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Professor Blair Kuys

Dean

Biography

I have over 20-years of academic experience working at a senior level across both teaching and research. I have built a world class product development research team at Swinburne University with a strong track-record in converting ‘good ideas’ into commercial outcomes. Over the past 10-years I have signed 60 industry-university research projects to the value of $6M (individual income), as well as $9.14M in Category 1 funding (group income). I have been instrumental in helping numerous manufacturers diversify into new markets resulting in 22 products go to market. I have been recognised with three consecutive Good Design Awards (2018, 2019, 2020) and the recipient of seven Vice-Chancellor's Awards showing my commitment and dedication to all academic 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 - 330300
  • Engineering Practice And Education - 401000

Awards

  • 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

Publications

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

  • 2023: Development and Testing of SkyBudi *; Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
  • 2023: Product Development for a Recycled Plastic Temporary Fence – Phase 2 *; Sitetech Solutions Pty Ltd Fund Scheme
  • 2023: Product Development for a Wearable Haptic Safety Device – Phase 2.2 *; Acusensus Pty Ltd Fund Scheme
  • 2023: Prototype manufacturing and prototype testing for next generation medical and wellness devices based on a novel synthetic hydrogel material platform – Phase 2 *; Eudaemon Technologies Pty Ltd Fund Scheme
  • 2022: Associated Kiln Driers Pty Ltd (AKD Softwoods) - Flat-pack DIY garden sheds and backyard offices – Stage 1 *; Associated Kiln Driers_FS
  • 2022: Product Development for a Recycled Plastic Temporary Fence *; Sitetech Solutions Pty Ltd Fund Scheme
  • 2022: Product development for a wearable haptic safety device *; Acusensus Pty Ltd Fund Scheme
  • 2022: Product Development for a Wearable Haptic Safety Device – Phase 2 *; Acusensus Pty Ltd Fund Scheme
  • 2022: Prototype manufacturing and prototype testing for next generation medical and wellness devices based on a novel synthetic hydrogel material platform *; Eudaemon Technologies Pty Ltd Fund Scheme
  • 2022: Research and development of Musical Monoliths *; City of Melbourne
  • 2021: Exploring emerging innovation for new product development – Phase 3a. Refinement and prototyping. *; Scope_PT
  • 2021: Phase 2 – Research and development for a hybrid golf cart *; MGI Golf Pty Ltd - Fund Scheme
  • 2021: Product development for a retractable blind system for Atlite Skylights *; Atlite (Australia) Pty Ltd
  • 2020: Design for manufacture for an organ insulating device *; Medical Device Partnering Program
  • 2020: Design for Manufacture of a Novel Squeeze Bottle *; EDLYN FOODS
  • 2020: Exploring emerging innovation for new product development *; Scope_PT
  • 2020: Product development for a modular canopy (Stages 5) *; Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • 2020: Public Art Commission Project - Stage 1 CDI *; Australian Centre for the Moving Image
  • 2020: Research and development for a hybrid golf cart *; Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • 2020: Smart Furniture Design and Manufacturing *; Malaysia Automotive Institute - International Grant
  • 2020: Stage 2 - Product development for a compact health station *; Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • 2019: 3D Printed Laboratory Equipment *; Innovation Connections
  • 2019: An eco-friendly exhibition card for ACMI visitors *; Australian Centre for the Moving Image
  • 2019: Portable Lithium Power Pack - ICG001090 *; Innovation Connections
  • 2019: Product Development for a Compact Health Station - ICG001103 *; Innovation Connections
  • 2019: Product Development for a Modular Canopy - ICG001094 *; Innovation Connections
  • 2019: Research and development for the design of a fluidised-bed coffee roaster to enable coffee shops to roast their own green beans *; The Little Red Roaster Company
  • 2019: Research and development for the design of a fluidised-bed coffee roaster to enable coffee shops to roast their own green beans *; The Little Red Roaster Company
  • 2019: Research and development for the design of a relaxation pod that incorporates synchronised audio/visual imagery, lighting effects and interlaced holistic music for alternative health therapy *; Rismik Fund Scheme
  • 2019: Research and development of a solar module to power the motorised winding system in Atlite skylights *; Atlite (Australia) Pty Ltd
  • 2019: SAMIE - Secure Administered Medication Inventory Ecosystem *; NeoProducts Pty Ltd Fund Scheme
  • 2018: 3D Printed Anatomical Models *; Innovation Connections
  • 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   *; ResBin Fund Scheme
  • 2018: Design and development of a premium barbeque (Project 2) *; Innovation Connections
  • 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 *; Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • 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: Design and development of a new boiler (RC53722) *; Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • 2016: Novel Office Design *; Freudenberg Fund Scheme
  • 2016: Pilot automation for advanced manufacturing of high performance graphenesuperbatteries *; Melbourne-Sarawak Collaborative Research Development Scheme
  • 2016: Research and development of kitchenware designed for younger generations *; King’s Flair International
  • 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
  • 2012: SERS new product design and commercialisation *; SERS - Research Contract

* Chief Investigator