Science and Engineering

About the faculty

Vision and goals

Science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and urban development are the engines of growth driving modern society, and they have a wide-reaching impact on our everyday lives. As Australia moves towards a knowledge-based economy, investing in research and education in these fields is an investment in our future economic, social and environmental prosperity.

Our vision is to shape future environments through world-leading science and engineering research and innovation, and to build a better future through real-world teaching and learning.

We will achieve this by:

  • providing innovative, world-class teaching, leading to outstanding graduates
  • carrying out cutting-edge, high-impact research
  • building productive, sustainable and global partnerships
  • supporting a thriving community empowered to achieve academic excellence.

Schools

We're one of the largest university faculties in Australia. We focus our research and teaching on 21 disciplines within 6 schools:

Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering School

Civil Engineering and the Built Environment School

Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences School

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science School

Information Systems School

Mathematical Sciences School

Research

All of our schools and disciplines conduct research, developing new ideas that transform the work of industry and government. We're recognised for our valuable and long-standing relationships with leading industry partners, and the real-world outcomes of our research and development.

We actively engage with extensive global research collaboration networks, and focus on developing high-impact ideas which transform the way industry and government practise in the real world.

Our key research strengths are:

  • robotics and computer vision
  • plant biotechnology
  • data science
  • biomedical engineering
  • materials science and engineering
  • computational modelling and simulation science
  • business process management.

We have a number of additional priorities that are designed to meet constantly emerging challenges and opportunities.

These include:

  • crop protection
  • integrated energy systems
  • STEM research in education
  • smart transport systems.

We deliver capability into QUT's multidisciplinary research institutes, which are developed in partnership with industry and government. The Institute for Future Environments studies our natural, built and virtual environments, and finds ways to make them more sustainable, secure and resilient. Our researchers working in the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation deliver research outcomes across three broad health areas: prevention, mind and body health, and recovery.

The quality of our research has attracted significant external funding. We headquarter the Australian Centre of Robotic Vision (ACRV) as part of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence program, and play a major role in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS).

Partnerships

We offer strategic partnerships across research, including consultancy and expert services, professional development, and student programs. We're recognised for the real-world outcomes of our research and development, and have valuable and longstanding relationships with industry partners such as Brisbane Airport Corporation, Boeing, Shell and SAP.

These connections give our students experience with real-world industry and provide mentoring opportunities through local and international internships, group tours, work experience placements and site visits.

Showcase

Facilities

Students, industry and staff have access to world-class facilities in Brisbane and across distributed research precincts around Queensland.

Our Science and Engineering Centre houses the very latest in teaching spaces, high performance computing and visualisation facilities, and advanced scientific instruments for research. Within the centre is The Cube, one of the world's largest digital interactive learning and display spaces dedicated to providing an inspiring, explorative and participatory experience of our science and engineering research.

Contacts

General enquiries and student services

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    Gardens Point
    2 George St
    Brisbane QLD
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    QUT Science and Engineering Faculty
    GPO Box 2434
    Brisbane QLD 4001