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MeSSO are actively engaged in research informed teaching practices throughout the School of Mechanical, Electrical & Process Engineering. MeSSO collaborates with the Teaching and Learning Unit in CIT on multiple student-engaged education research programs. There is a number of final year engineering projects run in conjunction with MeSSO research projects each year. There are a number of recurring opportunities for various types of student.


MeSSO has ongoing opportunities for research projects at both masters and PhD levels. Currently, MeSSO has research and taught master’s projects running as well as several fully funded PhD projects. MeSSO also funds a postgraduate fellowship with industry partners.









MeSSO has internship opportunities available for both national and international students. Students will be working as part of a team involved in cutting edge research across a wide range of mechanical engineering disciplines.


Being situated in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, MeSSO runs several undergraduate projects throughout the academic term.

Virtual LaborAtories

The group's primary focus in the area of education research is in the development of virtual laboratories to enable an enhanced interactive student learning experience. Virtual laboratories have become an increasingly popular topic for engineering education research as they allow theoretical systems to come to life through mathematical simulation and give the student a far more interactive learning experience. Scalable mechanistic virtual laboratories built from first principles theory of mechanics, energy and fluid dynamics allow the student to gain a better understanding of the physical application.

MeSSO virtual laboratories are designed to be intuitive and interactive tools for undergraduate engineering students to better their understanding of mathematical modelling and control systems design.

MeSSO virtual laboratories are open source education tools. If you require any information/examples please contact us. Virtual laboratory examples include:

  • Automotive applications
  • Unmanned aerial systems
  • Microgrids
  • Building energy performance
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Process control