The Aerostructures Innovation Research (AIR) Hub is bringing together industry and research to deliver innovation in aerostructures. Combining expertise from across Swinburne University of Technology, the AIR Hub team is driving research in areas including digitalisation, advanced manufacturing processes, multi-functional materials, clean propulsion systems and advanced air operations.  

Leadership team

Research Fellows

Madeline Van Dongen

Dr Azadeh Mirabedini

Dr Sadaf Abbasi

Dr Sadegh Ghanei

Dr Andreas Hendlmeier

Linus Tan

Research Engineers

Michael Hellessey
Engineering Leader

Stephen Hardiman

Dr Boon Xian Chai

Alex Cardew-Hall

Brandon Piening

PhD and Masters Candidates

Abad Alrahman Almardini

Andrew Che

Demeke Abay Ashebir

Dongye Gao

George Miris

Jinze Wang

Maheshi Gunaratne

May Smith

Michael Jurdana

Muzaffar Chumroo

Sean Gong

Srikar Dandangi

Tharun Dharmawickrema

Thomas Luke

Varnith Diwakar

Venkatesh Gangipamula

Zahra Khajehsaeidimahabadi

Swinburne ecosystem

Professor Virginia Kilborn
Chief Scientist

Distinguished Professor Guoxing Lu
Associate Dean Research

Professor Suresh Palanisamy
Director, Manufacturing Futures Research Platform

Professor Dong Ruan
Chair, Department of Mechanical and Product Design Engineering

Professor Yvonne Durandet
Associate Professor, Advanced Manufacturing

Professor Saulius Juodkazis
Head of the Nanotechnology Research Facility

Professor Anita Kocsis
Director, Design Factory Melbourne

Professor Zheng Lei
Department Chair, Aviation

Professor Dimitrios Georgakopoulos
Professor, Computer Science

Associate Professor Boris Eisenbart
Research Director, Industry 4.0 Testlab; Program Leader, Digital Design

Associate Professor Justin Leontini
Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering

Associate Professor Jiong Jin
Associate Professor

Associate Professor Jamal Naser
Associate Professor

Dr Mostafa Nikzad
Senior Lecturer in Advanced Manufacturing & Materials

Dr Nisa Salim
Senior Lecturer

Dr Mehran Motamed Ektesabi
Associate Professor

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