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Professor Blair Kuys

Director – Centre for Design Innovation


Professor Blair Kuys has extensive experience in product development and has a strong track-record in converting ‘good ideas’ into commercial outcomes. Over the past 6-years Professor Kuys has signed over 30 industry-university research projects to the value of $5.57M. He has been instrumental in helping numerous manufacturers diversify into new markets which has recently expanded to Hong Kong, China and Malaysia. Professor Kuys has over 20 products go to market with recent successes in integrating 3D printing into commercial lighting for Melbourne-based manufacturer LimeLite, as well has creating Australia’s first customisable skylight that is bushfire certified and hail, cyclone and leak resistant for Melbourne manufacturer Atlite Skylights.

Professor Blair Kuys has successfully been awarded six Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Community Engagement (2008), Teaching - Higher Education (2009), Sustainability (2010), Internationalisation (2011), Research - Early Career (2012) and Industry Engagement (2014). These awards highlight his strong commitment to important values for Swinburne University of Technology showing commitment and leadership across all portfolios.

Research interests

Product Diversity; Productivity Design; Product Design

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Design Practice And Management - 120300
  • Engineering Design - 120400


  • 2014, International, Visiting Professor - Beijing Institute of Technology. School of Design and Arts, Beijing Institute of Technology
  • 2014, Swinburne, Vice Chancellor's Engagement Award (with the ARC biodevice team), Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2012, Swinburne, Vice Chancellor' Research (Early Career) Award, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2011, Swinburne, Vice Chancellor's Award for Internationalisation, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2011, Swinburne, The Dean's Visiting Researcher Award, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2010, Swinburne, Vice Chancellor's Award for Sustainability, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2009, Swinburne, Vice Chancellor's Teaching Award (Higher Education), Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2008, Swinburne, Vice Chancellor's Award for Community Engagement , Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2004, National, DIA Award for the highest achieving Industrial Design Honours student, Design Institute of Australia


Also published as: Kuys, Blair; Kuys, B.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2018: 3D Printed Anatomical Models *; Formulytica
  • 2018: 3D printing used to develop a new range of ceramic products *; Bendigo Pottery Fund Scheme
  • 2018: A new cardboard pallet design (Stage 1) *; CMTP Pty Ltd
  • 2018: Compacting rubbish bin *; Innovation Connections
  • 2018: Design and development of a premium barbeque (Project 2) *; Gitana Nominees Pty Ltd
  • 2018: Product diversification for the timber furniture industry *; Innovation Connections
  • 2018: Research and development for a new toy linked to Sam and Partners Doh-dough product *; Sam & Partners Ltd
  • 2018: Research and development into an innovative coat hanger design and new closet storage solutions. *; Mainetti (HK)
  • 2018: Research and development into collaborative indoor/outdoor furniture *; Foshan Lianrun Furniture
  • 2018: Research and development into creative furniture designs/systems for nano-apartments *; S&C Furniture Fund Scheme
  • 2018: Research and development used to expand upon Star current industrial container (product no. 1806-07) *; STAR INDUSTRIAL
  • 2018: SAMIE - Secure Administered Medication Inventory Ecosystem *; Innovation Connections
  • 2017: A new food packaging dispensing solution (Stage 2) *; Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • 2017: Design and prototype a premium barbeque *; Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • 2017: Melbourne Korean War Memorial *; Melbourne Korean War Memorial
  • 2017: Memobottle: New iterations *; Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • 2017: Telescope Stage 2: Parasite Image Recognition, Filter enhancement, Visualisation of Design *; All Farm Animal Health Trust FS
  • 2017: The 3D printing of luminaire light fixtures - Stage 2 *; Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • 2017: The Sports Injury Sitter (SIS) *; Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • 2016: Australia's first fire-rated skylight *; Atlite (Australia) Pty Ltd
  • 2016: Design and development of a new boiler *; Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • 2016: Dispensing system for squeezy bottles *; EDLYN FOODS
  • 2016: High-Tech Modular Building Components with High Contents of Australian Hardwood *; Forest and Wood Products Australia Limited
  • 2016: Novel Office Design *; Freudenberg Fund Scheme
  • 2016: Research and development of kitchenware designed for younger generations *; King's Flair International
  • 2016: Telescope: service and industrial design stage 1 *; GRETALS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD
  • 2016: The 3D printing of luminaire light fixtures *; Innovation Connections
  • 2014: Design to strengthen Polycarbonate *; InsiTe Manufacturing
  • 2014: Industrial Transformation Training Centre in Biodevices and Diagnostics *; ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres
  • 2014: MHG Conceptualisation of new products *; Department of State Development, Business and Innovation - VC
  • 2014: New product development for BodyICE *; BodyICE Pty Ltd
  • 2014: Research and Development for EO Toys *; Chimera
  • 2012: SERS new product design and commercialisation *; SERS - Research Contract

* Chief Investigator