Engineering and technology affect every aspect of society. From the smallest devices that permeate our daily lives to the large structures that make up our built environment and the technological systems that connect us all, engineering and technology have real impact. That’s why it is so important that the underlying research is not just sound but rigorous, and plugged into the real world.
Flinders University’s research in engineering and technology connects the dots between intellectual discovery and its myriad applications and products. Our collaborative research across many disciplines is informed by partnerships with universities, government and industry to ensure our research is thorough and connected to the community, covering a broad range of areas including defence, medicine and the environment.
The human body is perhaps the greatest machine on earth; a hugely complex assemblage of moving parts surrounding and protecting vulnerable organs.
But sometimes even the greatest of machines break down.
Traditionally this has been the province of doctors but more and more our engineers at Flinders are delving into the mechanics and intricacies of human movement and how it can be sustained and improved.
How do we make the joints stronger, our movement more fluid, our stamina less susceptible to fatigue?
It’s a fascinating new world of engineering.
Ideas becoming innovations that make a difference.
Professor Taylor specialises in the use of computational modelling to assess the performance of new and existing designs for hip and knee replacements to increase their long-term survival rate.
Technology is rapidly evolving. It’s disrupting and shaping every part of our lives—including health, medicine and wellbeing. At Flinders University, we’re inventing exciting new technologies and finding ways to use what we have to improve health and health care systems.
Associate Professor Claire Lenehan’s skill in working with micro materials that enables her research to be applied to so many fields.Read more
Dr Rachel Popelka-Filcoff is using nuclear spectroscopy to examine the origins of ochres used in Aboriginal objects.Read more
Professor Adrian Linacre is tackling the illegal animal trade through science.Read more
Professor Colin Raston is the genius who unboiled an egg.Read more
Professor David Lewis has been headhunted to run research projects for IBM Research and has 50 worldwide patents on inventions.Read more
Associate Professor David Lynn and his team are at the cutting edge of microbiological understanding.Read more
Autonomous boats and underwater vehicles are being developed by Associate Professor Karl Sammut.Read more
Professor Marcello Costa spends much of his working day in our neuroscience labs, bridging scientific divides wherever he can.Read more
Forging powerful partnerships
A pioneer in clean technologies, Professor Raston’s research covers clean technology and green chemistry, including the creation of products and processes that are “benign by design”.
Professor Kirkbride is developing new techniques, knowledge and technologies that directly lead to improved forensic science practices.
Working closely with end-users and clinicians, Professor Karen Reynolds is responding to industry-driven problems and fast-forwarding the research and development process.
Associate Professor John Costi’s research is uncovering some of the secrets of why and how our joints fail, using a device that would be more at home in a fairground or a factory than a high-technology laboratory.
The multi-disciplinary Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology undertakes research focused on four key areas - energy, water, security and health - by building on Flinders recognised strengths and enabling infrastructure in chemical analysis, chemical characterisation of surfaces, and surface topography and shape.
The Medical Device Research Institute (MDRI) is a cross-disciplinary network of researchers and clinicians who are developing and delivering innovative medical device solutions and services.
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