automation and Robotic Engineering Science (CARES)

An interdisciplinary centre which is committed to creating new robotic, automation, and sensing (RAS) technologies that improve societal wellbeing, and inspire and train the next generations of RAS researchers. Find out more

Centre for Intelligent Manufacturing and Mechatronics (CIMM)

The Centre for Intelligent Manufacturing and Mechatronics is unique and aimed at the cooperative sharing of related expertise and resources in manufacturing and mechatronics engineering. Comprised of two themes, Factories of the Future (FoF), and Intelligent Mechatronics and Biomechatronics (IMB), the centre will rely strongly on shared fundamental sciences such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, robotics, automation, sensors and actuators. Find out more

Centre of Neural Engineering and Cell Technologies (CoNECT)

Focusing on the issue of the health and wellbeing of a rapidly growing and ageing population, with known health inequities for Māori, CoNECT seeks to advance and enhance human health by ‘connecting’ through neural integration with technology. Find out more

Circular Innovations (CIRCUIT) Research Centre

More than 90% of the materials used in the global economy are utilised only once, then thrown away. The Circular Innovations and Solutions Centre's look at all aspects of transition towards a circular economy. Find out more

Engineering Education Research Centre

The purpose of the Engineering Education Research Centre is to play a leading role in contributing to the body of engineering education research through teaching innovations and outreach activities. The EERC represents a clearly identifiable and unified research group to industry and the research community. Engineers shape our world, and we shape engineers. Find out more

Engineering for Natural Hazards Mitigation

Aims to develop analysis, design and decision-making methods to support the assessment of built environment components and systems in the context of natural hazards. Find out more

Geothermal Institute

Established in 1978, this is one of the world's premier centres for geothermal research, education, training, testing and consulting. Find out more

Green Energy Engineering Centre

Driven by the purpose to carry out research to assist New Zealand in achieving a zero-carbon economy through increased investment in renewable energy. Find out more

Infrastructure for Community Futures Research Centre (ICFRC)

Collaborating across disciplines within the University and externally to understand the complex interactions between society, infrastructure and the natural environment, and the implications for future infrastructure decision-making. Find out more

Māori and Pasifika Engineering Research Centre (MPERC)

The Māori and Pasifika Engineering Research Centre (MPERC) will provide a hub for Māori and Pasifika researchers to support and nurture Māori and Pasifika research excellence. It will also assisting non-Māori/Pasifika within the faculty and research centre to meaningfully engage and collaborate with tangata whenua, further expanding and maintaining relationships. Find out more

Te Pūnaha Ātea | Space Institute  

A multi-faculty space science and engineering centre with the purpose of maximising opportunities that arise from the flourishing local space sector. Find out more

Transdisciplinary Modelling and Engineering Research Centre (TME)

The Transdisciplinary Modelling and Engineering Research Centre (TME) combines transdisciplinary modelling with engineering to both model complex systems and implement the resulting solutions. The transdisciplinary approach draws together researchers from different disciplines and enables them to explore complex causes and consequences within systems. Find out more

Transportation Research Centre (TRC)

Helping to lead and accelerate the transition towards a safer and more sustainable transport system that enables improved social, cultural, economic, and environmental outcomes in Aotearoa New Zealand and the world. Find out more

Water Research Centre

The Water Research Centre aims to make water infrastructure resilient to climate change, improve the performance of water and wastewater infrastructure, develop multi-scale integrated modelling frameworks to assess and mitigate future ecosystem threats, and to increase the amount of teaching and research done on water resource management, especially in water allocation, water demand forecasting and water trade. Find out more