The School holds regular seminars with presentations by its own academic staff and visitors to the School. Upcoming seminars are advertised in the Upcoming Events.
All seminars held since 2014 are listed below. If you would like a copy of the abstract for a seminar given prior to 2017, please email


1 November 2019 Optimising Superalloys for Jet Engine Applications
  Dr. Katerina Christofidou, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom more
28 October 2019 Acoustic and Aeroacoustic Source Identification
  Prof. Jerome Antoni, University of Lyon, France more
3 October 2019 Dislocation and disconnection mobility in metals
  Dr. Christian Brandl, University of Melbourne more
22 August 2019  Alloyed Pleasure: Multi-metallic cocktails
  Prof. Eun Soo Park, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea more
15 August 2019 Reducing Airfoil Noise with Bio-Inspired Design Adaptations
  Dr. Lorna Ayton. University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom more
9 August 2019 Advanced Green Composites
  Prof Anil Narayan Netravali more
8 August 2019 Bone's Multi-Scale Resistance to Fracture and Capacity for Adaptation
  Dr. Elizabeth A. Zimmermann, Shriners Hospitals for Children -  Canada, Nova Scotia more
8 August 2019 Morphing and Healing Composite Materials
  Dr. Matthieu Gresil, University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom more
6 August 2019 4D Printing of composites
  Prof. Suong Van Hoa, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada more
6 August 2019 Design, Optimization and Validation of Constant and Variable Angle Tow Composite cylindrical shells
  Dr. Chiara Bisagni, Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands more
18 June 2019 Mathematical Models and Methods in Drug Delivery Systems
  Dr. Guiseppe Pontrelli, Instituto per le Applicatzioni del Cacolo-CNR, Rome, Italy more
29 May 2019 Next Generation of Nuclear Reactors: The Generation IV Integration Forum (GIF) and an Overview of Research in Australia
  Dr. Ondrej Muránsky, Australia's Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) more
15 May 2019 Materials Challenges for Nuclear Reactors
  Dr. Claudia Gasparrini, Imperial College, London more
8 Apr 2019 The Role of Microcstructure and Environments on Strain Localisation in High Performance Alloys
  Prof. Michael Preuss, University of Manchester, UK more
19 Mar 2019 The Road to No Wear: Stamping AHSS
  Prof. Bernard Rolfe, Deakin University more
27 Feb 2019 Fundamental Research on Precision Hot Forming of TiAl Alloys
  Prof. Yuyong Chen more
13 Feb 2019 From Scientist to Government Adviser
  Prof. Robin Grimes, FRS, and Prof. Les Fields, UNSW more



17 Dec 2018 Development of Active Porous Medium Filters Based on Plasma Textiles
  Prof. Andrey V. Kuznetsov, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, North Carolina State University, USA more
2 Nov 2018 Soft Actuators and Soft Robots
  A/Prof. Jian Zhu, Department of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore more
1 Nov 2018 Distributed Multi-Robot Formation Control
  Dr. Mohammad Deghat, University of Melbourne more
14 Sep 2018 Structure and Dynamics of Metallic Glasses and Glass-forming Liquids
  Prof. Paul M. Voyles, Chair, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA more
28 Aug 2018 Nuclear Engineering Research Showcase: Introduction of New MME Staff
  Profs. Patrick Burr and Edward Obbard, UNSW more
20 Aug 2018 Origami and Topology: Two Powerful Ingredients for Designing Mechanical Metamaterials
  A/Prof. Jinkyu Yang, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, University of Washington, USA more
10 Aug 2018 Manufacturing Aspects and Automotive Use of Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastic and Thermosetting Composites
  Prof. Dr.-Ing Dr. h.c. Klaus Friedrich, Institute fur Composite Materials (ICW GmbH), TU Kaiserslautern, Germany more
6 Aug 2018 Nano-enhanced Multifunctional Composite Aerostructures
  Prof. Brian G. Falzon, Head of School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Queen's University Belfast, Ireland more
1 Aug 2018 In Mold Process Analytics - the Next Step for Intelligent and Robust Composite Manufacturing
  Alexander Chaloupka, NETZSCH - Geratebau GmbH, Selb, Germany more
30 Jul 2018 Processing with Powders: From Powder Metallurgy to Additive Manufacturing
  Prof. Sundar V. Atre, Endowed Chair of Manufacturing and Materials, University of Louisville, USA more 
5 Jun 2018 Noise from Open Rotors
  Dr. Mike Kingan, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Auckland more
1 May 2018 Biomimetic Adaptive and Learning Control with Application to Compliant Robots
  Dr. Yongping Pan, National University of Singapore, Singapore more
30 Apr 2018 Human-Like Robot Control Design and Human Robot Skill Transfer
  Dr. Chenguang Yang more
30 Apr 2018 Fundamental Methodologies for SLAM and 3D Reconstruction
  Dr. Viorela Ila, Australian National University more
30 Apr 2018 Continuum Robots for Minimally Invasive Surgery: Smaller, Softer, and Smarter
  Dr. Liao Wu, Queensland University of Technology more
26 Apr 2018 Mechanics and Structures at the Mesoscale: Challenges and Opportunities for ICME
  Dr. Stephen Niezgoda, Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, The Ohio State University more
17 Jan 2018 Computational Imaging in Robotic Vision
  Dr. Donald G. Dansereau, Stanford Computational Imaging lab more



