The Faculty of
Engineering at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) is Australia’s
pre-eminent engineering faculty, with a distinguished record in
research, strong ties with industry and a reputation locally and
internationally for quality education.
The Faculty is the
largest in Australia with more than 600 academic teaching and research
staff, over 8,000 students and annual revenue of approximately A$116
million. It ranks among the top engineering schools in Australia and
offers the widest choice of disciplines in undergraduate, postgraduate
and continuing education studies as well as research. Working closely
with key industrial, commercial and professional organisations, we
develop and deliver programs that are diverse and relevant to current
industry needs. This ensures our graduates are always amongst the most
highly sought after in the country.
industry has always been intrinsic to the Faculty. A coordinated
approach to education ensures that our graduates have a well-rounded
skill set whether they are beginning their careers or are already in the
marketplace. A strong collaborative partnership also aligns the work of
engineering research students and industry, so that industry benefits
from engineering innovation.
professorship in electricity power economics is a result of a UNSW–Energy
Australia partnership. The Energy Australia Chair in Electrical Power
Economics, based in the School of Electrical Engineering and
Telecommunications, will focus on developing an understanding of future
trading emissions schemes. The Chair will investigate innovative and
sustainable infrastructure provision and regulation, taking into account
the technical, economic, public policy and governance aspects.
The Evans and Peck
Chair for Integrated Transport Innovation will lead the new Research
Centre for Integrated Transport Innovation (RCITI) in the School of
Civil and Environmental Engineering. The Centre will investigate
sustainable approaches to transport infrastructure and operations, with
extensive liaison with industry and the government.
The Mitsubishi Chair in
Sustainable Mining Practices, held by Associate Professor David
Laurence, will lead the new Australian Centre for Sustainable Mining
Practices based in the School of Mining Engineering. The Centre will be
an international centre of excellence in sustainable mining research and
education, with a particular focus on the Asia-Pacific region. It will
provide education for local and international students at undergraduate
and postgraduate level and for mining industry professionals.
A Solar Industrial
Research Facility (SIRF) is under construction in the upper UNSW campus.
The facility features a state-of-the-art silicon solar cell production
line with commercial capability built in partnership with Germany’s Roth
& Rau, and a Research and Development laboratory aimed at developing and
transferring advanced solar cell technologies from the UNSW ARC
Photovoltaic Centre of Excellence into commercial production.
The 2010 Australian
Government’s ‘Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)’ initiative
found that UNSW reached the threshold on more areas of Information
Technology (08) than any other Australian university.
An overall score of 4
ranked UNSW’s research above the global average, however, the most
telling part of the report is in the number of subcategories where UNSW
is on par or above the global average - five for UNSW whereas the next
highest university made par in only two. UNSW ranked in Computer
Software, Distributed Computing and Library and Information studies,
Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing, and Information Systems.
UNSW was the only Australian University to make the rankings for
Computer Software and Distributed Computing!
Ten Faculty of
Engineering projects were successful in the latest round of Australian
Research Council (ARC) Linkage grants, which support collaborative
research and development projects on industry-relevant problems. The
research is varied and includes monitoring organic matter in drinking
water systems using fluorescence spectroscopy, a multipoint voltage
sensor for high-power distribution lines, and the economic value of
smart integration of electric vehicles into the Australian electricity
industry. Overall, the Faculty of Engineering grants totalled A$2.62
UNSW has also been very
successful in gaining funding from the Federal Government’s Australian
Solar Institute competitive funding pool, with an initial Foundation
partner A$5 million grant (with ANU and CSIRO), followed by an
associated A$4 million Applied Research Grant for work within the SIRF
facility, and a further A$5 million Applied Grant for work with industry
partners in Australia and China.