Look Ever Forward

“The great University should find its heroes in the present; its hope in the future; it should look ever forward; for it the past should be but a preparation for the greater days to be”.

John Curtin, ‘The Views of Labour’, West Australian, 16 April 1932.

As we celebrate our innovations of the past 50 years, we continue to look to the future. Read about our latest research and our innovative spaces, experiences and people.

  • Dr Natasha Hurley-Walker

    Delving into the origins of the Universe Dr Natasha Hurley-Walker is an astrophysicist working on the GaLactic and Extragalactic All-sky MWA, or ‘GLEAM’ survey, which builds a picture of the Universe by observing radio waves that have been travelling through space — some for billions of years. “The human eye sees by comparing brightness in […]

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  • Dr Andrew Woods

    Using 3D technology to explore new depths. BEng (Curtin) MEng (Curtin) PhD (Curtin) As head of the Curtin University HIVE (Hub for Immersive Visualisation and eResearch), Dr Andrew Woods has made immense contributions to research and community through his development and utilisation of 3D technologies. Dr Woods has led a number of collaborative research projects […]

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  • Elsie app

    Slice of life A new app for Curtin students offers a personalised way to keep track of study information without having to sign in to multiple systems. Named Elsie, the app is downloaded onto a student’s mobile phone and provides easy access to timetables, course units, email, exam information and teaching contacts. It also includes […]

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  • Robotic rehab

    Walking tall. Curtin's Dr Lei Cui and a team of PhD students are changing the future of rehabilitation with a range of advanced robotic prototypes. The team has developed two robotic exoskeletons - one for the hand and one for the leg - which simulate natural movements and help patients regain strength and function faster. […]

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  • Driverless bus

    Just the ticket. A driverless bus operating on Curtin’s main campus in Perth is determining public confidence in driverless technology, and providing an opportunity for further research in navigation satellite systems, road safety and ethical issues. Built by Navya, the electric bus seats 11 passengers and travels up to 45km per hour on a pre-determined […]

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  • Probing the dinosaur extinction crater

    Life after Impact. Curtin researchers are helping to further our scientific understanding of the distant past. In April 2016, Curtin geomicrobiologist and ancient DNA expert, Associate Professor Marco Coolen, was part of a multi-national team of scientists that drilled over 1,300m into the Chicxulub crater off the coast of Mexico. The crater resulted from […]

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  • Professor Moses Tade

    Leading research in process systems engineering. BSc(Hons)(Ife) MSc PhD(Queens) FIChemE CEng HonFIEAust CPEng Curtin Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor of Science and Engineering Professor Moses Tade is nationally and internationally regarded for his research in chemical engineering. He has significant expertise in process systems engineering and has helped develop the necessary theory to understand industrial systems using […]

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  • Professor Anna Haebich

    Exploring creativity and communication across cultures and generations. BA(Curtin) BA(Hons)(UWA) PhD(Murdoch) FAHA FASSA Professor Anna Haebich is a multi-award winning scholar known for her interdisciplinary and cross-cultural research. Her career combines university teaching, research, centre directorship, curatorship, visual arts practice, creative writing and work with Aboriginal communities. Her book, Broken Circles: Fragmenting Indigenous Families 1800-2000, […]

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  • Professor Pete Kinny

    Producing internationally recognised techniques for geological dating. Sc(Hons)(Sydney) PhD(ANU) Professor Pete Kinny is an influential geochemist and geochronologist in Curtin’s Faculty of Science and Engineering who holds the highest citation rate among Curtin’s geoscience researchers. His work includes studies of the Earth’s earliest crust, diamond formation in the Earth’s mantle, timing of supercontinent formation and […]

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  • Tissue Slicer

    New medical technology cuts health risks Curtin is working to cut health risks with Australia’s first Krumdieck Precision-Cut Tissue Slicer. Precision-cut tissue slicing is a technique that allows one piece of tissue to be turned into potentially hundreds of separate slices, which can then be individually tested. This incredible technology will reduce the amount of […]

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  • Innovation Central Perth

    Fostering innovation and development. Curtin University is at the forefront of helping to create a future of growth and innovation with its Innovation Central Perth, formerly known as Cisco Internet of Everything Innovation Centre. Innovation Central Perth brings together start-ups, industry experts, developers and researchers in an open environment to create ground-breaking and innovative […]

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  • Professor San Ping Jiang

    This Curtin fuel cell researcher is the world's most cited in his field. BEng(SCUT) PhD(City) Professor San Ping Jiang is a professor at Curtin’s Department of Chemical Engineering and Deputy Director of the Fuels and Energy Technology Institute. He is an adjunct Professor of the Sunshine Coast University and holds Guest Professorships at a […]

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  • Professor Andrew Putnis

    Continental collisions, from Norway to Australia. BSc(Newcastle) BSc(Hons)(London) PhD(Cambridge) Director of Curtin’s Institute for Geoscience Research (TIGeR) Professor Andrew Putnis’ research concerns the mechanisms of fluid-mineral interaction and its relationship to the strength and deformation of crustal rocks. The direct applications of this research are wide-ranging, including understanding element mobility and ore deposition in […]

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  • Professor Suvendrini Perera

    A life shaped by the transformative potential of education BA(Hons)(Sri Lanka) PhD(Columbia) Professor Suvendrini Perera is Deputy Director of the Australia- Asia-Pacific Institute and Research Professor of Cultural Studies in the School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry at Curtin. She has published widely on issues of social justice, including decolonisation, race, ethnicity […]

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  • Professor Nikos Ntoumanis

    Using motivational psychology to help create a physically healthier community PhD(Exeter) MSc(Loughborough) CPsychol FAcSS FBPsS Professor Nikos Ntoumanis from the School of Psychology and Speech Pathology joined Curtin in July 2014 from the University of Birmingham (2001-2014). He is interested in factors that optimise motivation and promote performance, morality, psychological well-being and health-conducive behaviours. […]

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  • Helium dating breakthrough

    Revealing the secrets of helium Curtin University researchers have made a major breakthrough by showing where helium atoms are trapped within individual mineral grains, providing information that can help to determine the geological history of the Earth’s crust and assist in monitoring natural hazards like earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. The researchers, led by Professor Brent McInnes […]

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  • From Great Depths 3D

    Award-winning 3D underwater film HMAS Sydney (II) - inverted bow section. Image courtesy Curtin University and WA Museum. Copyright WA Museum. A 3D video experience featuring extraordinary underwater images of two historic shipwrecks obtained by Curtin University and the Western Australian Museum has won the Best-of-Show Live Action Category at an international conference honouring 3D […]

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  • Building 304 (Centre for Crop and Disease Management)

    Fighting crop disease with research. (Photo credit: Alana Blowfield) A new $46 million agriculture research facility will be pivotal in helping the Centre for Crop and Disease Management (CCDM) – a national research centre co-supported by Curtin and the Grains Research and Development Corporation – reach its goal of reducing the economic impact of crop […]

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