Dr Duncan Gilmore

Duncan B Gilmore is the Managing Director and President of Gilmore Engineers Pty Ltd | e3k, New Product Research, Development and Commercialisation Specialists, and the Bright Devices Group Pty Ltd.

He received his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree in 1972, with First Class Honours and The University Medal. He completed a Master of Engineering Science degree in 1975, and the Ph.D degree in 1977, all from the University of Queensland. His postgraduate research interests lay with the instrumentation of two-phase gas-liquid flows and with the use of hot-wire anemometry technology in the study of non-isothermal turbulent fluid flows.

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In 1977 he joined the Queensland Electricity Commission as a member of their Scientific Services group, where he performed consulting duties associated with coal-fired power stations, and later joined the new project planning section with responsibilities in the measurement and specification of coal quality for power station design.

He took up the position of project engineer on a prototype hybrid gasoline-electric vehicle transmission in 1979, and led the project from the initial simulations through design, mechanical and electrical construction, preparation of control software to the final stage of road testing and public demonstration. He received the RODDA Medal from the Society of Automotive Engineers Australasia for engineering design of this novel continuously variable ratio transmission system in 1982.

He later managed an entrepreneurial engineering group involved with the research and development of regenerative braking and microprocessor-controlled power transmission systems for a range of vehicles, as well as demonstration projects which required innovative machine design techniques. A major project was the demonstration of a viable hydrostatic regenerative braking system for a public transport bus operated by the City of Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland with a surrounding population of over 3 million people.

He was appointed Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia from 1986 until mid 1993. His research interests included advanced robotic machine systems with applications in autonomous vehicle guidance, mining machinery, agriculture and space exploration.

In addition to design, dynamics, manufacturing and power transmission subjects, he initiated and lectured in Entrepreneurial Business Management – a course in the preparation of a business plan including marketing, financial and patent strategies for product commercialisation.

He has achieved an extensive original publication record of 42 papers in International journals and at Engineering conferences.

He was National Vice President for Member and Public Affairs 1991-1993, and National Chairman of the College of Mechanical Engineers within the 100,000 member Engineers Australia from 1989 until 1994. He is past Chairman of the National Committee on Applied Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics. In 1988 he was the Chairman of the inaugural Australian Bicentennial International Congress in Mechanical Engineering held in conjunction with the World EXPO, and co-sponsored by Mechanical Engineering Institutions in the United States, Japan, United Kingdom, and New Zealand.

Duncan Gilmore is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and a Member of the Mechanical College; Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers since 1988; a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers Australasia, and a Member of Materials Australia.

He has travelled extensively overseas to work, to lecture, and to visit research and manufacturing facilities principally in the USA, Japan, UK and NZ. This began in 1972 with a tour of industrial and cultural Japan sponsored by the Mitsui Company, as a selected participant in the current Mitsui Educational Foundation (MEF) Program, which began in 1971. In 1985 he travelled world-wide to negotiate research and development contracts for the University of Queensland; and in 1996 to the USA for Bankers Trust Australia.

For two months in 1988, he worked at the Robotics Division in the Mechanical Engineering Laboratory, Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Tsukuba, Japan; and for six months taught and researched at the leading-edge of mechanical design as a visiting professor in the Systems and Design Division, Mechanical Engineering Department, of the foremost private University in the United States of America, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, USA.

A Division of Gilmore Engineers Pty Ltd, named e3k (Engineering 3000) specialises in Industrial Research and Development, particularly New Product Design, Development and Commercialisation. This activity requires a broad knowledge of Engineering, from which ideas and fresh approaches to problem-solving can be drawn. Complete products which satisfy an identified market and consumer demand are created from initial concepts, or partially developed devices. This requires a highly creative and experienced approach, together with cross-fertilisation of ideas from other disciplines to enable them to be world competitive and suitable for export. A complete idea-generation, design, prototype development and testing service is provided. Commercialisation and manufacture of the product is considered constantly with assistance being given in protecting Intellectual Property, conducting market research, liaison with regulatory authorities, and importantly interacting with sources of finance.

Well over 1,000 consulting assignments for industry and the service sector have been undertaken by e3k since 1979. Tasks in the specialty area of industrial research and development have ranged from the successful conceptual development and commercialisation of new products for mass production manufacturers, through assessment and modification of major equipment installations, to the design of specialist machinery.

e3k has been the recipient of 6 Engineering Excellence Awards from Engineers Australia. e3k was a National Winner in 2012, as well as taking 3 Awards in the Newcastle Division, New South Wales, including the GHD Overall Winner, and the UGL Innovation in Sustainable Engineering Award for engineering design and testing of the SeaUrchin Marine Power Generator. e3k received a High Commendation in 2001 and was a finalist in 2010 in the Queensland Division Awards with projects sponsored by the Queensland Academy of Sport and Leighton Contractors Pty Ltd respectively.

In February 2014, Atlantis Resources Limited, a company grown from the technology developed by e3k in the years 2000 to 2004, was admitted to trade on the London Stock Exchange. The world-patented technology now part-owned by Morgan Stanley since 2007, relates to underwater tidal renewable power generation turbines.

