Researcher biography

Prof Matthew Dargusch's research interests are in advanced manufacturing and the design and development of medical devices.

Matt Dargusch is a Professor in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering within the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering. He is the Director of the ARC Industry Transformation Research Hub for Advanced Manufacturing of Medical Devices and he is also the Chief Technology Officer for the Defence Materials Technology Centre. Further information about AMPAM can be found on the Centre's website:

Prof. Dargusch completed his PhD in 1998, and has a strong background in working on industry-outcome focussed research. After completing his PhD, he worked in manufacturing and product development in industry before moving being appointed as a Senior Research Fellow at UQ and Program Manager for both the Aerospace and Industry Best Practice Program Manager with the CAST CRC. During his time as program manager the best practice program received a number of awards from the Cooperative Research Centres Association for delivering industry outcomes. Professor Dargusch's work has been recognised by the star award from the CRC Association for his work with industry. In 2007 Professor Dargusch was a critical member of the successful bid team for a Defence Future Capability Technology Centre (DFCTC) which became the Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC) with partners such as BAE Systems, Thales and many SMEs. In 2008, Professor Dargusch became the Chief Technology Officer for the DMTC, a position which he currently still holds.

Prof Dargusch has been successful in obtaining competitive grant funding totalling $2.95 million through the Queensland Government's Innovation Projects Fund since 2006. He is also a chief investigator on 5 x ARC LPs, 2 x ARC DPs, 2 x ARC ITRH and 5 x ARC LIEF grants and lead investigator on 1 DEST (now DIISR) International Science Linkages Program – Australia-China Special Fund Grant. He was also awarded a Smart Future Fund RPP grant of $405,000 as lead investigator for a project focussed on the "Development of Next Generation Endovascular Grafts"(2012-2015). Most recently Professor Dargusch was successful in establishing another ARC Industry Transformation Research Hub for Advanced Manufacturing of Medical Devices.

Prof Dargusch's ability to transfer research outcomes to industry is provided by the case study on titanium technology submitted by Prof Dargusch as lead investigator to the Excellence in Innovation for Australia trial in 2012. The submission was rated A for outstanding impacts in terms of reach and significance.

Prof. Dargusch's primary research interests are associated with addressing the major technical challenges facing Australian metal manufacturers in order to assist them to participate more effectively in global supply chains and the development of improved medical devices. His aim is to use his research to impact the ability of Australian companies, to develop and integrate advanced manufacturing technologies particularly in the production of high value components for Aircraft, Maritime and Medical Device applications.