How can we make automotive and aircraft components quickly and cheaply, yet still achieve a superior performance? This question is fundamental to our research program.

We investigate how manufacturers work with materials—including composites, natural fibres, recyclable polymers and metals—to produce stronger structures that are light-weight, produced rapidly and economically, and energy-efficient at all stages of the life cycle. The European Union’s fuel efficiency requirements are driving the automotive industry to produce light-weight vehicles. The life-cycle studies that we are undertaking will help to inform the materials that should be used to achieve these outcomes.   

Our research is supported by diverse funding streams, including from the Australian Research Council, Cooperative Research Centres and industry. We are also collaborating with industry partners, including Ford Motor Company and Boeing, to ensure that their structures are lighter, stronger and more energy efficient. For example, Boeing is seeking to make carbon composites for their aircraft as quickly as possible, while achieving very high quality standards. Our students have opportunities to engage with industry partners during research training activities.

Explore our available student research projects below and if you’d like to discuss opportunities for collaboration or funding, please email us.

Academic staff

Jeremy smith

Dr Jeremy Smith »

Senior Lecturer, Reimagine Fellow, ANU NAE Grand Challenge Scholar Director

Dr Vi Kie Soo »

Research Fellow

Dr Christopher Stokes-Griffin »

Research Fellow

Dr Randy Zeng »

Research Fellow


Mr Daniel Gesling »

R&D Student

Mr Di He »

PhD Candiate

Mr Charles Hu »

PhD Candidate

Ellen Lynch »

PhD Candidate, AFHEA


Mr Jiaji Cheng »

Occupational Trainee

Professor Jack JESWIET »

Visiting Fellow



Doolan M, B. Newell, E. El Halabi, “Taking a Systems Approach to the Development of End of Life Vehicle Policy”, AutoCRC Conference, Melbourne, March 5th 2009.



Halabi E.El , Doolan M, Newell B, "A GLOBAL COMPARISON OF END-OF-LIFE VEHICLES POLICIES", ICSAT 2008, Melbourne, 2008



Doolan, M; Bloxham, G.; Conroy, P.; Jones, D.; McGregor, P.; Stevanovic, D.; Van Harmelen, J.; Waldron, L.E.; Waterson, M.; Zhelem, R.; “Focusing a NIR adaptive optics imager, experience with GSAOI”; Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, v 6273 II, Optomechanical Technologies for Astronomy, 2006, p 62732D.



Doolan MC, M.A. Dopita, L.E. Waldron, J. Hart, R. Zhelem, G. Bloxkam, P. Conroy, P. McGregor, L Pfitzner, “Optical wavelength image slicer”; Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, v 5492, n PART 1, Ground-based Instrumentation for Astronomy, 2004, p 421-428.

Dopita, M.A.; Waldron, L.E.; McGregor, P.; Conroy, P.; Doolan M; Zhelem, R.; Bloxham, G.; Saunders, W.; Jones, D.; Pfitzner, L.; “WiFeS: The wide field spectrograph”; Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, v 5492, n PART 1, Ground-based Instrumentation for Astronomy, 2004, p 262-270.


Journal Papers

Doolan M., Kalyanasundaram S., Hodgson P.D., Cardew-Hall, M.J., “Use of image recognition techniques in the analysis of sheet metal forming force signature curves”, Jnl. Manufacturing Sciences and Engineering, Transactions of ASME, - volume 125, Issue 2, May 2003, pp 363-368


Journal Papers

Doolan M, Kalyanasundaram S, Hodgson P.D., Cardew-Hall, M.J.; “Identifying variation in sheet metal forming”; Int. Jnl. Materials Processing Technology,115, (2001), p142-146.

Conference Papers

Doolan, M,  Kalyanasundaram, S., Hodgson, P., Cardew-Hall, M.J.; “Signature analysis using active shape models”; SheMet2001, 9th Intl Conf. On Sheet Metal, Leuven, Belgium, 2-3rd April 2001


Journal Papers

OByrne S, M Doolan, AFP Houwing; “Analysis of Transient Thermal Choking Processes in a Model Scramjet Engine”; Journal of Propulsion and Power, 2000, vol. 16, no. 5, pp. 808

Conference Papers

Doolan, M., Kalyanasundaram, S., Hodgson, P., Cardew-Hall, M.J., “Identifying the cause of variation in sheet metal stamping”, Eighth Intl. Conf. On Manufacturing Engineering, ICME2000, Sydney, Australia, 27-30 Aug, 2000

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