School of Mechanical & Mining Engineering

Ross McAree

Professor Ross McAree

Head of School

Prof McAree joined The University of Queensland as a Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering in 2000 and has held various roles within the School.

Ross McAree received his PhD from the University of Melbourne in 1993. From 1993 to 2000 he was a research fellow in the Robotics Research Group at Oxford University and a Stipendiary Lecturer in Engineering at Trinity College, Oxford. He joined The University of Queensland in 2000 and has served at various times as the Program Director for Mechatronic Engineering, Chair of the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering Research Committee and currently holds the position as Head of School.

Professor McAree’s research interests are focused in model predictive control, estimation theory, and field robotics in the automation of mining equipment. Current research projects include:

  • Automation and collision avoidance for mining shovels
  • Telepresence for Remote operation of track-type tractors
  • Mission planning for mining machines
  • Skills requirements for mining automation
  • Implementation of functional safety for automated mining systems

Andrej Atrens

Professor Andrej Atrens

Head of Division, Materials Engineering

Professor Andrej Atrens is Head of the Division of Materials Engineering in the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering at The University of Queensland. His formal qualifications include a PhD from the University of Adelaide as well as a DEng from The University of Queensland in 1997. Professor Atrens is a leading researcher in the service performance of engineering materials and alloy development. He lectures in the area of Corrosion.

Professor Atrens leads research in the areas of:Corrosion of magnesiumMagnesium for biodegradable medical implants


Kim Lamb

Mrs Kim Lamb

School Manager

Having joined The University of Queensland as a staff member in 1991, Mrs Lamb has held a diverse range of positions with considerable experience in university administration at the faculty, school/departmental and central administration levels. Mrs Lamb’s formal qualifications include a BSc and MSc from Bowling Green State University, USA and a Master of Business Administration from Cleveland State University, USA.