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School of Civil and
                         Environmental Engineering
                         Annual Report 2015
  Never Stand Still      Engineering   Civil and Environmental Engineering

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research and
teaching delivers not
just the latest development in
engineering models and methods,
but those that will be utilised by our next
generation of leaders.”
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                    THE BIG PICTURE

OUR HUBS AND               7                OUR PEOPLE

               75                     17

               65                     29

INDUSTRY AND                               OUR RESEARCH
 COMMUNITY                51

                    OUR TEACHING

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           The UNSW School of Civil & Environmental Engineering
           is ranked as Number 1 in Australia and in the world’s
           top 20 (QS World University Rankings 2014-6).

           We are the largest School in the UNSW Faculty
           of Engineering, itself the pre-eminent centre for
           engineering studies and research in Australia, and the
           first University of choice for NSW’s top students.
           From our foundation in 1949, the School has pursued
           excellence and innovation in education and research,
           and our alumni are to be found as leaders and decision
           makers in industry, government and the community.

           With over 2,600 current students, we play a leading
           role in the delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate
           degree programs – with a focus on sustainability as well
           as core engineering knowledge, preparing our students
           to confidently face the challenges of contemporary
           global society. We believe that civil and environmental
           engineers are uniquely placed to understand, meet and
           solve those challenges.

           The School is at the forefront of fundamental and
           applied research across the breadth of civil and
           environmental engineering with three internationally
           acclaimed research centres – in infrastructure (CIES),
           water (WRC) and transport (rCITI) and with several other
           vibrant, cutting-edge research hubs. Our academic
           staff are recognised world leaders in their fields,
           supported by over 75 full time researchers.

           Each year we work with or on behalf of over 100
           industry and government organisations on specific
           industry related projects and have won millions of
           dollars in federal funds in order to pursue investigations
           into issues of national importance.

           We continue to forge new links with industry and
           community partners to ensure a continuing real-world
           focus for both our teaching and our research.

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Dear Friends and Colleagues

This Annual Report marks yet another great year of
achievement for our School.

In 2015 there continued to be strong demand for all
our teaching and research programs, with our student
enrolments sizable by both national and international
norms. We actively promote a culture of teaching
excellence, and so I was especially delighted when
three staff members were awarded UNSW Vice-
Chancellor’s Awards for Teaching Excellence in
2015, for the fourth year course Planning Sustainable
Infrastructure. This ground breaking course also won
the 2015 Australasian Association for Engineering
Education Award for Excellence in Engineering
Education Engagement.
                                                              In 2015 I continued to work closely with our hard
The School continues to provide one of the largest            working and lively student organisations CEVSOC and
global research contributions to Civil, Environmental         SURVSOC, helping them to strategize and organise – to
and Geospatial Engineering knowledge and practice–            become more than social clubs. CEVSOC activities now
with staff working within eight research centres and          generate not just a sense of belonging and community,
hubs. In the highly anticipated biennial round of             but turn students into mentors and leaders confident
research ranking by the Australian Government, the            enough to communicate with industry leaders.
School received the highest possible five point ranking
in Excellence for Research in Australia (ERA) 2015 –          In 2015 we also worked with the Faculty’s Women in
confirming our ‘outstanding performance well above            Engineering Development team and WiE student society
world standard.’                                              as we all seek to address the profession’s gender
                                                              imbalance. In 2015, 22% of our undergraduates were
In 2015 the School won almost $5 million in highly            women – with a record number of 392 enrolled – not yet
sought after ARC grants – a record fourteen grants in         equal by any means but perhaps approaching critical
total. In fact, almost half of our academic staff were        mass.
recipients of major research grants – a testament to
our collective focus on high impact, socially useful and      Meanwhile our alumni won top awards – six of our
innovative research.                                          alumni were listed in 2015 Engineers Australia Top 100 .
                                                              We congratulate William Cox, Dr Mehreen Faruqi, A/Prof
As engineers we see it as vital that our research             Stuart Khan, Grant King, Dave Stewart and Em Prof
impacts both within the framework of our teaching and         Elizabeth Taylor.
with delivery of quality outcomes to the community
and industry. The School is not just a witness to the         I am delighted that the QS International Ranking system
industry, it is a force that helps shape the industry. I am   has recognised the enormous efforts and achievements
proud of the sheer breadth of our engagement with             of this School in continuing to rank us as Number One
industry through our research and teaching activities,        in Australia and in the world’s top twenty. A strong and
our industry partner program, and industry advisory           successful School does not happen without the efforts
committee (IAC). I am equally grateful for the support        of all its staff; academic, research, professional and
industry has shown us through the funding of academic         technical. I thank them all.
and /or research positions (in particular Advisian,
Ansto & PSM); provision of scholarships, sound advice
through the IAC, and engagement with our students.

