About Us

About Us

The School is recognised nationally and internationally as a leading teaching and research centre in the areas of electrical and electronic engineering, computer engineering and telecommunication engineering. These areas are very important in the Australian and global economy, and hence graduates in these areas are highly employable and enjoy very good starting salaries both in Australia and internationally. We offer a Bachelor of Engineering degree with specialised discipline areas including:

  • Electrical Engineering;
  • Computer Engineering; and
  • Telecommunications Engineering.

This undergraduate degree requires four years of full-time study. If you are leaving High School (with an HSC or equivalent) or have a TAFE qualification and/or relevant industry experience, this degree is designed for you to pursue a career as a professional engineer.

We offer postgraduate coursework degrees to enable people to advance their knowledge and skills in their chosen specialised discipline area. Master’s degrees can be one or two years in duration. With a bachelor degree in electrical and electronic engineering, telecommunication engineering, computer engineering or other similar areas, you are qualified for direct entry into our Master's program by coursework. If your bachelor degree is in other engineering or science areas, there is a pathway program available for you.

The School also offers postgraduate research degrees to students who want to advance their career by professional training in research and development. The Master of Engineering by Research usually requires 1.5 years of full-time research work and is available to students with a Bachelor degree in relevant engineering areas with an average mark of 67.5 out of 100. If you have a Bachelor degree with first-class honours in relevant engineering areas, you may choose to take the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program, which usually takes 3 years.

As a leading research-intensive unit, the School has a team of academic staff members of international standing, who can supervise you to achieve your goal in your postgraduate research work. The School promotes collaborative teaching and research with staff involved in two University research strengths: Information and Communication Technology Research (ICTR) and Engineering Manufacturing (EM). Research areas include intelligent mechatronics, power quality and reliability, emerging networks and applications, visual and audio signal processing, and optoelectronic signal processing. As a postgraduate research student, your research work will be conducted in one of the research centres (or laboratories) within ICTR or EM.

Your education and development as a professional engineer is our core business. The curricula underlying the degrees we offer have been developed and regularly reviewed to ensure their effectiveness in producing graduates of high quality and value to the industry. As a student, you will be equipped with in-depth discipline knowledge and the necessary skills to pursue life-long learning and career development as professional engineers. These include the ability to formulate and solve problems through scientific and intuitive methods, the skills to approach engineering analysis, design and management systematically, and the capability of working effectively in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment.

As a graduate of our School, you will have an understanding of the responsibilities as professional engineers with full commitment to the Engineers Australia Code of Ethics. You will be a globally recognised professional engineer with the requisite knowledge, skills and attitudes to further develop in your chosen career. The success of our degrees in meeting this aim is evidenced by the number of our graduates employed by large corporations in Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Europe and Asia.

As the Head of School, I warmly invite you to explore our degrees and consider them as the primary pathway to your successful future.

Professor Jiangtao Xi

The School of Electrical, Computer & Telecommunications Engineering has a proud reputation of developing high performing staff and higher degree research (HDR) students. This page recognises the many awards achieved by our staff and HDR students during their time at the University of Wollongong.


- IEEE PES Student Chapter UOW has been ranked Number 11 in the world

- ICASSP2016 (IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing ) Best Student Paper Award - Van Ha Tang

- Vice Chancellors Sessional Teacher Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning – F. Tubbal (HDR)

- 2016 AAEE (Australasian Association of Engineering Education) Award for Engineering Education Engagement – Sasha Nikolic, Christian Ritz, Farzad Safaei, Tom Goldfinch, Wanqing Li, Mark J.W. Lee

- 2016 ASCILITE (Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education) Innovation Award - Sasha Nikolic, Christian Ritz, Farzad Safaei, Tom Goldfinch, Wanqing Li, Mark J.W. Lee

- 2016 IEEE Education Society Chapter Achievement Award – Sasha Nikolic, Christian Ritz, Peter Vial, Jun Shen, Azadeh Safari, Graeme Gwilliam


- 2015 iJOE Outstanding Paper Award - Sasha Nikolic

- Outstanding Student Branch Chapter Chair - Yingjie Tan

- Presenter award for best technical paper presentation at IEEE IAS annual meeting, Dallas - Dothinka Ranamuka Rallage


