Professor Gangadhara Prusty

Mech & Manufacturing Engineering
Contact details:
+61 2 9385 5939

61-2-9663 1222


Ainsworth Building (J17) Level 2, Room 208F Kensington Campus


  • Director, ARC Training Centre for Automated Manufacture of Advanced Composites (2016-
  • Deputy Director, Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT@UNSW) (2008-
  • Visiting Professor, University of Liege, Belgium (2010)
  • Professor (since 2014); Associate Professor (2011-2013); Senior Lecturer (2007-2010); Lecturer (2005-2007), UNSW Australia


  • Automated Tape/Fibre Placement (ATP/AFP) of advanced composites- Online monitoring and processing   
  • Nano, Micro and Macro- Mechanics and Failure analyses of fibre reinforced composite structures
  • Linear and non-linear finite element analysis of stiffened structures
  • Functionally graded materials 
  • Fracture mechanics of nano-modified fibre reinforced composite structures
  • G Prusty et al.; (2010-2015): AU $280 k: Systems for Crashworhiness, Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Composite Structures (CRC-ACS)
  • G Prusty et al; (2013-2015): AU $250 k: The Virtual Design Workshop: An on-line adaptive resource for engineering and architecture, Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT), Australian Government.
  • G Prusty et al.; (2014): AU$1. 2 Mil: An Australasian facility for the automated fabrication of high performance bespoke componentsAustralian Research Council (ARC)- LIEF
  • G Prusty with V. Sahajwalla et al.; (2014-2018): AU $4.1 Mil (ARC: $2.2 Mil + Partners: $1.9 Mil): ARC Research Hub for transforming waste directly in cost-effective green manufacturing, Australian Research Council (ARC)- Industrial Transformation Research Hubs scheme
  • G Prusty with G Pearce et al.; (2016-2019): AU $0.5Mil (ARC: $330 k + Partners: $180 k): Onset Theory: Pushing the design envelope for textile composite structures, Australian Research Council (ARC)- Linkage Projects
  • G Prusty et al.; (2016-2019): AU $0.65 Mil (ARC: $360 k + Partners: $270 k): Flowable composite system with short S-glass fibre and halloysite nanotubes, Australian Research Council (ARC)- Linkage Projects
  • G Prusty et al.; (2016-2021): AU $6.5 Mil (ARC: $3.8 M + Partners: $2.7 M ): ARC Centre for Automated Manufacture of Advanced Composites(AMAC), Australian Research Council (ARC)- Industrial Transformation Training Hub
  • G Prusty with P Compston et al. (2018): AU $1.2 Mil: Laser-based Automated Fibre Placement facility; Australian Research Council (ARC)- LIEF
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Mechanics of Solids
  • Composites: Materials, Mechanics and Manufacturing


He combines traditional teaching with new technologies in novel ways, so that 21st century net-gen students in large classes can actively engage in learning. Students who struggle with threshold concepts in engineering require deeper engagement and more explanation than traditional ‘book and board’ methods provide; hence they fail to progress in engineering study. Recognising the need for more detailed and customised feedback on learning, he has used his teaching experience to set up Adaptive Tutorials (ATs)– Web based interactive simulation activities in which the students’ pathways through the tutorial are automatically guided and tracked. He has pioneered the establishment of Adaptive Mechanics Network (  and offered World's first Adaptive MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) using FutureLearn platform on "Through Engineers' Eyes-Engineering Mechanics by Experiment, Analysis and Design". 


  • Fellow, Royal Institute of Naval Architects (RINA)
  • Member, Engineers Australia
  • Member, Australian Association of Engineering Education (AaeE)


  • 2016- Best paper award, Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE 2016)
  • 2012- Australian Awards for University Teaching- Award for Teaching Excellence 
  • 2012- Australian Council of Engineering Dean's National Award for Engineering Education Excellence
  • 2012- UNSW Faculty of Engineering Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence 
  • 2010- UNSW Vice-Chancellor Award for Teaching Excellence
  • 2010- Lecturer of the Year, MECHSOC, UNSW
  • 2010- ALTC Citation Award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning: “For innovative teaching and assessment of mechanics courses in engineering, which encourage and motivate students to learn threshold concepts effectively”.
  • 2004- Australian Maritime College (AMC@UTAS) Council Award for High Achievement in Scholarship (Research).


  • Co-host, 9th Australasian Congress on Applied Mechanics (ACAM9), 27-29th Nov 2017.
  • Member of Experts, Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), Australian Government.
  • Research Leader, Advanced Structures and Materials research group of MECHENG
  • Organising and Technical Committee member for International Maritime Conference (IMC), Australasian Congress of Applied Mechanics (ACAM) & Sixth International Composites Conference (ACUN6)