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Nicoleta Maynard has an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering, a PhD in Particle Technology from The University of Queensland and a Postgraduate Degree in Education from Curtin University. She has 5 years of industrial experience, working as a design engineer.

At Curtin University, she has been a valuable academic staff member in the Chemical Engineering Department and the Faculty’s Director of Engineering Education Development. In her role, Nicoleta worked with the engineering staff to enhance industry engagement in the engineering curriculum, scholarship of teaching and learning, and research in the development of Engineering Professional Skills, Communities of Practice and STEM Education.

Associate Professor Nicoleta Maynard’s work and contributions in educational leadership and teaching innovation have been recognised by a number of national and international awards. She is the recipient of the 2016 Caltex Award for Excellence in Teaching, a 2013 Australian Government’s Office for Learning and Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning and a 2009 Australasian Association for Engineering Education Awards and Engineers Australia Citation Award. Nicoleta’s work and research has been recognised nationally and internationally with peer review publications, presentations and invitations for participation in technical panels. She is also the Conceive Design Implement and Operate (CDIO) Chair for Australia and New Zealand.

Starting from October 2019, Associate Professor Nicoleta Maynard will work with academic staff across the Faculties of Engineering, Business and Education at Monash to establish communities of practice aimed to further develop our teaching program and create a strong education research team. She will continue to further develop her national and international collaborations in engineering education research while also contributing to the teaching in the department and faculty.

Research interests

Engineering Education:

  • Development of students' personal and professional skills (teamwork, communication)
  • Communities of Practice
  • Education Research Methods

STEM Education Research

Process Safety and Risk Management


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Education/Academic qualification

Education, Postgraduate Diploma in Education, Curtin University

Award Date: 1 Feb 2016

Chemical Engineering, PhD, University of Queensland

Award Date: 3 Nov 2005

Chemical Engineering, Bachelor Degree (Hon), Politehnica University Bucharest

Award Date: 9 Dec 1995

External positions

Adjunct Associate Professor, Curtin University

27 Sept 201927 Sept 2022

Research area keywords

  • Teaching and Learning
  • Education Research
  • Educational Psychology
  • Risk Management

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