Researcher biography

Dr. Michael Heitzmann the Co-Director Centre for Advanced Materials Processing and Manufacturing with an expertise in advanced composite materials & processes and new product development. The centre brings together over 50 researchers and 120 PhD students working on the Materials, design and manufacturing solutions for our future economies. He was also one of the main driving forces behind the formation of the UQ Composites group now spanning across all schools within the EAIT faculty. Despite the relatively short time in an academic career, he has been awarded over 5.2M AUD in research funding as chief investigator (CI) of which over 1.2M AUD have been obtained as the lead CI. Michael is the supervisor of 9 research higher degree students (8 PhD, 1MPhil).

The expertise and passion, Dr. Heitzmann has for composite materials & processes and new product development is manifested through a number of high profile projects, such as the Fight Food Waste CRC, Blue economy CRC, Defence Materials Technology Centre, The Queensland Government Cladding Material Library development or the development of the Australian Standard for Cricket balls. Dr. Heitzmann also has keen interest in supporting local SMEs and has supported a large number of projects ranging from the mining and resource sector, aerospace to the construction industry. His research and leadership have resulted in two start-ups and he is the inventor of three patents.

From 2012 to July 2015, he was the project leader of the CRC-ACS "Plant fibre biocomposites" project (CRC-ACS P1.1), a 6.5M five year project. He was responsible for leading a multinational team of over 10 researchers including project partners form Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Thailand and Malaysia. Since taking over the project lead, he has successfully established a steering committee for the development of biocomposite design guidelines, engaged three additional research providers and introduced two new commercial end-users to the project. The license for commercialisation of the project outcomes has been issued to Queensland based agronomy company Agri Fibre Industries. He also played a key role in establishing the BIOSPHERE project, a bioresin development project with the Aerospace Malaysia Innovation Centre (AMIC), University Putra Malaysia and Malayan Adhesives & Chemicals.

Before joining the University of Queensland he worked as a Senior Research Engineer for the commercial entity of the CRC-ACS, Advanced Composite Structures Australia. In this role he contributed and led composite research and development projects for major local and international companies such as QBE insurance, Brisbane Transport, Australian Aerospace, Eurocopter, Airbus or PETRONAS.