School research

The School of Engineering is a strong research intensive school with expertise in a wide range of disciplines. Our research focus ensures that students are exposed to cutting edge, world-class thinking and are taught by staff that are at the forefront of developments in their chosen field.

Many of our staff are internationally recognised for their contributions to engineering and technology and are leaders in their field. They play an active role in the development of their research areas, information exchange and international standards and contribute to some of the most prestigious academic journals around the world.

The School is closely linked with industry through scholarships, collaborative research, professional consulting and involvement with national and international professional bodies. A number of truly pioneering inventions have been developed within the School, which have been patented and commercialised. The following are a selection of our innovations:

The School of Engineering is proud to be recognised as one of the top Engineering Schools in Australia, and is keen to continue and enhance its enviable research track record for the benefit of all of its stakeholders including our students, industry and the community.


Our research strengths

Research capabilities within the School:

  • Advanced nanoparticles
  • Bulk solids and particle technologies
  • Climate adaptation engineering
  • Control systems and automations
  • Corrosion engineering, science and technology
  • Energy technology
  • Environmental engineering and water resources
  • Environmental informatics and Geographical Information Sciences (GIS)
  • Environmental rehabilitation of disturbed land
  • Explosive blast and ballistics damage to built infrastructure
  • Fluid mechanics and turbulence
  • Geotechnical engineering: geoinfrastructure, georisk, geoenvironment
  • Health informatics
  • Heavy metal contamination
  • Infrastructure remediation
  • Landslides, rockfalls and debris flows
  • Machine learning and robotics
  • Materials engineering
  • Micro and nano machines
  • Particle technology and interface science
  • Pipelines for water and energy transportation
  • Power electronics and drives
  • Power systems and smart grids
  • Process safety and environmental protection
  • Remediation of sites (PFAS and other contaminants)
  • Remote sensing and Earth observation
  • Risk and reliability
  • Signal processing
  • Site investigation using geotechnical, geophysical and geological information
  • Smart structures
  • Structural engineering
  • Structural masonry
  • Surveying and geospatial engineering
  • Telecommunications

School of Engineering Research Centres and Groups

Australian Research Centres (ARC) Centre of Excellence:

Australian Research Centres (ARC):

UON Global Centres:

Priority Research Centres:

University Research Centres:

Research Groups:

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