Dr Mitch Dunn

Research Fellow

School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
+61 7 336 57132


Mitch Dunn is a Research Fellow within the UQ Composites group, in the school of Mechanical and Mining Engineering. He has interest in a wide range of material research activities, including functional composite materials, non-destructive evaluation, novel material systems, high-temperature applications, instrumentation, and novel RF/antenna applications in Defence.

Mitch has worked within the UQ Composites group since 2010 on a diverse set of projects, from exploring the use of novel natural-fibres in composites, modelling of ultrasonic wave propagation, advanced manufacturing processes, product development and innovation, nondestructive testing and development of hybrid composite materials systems. Mitch received his PhD from UQ in 2018 for his work on the detection of laminar damage in composite laminates using nonlinear ultrasonic techniques. Recently, he has worked extensively on industry technology development and innovation projects administered through DMTC, including in the role of project leader and program leader (Enabling Technologies and High Temperature Sub-Assemblies).

Research Interests

  • Functional composites
    -Functional composite antenna structures -Novel testing methodologies, i.e. simultaneous electrical and mechanical testing of RF connection points -High temperature conformal antennas -Modelling and simulation -Cost-effective manufacturing methodologies -Heavily industry/end-user focused
  • Nondestructive testing and evaluation
    -Inspection of bonds in composite repairs and metal/composite joints -Nonlinear ultrasonic techniques -Vibro-ultrasonic modulation -Structural health monitoring -Smart structures and products -NDT&E of composite materials -Advanced signal post-processing
  • Hybrid composite materials
    -Thermoset-thermoplastic hybrid laminates -Fibre-metal laminates -Metal matrix composites -Cost-effective manufacturing methodologies


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor (Honours) of Engineering, The University of Queensland


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