                                                              Stephen J Foster, Head of School

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       L- R back (standing) Ian Turner, Richard Stuetz, Stefan Felder, Nasser Khalili, Chris Rizos,
       L-R sitting: Chongmin Song, Brian Uy, Kurt Douglas, David Carmichael, Stephen Foster (HoS), Anthony Dever
       Absent: Martin Andersen, Mario Attard, Ron Cox, Steven Davis, Linlin Ge, Kristy Guia, Travis Waller, Betty Wong

       The School Management Committee represents                                  The School Executive Group is an advisory group to
       the peak decision-making body in the School with all                        the Head of School. It meets monthly with the Head of
       key decisions relating to finances, staffing and overall                    School to discuss key and current issues on matters of
       direction debated and ratified by this group. The SMC                       strategy, planning and policy directions for the School.
       is chaired by the Head of School and is made up of the
       Chairs of the School’s major committees, the Associate                      2015 School Executive Group Members:
       Head (Academic), the School Business Manager,                               Professor Stephen James Foster, HoS
       the Student Centre Manager, the Directors of UNSW                           Associate Professor Mario Attard
       Centres based within the School, and other discipline                       Professor David Carmichael
       group leaders.                                                              Mr Anthony Dever
                                                                                   Professor Nasser Khalili
      2015 SCHOOL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE MEMBERS                                     Professor Richard Stuetz
                                                                                   Professor Ian Turner
       Chair & Head of School:            Professor                                Professor Brian Uy
                                          Stephen James Foster
                                                                                   Professor Travis Waller
       Associate Head (Academic):         Associate Professor
                                          Mario Attard
                                                                                   The School Board is chaired by the Head of School
       Admin:                             Betty Wong
                                                                                   and comprises all academic and research staff in the
       Business Manager:                  Anthony Dever
                                                                                   School, together with student and professional and
       Student Centre Manager:            Kristy Guia
                                                                                   technical staff representatives. The Board meets twice
       School Committee Chairs
                                                                                   a year; it provides advice to the Head of School about
       Research Management                Professor S Travis Waller
       Committee (RMC):                                                            academic governance arrangements, on the quality of
       Computing & IT (CIT) and           Professor                                the School’s learning and teaching, and on research
       Educational Technology             Chongmin Song                            activities.
       Committee (ETC):
       Teaching and Learning              Dr Steven Davis                          It also provides advice to the Head of the School about
       Committee (TLC):                                                            the School Committee structure. Committee Chairs
       External Relations Committee       Co-Chairs                                report to the Board on the outcomes of committee
       (ERC):                             Associate Professor Ron Cox
                                                                                   activities, on decisions, and on strategic direction.
                                          & Dr Kurt Douglas
       International Relations            Associate Professor Linlin Ge
                                                                                   The Head of School reports to the Board on the
                                                                                   management of the School and related activities and
       School Centre Directors
       rCITI:                             Professor S Travis Waller
                                                                                   issues and direction.
       WRC:                               Professor Richard Stuetz &
                                          Professor Ian Turner
       CIES:                              Professor Brian Uy
       CWI:                               Dr Martin Andersen
       Discipline Group Leaders:          Professors David Carmichael;
                                          Nasser Khalili; Chris Rizos

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 School Statistics 2015
  Academic Staff                                   48
  Professional & Technical Staff                   29
  Research Centre Academic Staff                   75
  2015 Enrolments
  Higher Degree Research Students                  214
  Postgraduate Coursework Students                 618
  Undergraduate Students                           1813
  Equivalent Full Time Students (EFTSUs)           1811
  2015 Graduates
  Higher Degree Research Students                  29
  Postgraduate Coursework Students                 285
  Undergraduate Students                           321
  2015 Funding
  ARC Grant Funds awarded in 2015                  $4.9M
  Total Grant Funding received in 2015             $12.4M
  Research Publications                            467*
  Recurrent Income                                 $19.3M
                                    *provisional as at March 2016
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                                                                         The strategy was supported by new research from
                                                                         a Deloitte Access Economics report The Economic
                                                                         Contributions of Australia’s Research Universities, the
                                                                         UNSW example. By quantifying the contribution of
                                                                         university research to the economy, the study found that
                                                                         universities play an increasingly important role in driving
                                                                         innovation, productivity and increasing living standards.

