John Dell

Professor, BE PhD W.Aust. , FIEAUST

  • The University of Western Australia (M017), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 2307 Citations
  • 25 h-Index
1993 …2019
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As Pro-Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, Prof Dell has changed the profile of engineering education and research at the University of Western Australia, dramatically changing the education model and focussing the research to be more industry focussed and collaborative between disciplines.

Prof Dell joined the Faculty in 1994, after working for 10 years in industry developing technologies for optoelectronics at Telecom Research Laboratories in Australia and space radiation effects at Matra Marconi Space Systems (now EADS) in France. He was appointed Dean of the Faculty in 2010 and was then appointed Pro-Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty in 2017.

Prof Dell has more than 300 refereed publications. John’s work has resulted in the awarding of a number of US and Australian defence contracts. He is also a co-inventor of a number of patented device structures and fabrication technologies. He is joint winner of the inaugural DSTO/Australia Museum Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Support of Defence or National Security. This technology is now being developed for real-time analysis of soil properties for agriculture, as well as applications in food science, defence and medicine.

John has a strong commitment to research and teaching and believes strongly that the nexus between the two is essential, particularly in developing new ways to inspire and educate future engineers. He is particularly interested in developing leadership in students and graduates, and an understanding that solutions are not only technical but have social, economic and cultural dimensions that need to be taken into account.


  • Infra-red sensor technology
  • Micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS)
  • Micro-electronics
  • Optical communication systems
  • Optical spectroscopy
  • Opto-electronics
  • Photonics
  • Semiconductor device technology

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Research Output 1993 2017

4 Citations (Scopus)

Large-Area MEMS Tunable Fabry-Perot Filters for Multi/Hyperspectral Infrared Imaging

Mao, H., Tripathi, D. K., Ren, Y., Silva, K. K. M. B. D., Martyniuk, M., Antoszewski, J., Bumgarner, J., Dell, J. M. & Faraone, L., 1 Mar 2017, In : IEEE Journal on Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics. 23, 2, 7795210.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Infrared imaging
microelectromechanical systems

An optical MEMS cross-bar switch

Putrino, G., Dell, J. & Faraone, L., 2016, 16th International Conference on Numerical Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices. Poulton, C., Steel, M., de Sterke, M. & Piprek, J. (eds.). IEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, p. 9-10 2 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperConference paper

microoptoelectromechanical systems
microelectromechanical systems

Cerium substituted rare earth iron garnets prepared on non-lattice matched silica

Nachimuthu, R. K., Jeffery, R., Martyniuk, M., Woodward, R., Saunders, M., O'Donnell, K., Dell, J. & Faraone, L., 2016.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Chemical and Biological Sensors Based on Microelectromechanical Systems

Putrino, G. M., Keating, A., Martyniuk, M. & Dell, J. M., 2016, Nanomaterials - Science and Applications. D. K. A. M. P. R. (ed.). Singapore: Pan Stanford Publishing Pte. Ltd, p. 107-146 40 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

6 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
Infrared imaging
Bending (forming)

Projects 1996 2019