Department of Engineering Science


Our department has one of the best research records of any university department in New Zealand. It has internationally renowned researchers and continues to excel in bioengineering, fluid dynamics, operations research, signal processing and solid mechanics.

The Department of Engineering Science is a vibrant department that carries out research and teaching where engineering, mathematics and computers meet. By using mathematical equations and models together with computer software and considerable computer power, engineering scientists can simulate many different processes and provide useful solutions relevant to the real world.

It was rated one of the top ten departments in New Zealand in the most recent Performance-Based Research Funding (PBRF) evaluation of research quality.

Research is carried out in the following areas:

  • Biomedical Engineering, including orthopaedic design, ventricular mechanics, bioinstrumentation, electrocardiagraphic modelling, biological transport phenomena and the modelling of genetic networks.
  • Fluid Dynamics, including petroleum engineering, aero-acoustics, environmental fluid mechanics, nano fluidics, flow in porous media and hydrodynamics.
  • Operations Research, including mathematical programming, production planning, simulation, network optimisation and combinatorial optimisation.
  • Signal Processing, including signal analysis, nonlinear dynamical systems, artificial neural networks, wavelets, independent component analysis.
  • Solid Mechanics, including the thermomechanical foundations of solid mechanics, geomechanics, computational mechanics, composite and fibrous materials.