Dr Frank Washko

Academic Level C

College of Science and Engineering

Dr. Washko has worked as an engineer at several automotive companies, particularly in engine design, manufacturing, and research. He then worked in design at an orthopaedic implant company. Dr. Washko has also worked as an attorney in intellectual property procurement, licensing, and litigation. He has also successfully started and operated his own companies.

He particularly enjoys advising students with their commercialization efforts. He engages students at the intersection of all these areas, teaching: practical engineering skills, innovative thinking, entrepreneurship, competitive product strategy, and how students can bring their concepts to market. He has taught both part-time, and full-time, at several universities prior to Flinders.


Ph.D., Engineering, Wayne State University

J.D., Georgetown University Law Center

M.B.A., Wayne State University

M.S.M.E., Wayne State University

B.S.M.E., Wayne State University

Honours, awards and grants

Faculty of the Year finalist at prior institution, 2014-2019.

Smart Cervical Collar for Closed Loop Control of Intracranial Pressure,” Department of Defense – Defense Health Program (DHP) – (2017-2018), $148,000 awarded.

Custom Bone Graft Fabrication System using 3D Printing,” Office of Naval Research (ONR) (2009-2011), $125,000 awarded.

Flexible Fuel Free Piston Hybrid Engine System,” Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) (2005-2008), $180,000 awarded.

U.S. Patent No. 8,449,270 (Washko) - "Hydraulic Powertrain System" (2013).

Key responsibilities

Teaching Specialist in Engineering 

Topic coordinator
ENGR9704 Engineering Management
ENGR3704 Project Management for Engineering
ENGR9742 Systems Engineering
Supervisory interests
Autonomous vehicles
Biomechanical engineering
Indigenous intellectual property
Medical devices
Rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology

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