Fostering multidisciplinary innovation and research to solve global challenges
From inventing a needle microscope that pinpoints cancer cells, to creating safer designs for oil and gas pipelines or detecting gravitational waves, our research discovers ways to improve the future of our world.
Our research strengths and priorities in engineering and mathematical sciences are focussed on three main themes: Engineering for Remote Operations, the Science of Discovery, and Technologies for Better Health. All three themes intersect with each other as well as with the overall University strengths and priorities, and align with Western Australia's natural comparative advantages, including a wealth of resources in minerals and energy and high degree of geographical isolation.
Our Faculty research model ensures critical mass of researchers around focused research areas. The key characteristic has been the alignment of academics, research staff and higher degree by research (HDR) students into significant, usually multidisciplinary, teams known as research clusters, within and across each of the research themes. These clusters are designed to enable our Faculty and University to become a world leader in these three themes, by developing people who bring creative solutions to technological problems or to the discovery of new knowledge.
Australian Innovation Challenge prize for the Microscope in the Needle invention, 2015
WA Innovator of the Year, Andrew Guzzomi, for seed flaming technology, 2016
Asia-Pacific Mimics Innovation Award winner, Nikhilesh Bappoo, for medical engineering design software, 2017
Engineering for Remote Operations
Engineering for Remote Operations is a strategic research initiative within the Department of Mechanical Engineering developing innovative solutions.
Science of Discovery
Explore astrophysics and the world of outer space through the Science of Discovery.
Technologies for better health
Technologies for Better Health develops new medical processes and devices to improve the lives of people around the world.
Professor Anas Ghadouani
Anas Ghadouani is a Professor of Environmental Engineering at The University of Western Australia where he leads a very successful research group (Aquatic, Ecology and Ecosystem Studies).Read more
Dr Brendan Kennedy is Head of the Bioimaging Research and Innovation for Translational Engineering Lab (BRITElab) at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research and a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computing Engineering at The University of Western Australia (UWA).Read more
Associate Professor Sally Male
Associate Professor Sally Male is the Chair in Engineering Education, pioneer for Virtual Work Integrated Learning for engineering students and advocate for gender inclusivity in engineering education.Read more
Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre
The Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre is a purpose-built collaborative facility for marine science and ocean engineering research.
Wave Energy Research Centre
The Wave Energy Research Centre in Albany, in southern Western Australia, is a knowledge hub for offshore marine renewable energy research.
The BRITElab is a world-class laboratory facility for biomedical and bioengineering research in Western Australia.
Microelectronic Clean Room
Sterile facility for microelectronics research