Head of School's welcome
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Newcastle.
The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science offers undergraduate and postgraduate study in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Telecommunications and Computer Science. In conjunction with the School of Engineering, we also offer undergraduate study in Mechatronics.
Society is increasingly recognising the importance of developing and maintaining infrastructure, and the need for a highly skilled workforce. Traditional electrical energy systems, as well as the alternative (renewable) energy systems of the future, are built on physical principles, which form the basis for the Electrical Engineering degree program. Likewise, the proliferation of computer and telecommunication networks, and the increasing sophistication of computer software projects, creates strong demand for graduates with highly developed professional skills in Computer Engineering, Telecommunications, Software Engineering and Computer Science.
Lecturing staff in the School are committed to providing a challenging and rewarding learning environment. The School has excellent laboratory facilities, supporting degree programs which emphasise modern engineering design skills, built upon a strong basis of fundamental principles.
In addition to courses taught from the Callaghan campus, several of the Bachelor of Engineering courses are offered at the Singapore campus. Undergraduate degree programs are accredited by Engineers Australia and the Australian Computer Society. Employer demand for our graduates is intense, with very competitive starting salaries and excellent career prospects.
Our School has a strong and long-standing international research profile in a number of areas, including control systems, signal processing, bioinformatics, computing algorithms, telecommunications, and power electronics. The School is host to the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre for Complex Dynamic Systems and Control (CDSC), and co-host to a Priority Research Centre in Bioinformatics, Biomarker Discovery & Information-Based Medicine. In addition, research in the School is focused in University Research Centres in power electronics (ResTech), microelectronics (Signal Processing and Microelectronics), the Laboratory for Dynamics and Control of NanoSystems (LDCN), and the Newcastle Robotics Laboratory, home of the 2006 RoboCup world champions.
Research in the School is strongly supported by external funding sources, including the Australian Research Council, and significant industry funding. In addition to 25 lecturing staff, our School is home to some 20 post-doctoral research fellows and around 30 postgraduate students studying for research Masters and PhD degrees, making for a vibrant and supportive research environment.
I invite you to browse our website to find out about our areas of study, staff or other information that you need.
Professor Robert Betz
Head of School