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Engineering at Southern Cross University commenced in 2013 and is a part of the School of Environment, Science and Engineering. The School offers a dynamic and contemporary learning experience in state-of-the-art facilities. Our academic staff bring extensive technical and practical experiences into their teaching and our research programs are making an impact in domestic and international arenas. An Industry Advisory Committee that is comprised of practitioners and our lecturers provides valuable input into the program as a whole. We hope that you enjoy learning about our engineering courses and welcome your enquiries.

Professor Scott Smith
Dean of Engineering
Southern Cross University

Undergraduate degrees

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering

New in 2018

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Coastal Systems Engineering equips graduates for a range of settings involving systems and infrastructure in the coastal zone, including municipal and government authorities, water supply and management agencies, construction companies, natural resource management organisations, consulting engineering companies, airport authorities, mining companies, irrigation authorities, research organisations, and education organisations.

Our civil and mechanical engineering degrees hold provisional accreditation with Engineers Australia and are developed to be academically rigorous and industry relevant. Provisional accreditation will be sought for the coastal engineering degree. Students are encouraged to join Engineers Australia as Student Members at no cost to enjoy the rich variety of material and experiences on offer. Teaching is delivered in the new science and engineering precinct at the Lismore campus that provide students with world class facilities equipped with state-of-the-art research and teaching equipment. Students gain essential industry experience during the engineering courses through professional placements within industry. This real-world experience is valuable to any degree, as it allows our students to gain a deeper insight into their future careers.

Postgraduate degrees

The Master of Engineering Management (MEM) is offered online. This course prepares students for a managerial position through strategic asset management planning, commercial research and development processes, economic viability, new product development and commercialisation.

The Master of Engineering Management, Master of Business Administration (MEM, MBA) combined degree is offered at the Gold Coast campus. This course is for students who have an undergraduate degree in engineering and who want to develop both their management and engineering skills through a combination of two postgraduate awards.


The school runs, hosts and participates in a number of engineering events including the Northern Rivers Science & Engineering Challenge SCU Young Engineers School Holiday Program and Spring into Engineering Program for Aspiring Girls. The SCU Robotics Club which runs every Thursday during school term is open for students in years 5 to 12 as well as the general public. Enrolled students have the opportunity to join in with university student groups and to engage in numerous engagement and leadership positions such as the SCU Engineering Society and the SCU Women in Engineering group.


In the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015 national report, engineering received 'above world standard' (ERA Rating 4) in (i) civil engineering (0905), and (ii) Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy (0914). The university as a whole achieved nine "well above world standard" (ERA Rating 5) and nine ERA 4 ratings. For more information visit ERA outcomes and for information about the university's research activities visit Research at Southern Cross University.

Engineering Academic Staff

Dr Alireza Bahadori
Dr Ken Doust
Dr Maree Lake
Dr Yee Yan Lim
Dr Ricardo Vasquez Padilla
Professor Andrew Rose
Professor Scott Smith
Dr Ahmed Thabet

Research Topics and Projects

Research topics and projects have developed in several key areas that are broadly related to the built and natural environments. Specific areas include, but are not limited to, the following. Please feel free to reach out to the staff involved to learn more about the projects. There may also be opportunities to become involved in these projects in several capacities, namely (i) undergraduate study (e.g. final year thesis project), (ii) postgraduate study (e.g. PhD), and (iii) industry collaborations.

  • Structural health monitoring, non-destructive evaluation, assessment, repair and rehabilitation of civil infrastructure; Smart materials, concrete technology and geopolymer concrete development (Professor Scott Smith and Dr Yee Yan Lim).
  • Energy harvesting, and renewable and sustainable energy resources (Dr Alireza Bahadori, Dr Yee Yan Lim, Dr Ricardo Vasques Padilla).
  • Chemistry of natural and engineered aquatic systems; Numerical modelling of biogeochemical processes in natural and engineered environments (Professor Andrew Rose).
  • Artificial neural networks, genetic algorithms and particle swarm optimisation modelling (Dr Alireza Bahadori).
  • Engineering education and development of high performance team cultures (Professor Scott Smith).
  • Sustainable Transportation Systems and travel behaviour and choices (Dr Maree Lake).
  • Optimization and modelling of concentrated solar thermal (CST) and hybrid renewable energy systems applied for power, heating, cooling and desalination; Modelling and experimentation of advanced power blocks operating with different heat sources (Dr Ricardo Vasquez Padilla).
  • Mechanical characterization and numerical modelling of composite materials and structures (Dr Ahmed Thabet, Professor Scott Smith).
  • Mechanical design and manufacturing techniques; Aerospace structure analysis; Biomechanical testing and modelling; Impact dynamics of composite laminates (Dr Ahmed Thabet).

Research activities have been supported by funding from multiple sources such as the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery, Linkage and LIEF schemes, Australian Synchrotron and the Sugar Research Association (SRA). Research is performed in collaboration with the University's colleagues as well as domestic and international collaborators in industry and academia.


ACMSM23 2014: In 2014 the engineering group organised a major international conference in Byron Bay, namely, the 23rd Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials (ACMSM23), attracting more than 180 delegates from Australia and abroad, and brought significant exposure to the new engineering program at SCU. The conference series commenced in 1967 and has become very well-known and respected in Australasia and abroad.

AAAEE2016: In 2016 the engineering group hosted the 27th Australasian Association for Engineering Education Conference (AAEE2016). The Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE) conference series is the preeminent event of AAEE that is aimed to promote scholarship in engineering education and to facilitate the dissemination of best practices throughout the engineering education community. The theme for the conference was "The Changing Role of the Engineering Education for developing the Future Engineer" and there were around 200 delegates in attendance.