Head of School

Welcome to the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at UNSW Sydney

Professor Chun Wang, Head of School

With a long and proud history, the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering is one of the largest and most prestigious in Australia, with 2500 student enrolments, 80 academic staff, 25 professional staff, and a total annual budget of over $23 million to support education and research.

Our mission is to nurture students to become industry leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs who also will translate our research outcomes to generate societal, economic and environmental impacts. Our research spans both scientific discoveries and technological developments in the broad field of mechanical engineering. In our education and research endeavour we foster strong partnership with industry, government, and the community, and through these partnerships we address significant global challenges to meet demands of society, to improve lives, and to engineer a sustainable future.

In 2018 our School witnessed the official launch and establishment of two ARC Industry Transformation Training Centres, one for automated manufacturing of advanced composite, and one for flame retardant and fire safety technologies. These two centres link us with well over 38 organisations from around the globe, including 29 companies and government agencies. Building on the $30 million refurbishment of our research laboratories completed in 2016, we have recently established three brand new laboratories in additive manufacturing, energy storage and efficiency, and flame-retardant materials and fire safety. In early 2019 we launched the National Laser-Based Non-Destructive Evaluation System, a joint initiative funded by the Australian Research Council’s research infrastructure program in partnership with seven other organisations. These new facilities have greatly expanded our capacity to tackle pressing challenges facing our society. From energy storage, to developing new devices for health and medical applications, making environmentally friendly flame-retardant materials and structures, and intelligent health monitoring and management of high-value infrastructure and assets.


Our staff and students continue to make an impact in Australia and around the world, and their contributions have won numerous prestigious awards and recognitions. With the state-of-the-art facilities, world class researchers and some of the country's brightest engineering students, we are eager and uniquely placed to create transformational technologies to shape the future of industries.


Professor Chun Wang
Head of School