Research

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.

Study a PhD at Deakin

PhD student Xin Li extended his interest in sustainable building materials when he joined supervisor Dr Mahmud Ashraf at Deakin. In partnership with industry, Xin’s PhD looks at innovative and environmentally sustainable cross-laminated timber.

Deakin Digital Design and Engineering Centre

Deakin Digital Design and Engineering Centre (3DEC) was established to respond to the technology-centred industrial revolution by combining design and engineering innovation, with cutting-edge digital fabrication and sensor technology expertise. Our collaboration is based on integrating multi-disciplinary ingenuity, people-centred solutions and improving social, economic and environmental outcomes through digital technology innovations.

Find out more about 3DEC

Energy Research Theme

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.

Centre for Smart Power and Energy Research (CSPER)

The centre’s research focus is on three main areas including future power grids, renewable energy and energy storage, and cyber-physical energy systems. Sustainable generation of energy, integration of renewable energy sources and development of new energy management systems are becoming essential to the future of power, and our research aims to deliver solutions for our communities.

Find out more about CSPER

Flow, Aerosols and Thermal Energy (FATE) Research Group

The FATE Group brings together an energetic and driven team of researchers with expertise in a broad range of science and engineering fields. Our research focus is in three areas including thermal energy, environmental emissions, and biomedical and bio-fluids

Find out more about FATE

Infrastructure and Environment Research Theme

The Infrastructure and Environment Research Theme consists of multidisciplinary research groups that provides sustainable solutions in the areas of built and natural environment. We aim to develop technologies to address challenges in of construction, water resource, climate change and environment.

Environmental Chemistry and Climate Resilience Engineering Research Group

Our research focuses on engineering solutions for the real-world problems that climate change can cause, including impacts of extreme weather events and resilient water supply.

Engineered Timber Structures Research Group

Our research in engineered mass timber and bio-based composite materials covers manufacturing, supply chain, material characterisation and structural design.

Sustainable Composite Materials and Structures Research Group

Our research focuses on composite materials for construction and structures, working with industry to develop novel uses of engineered materials such as recycled materials.

Transport Infrastructures and Safety Research Group

We research ways to improve infrastructure across industries that rely on transport for their operations. This includes surface and underground infrastructure, design, and the use of modelling and simulation tools.

Water-Energy Nexus Research Group

Our research focuses on the co-dependency of water and energy and how systems can be designed and engineered to be sustainable and efficient.

Water Resources and Asset Management Research Group

Our group's research focus is on how water is being captured and used, as well as the overarching management of engineered solutions and technologies.

Systems and Control Research Theme

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
  • power systems, including renewable multi-microgrids
  • robotics – land, aerial and underwater
  • 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