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Associate Professor Bassam Dally, University of Adelaide



Associate Professor Bassam Dally

Head, School of Mechanical


University of Adelaide

S.A. 5005


Phone: +61 8 8303 5460

Fax: +61 8 8303 4367


Web: http: //

Sustainable Energy Engineering is the backbone of the future environmentally sensitive

world while Mechanical Engineering is the backbone of the current industrial world. The degree program deals with:

  • the development of renewable energy technologies such as solar, wind, wave and geothermal

  • the improvement of energy efficiency of existing technologies such as power generation, manufacturing, agriculture, construction, and operation of buildings .

  • the design and construction of new energy (and water) efficient systems, devices and facilities in all areas of the industrial world.

Sustainable Energy Engineering is a recently established branch of Mechanical Engineering, which is one of the most general forms of engineering.

As a student in the degree program, you will be educated in the traditional area of mechanical engineering with a focus on sustainable energy giving you extensive skills in areas of sustainable energy that will be increasingly required by industry and society.


You will work in:

  • Emerging solar, wind, wave, biomass and

    geothermal industries

  • Manufacturing Power generation and supply

  • Water industry: supply, desalination and reuse

  • Mining . Energy consulting on Building and construction

  • Heating, cooling and air conditioning

  • Process industries . Government, in sustainable and environment

    policy making .

  • Any industries using energy

Mechanical and Sustainable Energy Engineeringis a field closely related to Mechanical Engineering and is also available as an internationally recognised and accredited degree program at The University of Adelaide. As a sustainable energy engineer, you will be concerned with making conventional energy sources cleaner and more efficient as well as working with renewable energy sources such as geothermal, tidal, wave, wind, solar, hydro, pumped storage and biomass. You will also be involved with design for minimum energy usage, developing new renewable energy sources, and designing facilities to generate and distribute renewable energy. You will also be able to progress to similar resource management and people management roles as mechanical engineers.

All our degree programs at The University of Adelaide involve 4-years of full-time study (including work required to achieve an Honours degree) and all except Mechanical and Sports Engineering and Mechanical and Sustainable Energy Engineering are also offered as 5-year double degrees with Mathematics and computing Science.  In addition, a double degree in Science is offered for Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. A double degree with Law (6.5 years), one with Petroleum Engineering, one with Economics and one with Finance (5-years) are available with the Mechanical Engineering program only. The Aerospace, Automotive, Mechanical and Mechatronic degrees and double degrees are all accredited by The Institution of Engineers, Australia and recognised all over the world. The Sports and Sustainable Engineering programs are new offerings in 2008 and will be accredited soon after the first graduates emerge at the end of 2011.

The City of Adelaide has a population of just over one million people. The University of Adelaide is located right in the centre of the City Business and Shopping Area. There are many great things about Adelaide. It has wonderful weather; even in winter there are many sunny days, with blue skies and temperatures around 20 degrees- and it never snows! Although there are some hot days in summer, the humidity is very low, so it is not too uncomfortable. One of the many noticeable things about Adelaide is the lack of traffic jams, and the fast 15 minute drive from the airport to the centre of the city, where The University of Adelaide has its main campus. Adelaide is just one hour away from three famous wine-making areas, where one can sample the great wines free of charge at the cellar doors. Just a few hours north of Adelaide lie the mighty Flinders ranges, with colours that have inspired many famous landscape artists, and which are characterised by numerous lonely water holes and many kilometers of outstanding bushwalking tracks. Australians regard recreation and sport as an important part of life. The number of different recreational activities and types of sporting clubs in and around Adelaide are too numerous to mention. Many of the activities are represented by clubs based at the universities, thus helping overseas students to become involved in local culture and activities.

 Adelaide is considered to be the hi-tech capital of Australia, and can offer mechanical, automotive, aerospace, mechatronic, sports and sustainable energy engineers many interesting jobs. Also, current immigration laws have been relaxed for graduates, making it much easier to obtain permanent residence on completion of a university degree.


 Associate Professor Bassam Dally

 Head, School of Mechanical Engineering

 University of Adelaide

 S.A. 5005


 Phone: +61 8 8303 5460

 Fax: +61 8 8303 4367


Web:   http: //

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