Our focus

Key research areas

The Monash University Faculty of Engineering is the premier engineering research faculty in Australia.*

In keeping with the University aspirations we aim to be the No. 1 engineering faculty in the Asia Pacific by 2022. With recent appointments of many high flying early to mid-career academics, our staff profile is one of the youngest in the University with a median age below 40 years. We have a commitment to training the next generation of research leaders and have over 600 PhD students supporting our areas of research focus.

Research infrastructure

Supporting these research focus areas is outstanding research infrastructure, much of which is supported centrally via research platforms available to all research staff.

Key facilities include:

  • Monash Biomedical Imaging
    MBI is a Monash University-led group of biomedical imaging facilities across our partner organisations that include hospitals and research organisations. We facilitate imaging research in preclinical and clinical X-Ray, CT, PET, SPECT and MRI.
  • Monash Wind Tunnel
    Australia's largest wind tunnel is leading the way for aerodynamic and wind noise research as well as assisting the development of full-scale production vehicles for Australian and international markets.
  • Australian Synchrotron
    The Australian Synchrotron is a source of highly intense light ranging from infrared to hard x-rays used for a wide variety of research purposes. It is one of fewer than 40 similar facilities around the world. It is the largest stand-alone piece of scientific infrastructure in the southern hemisphere.
  • Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication
    MCN operates the largest purpose-built research cleanroom complex in the southern hemisphere. It provides the industrial, research and academic community with expertise in the areas of advanced materials and biotechnology.

There is also a range of facilities in the medical space in areas including proteomics genomics and the largest zebrafish facility in the southern hemisphere. Access to National Computing Infrastructure supercomputing facilities is enhanced with on-campus facilities including the 3000+ CPUcore Sun Grid and the MASSIVE visualisation equipment. Coming online in September 2013 is CAVE2, the most powerful immersive 3D visualisation facility in the world. This facility will provide Monash Engineering researchers access to exceptional leading edge technology for understanding complex 3D and 4D data sets in areas as diverse as structural mechanics, material microstructure, biological systems and fluid flows.

* According to the Australian Government’s most recent Excellence in Research Assessment (ERA 2012), Monash Engineering obtained the highest number and highest proportion of research disciplines ranked as “Well above world standard” in Engineering and closely related areas.