The redeveloped Ainsworth Building and Willis Annex are home to the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. The two buildings sit adjacent to each other and were reopened in 2015, after extensive work totalling $67 million.
The School’s research engine, the Willis Annexe, is any engineer’s dream facility with its unique labs and workshops. The annexe houses a flight simulator, mechatronics research space, a refrigeration lab, six laser labs including one equipped with blood-flow analysis technology, machines for tensile and compression testing, an aerodynamics laboratory with four wind tunnels and a mechanical workshop that’s probably the best credentialed workshop in Sydney.
The undergraduate workshops are on the ground floor overlooking the Willis Laneway. These open-plan areas cater for up to 400 students and are designed as flexible spaces where several labs are run simultaneously.
The building has two purpose-designed CATS (centrally allocated teaching space) rooms and a cafe that blends into an informal student space. There are more student break-out areas spread throughout the building, each of them are fitted with powered-up benches and modular furniture that students can arrange easily and use collaboratively.
At the heart of the building is a well laid out 350-seat lecture theatre. The modern lecture hall has impressive WiFi connectivity and every student has access to a power point to recharge laptops during class. The building also facilitates collaborative research and teaching pods that sit across multiple levels in reconfigured academic spaces. There are also innovative teaching spaces, including modern high-tech computer laboratories for up to 200 students.
On the northern roof of the Ainsworth Building is a new solar thermal energy and solar-energy laboratory.
For more information, see the detailed pages below or call the Postgraduate Research Coordinator Associate Professor Zhongxiao Peng on +61 2 9385 4142 or send her an email.