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Mr Rob McHenry





Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env


School of Engineering


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

+61 3 522 73845


As an academic with considerable experience in the automotive industry of more than a decade, Rob joined Deakin University from the Ford Motor Company at the end of 2019 as the School of Engineering Lecturer in Professional Practice. With a goal to to prepare students to thrive beyond their transition to professional work, Rob works hard to strengthen university relationships with industry to improve student employability development and outcomes across all School of Engineering courses. 

In his time at Ford, Rob completed many roles within Powertrain Development, including as a lead engineer in delivering Noise, Vibration and Harshness attribute performance, as well as Vehicle and Engine Testing and Development, and delivery of Powertrain Systems Integration to support customer needs and reliability.

Prior to joining Ford, Rob graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2009 with a Bachelor of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (Honours), and Bachelor of Science (Physics). Rob is now enrolled in a PhD where he is evaluating the life-cycle technical, environmental, and economic performance of hydrogen and other electified powertrains in commercial transport. This is a collaboration between The University of Melbourne and Deakin University's Hycel Project.

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Biography summary

Rob is an emerging researcher with significant industry expertise who delivers integrated scholarship of teaching and learning (T&L) for the benefit of students and staff within the School of Engineering and Faculty of Science, Engineering, and Built Environment (SEBE). Rob generates research outputs that lead innovations enhancing student employability by improving curriculum relevance in the areas of Work Integrated Learning (WIL) and Engineering Professional Practice (EPP). He frequently collaborates with industry, students, and university colleagues to define and introduce a holistic approach to the ongoing development of learning and teaching practices, while completing a PhD in a technical field focused on the environmental techno-economics of heavy transport.


Student Instructional Designer Program

In collaboration with Associate Professor Siva Krishnan, Rob is leading a research program that delivers integration of professional practice and career education curriculum into all School of Engineering Courses, and provides a platform to contribute to the scholarship of teaching and learning in engineering education and Work Integrated Learning on a national scale.

The Student Instructional Designer (SID) program focuses on informing professional practice curriculum and developing online learning resources by working with students and industry as partners. The program commenced July 2020, providing internship opportunities to students who could not source placements due to COVID. In May 2021, this program was awarded $20,000 of faculty funding to accelerate delivery of its outcomes aligned to the SEBE Employability Guiding Plan (SEGP).

PhD - Environmental techno-economic study of medium-heavy transport

In collaboration with the University of Melbourne, Rob is completing a PhD program that evaluates the life-cycle technical, environmental, and financial performance of hydrogen and electrified powertrains for commercial transport. Rob is an active member within the Deakin Energy Hycel research team, helping the program to provide ground-breaking hydrogen research in support of paving the way for Australia’s clean energy future.