15 Dec 2017 Spray Combustion Research for the Engine Combustion Network 
  Dr. Lyle Pickett, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Combustion Research Facility, Sandia National Laboratories more
11 Dec 2017 A Historical Perspective and Current Trends in Additive Manufacturing
  Prof. David Bourell, The University of Texas at Austin more
30 Nov 2017 Computational Mechanics as a Power Tool for Exploration of Deformation Mechanism of Nanomaterials and Mechanobiology
  Prof. Yuan Tong Gu, Queensland University of Technology more
15 Nov 2017 Organically Linked Iron Oxide Nanoparticle Supercrystals with Exceptional Isotropic Mechanical Properties
  Prof. Gerold A. Schneider, Institute of Advanced Ceramics, Hamburg University of Technology, Germany more
3 Nov 2017 Navigation, Neuroscience, and Neural Networs: A Quest to Understand Intelligence and Build Better Robots
  Prof Michael Milford, Queensland University of Technology more
3 Oct 2017 The Computer Laboratory Goes Virtual
  Prof. Suman Banerjee, CS/ECE, UW-Madison and CTO, MobileNerd, Inc. more
8 Aug 2017 Ion-releasing Restorative Dental Composites: Materials Development and Remineralization Potential
  Prof. Roberto R. Braga, Department of Biomaterials and Oral Biology, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil more
5 Jul 2017 Bayesian Multi-Object Tracking for Autonomous System Applications
  A/Prof. Reza Hoseinnezhad, School of Engineering, RMIT University, Melbourne more
5 Jun 2017 Computer-Aided Optimisation Design of Nasal Drug Delivery
  Dr. Jiyuan Tu, School of Engineering at RMIT University, Melbourne and Adjunct Professor at UNSW more
25 May 2017 Novel Multi-Scale Carbon Nanotube Hybrid Composites: Processing, Characterization and Applications in Smart Sensing and Structural Monitoring
  A/Prof Erik T. Thostenson, University of Delaware, USA more
26 Apr 2017  Open Hybrid Lab Factory  - High Volume Production of Lightweight Structures for the Automotive Industry
  Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Droder, Institute of Machine Tools and Production Technology (IWF), TU Braunschweig, Germany more
11 Apr 2017 Soft Layer Method: Improving the Productivity and Electrical and Mechanical Properties of the Thin Carbon Composite
  Dr. Dongyoung Lee, KAIST, Korea more
27 Feb 2017 Towards Cleaner Biofuels: The Influence of Biodiesel Molecular Structure on Nanoparticle Emissions
  Prof. Zoran Ristovski, Queensland University of Technology more
17 Feb 2017 The Art of 3D Printing Biocompatible Microfluidics
  A/Prof. Albert Folch, University of Washington, USA more



