School of Engineering

School of Engineering

The School of Engineering is committed to excellence in research, learning and teaching, and industry engagement. We offer an integrated cross-disciplinary engineering program, with particular focus on electronics, communication systems, mechatronics and mechanical engineering.

Our research staff are internationally recognised and leading in a number of areas including:

  • antenna design
  • next generation wireless communication systems, and
  • microelectronics.

Recent growth has been into the areas of:

  • biomedical
  • mechatronics, and
  • nano-materials engineering.

The School of Engineering has a Macquarie University Women in Engineering (MQ WIE) leadership group to support and encourage the undergraduate female students. The group is comprised of women academics, staff and students and it works to:

  • provide additional networking opportunities and role models for female students
  • support academics, tutors and students to address the issues related to diversity and equity
  • proactively address potential causes of unconscious bias where they exist
  • support other “Women in STEMM” and “Women in Engineering” activities, such as IEEE WIE and Engineers Australia WIE.


Professor Darren Bagnall is Dean and Professor of Engineering at Macquarie.

Originally from Stoke-on-Trent, England, Professor Bagnall’s research and education background covers more than 30 years: starting with a Bachelor of Engineering and a PhD in photovoltaics at the University of Salford in Manchester; then research positions at universities in Scotland and Japan; lecturing at England’s Southampton University; and most recently, as Head of School and Professor at the University of NSW School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering.

Deputy Dean

Professor Iain Collings is Deputy Dean and Professor of Engineering at Macquarie.

Prior to this position, Iain held positions of: Deputy Chief of Division at CSIRO; Research Director and OCE Science Leader of the Wireless and Networking Technologies Laboratory at the CSIRO ICT Centre; Associate Professor at the University of Sydney; Lecturer at the University of Melbourne; and Research Fellow in the Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Sensor Signal and Information Processing.

He is a Fellow of the IEEE.


Research and funding

We are doing world-class research focus on:

  • telecommunications and networking
  • biomedical engineering
  • mechanical engineering
  • optical and photonics engineering
  • electronic power engineering.

Our research is dedicated to the creation of technological solutions to problems relevant to society’s health and environment; solutions that expand the capability of people to achieve their goals.

Higher degree research

We offer a variety of exciting research projects for graduate students who want to create new technologies for many different fields. We created the WiMed Research Centre and the following research groups:

  • future wireless networks
  • reconfigurable electronics and antennas
  • biomedical imaging and sensing group
  • sustainable energy systems engineering group

We also have two growing research programs:

  • materials engineering
  • optical and photonics engineering

The discipline hosts or is involved in the following Concentrations of Research Excellence:

  • microwave and wireless applications CoRE
  • lasers and photonics CoRE
  • quantum information science and systems CoRE.

The discipline has a very high success rate in attracting competitive research funding, for example from the Australian Research Council.

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