EngineeringResearch at Macquarie’s Department of Engineering covers a range of areas including electromagnetic and antenna design, energy conversion and management, integrated wireless communication systems, nonlinear electronics, guided wave optics and photonics, very large scale integration, and wireless communications and networking.

We also have a strong research program in mechanical engineering related to precision manufacturing with an emphasis on medical devices and applications.

Recently, the department has extended into materials, biomedical devices, biomedical imaging and mid-infrared photonics research, with a number of our research projects linked to industry partners including Agilent Technologies, Applied-Wave Research, BCS International, CSIRO ICT Centre, Intel, Jazz Semiconductor, M/A-Com Technology Solutions, NHEW Research and Development, TriQuint, Optus, and many highly ranked international universities.

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Our research strengths

Our research strengths are concentrated in the areas of:

  • biomechanics
  • communication system technologies
  • computational fluid dynamics
  • electromagnetics and antennas
  • error-control coding
  • large-scale electronic system design
  • linear and nonlinear guided-wave optics and photonics
  • manufacturing and materials engineering
  • microelectronics and very large scale integrated circuit design
  • microfluidics
  • microwave and millimeter-wave circuits and devices, and
  • network performance analysis

Our facilities

Our facilities include:

  • Ansoft high frequency system simulators and mechanical design package
  • Ansys mechanical design software
  • automated antenna range in a shielded anechoic chamber
  • computational fluid dynamics simulation software
  • CST Studio for electromagnetic and microwave design
  • electronic and mechanical packaging facility
  • hardware accelerator for numerical simulations and computer-aided design
  • large-signal nonlinear network measurements – to 70 GHz
  • large-signal nonlinear spectrum analysis – to 70 GHz
  • mechanical testing
  • Mentor Graphics IC nanometre design tools
  • millimeter-wave linear vector network analysis to 150 GHz
  • on-wafer device probing – Cascade probe station with thermal stage
  • parameter analysis and extraction software
  • pulsed network measurements (up to 5th order) – 1Hz to 10MHz
  • Synopsys digital IC design tools and complete set of Xilinx FPGA platforms
  • two-tone active load-pull analysis – to 18 GHz, and
  • a wind tunnel

Our research hubs

Macquarie’s engineering activities support nine research hubs:

  • Biomedical Research Group
  • Centre for Electromagnetic and Antenna Engineering
  • Collaborative Nonlinear Electronics Research Facility
  • Concentration of Research Excellence in Wireless Communications
  • Energy Research Group
  • Guided Wave Optics and Photonics Research Group (with links to the MQ Photonics, MQ BioFocus and QSciTech research centres)
  • Macquarie University WiMed Research Centre
  • VLSI Research Group
  • Wireless Communications and Networking Laboratory
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