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Professor Suresh Palanisamy

Director, Manufacturing Futures Research Platform


Suresh Palanisamy is the Director of the Manufacturing Futures Research Platform and the Professor of Advanced Manufacturing leading research in Metal Additive Manufacturing. He has been the Deputy Chair of Department of Mechanical and Product Design Engineering in the School of Engineering for 3 years. He has been founding Director of the Transport Innovation Centre, working closely with the Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and IoT Institute and industry for 3+ years. Alongside this role, Professor Palanisamy had also led a $26 million Air Platforms Program in the Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC) for 7 years, and serving as project leader on a number of key research projects.

Professor Palanisamy work involves research activities in advanced manufacturing technologies including additive & subtractive manufacturing and laser ultrasonic non-destructive testing at Swinburne. He has successfully secured funding of around $15+ million from different funding bodies including DMTC Ltd., DSI, CRCs, Queensland, Victorian, Australian Governments and International funding bodies from Malaysia and India. He is currently supervising a number of PhD and MRes candidates working on advanced manufacturing technologies. 

In his work,  Professor Palanisamy has played a key role in engaging with more than 70 industry and 20 research partners across Australia and Internationally. He has won a number of Awards nationally and internationally with his Industry partners. He has also led a number of key benchmarking and supply chain development activities with local manufacturing SMEs. He holds a PhD in the area of die casting and ultrasonic non-destructive testing while working with Ford Motor Company of Australia and Nissan Casting Plant Australia, Master of Engineering (Computer Integrated Manufacturing) and Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Learning and Teaching from Swinburne.

Research interests

Additive and Near Net Shape Manufacturing; Materials Characterisation; Non-Contact Inspection and Non-Destructive Testing; Ultrasound; Recycling

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Machining - 401406
  • Metals And Alloy Materials - 401607
  • Tribology - 401708

Teaching areas

Additive and Near Net Shape Manufacturing;Materials Characterisation;Non-Contact Inspection and Non-Destructive Testing;Ultrasound


  • 2022, Swinburne, Vice-Chancellor's Engaged Team Award - Sovereign Advanced Manufacturing Industry Capability Development, Swinburne
  • 2020, National, Special Achievement Award, DMTC Ltd.,
  • 2020, Swinburne, FSET Translation Award - Team, Swinburne
  • 2020, National, Capability Improvement Award - RUAG Australia, DMTC Ltd.,
  • 2019, Other, Vice-Chancellor's Industry Engagement Team Award, Swinburne
  • 2019, Other, Capability Improvement Award - BAE Systems, RAN, Defence Materials Technology Centre
  • 2019, International, Best Paper Award, 3rd International Conference on Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, Kuala Lumpur
  • 2016, Other, Capability Improvement Award - BAE Systems, Defence Materials Technology Centre
  • 2015, Other, Capability Improvement Award - Thales Australia, Defence Materials Technology Centre
  • 2015, National, Aerospace Aviation Industry SME Grant, 2015 International Airshow
  • 2014, Other, DMTC Best Poster Award - Evaluation of Additive/Direct Manufacturing Project, DMTC
  • 2011, Other, Commercialisation Award, The University of Queensland
  • 2011, Other, Capability Improvement Award - Benchmarking , Defence Materials Technology Centre
  • 2010, Other, Commercialisation Award, CAST CRC
  • 2007, Other, Industry Partner Award, CAST CRC