- 10th International Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technologies (ICDVRAT), Best Student Paper for ‘A comparison of upper limb movement profiles when reaching to virtual and real targets using the Oculus Rift: implications for virtual-reality enhanced stroke rehabilitation’. - Mitchell Just
- IEEE PES NSW Chapter Outstanding Engineer Award for 2014 for "contributions to the field of electric power quality and to power engineering education" – Prof V.J. Gosbell
- Vice Chancellors Sessional Teacher Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning – J. Kennedy (HDR)
- Vice-Chancellor's Award for Interdisciplinary Research Excellence – A/Prof C. Ritz, M. Dabin (HDR) together with Dr T. Narushima, Dr S. Beirne, K. Grady


- NSW International Student of Year, Finalist - D. Perera (HDR)
- DIgSILENT User Conference Awards, Winner - D. Perera (HDR)
- DIgSILENT User Conference Awards, Runner Up - A. Jayawardena (HDR)
- Runner Up, University of Wollongong Three Minute Thesis Competition - J. Kennedy (HDR)
- Member of the Order of Australia (AM) Queen’s Birthday Honours list for “significant service to engineering, particularly electrical energy supply and distribution” - Dr R. Barr
- Third Prize Canon Extreme Imaging Competition - X. Wei (HDR)


- 2012 Citation (Australian Awards for University Teaching) - S. Nikolic
- 2012 Citation (Australian Awards for University Teaching) - Prof F. Naghdy
- Vice Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Service for General Staff - B. Biehl
- Vice Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching & Learning - Dr M. Ros
- Second Prize 2012 POWERCON Best Student Paper Award - A.V. Jayawardena (HDR)
- 2012 NASSCOM Innovation Student Awards - A. Seng (HDR), M. Kitchener (HDR), W. Shao (HDR), J. Yang (HDR), Z. Feng (HDR)
- Professional Electrical Enginer of the Year, Electrical College of Engineers Australia - Dr R. Barr
- Visiting Erskine Fellow, University of Canterbury, New Zealand - Prof V.J. Gosbell
- 2012 Golden Pedometer, Global Corporate Challenge - T. McDonald
- 2012 Golden Pedometer, Global Corporate Challenge - J. Tiziano


- Endeavour Research Fellowship - Dr H. Du
- Eureka 2011 Science in Support of Defence or National Security Research & Innovation – Prof A. Bouzerdoum
- Vice-Chancellors Award for Industry Collaboration in Research - Prof V.J. Gosbell , A/Prof S. Perera
- Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Community Engagement – Dr M. Ros
- Vice Chancellor's General Staff Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning – S. Nikolic
- UOW Trailblazer Student Runner Up – J. Yang (HDR)


Faculty Early Career Academic Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning – Dr S. L. Phung
- UOW Three Minute Thesis Competition Peoples Choice Award – J. Yang (HDR)


- Student Winner, Trailblazer, 2009 - P. L. M. Bouttefroy (HDR)
- Best Student Paper Award "Vehicle tracking using projective particle filter," IEEE International Conference on Advanced Video and Signal Based Surveillance (AVSS 2009), pp. 7-12, Genoa, Italy, 2009 - P. L. M. Bouttefroy (HDR), (Prof A. Bouzerdoum, Dr S. L. Phung,Dr A. Beghdadi)
- UOW Safety Leadership Award – S. Nikolic


- MA Sargent Medal for 2007 Electrical Engineer - Prof V.J. Gosbell
- Visiting Erskine Fellow, University of Canterbury, New Zealand- Prof V.J. Gosbell
- Australian College of Educators Peer Recognition Award for High School Enrichment Program - Dr P. Premaratne
- Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) award -.Dr L.C Tran


- ACPE Lifetime Achievement Award - Prof V.J. Gosbell
- College of Educators, Peer Recognition Teaching Award – Dr S. L. Phung


- Australian College of Educators, Certificate of Recognition Teaching Award - Dr M. Ros


- Vice-Chancellors Award for Post-Graduate Supervision - Prof V.J. GosbellA/Prof S. Perera
- Standards Australia, Outstanding Service – Building, Utilities and Business Standards - Prof V.J. Gosbell


- EESA (Electric Energy Society of Australia) Conway Prize paper award for best member paper at the EESA Annual Conference - R.A. Barr, D. Sweeting and V.J. Gosbell


- EESA (Electric Energy Society of Australia) Conway Prize paper award for best member paper at the EESA Annual Conference - V.J. Gosbell, R.A. Barr