Explore the engineering minors
Artificial intelligence in engineering
Artificial intelligence (AI) is used by engineers to develop driverless vehicles, meaningful human machine interaction and image recognition. This minor allows engineers to develop new designs involving robotics, deep learning, computer vision and autonomous vehicles. Understand how to construct computer vision systems for surveillance, robotics and medical imaging. Learn how deep learning can solve problems in classification and natural language processing and take a closer look at personal cognitive assistants and driverless car designs. AI, machine learning and robotics are fast-growing industries with technology constantly evolving and pushing boundaries and engineers with these skills are in high demand.
Civil engineers design and improve systems and processes that allow humans and nature to coexist with minimal impact. Modern society couldn’t function without them. We need civil engineers to design and build higher-capacity transportation systems; to construct larger commercial and industrial complexes; for water supply and pollution control; and to repair or replace roads, bridges and other structures. The core areas of civil engineering are structural, transport, water and geomechanics.
Computational engineering is a new and rapidly growing multidisciplinary field that simulates the physical world using computers to solve engineering design problems. The use of computational tools is at the heart of almost all modern engineering practice. Engineers rely on computational simulation techniques to develop new technologies and shape the world we live in. Biomedical devices, submarines and wind turbines are just a few examples where computer models are used to predict how new designs will behave in reality.
Computational models are powerful, but their proper use requires an understanding of their fundamentals and their limitations. This minor will provide training in both fundamental and applied computational analysis, including optimisation, numerical methods, data visualisation, and the modelling of thermofluid and solid systems.
Environmental engineering involves the implementation and management of solutions that are in harmony with the principles of sustainable development. It’s concerned with reducing energy and minimising waste, while providing the community with the development opportunities it needs to grow. Environmental engineers make a genuine difference to our world. By improving the knowledge on air, water and land quality, they help restore the environment and protect our natural world.
Micro and nano technologies
Micro and nano technologies form the basis of any modern miniaturised system including electronic devices containing computer chips, sensors and actuators in smartphones and vehicles and diagnostic systems, biomedical devices and devices for environmental monitoring. This minor equips engineers with the knowledge of the properties and applications of nanomaterials and the fabrication techniques required to engineer these materials.
Learn about lithography, biomimicry and bionanotechnology-inspired nanostructures using biological building blocks in self-assembling processes.
Explore how the design properties of nanostructured materials may be exploited for every day applications, ranging from food packaging and sunscreens to sensors and energy-related areas. Get hands-on experience of working in a state-of-the-art cleanroom environment at the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication, where you can design and fabricate your own microdevice.
Mining engineering involves environmentally-safe extraction and processing of natural minerals from the earth. Mining engineers supply critical materials like copper, iron, lithium and gold, that are essential for modern society and the world’s economy. They develop innovative and sustainable ways to make mining cleaner and safer, and help to sustain the future supply of the world’s natural resources. Mining engineers work in all aspects of the resources industry from exploration and planning, to extraction, processing and rehabilitation. Automation and digital technologies are modernising the mining industry and transforming mining careers.
Renewable energy engineering
Renewable energy engineering focuses on the fundamental conversion of solar radiation, wind, hydro, and bioenergy resources into electricity by designing, building and operating energy plants such as wind farms, solar farms and hydro power facilities. These engineers run the large-scale energy system incorporating renewables, and they provide expert advice in the development of energy policy to facilitate the transformation of the energy system, both domestically and internationally.
Smart manufacturing is the core of Industry 4.0. which includes cyber-physical systems, internet of things, and augmented reality. This minor equips engineers with the knowledge of modern systems of telecommunication, mechatronics, cyber-physics, and manufacturing for the new era of industry.
Have the skills and knowledge to prepare for the impending digital transformation driving the convergence of technologies that result in Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). Understand the evolution of key technologies, transformation to digital chains and the need to seamlessly combine organisational and technological issues into a single framework.
Be introduced to underlying technologies, major components and system-wide architectures of modern telecommunication systems, such as the Internet, mobile telephony, digital TV and Digital Audio Broadcasting. Learn about design methods and tools for ideation and methodologies and undertake a team automation project to design and build a mechatronic system, based on a microcontroller with appropriate mechanical structure, sensors and actuators.
The Sustainable engineering minor equips engineers with the knowledge and skills to understand the interplay between the environment and human activities. The goal is to provide solutions to the pressing environmental challenges in a sustainable manner. It takes a multidisciplinary approach based on industrial, materials, water and systems-based engineering management perspectives.
A growing multidisciplinary field of engineering, you’ll be introduced to life-cycle analysis, sustainability in the built environments include passive and active technologies, and the political, social and environmental background to materials usage. Examine the impact of population, affluence and technology changes on population and ecological footprints. Understand cleaner production technologies, sustainable resource processing and environmental technologies to create engineering solutions for a sustainable future.