About us

About us

Driven by the spirit of innovation

The Faculty of Science and Engineering is a young and dynamic faculty driven by the spirit of discovery. Here we nurture the next generation of science and technology innovators.

Our research and teaching addresses the big issues faced by society in Australia and globally – the changing environment, future materials and fuels, biotechnology, cyber security, to name a few. The pairing of engineering and science in a single faculty means many of our research discoveries in science see direct technological applications in engineering.

We have been the home of a number of areas of research excellence and led many significant initiatives over the years, including early climate change research, the commercialisation of WiFi, photonics, evolutionary biology, and internationally leading research in Earth’s crustal systems. We are active within many industry partnerships, commercial collaborations, and joint enterprise initiatives with government, industry and business partners.

The Faculty consists of nine academic departments, the newly formed School of Engineering and the Faculties’ associated research centres. Here you’ll find passionate staff and an engaged student body, dedicated to the advancement of science and engineering in the 21st century. From a handful of students on the University’s first day, the Faculty now serves nearly 6000 students across all our programs.

We supervise and progress higher degree research students undertaking their masters and PhDs across a wide range of specialist discipline areas. Importantly, we conduct world-leading research across the breadth of science and technology disciplines.  We provide research training pathways for students from Australia and around the globe.

Meet the Dean - Professor Barbara Messerle

Professor Barbara MesserleProfessor Barbara Messerle‘s work encompasses the development of catalysts and catalytic methodologies for promoting efficient and selective chemical transformations. Her work has led to the improved viability and selectivity of the synthesis of biologically active molecules and pharmaceuticals in the fine chemicals industry. She has been an innovator in the field of advanced Nuclear Magnetic Resonance techniques in chemistry for more than 30 years.

Professor Messerle has been a consistent mentor of the next generation of young chemists. She is also a passionate and active advocate for women in STEM. Since becoming Executive Dean at Macquarie University, she has introduced scholarships for women in science and engineering, worked with the University in creating a program to encourage girls in high schools in STEM, and created a committee for Women in Science and Engineering within FSE for supporting women in academia. Professor Messerle has also strongly supported the FIRST Robotics program, which encourages all young people to become involved in the field.

Professor Messerle formerly occupied the position of Head of School, Chemistry, at the University of New South Wales, where she transformed the school, substantially growing its student numbers, research output and reputation.  Professor Messerle currently leads the Messerle Organometallics Research Group at Macquarie University and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and the Royal Society of NSW and a member of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Magnetic Resonance.

Industry partners and corporate engagement

Our industry partnerships

The Faculty of Science and Engineering is open for business!  Our approach is unique and focuses on building solutions which meet our partners needs. By bringing together resources that go beyond research, to engage with our academics, students, and partners, the Faculty is changing how our global community benefits from university engagement.  We are committed to growing links with industry by building enduring, impactful collaborations 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 Macquarie Park Innovation District and 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 Michael Heimlich, Associate Dean International and Corporate Engagement for the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

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.

Find a supervisor for your dream project!

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

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