Researcher

Biography

Professor Prusty specialises in the field of nano, micro and macro-mechanics of composites. His interdisciplinary approach to composites research, extends from mechanics of materials through to the implementation of automated manufacturing technologies to complete composite structures/components and biomechanics application. He is the Centre Director of ARC Training Centre for Automated Manufacture of Advanced Composites (AMAC). His glittering...view more

Professor Prusty specialises in the field of nano, micro and macro-mechanics of composites. His interdisciplinary approach to composites research, extends from mechanics of materials through to the implementation of automated manufacturing technologies to complete composite structures/components and biomechanics application. He is the Centre Director of ARC Training Centre for Automated Manufacture of Advanced Composites (AMAC). His glittering 25+ years career has firmly established him as a pre-eminent founder, inventor, researcher and teacher.

Professor Prusty is the Director of Research and Bid Lead for the Sovereign Manufacturing Automation of Composites Cooperative Research Centre (SoMAC CRC), funded by the Commonwealth of Australia. SoMAC brings together 33 partnering organisations in a $250 million program, 10-year (2022-2032) strategy to build sovereign capability within the Australian composites industry. His multi-disciplined ability has seen him secure over 100 research grants, author over 300 referred articles, graduate 30 Higher Degree Researchers, patent an invention of Dental Composites and obtain multiple invention disclosures.

Professor Prusty’s teaching innovations include his novel web-based methods, such as the world’s first adaptive Massive Open Online Course on Engineering Mechanics, which has attracted global acclaim and recognition. In recognition of his teaching contributions, he has been recognised through multiple teaching excellence awards, including the “Australian Awards for University Teaching”, the “Australian Council of Engineering Deans Award for Engineering Education”, the “Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation” and the “UNSW Vice-chancellor's Teaching” excellence awards.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Director of Research, Sovereign Manufacturing Automation for Composites CRC (SoMAC CRC) (2022-
  • Director, ARC Training Centre for Automated Manufacture of Advanced Composites (2016-
  • Deputy Director, Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT@UNSW) (2008-2019)
  • Visiting Professor, University of Liege, Belgium (2010)
  • Professor (since 2014); Associate Professor (2011-2013); Senior Lecturer (2007-2010); Lecturer (2005-2007), UNSW Australia

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Automated Tape/Fibre Placement (ATP/AFP) of advanced composites- Online monitoring and processing   
  • Nano, Micro and Macro- Mechanics and Failure analyses of fibre reinforced composite structures
  • Linear and non-linear finite element analysis of stiffened structures
  • Functionally graded materials 
  • Fracture mechanics of nano-modified fibre reinforced composite structures
TEACHING AREAS
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Mechanics of Solids
  • Composites: Materials, Mechanics and Manufacturing

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Fellow, Royal Institute of Naval Architects (RINA)
  • Member, Engineers Australia
  • Member, Australian Association of Engineering Education (AaeE)

ROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Co-host, 9th Australasian Congress on Applied Mechanics (ACAM9), 27-29th Nov 2017.
  • Member of Experts, Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), Australian Government.
  • Research Leader, Advanced Structures and Materials research group of MECHENG
  • Organising and Technical Committee member for International Maritime Conference (IMC), Australasian Congress of Applied Mechanics (ACAM) & Sixth International Composites Conference (ACUN6)

My Grants

 
  • G Prusty et al.; (2010-2015): AU $280 k: Systems for Crashworhiness, Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Composite Structures (CRC-ACS)
  • G Prusty et al; (2013-2015): AU $250 k: The Virtual Design Workshop: An on-line adaptive resource for engineering and architectureOffice for Learning and Teaching (OLT), Australian Government.
  • G Prusty et al.; (2014): AU$1. 2 Mil: An Australasian facility for the automated fabrication of high performance bespoke componentsAustralian Research Council (ARC)- LIEF
  • G Prusty with V. Sahajwalla et al.; (2014-2018): AU $4.1 Mil (ARC: $2.2 Mil + Partners: $1.9 Mil): ARC Research Hub for transforming waste directly in cost-effective green manufacturing, Australian Research Council (ARC)- Industrial Transformation Research Hubs scheme
  • G Prusty with G Pearce et al.; (2016-2019): AU $0.5Mil (ARC: $330 k + Partners: $180 k): Onset Theory: Pushing the design envelope for textile composite structures, Australian Research Council (ARC)- Linkage Projects
  • G Prusty et al.; (2016-2019): AU $0.65 Mil (ARC: $360 k + Partners: $270 k): Flowable composite system with short S-glass fibre and halloysite nanotubes, Australian Research Council (ARC)- Linkage Projects
  • G Prusty et al.; (2017-2022): AU $6.5 Mil (ARC: $3.8 M + Partners: $2.7 M ): ARC Centre for Automated Manufacture of Advanced Composites(AMAC), Australian Research Council (ARC)- Industrial Transformation Training Hub
  • G Prusty with P Compston et al. (2018): AU $1.2 Mil: Laser-based Automated Fibre Placement facility; Australian Research Council (ARC)- LIEF
  • G Prusty with S Li et al.; (2018-2025): AU $6.5 Mil: UNSW Materials & Manufacturing Futures Institute
  • G Prusty et al.; (2019-2022): AU $8.5 Mil (Aus Industry: $3M + Partners: 5.5M): CRC-P with SDI Ltd. on Dental Composites; Australian Govt. 
  • G Prusty (2020-2023): AU 0.8 Mil: Durability of Composite Propellers; DSTG funding
  • G Prusty et al.; (2022-2032): AU $250 Mil (Commonwealth: $70M + Partners: $180M): Sovereign Manufacturing Automation for Composites CRC (SoMAC CRC); Australian Govt. 

My Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Structures), Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, 2003
  • Graduate Certificate in University Learning & Teaching, UNSW Australia, 2008

My Awards

AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

  • 2019- JEC Asia 2019 Innovation Award for “Shape Adaptive Hydrofoil with Fiber-Optic Sensing”
  • 2016- Best paper award, Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE 2016)
  • 2012- Australian Awards for University Teaching- Award for Teaching Excellence 
  • 2012- Australian Council of Engineering Dean's National Award for Engineering Education Excellence
  • 2012- UNSW Faculty of Engineering Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence 
  • 2010- UNSW Vice-Chancellor Award for Teaching Excellence
  • 2010- Lecturer of the Year, MECHSOC, UNSW
  • 2010- ALTC Citation Award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning: “For innovative teaching and assessment of mechanics courses in engineering, which encourage and motivate students to learn threshold concepts effectively”.
  • 2004- Australian Maritime College (AMC@UTAS) Council Award for High Achievement in Scholarship (Research).

My Research Supervision


Areas of supervision

Nano, Micro and Macro mechanics of composite structures and materials

Multi-scale modelling of composite structures

Automated fibre placement-based manufacturing of advanced composites

Fibre-reinforced dental composites for amalgam replacements

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Location

Ainsworth Building (J17)
Level 2, Room 208F
Kensington Campus


Contact

+61 2 9385 5939
61-2-9663 1222

Videos

Automated Fibre Placement Equipment
MOOC for Mechanics: Through Engineers' Eyes
You won't find this at home - Composites Manufacturing Robot
Through Engineers' Eyes: Engineering Mechanics by Experiment, Analysis and Design