In 2013, the medical device named “Agilitas” which was wholly developed by e3k over 5 years, was launched for commercial sale by Bright Devices Pty Ltd, part of the Bright Devices Group. It is a “smart” visual cueing device designed to assist persons suffering primarily from ‘Freeze of Gait’ associated with Parkinson’s Disease.

In 2010, Gilmore Engineers received an Australian International “Design Award” from Good Design Australia, in the Business and Technology Category, for their contribution to the development of the FLAT hydraulic stabilising mechanism for use on any item with legs, skids or footings. The product is now available for sale through outlets worldwide.

In 2008, the mechanical fastening system known as “Joinlox”, to which e3k had contributed during development, won “Invention of the Year” on the ABC Television “New Inventors” program. It is now commercially available from Joinlox Pty Ltd, supported by Xstrata Technology who signed a global licensing agreement in 2010.

Duncan Gilmore is named as an Inventor on over 30 Patents worldwide, comprising 7 patent technology families.

Over 1,000 major reports of expert engineering evidence have been prepared for the legal profession of Australia since 1984. This evidence has ranged from detailed failure analysis of major industrial incidents, through patent and copyright actions, to motor vehicle accident re-construction and personal injury. Personal injury reports particularly include ergonomic analysis and an assessment of the system of work. Traumatic injury caused in industrial workplaces is an area of specialty. Dr Duncan Gilmore appears regularly in the Federal, Supreme and District Courts as an Expert Witness, and has acted as a review arbitrator.

Strategic assistance and management level advice based on personal experience is given to organisations wishing to take a product to market, or a product to a new market. In particular, in-depth experience exists in negotiating joint ventures leading to International business. This expertise has been accumulated in companies and projects with which Duncan Gilmore maintains an equity interest, or is a Director, and through retainerships and interactions with major investment banks since 1993.

Duncan Gilmore maintains a wide list of associated consultants and colleagues in many fields within Australia and internationally to enable specialist teams to be assembled, and to provide the personal networking necessary to create successful technology-based businesses. His biography is included in the Marquis Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, 1995 – Present, and the Reed Publication Australian Men and Women of Science, Engineering and Technology, 1995.


  • Bachelor of Engineering – 1972 The University of Queensland (Mechanical-1st Class Hons.) (Awarded The University Medal for 1972)
  • Master of Engineering Science – 1975 The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Philosophy – 1978 The University of Queensland


  • Fellow, Engineers Australia; Chartered Professional Engineer
  • Fellow, Society of Automotive Engineers, Australasia
  • Member of The College of Mechanical Engineers, Engineers Australia
  • Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Member, Materials Australia
  • Registered Professional Engineer Queensland

  • 2012 – Managing Director Bright Devices Group Pty Ltd
  • 1993 – Managing Director and President, Gilmore Engineers Pty Ltd | e3k
  • 1986 – 1993  Senior Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering, The University of Queensland, Australia
  • 1988 – Visiting Professor, Design Division, Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, USA.
  • 1988 – Visiting Professor, Robotics Division, Mechanical Engineering, Ministry of International Trade and Industry National Research Centre, Tsukuba, Japan.
  • 1979 – 1986  Senior Research Fellow, The University of Queensland
  • 1977 – 1979  Engineer, Scientific Services and Planning Sections of the Queensland Electricity Generating Board
  • 1973 – 1977  CSIRO Postgraduate Research Scholar, The University of Queensland
  • 1969 – 1972  Cadet Undergraduate Engineer, Northern Electric Authority Queensland


Engineers Australia:

  • National Vice President, Member Affairs 1992; Public Affairs 1991; Board of Management 1991 – 92.
  • National Chairman, Board of the College of Mechanical Engineers, 1989 – 1994.
  • Member, Board of Engineering 1990, Council Member 1988 – 1994, Board Engineering Practice 1993
  • National Chairman, Competency Standards Board, 1993 – 1994


  • Member, Australian program committee, Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Japan, International research program on “Intelligent Manufacturing Systems”; 1990.
  • Member IMEKO Japan, International Tech Committee on Robotics (TC17), ‘92-00.



  • An extensive original publication record of 42 papers in Published Journals and Engineering Conference Proceedings,  Includes 2 book entries, and 12 International Journal Publications (Vehicle Design, Education, Heat Transfer, Instrumentation Physics, Engineering Design).
  • Named as Inventor on over 30 Patents worldwide, comprising 7 patent technology families.



  • 2012    Winner, National Engineering Excellence Award, Engineers Australia, Canberra
  • 2012    GHD Overall Winner, Engineering Excellence Award, Newcastle Division, NSW
  • 2012    UGL Innovation in Sustainable Engineering Award, Newcastle Division, NSW
  • 2012    Winner, Engineering Excellence Award, Newcastle Division, NSW
  • 2010    Finalist, Engineering Excellence Awards, Engineers Australia, Queensland Division
  • 2010    Winner, Australian International “Design Award”
  • 2001    High Commendation, Engineering Excellence Awards, Engineers Australia, Queensland Division
  • 1982    S.N. RODDA Medal, 1982, Society of Automotive Engineers Australasia
  • 1972    Mitsui Educational Foundation Participant