Head of School


Welcome to the School of Engineering and Information Technology (SEIT), where we educate Australia’s future technology decision makers. We are one of the largest schools in UNSW, and perhaps the most diverse, with innovative academics and outstanding support staff delivering the high quality teaching and research expected from a research-intensive institution.

Our research informs our teaching, and this results in our undergraduate students graduating with high quality, accredited, globally recognised engineering and computing degrees. Four strategic research themes flow through everything we do in SEIT: Aerospace Technologies, Cyber Secure Technologies, Engineering for Resilience, and Technology Decision Making. These themes shape all our efforts from our three and four-year undergraduate degree programs to our globally recognised research.

After 50 years of educating ADFA undergraduates our engineering programs are now open to all. Students can finally study the core engineering disciplines Aeronautical, Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering right here in Canberra. All our students enjoy our small class sizes and modern purpose built workshops and facilities.

Our number of PhD research students is rising with students attracted by our high quality researchers and facilities. We have generous scholarship schemes, conference funding and access to laboratory facilities that attract outstanding PhD candidates from Australia and abroad.

We are proud of our contributions to leading research and innovation with our impressive capabilities in areas such as Advanced Materials, Control Engineering, Hypersonics, Impact Dynamics, Optimisation and Trusted Autonomy. SEIT hosts the Capability Systems Centre, the Australian Centre for Cyber Security, and with an increasing focus on space research - UNSW Canberra Space. We host a node of an ARC Centre of Excellence, the Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology, and will soon host a second, the Centre for Engineered Quantum Systems.

Our researchers collaborate with leading international institutions and agencies and we receive research grants from both private and government sources including the Australian Research Council, Defence Science and Technology Group, and the United States Department of Defense. We also have many ties with industrial partners that have led to the commercialisation of our research portfolio.

Our graduates and scholars shape Australia, the region and the international community as leaders in defence, government and industry. On behalf of my colleagues, I would like to welcome you to the School of Engineering and Information Technology. I encourage you to explore our website and come and collaborate with us through study, research or partnerships.

Professor Scott Tyo
Head of School