Engineering Research ENGR90041/90042


The subject involves undertaking a substantial research project requiring an independent investigation on an approved topic in advanced engineering research and/or design. Each project is carried out under the supervision of an academic staff member and. It is expected that the Engineering Research Project will incorporate findings associated with both well-defined professional practice and research principles and will provide students with the opportunity to integrate technical knowledge and generic skills gained in earlier years.

This subject is a 25 points subject and designed to run in two semesters. Please note that this subject is not a replacement of Capstone project, it runs parallel to Capstone project. The research topic also must be different from the Capstone project.

  • Advantage of the ENGR90041/90042 subject (who should take it?)

    This subject is ideal for students who prefer independent study and would like to have close collaboration with an academic supervisor. The subject is also suitable for students who aim to continue their studies to PhD or to have  future careers in design and research-intensive industries such as: robotic, aerospace, defense, future material, complex manufacturing, transportation development (future car, high speed train), etc.

    High-quality results may lead to publication in a leading academic journal, or the students may be sent to an International conference. Having a publication in a high-quality journal or international conference opens plenty of opportunities in research-intensive industries or for PhD study. Finally, there are start-up funds from the University for any high-quality research-based project that can be applied to a commercial product.

  • Requirements
    • Completion of a minimum of 75 credit points of Level 9 subjects
    • An average of H2A or above over all the Level 9 subjects.
  • Assessments

    The assessments include research proposal (week 4), non-technical presentation to lay audience (week 12), final report and oral examination (during examination period).

    There are NO paper-based examinations.

  • Some candidate projects

    At present, we have several candidate projects (see below), these projects include simulation and experimental activities. Some projects also require travels. The students interested in this subject are also encouraged to contact their preferred academics in Department of Mechanical Engineering to propose new projects. After the students and supervisors reach an agreement, our students should contact me for enrolment.

  • Projects available (per 8th of July 2022)
    1. An active tunable surface to interact with turbulent boundary layers (with Prof Nicholas Hutchins)
    2. Understanding turbulent boundary layer ocean mixing across the multi-verse (with Prof Daniel Chung)
    3. Vision-based Simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) for Conveyor Belt Cleaning Robots (with Prof Ying Tan)
    4. Develop a new type of hydrogen sensor (with A/Prof Yi Yang)
    5. Aerodynamics of Pterosaur wing (with Dr Bagus Nugroho)
    6. Hydrodynamics of Ichthyosaur body (with Dr Bagus Nugroho)
    7. Gravity Current Driven Smoke Dispersion In a Stratified Ambient (with Prof Andrew Ooi)
    8. Simulating environmental fluid flows using an efficient Python solver (with Dr Cat Vreugdenhil )
    9. Developing the fluid-physical understanding to underpin the robust design of drag-reducing surfaces (with A/Prof Daniel Chung)
    10. Natural Language Processing in measuring user-designer understanding in engineering design (with Prof Katja Holtta-Otto)

Students are also encouraged to talk to other academics to propose new research projects. Please find your academic's details and research interests here:

Further Information

For more information, please refer to the handbook

If you have any enquiries, please feel free to contact Dr Zhe Liu (