About us

About us

Engineering @ Macquarie

The Department of Engineering is committed to excellence in research, learning & teaching, and industry engagement. We offer an integrated cross-disciplinary engineering program, with particular focus on electronics, communication systems, mechatronics and mechanical engineering. There is an emphasis on supported learning in both the undergraduate and graduate programs, with a high ratio of tutors per student, and state-of-the-art facilities. Our research staff are internationally recognized 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.

Features of the Engineering programs at Macquarie include:

  • Engineering @ Macquarie offers a range of study options for undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in engineering.
  • It is a flexible and practical degree that prepares graduates to work in their chosen area of specialisation by giving them a strong foundation in basic sciences and core areas of engineering.
  • A common first year enables students to transfer easily between engineering programs.
  • Includes an internship during the final semester of the degree, providing students with valuable workplace skills.
  • May be taken as double degrees with Business Administration, Commerce or Science.
  • The Engineering Industry Partnership Program creates opportunities for you to engage with our industry partners throughout your degree.

Our goals

In Engineering at Macquarie University we aim to be:

Excellent in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in our areas of expertise.

  • Assoc. Prof. David Wong was awarded a University Teaching Award in 2008.
  • Prof Graham Town was awarded a Macquarie University Strategic Curriculum Innovation Grant to develop and promote the use of problem-based teaching methods.
  • We were complimented on our laboratory facilities by Engineers Australia during a recent inspection for professional accreditation.

Excellent in research and research training in our areas of expertise.

  • In 2008 Prof Karu Esselle was awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s prize for research supervision.
  • In recent years two Professors, Tony Parker and Karu Esselle, have been awarded Macquarie University Innovation Awards.
  • The discipline hosts and/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 (60% in 2008) in attracting competitive research funding, e.g. from the ARC.

Proactive, responsive, and cooperative in developing relationships with the local community:

  • We are developing an Industry Partnership Program to support undergraduate students through work experience placements, prizes and scholarships, and final-year projects. Many of our major partners, e.g. Optus, are located in the nearby Macquarie Technology Park.
  • We support local schools with visits, workshops, and provision of information about engineering as a career.

Our History

Engineering as an undergraduate degree has been offered at Macquarie University since 2004, however the University has a long record of excellence in teaching, research and industry partnerships in electronics, wireless, and photonic technologies.

For example, Professors David Skellern and Neil Weste were pioneers in the development of  wireless modems in silicon chip technology used in mobile communication systems – their company Radiata was sold to Cisco Systems in 2001 for US$295 million. David Skellern and Neil Weste are still
associated with Engineering at Macquarie University.

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