Professor Syed Hasan Masood, an alumni of Aligarh Muslim University in India  currently working at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, has been honoured with a Vice Chancellor’s Lifetime Achievement Award in the university’s annual ceremony held virtually on Wednesday 9 December 2020. Ranked amongst top 2% of scientists in the world, he has also been heavily involved in Muslim community work in Victoria for the last three decades.

The award recognises a university staff, who has consistently demonstrated outstanding service, while regularly delivering excellence and achievement in their field of expertise contributing not only in their immediate area, but also enriching the overall community of Swinburne. The award is by nomination by the senior Swinburne Executive Group of the university.

Professor Syed Hasan Masood, (second from left) with his students at a graduation ceremony.

Prof Masood has been working at Swinburne for the past 32 years and has consistently demonstrated excellence and outstanding performance in teaching, research and academic leadership.  He has contributed in establishment and proliferation of most successful post graduate (PG) programs in Advanced Manufacturing at Swinburne since 1993, which attracted large number of international students to the university.

He has previously taught at Central Queensland University and PNG University of Technology.  He holds PhD from University of Queensland, Masters from University of New Brunswick, Canada, PG Dip from IIT Delhi and BSc Eng Hons from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), India.

He has been the Program Coordinator of post graduate programs in Advanced Manufacturing Technology for over 26 years. He had also served as Associate Dean Research in Faculty of Engineering at Swinburne.

Prof Masood is recognised internationally as the leading academic and researcher in the area of Additive Manufacturing and 3DPrinting.


During his long career at Swinburne, Prof Masood has supervised to completion around 40 PhD and Masters by research students, many now working in academia and industry.  He has won numerous research grant awards including 23 research grants from prestigious Australian Research Council (ARC) for his university.

To date he has produced around 400 publications in international journals and conferences including several edited books and book chapters, with Google Scholar citation h index of 40 and with over 6700 citations.  He has recently been listed in Top 2% Scientists in the World in Stanford University based ranking (PLOS) database based on career research publications and citations of researchers in various disciplines (

Prof Masood has around 40 years of university teaching and research experience in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering areas. He joined Swinburne in 1988 in the then Department of Manufacturing Engineering.

Prof Masood’s achievements in research has been one of the factors in raising the research profile and international ranking of Swinburne University.  It is interesting to note that both Swinburne University and AMU are listed among top 1000 universities in the world according to Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) website in the year 2020 ranking.

In Australia, 34 out of its total 40 universities are ranked among top 1000 universities by ARWU, which ranks top 1000 of world universities every year based on research publications, citations, Nobel prize alumni etc of their academic staff (

Swinburne currently ranks among top 300 of world universities in ARWU ranking, with Melbourne, Uni of Queensland, ANU, NSW, Sydney, UWA and Monash universities ranked among top 100 of world universities in year 2020.  There are approximately 25,000 universities in the world.