Research & Technology

At UNSW Engineering, we hold the quality of our research to the highest academic standards to deliver positive, real-world impact.

Professor Martin Green with solar cell

Technology for humanity

Technology has always played a central role in our lives. In countless ways, it has brought us closer and further than we ever thought possible. It has electrified our homes, allowed us to scale great distances, cure deadly diseases, and even peer into galaxies far, far away. Time and time again, technology has changed the world. 

However, the technology we consume every day comes with its own unique challenges, and it’s easy to overlook the heart of the matter. What the world needs now is a new approach to impact. This starts with building technology with heart.

From small sparks of new ideas, to working prototypes and full-scale solutions, our research is guided by:


What are the actionable steps we can take to bring research to the real world?


What’s the human benefit and positive impact at the heart of our research?


How do we collaborate and innovate, making progress at a multi-disciplinary level?

Our collective focus areas

The world is full of tensions: a growing human population, an abundant but limited supply of natural resources, and skyrocketing demand. How can we design systems and products that fulfil the needs of everyone without it coming at the cost of anyone?  


Our goal: To bring safe, affordable and sustainable energy to communities in Australia and around the world.

Digital Transformation

Our goal: Developing machine intelligence to serve humanity and unlock human potential 

Future Technologies

Our goal: Pioneering innovations that anticipate a future of alternatives. Designing innovations to define the future and disrupt the present.


Our goal: Designing medical solutions to enable safer, happier, healthier lives.

Recycling & decarbonisation

Our goal: Revamping the economy to live within our limits. Creating new technology from old technology.


Our goal: to bring life and abundance back into our oceans and waterways.

Become a Technology Partner of Humanity

Relationships are at the heart of impactful research. We collaborate with entities in all sectors, building on their existing goals and principles, to design and implement solutions that bring value to all.

Our Centres and Institutes

UNSW Centres & Institutes are major joint ventures that facilitate long-term, cross-disciplinary research that addresses significant research and societal challenges. Bringing together several UNSW Schools and Faculties, these ventures complement and scale the impact of our Engineering Schools. 

Meet the fearless thinkers making change already

Many of the brightest minds in engineering choose UNSW to help design solutions through technology for the good of humanity. Discover more about the individuals – and their incredible work – that forms our impact network.

Get in touch and see what’s possible.

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