About us

About us

Driven by the spirit of innovation

Macquarie’s Faculty of Science and Engineering is a home for the audacious and the brave, those not afraid to tackle the big issues. Founded as an innovator, our aim is to make a significant and valued contribution to addressing the opportunities – and challenges – of our times through a commitment to excellence in scientific and engineering research.

With research consistently ranked ‘above world standard,’ we are a destination of choice for both students and researchers. We're solving tomorrow's problems today.

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Faculty Strategic Plan 2016 - 2020

The launch of our strategic plan 2016-2020 heralds the beginning of a new era for science and engineering at the University, one which looks back and honours the achievements of the past while focusing with excitement on the possibilities and opportunities the future will bring.

The purpose of this Strategic Plan is to provide strategic direction and priorities for the Faculty of Science and Engineering. It will be used as a basis for allocating Faculty effort and resources to key priority areas, as well as measuring outcomes against targets set for these priority areas over the next five years.

Download full version Strategic Plan PDF, 16.6 MB

Download condensed Strategic Plan PDF, 441.65 KB

Meet the Dean

The Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering is the senior academic officer of the faculty and has responsibility for the planning, quality and delivery of education provided to undergraduate and graduate students within the faculty.

The Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering is responsible for:

  • Developing and overseeing the implementation of strategies aimed at improving research performance and quality, capacity and capability within the faculty
  • Developing strategies aimed at maximizing research funding streams and collaborations
  • Increasing learning and teaching quality, innovation and capability
  • Developing and managing deep, productive and strategic local, national and international partnerships
  • Initiating, building and managing relationships with key stakeholders
  • Collaborating with members of the University Executive to develop the University's vision and overseeing the implementation of university-wide strategy.
  • Developing and overseeing strategies within the faculty to enhance the student experience across all aspects of the faculty's operations
  • Developing and overseeing the implementation of strategies aimed at increasing/ensuring efficiency of enabling services with due regard to the balance between central and devolved functions
  • Managing, coaching and setting the direction for the management team within the faculty

The Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering is Barbara Messerle.

Our history

From humble beginnings...

The Faculty of Science and Engineering traces its roots back to the founding of the University in 1964. It is the amalgamation of the original Divisions of Information and Communication Science (comprising Biological Sciences, Chemistry & Biomolecular Sciences, Earth & Planetary Sciences, Health & Chiropractic, Human Geography, Physical Geography, and the Graduate School of the Environment), and Environmental and Life Sciences (Computing, Electronics, Mathematics, and Physics). You can still see these original divisions in the names of our ten Departments.

It was through the appointment of several key figures within these two divisions that drove our approach and strategy to this day:

  • Professor Frank Mercer appointed as the Chair of Biology in 1965
  • Professor John Ward, a Fellow of the Royal Society and nominated for a Nobel Prize twice, appointed to the University
  • Professor Ron Aitchison because the first Professor in Electronics in 1971
  • Professor Alan Voisey, the first Head of the School of Earth Sciences (and foundation Professor), who had been the foundation professor of Geology at the University of New England before coming to Macquarie
  • Professor Jim Piper, who developed our world-renown capability in photonics

...to world-renown excellence

Over the years, we have been the home of a number of areas of research excellence, and led many significant initiatives including pioneering climate change research, the commercialisation of WiFi, photonics, evolutionary biology, and internationally leading research in Earth's crustal systems. The commercialisation of WiFi, early work in climate change, and the development of gene sequencing are hallmarks of our world-changing achievements in wireless, the environment, and proteomics, respectively. 

We have also promoted the growth of science through our various research centres, including the Climate Futures Centre, GEMOC, and Risk Frontiers.

Higher Degree Research

A research degree is a postgraduate degree completed by research alone and leads to either a Master or Doctoral degree award. The work involved is largely undertaken independently and the study is supervised by at least two supervisors.

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Industry partners and corporate engagement

Our industry partnerships

The Faculty of Science and Engineering is committed to growing links with industry by building partnerships with commercial, government, cultural and professional organisations.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering at Macquarie University is located next to the high-technology corridor of Sydney’s north-west, home to many innovative companies. This places the Faculty in a unique position to partner in a collaborative approach to teaching, learning and research.

Some of our industry partners include:

  • Cochlear
  • Datacom
  • EMC
  • Honeywell
  • Huawei
  • NMI
  • Optus

Benefits of our industry partnerships to students

The benefit of these partnerships for our students is that it provides them with real career opportunities and the chance to learn from companies working in the field. Through our industry partnerships, our students benefit from:

  • scholarships
  • work experience
  • prizes for academic achievement
  • internships
  • guest lectures by industry partner representatives
  • strategic advice by our industry partners in the development of our programs such as integrating the latest industry practices

Benefits for industry in partnering with our researchers

Our researchers regularly partner with companies, industry groups, institutes and government departments through contracts, grants or partnerships. There are various ways for industry to engage our researchers such as via:

  • simple contracts for an expert opinion
  • assessment or collaborative research projects or contracts.
  • development of customised research projects
  • access to opinions and current experience from world-renowned researchers
  • opportunity to access our research network by connecting to other researchers, organisations and thought leaders
  • access to equipment and skills on a project basis
  • professional research services

The Faculty of Science and Engineering is home to over half of the University’s Centres of Research Excellence. Research Centres elsewhere in the University can be found under our five research priorities.

To find out more about our industry partnerships and business development opportunities contact Mark Berlage, Research Partnerships Manager.

Corporate engagement

As a modern research-intensive institution that provides students with an academically rigorous education and real world experience to enhance their degree, we are committed to building partnerships with commercial, governmental, cultural and professional organisations.

One example of this commitment is through the Faculty’s involvement in the Professional and Community Engagement (PACE) Initiative. PACE is a key component of the University’s strategic direction, emphasising the University’s commitment to excellence in research, learning and teaching, and community engagement. It is aimed at connecting students with partner organisations and providing Macquarie students the chance to contribute their academic learning, enthusiasm and fresh perspective to the professional workplace.

To find out more about our PACE program please contact the Faculty of Science and Engineering PACE Team: pace.science@mq.edu.au

Macquarie University is strategically located on 126 hectares of bushland in the heart of Sydney’s north west high-technology corridor. This unique location provides opportunities to partner with leading companies, many located nearby, and provide a collaborative approach to teaching, learning and research. Of particular note is our Industry Partnership Program which provides our partners the opportunity to engage with Macquarie on a number of levels including scholarships and awards, postgraduate recruitment, and research.

Macquarie University employs many internationally renowned academic staff who are leading researchers in their field. The opportunity to learn directly from these staff is one of the many reasons studying at Macquarie University is a valued experience, and an important factor in partners choosing to engage with Macquarie University on many different levels.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering regularly hosts Industry events including seminars, which provide insights into emerging developments across all of our areas of study. For example, this includes developments in ICT and Internet technologies that will power the next wave of Internet products and services.

Through the Faculty of Science and Engineering’s Education program and the PACE Initiative, business and community organisations are invited to engage with the Faculty through programs aimed at enriching the educational experience and opportunity for students at Macquarie University. Further, this engagement is directed at assisting local, regional and international partners build their capacity to meet their mission and purpose.

Contact Dr Lisa Rodgers, Corporate Engagement Manager for the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

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