Also published as: Palanisamy, Suresh; Palanisamy, S.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2023: A Digital Twin Model for Design and Development of Cutting Tools with Macro and Micro Geometric *; Commonwealth Department of Education and Training
  • 2023: CSIRO - 61-NGET-R2 - Artificial Intelligence of Things Empowering Industrial Digital Twin *; Next Generation Graduates Program
  • 2023: Development of new low-cost thermoelectric material via cold spray additive manufacturing *; Defence Science Technology Group
  • 2023: iPhD Program - Study of Cold Spray Ti Coated Mild Steel Oxidation with and without Electro Plastic Treatment *; Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
  • 2023: Materials Chararcterisation for Laser Additive Deposition *; ROSEBANK ENGINEERING PTY LTD FUND SCHEME
  • 2023: Research and Development of new Low-cost Thermoelectric material via Cold Spray Additive Manufacturing *; Commonwealth Department of Defence Research Contracts
  • 2023: Scaling the production of mDetect devices *; mDetect Pty Ltd
  • 2022: Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG) - TEG Coating Phase 3 Extension *; Defence Science and Technology Group - Post Doctoral
  • 2022: Sustainability study of SPEE3D manufacturing *; Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute Intern Program
  • 2022: TEG Coating Phase 4 - Upgrading Equipment *; Defence Science Technology Group
  • 2021: CFD analysis of Cutting Fluids/coolant during machining *; APR Internship Program
  • 2021: Cold spray Additive Manufacturing product development via material dataset *; Innovative Manufacturing CRC
  • 2021: Cold Spray Graphene Metal Matrix Composite *; Defence Science Technology Group
  • 2021: Scaling of detection devices through automation for rapid commercialistion *; mDetect Pty Ltd
  • 2021: TEG Coating Phase 3 *; Defence Science Technology Group
  • 2021: TEG Coating Phase II *; Defence Science Technology Group
  • 2020: Industry Capability in Advanced Machining Techniques *; DMTC
  • 2020: Light Speed 3D *; DMTC
  • 2020: Next Generation Additive Manufacturing Technologies for Australian SMEs *; DMTC
  • 2020: TEG Coating *; Defence Science Technology Group
  • 2020: Workshop to establish India-Australia Internet of Things Training Academy *; DFAT Australia India Council
  • 2019: Cold Spray Additive Manufacturing (SPEE3D) Capability Demonstration via Industry Product Development *; Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute Intern Program
  • 2019: Optimisation of Liquid Phase Sintered Parts for Structural Applications of Cold Spray - APR Internship: Riyan Abdul Rahman Rashid *; Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute Intern Program
  • 2019: Supersonic 3D Deposition (SP3D) Printed Parts for Digital Shipyard *; Defence Science Institute Collaborative Research Grants
  • 2019: Sustainment of emerging materials for Structural Applications *; DMTC
  • 2019: Welding Capability for Defence Platforms *; DMTC
  • 2018: 2018 Visiting Fellowships Scheme - Professor Krishnan Balasubramaniam *; Swinburne Research, DVCR&D - Internal contributions
  • 2018: High Speed Metal Additive Manufacturing for Transport, Defence and Construction Industries. *; Victoria State Government Future Industries Fund - Sector Growth Program
  • 2018: Sustainment of emerging materials *; DMTC
  • 2018: Topological Optimisation for Metallic Additive Manufacturing *; DMTC
  • 2017: Development of Automated Assembly with Visual Inspection System for Automotive Door Handle Component - Transport Innovation Centre Project *; Malaysia Automotive Institute - International Grant
  • 2017: Factors Influencing Consumer purchase behaviour in locally manufactured cars - Transport Innovation Centre Project *; Malaysia Automotive Institute - International Grant
  • 2017: Optimisation of Re-Manufacturing Process  - Transport Innovation Centre Project *; Malaysia Automotive Institute - International Grant
  • 2017: Rapid Manufacturing of Pedal Brake - Transport Innovation Centre Project *; Malaysia Automotive Institute - International Grant
  • 2016: The establishment of a joint Transport Innovation Centre *; Malaysia Automotive Institute - International Grant
  • 2015: Air Program Management *; DMTC
  • 2015: Benchmarking for best practices - Project 3.21 *; DMTC
  • 2015: Corrosion scoping study - Project 9.07 *; DMTC
  • 2015: Enhanced tooling capability - Project 5.02 *; DMTC
  • 2015: New manufacturing capability - Project 5.01 *; DMTC
  • 2015: Sustainment Capability Development - Project 5.03 *; DMTC
  • 2013: Investigation of laser cladding for geometry restoration and structural integrity enhancement of aircraft structures *; DMTC
  • 2013: Next Generation Tooling Development *; DMTC
  • 2013: Residual stress of additive manufacturing - Project 1.11 *; DMTC
  • 2013: SME Technology Transfer *; DMTC
  • 2008: Development of new titanium fabrication technology *; DMTC

* Chief Investigator