Deakin's School of Engineering is a leader in a number of engineering-focused research areas. We're committed to generating fundamental knowledge creation. We give students access to the highest-quality research training, state-of-the-art facilities and industry connections that make a real difference.

Study a masters or PhD with us

Employers seek out Deakin engineering graduates for their forward-thinking, innovative approach and entrepreneurial qualities.

With us, you can develop technical skills and a positive approach to problem solving. Plus, you'll gain the experience of working on a supervised research or industry project that'll give you the advanced project management skills you need to tackle complex, industry-focused problems.

Our postgraduate research supervisors are available across a range of disciplines, including:

  • additive manufacturing
  • civil engineering
  • design technology
  • electrical and electronics engineering
  • engineering management
  • environmental engineering
  • mechanical engineering
  • mechatronics engineering
  • renewable energy engineering.

Deakin Digital Design and Engineering Centre (3DEC)

3DEC was established to lead the way in creating holistic, product-focused digital design and engineering solutions for industry and the wider world. Our project teams aim to deliver creative, end-to-end R&D solutions using the latest advances in design development and analytical tools.

We achieve this by:

  • integrating 3D digital technologies
  • developing innovative digital applications
  • improving social outcomes through digital technology
  • using technology that can provide both virtual and physical outcomes from concept through to visualisation, design, communication, testing and analysis, and manufacture.


The Energy Research Theme represents a wide range of research activities in electrical, power, renewable and thermal energy research. Our team is involved in improving the ways we generate, transmit, use, mitigate and store energy with an aim to solve the key challenges that governments, industry and society faces.

The School of Engineering has several world-class research facilities supporting our research in this area including our high voltage, renewable energy and power engineering laboratories. We also have state-of-the-art modelling and simulation capability for thermal energy systems and use of our Microgrid research platform.

Infrastructure and Environment

The Infrastructure and Environment Research Theme aims to provide engineering solutions for development, while also achieving positive environmental outcomes that benefit our world. We work with many stakeholders to design and build infrastructure and landscapes that are productive and sustainable.

Our research activities cover different aspects of structural, geotechnical, water, road and transport and environmental engineering. Examples of multidisciplinary activities we are engaged in are:

  • efficient use of new materials in innovative engineering applications
  • soil-structure interactions
  • assessment of environmental and socio-economic impacts of new infrastructure
  • management of road network for efficient use.

Many of our research projects are funded by industry partners, ranging from regional small-to-medium enterprises through to large multinational companies and government agencies.

Systems and Control

The Systems and Control Research Theme focuses on solving fundamental and applied research problems across a wide range of societal needs. Our research team combines expertise in:

  • control systems theory
  • complex interconnected systems
  • robotics – land, aerial and underwater
  • power systems, including renewable multi-microgrids
  • biomedical systems and devices
  • Industry 4.0.

Contact us

Associate Head of School, Research
Associate Professor Ben Horan
+61 3 5227 2907
Email A/Prof. Horan

HDR Coordinator
Associate Professor Mahmud Ashraf
+61 3 5227 8450
Email Associate Professor Mahmud Ashraf

Dr Jorg Schluter
+61 3 5227 3382
Email Dr Jorg Schluter