STEM facilities

STEM infrastructure

UniSA Mawson Lakes campus is home to UniSA's Future Industries Institute – a flagship for next generation research in key industries. In addition, teaching and research facilities focused on the vital areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) have been redeveloped, underpinning the University’s commitment to the State’s competitive future.

Materials & Mineral Sciences (MM) Building

MM Building

The MM Building is a catalyst for innovative learning and teaching, as well as high-quality research in the materials and minerals science and engineering hub located at Mawson Lakes.

The building facilitates the engagement between undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students, higher degree research students, leading researchers and industry stakeholders. It provides a flexible, open and creative space aimed at stimulating innovation in relevant areas, and ensures the delivery of contemporary practice-based education degrees and internationally significant research.

The 7,300m2 building accommodates 55 academic staff and 45 HDR students and includes an experiential learning studio for use by 120 honours level students. The building comprises a range of laboratory facilities in a unique combination with a series of experiential learning spaces.

  • Australian Institute of Architects South Australian Chapter - Jack McConnell Award for Public Architecture 2012
  • Master Builders Association South Australia - Excellence in a Commercial/Industrial Building $20M - $50M awarded to Hansen Yuncken
  • Master Builders Association South Australia - Excellence in Structural Work awarded to Bianco Precast
  • Australian Institute of Building - 2012 South Australian Professional Excellence Award
  • Australian Institute of Building - 2012 National Professional Excellence High Commendation

MM Building labsLecture theatreThe plasso

Sir Charles Todd (SCT) Building

SCT Building

Mechatronics combines mechanical with electrical engineering and computer science. It has broad implications in areas of robotics and automated machines and vehicles. With a purpose-built mechatronics lab, students can design and then operate sophisticated machines that, when activated, require minimal human intervention. 

3D Printers

Instead of building expensive moulds, 3D printers can make prototypes of digital models and can be used to make almost anything from small engine parts to robotic machinery of medical prosthesis. A growing number of printers are used in our engineering degrees and the possibilities are only limited by one’s imagination. 

Flight Simulator

University of South Australia aviation students have access to a 737 flight simulator. The simulator, based at UniSA’s Mawson Lakes campus, is used for research and training purposes relating to human factors safety management, advanced navigation and heavy aircraft systems.

UniSA commissioned New Zealand-based manufacturer Pacific Simulators to build the training device which is an exact replica of the Boeing 737NG aircraft with high fidelity visuals to simulate flying conditions.

Dr Doug Drury, Discipline Leader for UniSA’s Aviation Program, says there is an escalating demand for more research into human-related factors in high-risk industries such as aviation.

“The simulator will be used for research into how factors like fatigue and decision making can affect pilots in a crisis,” he says. “Technical skills are just one component of flying. We need to know more about how the mind and body reacts in an emergency to reduce the likelihood of errors and accidents.”

“This simulator will help us conduct high-quality research into aviation psychology, communication and pilot performance,” says Program Director Dr Steve Leib.

Food Vendors and Social Spaces

Buildings MM and A at our Mawson Lakes campus are the places to be social. With outdoor cafe dining areas, indoor seating and a student lounge with kitchen, our spaces are a great place to take a break, catch-up with friends or do a bit of study. For a snack visit one of our food vendors on campus, including Brightside Deli, Zambrero or Frankie's Diner.

Discover more about our social spaces and food vendors.