PROF Graham Schaffer

PROF Graham Schaffer


  • Computational design of materials
  • Heuristics for the development of new materials (and other engineered components and systems)
  • Knowledge flow in engineering teams



  • Biography
    Graham Schaffer is Professor of Materials and Design in the School of Engineering at the University of Melbourne. He was previously Executive Dean for Engineering, Architecture and IT at The University of Queensland and Pro Vice-Chancellor for Science, Health and Engineering at La Trobe University. The alloys he has designed are in service in automotive engines and the nanomaterials processing methods he has pioneered are used to produce the active ingredient in commercial sunscreens. He has more than 200 publications with 5 patents and 133 refereed journal papers, including a paper in Science. Professor Schaffer has BSc and MSc degrees from the University of Cape Town and a PhD from the University of Birmingham. He is a Chartered Professional Engineer and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Institution of Engineers Australia and the American Powder Metallurgy Institute International.   


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Education and training

  • GradCertEd (Higher Ed), The University of Queensland 1996
  • PhD, The University of Birmingham 1988
  • MSc, University of Cape Town 1983
  • BSc, University of Cape Town 1981