Department of Engineering Science


Prospective supervisors

The following is a list of staff within the department and their research areas of interest.

* Denotes joint members of Department of Engineering Science and Auckland Bioengineering Institute. Students enrolling in PhDs and MEs in Bioengineering are usually administered by the Auckland Bioengineering Institute.

Associate Professor Iain Anderson * Looking to nature for engineering solutions (Biomimetics), Artificial muscles for soft robotics and energy harvesting.
Professor Rosalind Archer Petroleum reservoir engineering, environmental fluid mechanics, geothermal energy, wind energy.
Dr Thor Besier* Computational modelling of musculoskeletal injury and disease; particularly knee osteoarthritis; patellofemoral pain; non-contact knee ligament injury.
Dr John E. Cater Turbulent fluid mechanics, aero-acoustics, flow measurement, imaging & computational fluids dynamics.
Dr Richard Clarke Mathematical and computational analysis of viscous flow through curved pipes and micro/nano fluidics, biological fluid dynamics.
Professor Jim Denier Fluid mechanics, in particular transition to turbulence in high speed flows, fundamental question in non-Newtonian fluid flows and biofluids (see personal website for more details)
Dr Tony Downward Game theory, non-linear programming, integer programming, modelling risk-aversion, simulation, application development.
Dr Justin Fernandez * Musculoskeletal biomechanics, solid mechanics (bone, muscle and soft tissue), rigid body mechanics, computational techniques (finite elements and SPH), contact mechanics, imaging methods (MRI, CT), motion analysis.
Associate Professor Piaras Kelly Solid mechanics, computational mechanics, fibrous materials, composite materials, manufacturing processes.

Dr David Long *

Endothelial cell mechanobiology and heterogeneity and its relation to health and disease, developmental determinants of disease, glycans and cell signaling, and mathematical and computational physiology.
Dr Andrew Mason Practical applications of optimisation, heuristics and simulation, including personnel scheduling and ambulance logistics. Other combinatorial problems. Development of open source software including OpenSolver and OpenSkipper.
Professor Martyn Nash * Soft tissue mechanics, biomechanics for breast imaging, cardiac electromechanics and mechano-electrical feedback, electrocardiographic imaging, ventricular fibrillation mapping.
Professor Poul F√łnss Nielsen* XML-based markup languages, bioinstrumentation, tissue biomechanics, field fitting.
Dr Michael O'Sullivan Operations Research (OR) for cloud computing, OR for health delivery services, optimal network design, integer programming, optimisation, simulation, stochastic dynamic programming. Development of open source software Dippy for advanced integer programming.
Professor Michael O'Sullivan Computer modelling of geothermal fields, environmental fluid dynamics, computational fluids dynamics.
Professor Andy Philpott Optimization under uncertainty, electricity markets, computational analytics.
Dr Andrea Raith Multicriteria optimisation, decision making, combinatorial optimisation, applications of operations research in transportation, software for multicriteria optimisation.
Professor David Ryan Mathematical programming, optimisation theory, scheduling, combinatorial optimisation.
Dr Vinod Suresh * Mathematical modelling of biological transport phenomena, mathematical and cell culture models of cell signaling pathways.

Associate Professor Andrew Taberner *

Bioinstrumentation, instrumentation for measuring tissue mechanics and thermodynamics, real-time measurement and control in tissue-machine instruments, instrumentation for high-throughput drug discovery and drug delivery.
Dr Charles Unsworth Signal analysis, nonlinear dynamical systems, artificial neural networks, wavelets, independent component analysis, neuroengineering.
Associate Professor Cameron Walker Network optimisation, simulation, statistical modelling.
Dr Golbon Zakeri Optimization and economics with particular application to energy, in particular electricity markets.
Dr Sadiq Zarrouk Geothermal reservoir engineering, coalbed methane reservoir engineering, geothermal engineering (two flow, scaling, power production and direct use), modelling reacting flows in porous and fractured media.

* Denotes joint members of Department of Engineering Science and Auckland Bioengineering Institute. Students enrolling in PhDs and MEs in Bioengineering are usually administered by the Auckland Bioengineering Institute.

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