In the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015 national report, engineering received 'above world standard' (ERA Rating 4) in (i) civil engineering (0905), and (ii) Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy (0914). The university as a whole achieved nine "well above world standard" (ERA Rating 5) and nine ERA 4 ratings.

For more information visit ERA outcomes.

Yee Yan
Flume in Water Laboratory

Research topics and projects

Research topics and projects have developed in several key areas that are broadly related to the built and natural environments.  Specific areas include, but are not limited to, the following:-

Structural health monitoring, non-destructive evaluation, assessment, repair and rehabilitation of civil infrastructure; Smart materials, concrete technology and geopolymer concrete development. Dr Yee Yan Lim
Energy harvesting, and renewable and sustainable energy resources.

Dr Yee Yan Lim
Dr Ricardo Vasquez Padilla
Dr Ken Doust

Chemistry of natural and engineered aquatic systems; Numerical modelling of biogeochemical processes in natural and engineered environments. Professor Andrew Rose
Engineering education.

Dr Ken Doust

Sustainable Transportation Systems and travel behaviour, choices and systems.

Dr Maree Lake
Dr Ken Doust

Optimization and modelling of concentrated solar thermal (CST) and hybrid renewable energy systems applied for power, heating, cooling and desalination; Modelling and experimentation of advanced power blocks operating with different heat sources. Dr Ricardo Vasquez Padilla
Dr Ken Doust
Mechanical characterization and numerical modelling of composite materials and structures. Dr Ahmed Thabet
Mechanical design and manufacturing techniques; Aerospace structure analysis; Biomechanical testing and modelling; Impact dynamics of composite laminates. Dr Ahmed Thabet
Sustainability planning and management; re-engineering existing infrastructure in both urban and regional areas and climate risk, engineering and societal response.  Dr Ken Doust
Coastal and river flooding research embracing a holistic systems approach. Dr Ken Doust
  • Palaeobiogeochemistry - Unlocking the history of Nitrogen cycling in coral reef systems
  • Understanding the pathways and fluxes of greenhouse gases in natural and engineered environments
  • Quantifying the pathways of nitrogen cycling in the environment
  • Waste energy and nutrient recovery.
Dr Dirk Erler 
  • Investigating the application of piezometers in determining the strength properties of chemically treated fiber reinforced expansive soils. (This is with Dr Yee Yan)
  • Robotic monitoring of contamination level in tailing dams. (This project is with Dr Habib Habibullah)
  • Electrokinetic dewatering, decontamination and consolidation of mine tailings
  • Mina tailing and tailing dams management
  • Large strain consolidation of dredged sediments and mine tailing slurries
  • Expansive soils, Unsaturated soils
  • Waste management
  • Bio-cementation
  • Landfill barriers
Dr Mona Malekzadeh 


Please feel free to reach out to the staff involved to learn more about the projects. There may also be opportunities to become involved in these projects in several capacities, namely (i) undergraduate study (e.g. final year thesis project), (ii) postgraduate study (e.g. PhD), and (iii) industry collaborations.

Research activities have been supported by funding from multiple sources such as the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery, Linkage and LIEF schemes, Australian Synchrotron and the Sugar Research Association (SRA).

Research is performed in collaboration with the University's colleagues as well as domestic and international collaborators in industry and academia.

Research is conducted in state-of-the-art laboratory facilities.