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Professor Blair Kuys

Professor

Biography

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 7-years Professor Kuys has signed over 40 industry-university research projects to the value of $7.5M. 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 - 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

  • 2022: Associated Kiln Driers Pty Ltd (AKD Softwoods) - Flat-pack DIY garden sheds and backyard offices ? Stage *; 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: 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: Development and Testing of SkyBudi *; Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • 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: 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
  • 2016: Australia's first fire-rated skylight *; Innovation Connections
  • 2016: Dispensing system for squeezy bottles *; Innovation Connections
  • 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: Pilot automation for advanced manufacturing of high performance graphenesuperbatteries *; Melbourne-Sarawak Collaborative Research Development Scheme
  • 2016: Telescope: service and industrial design stage 1 *; Innovation Connections
  • 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
  • 2014: Research and Development to Strengthen Polycarbonate *; Department of State Development Business and Innovation - Voucher Program
  • 2012: SERS new product design and commercialisation *; SERS - Research Contract

* Chief Investigator