School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering

We focus on high quality education and research on the design, manufacture and operation of biomedical, chemical and mechanical systems and processes. We are driven to develop new equipment, technology and methods that improve the quality of human health and the environment.

Our research

Our collaborations bring together economics, biology, medicine, engineering and sciences to design and develop new equipment and methods that improve the quality of human health and life. Our research outputs are wide ranging - from ‘The Drifter’, a floating device that delivers real-time data to defend against flash flooding and water pollution, to a 3D-moulded mattress that supported a 10-year-old patient during a lengthy spinal surgery. We are driven to find the best technological solutions to global challenges which achieve improved efficiency, maximum output and financial viability.

Biomechanics and Spine Research Group

Research into paediatric spinal deformity and other spine conditions to improve treatments and understanding of these disorders to ensure the best patient outcomes.

About the research group

Biofuel Engine Research Facility

Australia’s largest biofuel production testing facility, specialising in engine performance testing and biofuels emissions testing.

About the facility

Our courses

Chemical Process

'I think the practical experience that I gained here while I'm at uni has been very helpful with a lot of projects that I'm doing. Even down to writing reports at uni, I know exactly how I would format a report and what the industry standard is like.'

Tharanga Gunasekera

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Chemical Process)

Mechanical

'What I love about my course is the international opportunities - I got to go and study abroad in Denmark, and I'll be taking a two-week course in Norway at the start of next year. What I love even more is that this course provides me with the skill set to be a successful engineer.'

Olivia Hutchinson

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical)

Mechatronics

'I chose to study mechatronics as it focused on the design, control and interactions of both mechanical and electrical systems. By adding robotics as a second study area I gained further insight and depth. I’m now an automation engineer on working on control systems from individual robots to whole manufacturing lines.'

Amy Gunnell

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechatronics)

Medical

'When a family member received a cochlear implant I saw how medical engineering could provide a long-term solution to his hearing loss. I would love a career working to improve the health of individuals through the development and implementation of viable healthcare technology.'

Renee Nightingale

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Medical)

Our partners

The core of our industry engagement is through our research and research training activities and our undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programs.

We partner with businesses and organisations from start-ups to multi-nationals and our scope of application is inclusive.

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Industry and community

  • Australian Coal Association Research Program
  • BCM
  • BeefLedger
  • Caltex
  • Ecotech Biodeisel
  • Energy Consumers Australia
  • Fuchs Australia
  • Honda Motor Company
  • Licella
  • Mater Health Services
  • Medtronic Australasia Pty Ltd
  • Sealy Australia
  • The Behaviour Change Collaborative
  • The Mind Room

Government agencies

  • Australian Maritime College – University of Tasmania
  • Australian Research Council
  • Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service
  • CitySmart
  • Department of Education and Training
  • Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy
  • International Marine Organisation
  • Queensland Government (Advance Queensland)
  • Queensland X-Ray

Universities and institutes

  • Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney
  • Duke University Sanford School for Public Policy
  • East China University of Science and Technology
  • Food Agility CRC
  • Griffith University
  • Huazhong University of Science and Technology
  • International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health
  • James Cook University
  • Metro North Hospital and Health Service
  • Nanjing University
  • Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Sun Yat-sen University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Salzburg
  • Wuhan University
  • Zhejiang University

Our people

Our school brings together a diverse team of experts who deliver world-class education and achieve breakthroughs in research.

Explore our staff profiles to discover the amazing work our researchers are contributing to.

Meet our experts

Dr Thomas Rainey
Position
Senior Lecturer
Division / Faculty
School of Mechanical Medical & Process Engineering
Research fields
Chemical Engineering
Interdisciplinary Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
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Dr Beat Schmutz
Position
Senior Research Fellow
Division / Faculty
School of Mechanical Medical & Process Engineering
Research fields
Biomedical Engineering
Clinical Sciences
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Dr Tuquabo Tesfamichael
Position
Senior Lecturer
Division / Faculty
School of Mechanical Medical & Process Engineering
Research fields
Condensed Matter Physics
Materials Engineering
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Dr Phong Tran
Position
Senior Research Fellow
Division / Faculty
School of Mechanical Medical & Process Engineering
Research fields
Biomedical Engineering
Other Physical Sciences
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Dr Sarah Whitehouse
Position
Senior Research Fellow
Division / Faculty
School of Mechanical Medical & Process Engineering
Research field
Clinical Sciences
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Dr Haifei Zhan
Position
Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering
Division / Faculty
School of Mechanical Medical & Process Engineering
Research fields
Mechanical Engineering
Materials Engineering
Nanotechnology
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Dr Zhanying Zhang
Position
Senior Research Fellow
Division / Faculty
School of Mechanical Medical & Process Engineering
Research fields
Industrial Biotechnology
Chemical Engineering
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Dr Yinghong Zhou
Position
Senior Research Fellow
Division / Faculty
School of Mechanical Medical & Process Engineering
Research fields
Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Biomedical Engineering
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Professor William Doherty
Position
Principal Research Fellow
Division / Faculty
School of Mechanical Medical & Process Engineering
Research fields
Chemical Engineering
Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry
Physical Chemistry (incl. Structural)
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Dr Ehsan Arzaghi
Position
Postdoctoral Research Fellow Mechanical Engineer
Division / Faculty
School of Mechanical Medical & Process Engineering
Research fields
Mechanical Engineering
Interdisciplinary Engineering
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Dr Iman Ashtiani Abdi
Position
Postdoctoral Research Fellow Chemical/Process Engineer
Division / Faculty
School of Mechanical Medical & Process Engineering
Research fields
Chemical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Interdisciplinary Engineering
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Dr Nicole Bartnikowski
Position
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Division / Faculty
School of Mechanical Medical & Process Engineering
Research fields
Biomedical Engineering
Other Physical Sciences
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