School of Mechanical & Mining Engineering

The School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering is associated with a number of national and School-bases research centres. These centres draw together expertise from around the world to drive research innovation and deliver benefits to industry and society.

The research centres we are associated with are listed below:

Centres of Excellence

  • The Queensland Geothermal Energy Centre of Excellence (QGECE)

    The Queensland Geothermal Energy Centre of Excellence (QGECE) was established in 2009 by a $15M grant from the Queensland State Government to assist the uptake of geothermal power generation through research through four programs, namely Heat Source Discovery and Characterisation; Power Conversion; Air-Cooled Condensers (ACC), and Transmission.

Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) and similar

  • Rail Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (RMCRC)

    The Rail Manufacturing CRC supports the rail sector by developing new technologies and knowledge to enhance Australia's rail manufacturing capacity and competitiveness. Formed in 2014, RMCRC's members include innovative rail manufacturing multinationals, innovative SMEs and key research providers.

  • Cooperative Research Centre for Polymers

    The Cooperative Research Centre for Polymers is a centre of collaboration excellence in polymer research focused on three key, high impact areas: health therapies and delivery, water and food security, and polymer solar cells.

  • Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC)

    The Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC) develops and delivers new materials technologies and manufacturing processes to enhance Australia’s defence capability by adopting a collaborative partnership approach between Defence, defence industries and research agencies. The Centre was established in May 2008 by the Commonwealth Department for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research. DMTC is Australia’s first Defence Future Capability Technology Centre – a Federal Government initiative based on the successful CRC model. Operational funding is drawn from several sources including the Commonwealth Government, State Governments, industry and the research sector.

School Research Centres

  • Advanced Materials Processing and Manufacturing (AMPAM)

    AMPAM provides a focus for UQ’s materials engineering and manufacturing activities, and those of its partners in major successful national collaborative ventures.  UQ’s current capabilities and the new facilities to be located in the Advanced Engineering Building at UQ allow Queensland industry to capitalise on emerging trends in manufacturing research where innovations in material developments are driving new combinations of metals, polymers, ceramics and composites that have not before been economically possible.

  • Centre for Hypersonics (CfH)

    Hypersonic aerodynamics has been a major research activity at The University of Queensland over the last 20 years. The researchers in this group have been active internationally during that period, and have been involved in collaborative research programs with about 20 universities and research organisations around the world.

  • Nihon Superior Centre for the Manufacture of Electronic Materials (NS CMEM)

    Nihon Superior Centre for the Manufacture of Electronic Materials has been established with the purpose of bringing world-class research capability to the manufacture of electronic materials. The objective is to enable the University of Queensland and Nihon Superior Co. Ltd to continue their significant history of strategic and collaborative research. The centre will specialise in the development of lead-free soldering and brazing alloys and the manufacture of materials for energy storage and transport materials including hydrogen storage and novel solid-state anode materials. The Centre has a strong focus on commercially relevant and environmentally sustainable research.

  • Centre for eLearning Innovations and Partnerships in Science and Engineering (eLIPSE)

    eLIPSE brings together expertise in eLearning and curriculum design to allow learning innovations to be quickly and effectively piloted, and research in these areas to be developed and disseminated. The Centre ensures that eLearning innovation and research is well grounded in the curriculum and works in collaborative partnership with academic staff predominantly in the Faculties of EAIT and Science

  • Cooperative Research Centre for Mining (CRCMining)

    The Cooperative Research Centre for Mining (CRCMining) is an internationally recognised multi-million-dollar mining research centre, established by the Commonwealth Government under the CRC Program in 1991. The Centre conducts research to advance mining technology and equipment to support the Australian and global mining industry. There are several university participants and CRCMining is headquartered at UQ.