Indra Gunawan

Associate Professor Indra Gunawan

Associate Professor

Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation, and Innovation Centre

Faculty of the Professions

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Indra Gunawan is Associate Professor in Complex Project Management and Director of Project Management Program in the Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre, Faculty of the Professions, the University of Adelaide.

He received his PhD in Industrial Engineering and MSc in Construction Management from Northeastern University, USA. Prior to joining the University of Adelaide, he was the postgraduate program coordinator for Maintenance and Reliability Engineering at Monash University. Previously he has also taught in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand and worked as the Head of Systems Engineering and Management program at Malaysia University of Science and Technology (in collaboration with the MIT, USA).

His current research interests include system reliability modelling, maintenance optimisation, project management, applications of operations research, and operations management. He is actively involved in the Asset Management Council, a technical society of Engineers Australia.

Indra's work has appeared in many peer-reviewed journals such as International Journal of Project Management; International Journal of Production Research; Reliability Engineering and System Safety; IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics; International Journal of Reliability, Quality and Safety Engineering; Quality and Reliability Engineering International; International Journal of Project Organisation and Management; and International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management.

He also serves as an Editorial Board member for International Journal of Project Organisation and Management; International Journal of Information Technology Project Management; and International Journal of Performability Engineering.

Indra's current research interests include:

  • Applications of system engineering approaches in complex project management.
  • Analysis of system maintenance and reliability.
  • Implementation of system dynamics in critical infrastructures.
  • Predicting International Visitors’ Interest in Adelaide’s Festival”, Internal Research Funds, The University of Adelaide, 2017
  • “Impact Driven Risk Management of Business Critical Black Swan Events”, Grant Development Fund, The University of Adelaide, 2016.
  • Enhancement of Modified FMEA to Support Green Centered Maintenance”, International Research Collaboration and Scientific Publication, Directorate General of Higher Education (DGHE), Indonesian Ministry of Education, $51,000, 2015-2017.
  • “Optimisation of Post Combustion Capture (PCC) plant operation in Australian coal fired power stations to minimise loss and environmental impact”, CSIRO and Energy Australia, $31,833, 2012-2014.
  • Analysis of Education and Practical Relevance of Project Management in New Zealand”, Auckland University of Technology, Faculty Contestable Research Grant, NZ$4,000, 2010.
  • “Reliability Evaluation of Interconnection Network Systems”, Auckland University of Technology, Faculty Contestable Research Grant, Research Grant No. CRG07/13, NZ$11,500, 2007-2008.
  • “Design and Analysis of Reliable Multistage Interconnection Network Systems”, Intensification of Research in Priority Areas (IRPA) Grant, Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation Malaysia, IRPA Grant No. 04-99-06-10003 EAR, MYR80,000, 2004-2006.
  • “A Comparative Productivity Study of Pre-Cast vs. Conventional Cast-In-Situ Building in Nilai and Kedah”, Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Malaysia, CIDB Grant No. LPIPM: PT/UTB/06/02-8 (01), MYR52,500, 2004.
  • “Catalogue of Existing Structural Steel, Prefabricated Timber, and Metal Formworks Manufacturers in the Malaysian Market”, Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Malaysia, CIDB Grant No. LPIPM: PT/UTB/06/02-5 (5), MYR25,000, 2003-2004.
  • Systems Fundamentals
  • Complex Project Management 1
  • Systems Thinking and Projects
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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 Co-Supervisor Necessity of Soft Skills in Project Managers and its Contribution to their Project(s) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Richa Gulati
    2018 Principal Supervisor Industry 4.0 - The Impact of Autonomous Machines on Industrial Processes and the Workplace of Tomorrow Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Christian Hoyer
    2018 Principal Supervisor Analysis of Poverty Alleviation Project Sustainability: A System Approach (Case Study of Rural Community Project in Indonesia) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Nurchasanah .
    2017 Co-Supervisor Application of System Dynamics to Evaluate the Economic and Social Impacts of Investing in Infrastructure in the Vietnamese Urban Environment Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Van Tiep Nguyen
    2017 Co-Supervisor Analysing and Modelling Behaviours, Processes and Performance Implications of Human Team Interaction with Autonomous System/s (Driverless Vehicle) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Luke Samuel Richardson
    2017 Co-Supervisor An Asset Lifecycle Decision Support Model with Application to the Water Utility Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Neda Gorjian Jolfaei
    2016 Principal Supervisor A Complex System Approach to Analyse Water Supply and Distribution System in Adelaide Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Ashkan Zarghami
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2015 - ongoing Member IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management
    2012 - ongoing Member Operations Research and Statistics Conference
    2011 - ongoing Member Asset Management Council AMPEAK Conference
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2016 - ongoing Project Management Institute United States
    2011 - ongoing Asset Management Council, Engineers Australia Australia
    2011 - ongoing Australasian Association for Engineering Education Australia
    2006 - ongoing Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand New Zealand
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2007 - ongoing Editor International Journal of Project Organisation and Management
    2007 - ongoing Editor International Journal of Information Technology Project Management
    2007 - ongoing Editor International Journal of Performability Engineering
    2007 - ongoing Editor The Association for Industry, Engineering and Management Systems
  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 83133255
  • Email: indra.gunawan@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4368
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Nexus 10 Tower, floor 9
  • Room: 9 06
  • Org Unit: Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre

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