12 Dec 2016 Hybrid Composites for Tolerance and Visualisation of Damage
  Dr. Meisam Jalavand, University of Bristol, UK
2 Dec 2016 Non-Destructive Testing and Characterization of Composites @ MMS-UGent
  Dr. Mathias Kersemans, Universiteit Gent, Belgium
11 Nov 2016 Designing and Implementing Large Systems: How to Avoid Cost Over-Runs and Missed Project Schedules
  Prof. Nam P. Suh, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
10 Nov 2016 Optimal Energy Management in Solar Street Lighting Systems
  Dr. Andras Kovacs, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary
7 Nov 2016 Design Methods in Modern Gas Turbine Engines
  Dr. Michal Czarnecki, Rzeszow University of Technology, Poland
1 Nov 2016 Automatic Tuning of Attitude Control Systems for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
  Prof. Liuping Wang, RMIT University
2 Sep 2016 Nanocomposites with Improved Functional and Structural Properties
  Prof. Chun Wang, UNSW
19 Aug 2016 Micro/Nanotechnology-enabled Sensors for the Internet of Things (IoT) and Wearable Electronics Applications
  A/Prof. Inkyu Park, KAIST
25 Jul 2016 Advanced Analysis of Composite Structures and Structural Optimisation
  Dr. Jon Gosse and Dr. Mostafa Rassalan, Boeing Research & Technology, 
  Structures Technology, Washington, USA
20 Jul 2016 Hydrodynamics of High-Performance Marine Vessels 
  Emetrius Prof. Lawrence J. Doctors, UNSW
18 Jul 2016 An Interdisciplinary Approach to Design Research and Education
  Dr. Kate Thompson, Vestas Technology R&D, Denmark
15 Jul 2016 Neutron Imaging of Intra-Nozzle Fluid Dynamics in Fuel Injectors
  Dr. Todd J. Toops, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Knoxville, TN
22 Jun 2016 Multiphase Fluids Research for Aeroengine Transmissions
  A/Prof Kathy Simmons, University of Nottingham, UK
15 Jun 2016 The iCub Project: An Open Platform for Research in Robotics and AI
  Professor Giorgio Metta, Italian Institute of Technology, Genoa, Italy and University of Plymouth, UK
29 Feb 2016 High-Fidelity Hydro-Structural Optimization of Advanced Marine Structures
  Porf Yin Lu (Julie) Young, University of Michigan, USA
19 Feb 2016 Bubbles in Progress: Explosions, Boiling and Birth
  A/Prof. Claus-Dieter Ohl, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
11 Feb 2016 Form Future Engineers Through Transformative Engineering Design Education
  Dr. Ang Liu, University of Southern California, USA
5 Feb 2016 Fracture and Fatigue of Advanced Metallic Alloys
  Dr. Bernd Gludovatz, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA 
8 Jan 2016  Microfluidics Analysis of Cancer Cell Metastasis and Targeted Destruction of Cancer Cells by Nanomedicine
   Prof. Mengsu (Michael) Yang, City University of Hong Kong



 11 Dec 2015  Spray and Combustion Research for Advanced Gasoline Direct-Injection Engine
   Prof. Min Xu, Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, 
  Shanghai Jiao Tong University
20 Nov 2015 Numerical Voice Production with Large-Scale Finite Element Simulations
  Oriol Guasch, Universitat Ramon Llull, Barcelona, Spain
7 Aug 2015 Compressible-flow Direct Numerical Simulations for Turbomachinery
  Prof. Richard Sandberg, University of Melbourne
22 Jul 2015 Improving the Performance of Dental Restorative Composites
  Professor Jamie Kruzic, Oregon State University 
10 Jul 2015 Identification of Aeroacoustic Sound Sources Radiated by Bluff Bodies by Using Time-domain and Frequency-domain Beamforming
  Dr. Jeoffrey Fischer, UNSW
6 Jul 2015 Separation Bubbles on Airfoils and Their Role in Tonal Noise Production
  Prof. Serhiy Yarusevych, University of Waterloo, Canada
5 Jun 2015 Effects of Porous Superhydrophilic Surfaces on Flow Boiling Critical Heat Flux
  Dr. Reza Azizan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
3 Jun 2015 Using Mach Number Assumptions to Drive CFD Methods: Application to Reactive Flows and Combustion Instabilities
  Dr. Emmanuel Motheau, University of Adelaide
27 Mar 2015 Time-reversal as a Computational Tool to Characterise Aeroacoustic/Flow-induced Noise Sources: An Overview
  Dr. Akhilesh Mimani, University of Adelaide



12 Dec 2014 Black Magic: Modelling Soot Formation in Practical Combustion Systems
  Prof. Heinz Pitsch, RWTH Aachen University
17 Oct 2014 Multi-Scale DEF-CFD Investigation of the Flow of Abrasive Particles in High-Speed Jets
  A/Prof. Guan Heng Yeoh, UNSW
19 Sep 2014 Neutron Research Solutions for Modern Engineering Challenges
  Dr. Anna Paradowska, Bragg Institute, ANSTO
15 Aug 2014 Remote Operation of UGVs Through Low-Bandwidth Communication Resources
  Dr. Jose Guivant, UNSW 
18 July 2014 Wall Interacting Diesel Flame and Soot Particles in a Small Bore Optical Engine
  Dr. Shawn Kook, UNSW
20 June 2014 Micro Urban Solar Integrated Connectors (MUSIC)
  Dr. Robert A. Taylor, UNSW
30 May 2014 Airfoil Trailing Edge Noise
  A/Prof. Con Doolan, University of Adelaide
16 May 2014 Soot Modelling in Diesel Engines Using Conditional Moment Closure
  Dr. Michele Bolla, UNSW
20 Mar 2014 The Apollo 13 Rescue Mission: The Role Played by the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies
  Emeritus Prof. Phillip Sullivan, UTIAS, Canada
10 Mar 2014 Aerospace Public Lecture: Aircraft Accident Investigations in Australia
  David Wilson, Australian Transport Safety Bureau