       UNSW Vice-Chancellor Ian Jacobs visited the School in             The research output of UNSW alone is estimated to
       April, to learn more at firsthand about the endeavours of         have contributed $15 billion to the Australian economy
       one of UNSW’s largest Schools – whose activities and              in 2014. The university sector as a whole contributed
       aims are already strongly aligned with his own ambitious          some $160 billion in knowledge and technology, or
       and visionary ten year strategic plan for UNSW.                   about 10% of GDP. This is more than Australia’s entire
                                                                         mining sector.
       The UNSW 2025 Strategy is based on three priorities:
       academic excellence in research and education; a                  “In pure economic terms, universities are a smart
       commitment to social engagement, and achieving                    investment,’ said Professor Jacobs, ‘They are essential
       global impact. Presentations from the School impressed            for driving innovation, productivity and jobs for
       the V-C with our current work and achievements in all             the future. Rather than being a funding challenge,
       three priority areas.                                             universities are a key economic and social solution.’

       After an extensive consultation process, Professor                Yet, of course, it is about more than just the dollars. ‘A
       Jacobs launched the UNSW 2025 strategy in October                 great university, which is a global leader in discovery,
       “UNSW’s ambition for the next decade” he said, “is                innovation, impact, education and thought leadership, can
       to be a global leader of change and innovation with               make an enormous difference.’ Professor Jacobs said.
       an altruistic wish to improve people’s lives through
       academic excellence, social engagement and global                 We look forward to an exciting decade ahead.
       impact.”                                                          See

            Here’s how universities make a difference to the economy

            10% of GDP in 2014 was attributed to the impact of                  Every $1 invested in university research produces a $5-$10
            university research                                                 return to the economy
            $160 billion was generated by knowledge and technology              $140 billion is what all university qualified workers in the
            from university research in 2014                                    economy added to GDP in 2014

            UNSW Australia’s contribution

            $1.76 billion was contributed to the Australian economy in          $15b added to GDP in 2014 from the impact of UNSW
            2014 through UNSW’s operations, and student and visitor             research on knowledge and technology
            spending                                                            $204m added to GDP in each year from the UNSW
            11,700 full-time jobs created by UNSW operations, and               graduating class of 2013 (undergraduate students)
            student and visitor spending in 2014                                Credit: Deloitte Access Economics Report The Economic
                                                                                Contributions of Australia’s Research Universities

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                                 In the highly anticipated   UNSW itself was once again the highest achieving
                                biennial round of            university in Australia for ARC Linkage with 32
                                research ranking by the      successful projects.
                                Australian Government’s
                                                             Later in the year, in an equally competitive national
                                Excellence in Research
                                                             field, the School was awarded a hefty $2.65M in ARC
for Australia (ERA), the School received the highest
                                                             Discovery and LIEF Grants. Over twelve academic
possible five point ranking in ERA 2015 –confirming our
                                                             staff were involved in six Discovery and one LIEF Grant
‘outstanding performance well above world standard.’
                                                             announced by the Minister for Education & Training,
ERA identifies and promotes excellence across the            Senator Simon Birmingham at the end of October 2015.
full spectrum of research activity in Australia’s higher
                                                             For a full description of the School’s successful
education institutions, and measures the quality of
                                                             Discovery and Linkage projects please see the
research produced by Australian universities against
                                                             Research Section of this report.
world standards.

“This result reflects the hard work and energy of all in
the School over these past years” said Head of School
Professor Stephen Foster, “as well as the excellent
research that we do and the respect in which it is held.”

In the 2015 QS international Rankings, announced
in April, the School was awarded the top place in
Australia and no 14 in the world. For the Head of
School Professor Stephen Foster this is no cause for
complacency - ‘We would like to consolidate this year’s
result going forward and, indeed, continue to move
upwards globally. To this end we will continue to develop
our research, teaching and engagement strategies.’

UNSW itself has a 5+star ranking with QS, based
on its achievements in eight categories: research,
teaching,facilities, access & inclusivity, employability,
internationalisation, specialist excellence, and

The School’s top ERA ranking followed a year of
successful Australian Research Council (ARC) grant

In July 2015 fourteen academic staff involved in
seven industry-supported research projects across
the spectrum of civil, environmental and geospatial
engineering were awarded ARC Linkage funds of $2.23
million. Under the Linkage scheme, industry partners
must make a significant cash and/or in-kind contribution
to their projects. The collaboration is essential to
transforming industries, building communities and
strengthening the Australian economy.

School industry linkage partners included Boral
Concrete; China Construction Steel Structure Corp. Ltd;
China University of Mining And Technology; Jiangsu
Crelead Information Technology; Mincarb Pty Ltd; NSW
Office of Water; OneSteel Reinforcing P/L; OzHarvest;
and Tsinghua University, Beijing.

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        In November 2015, global
        advisory firm Advisian (formerly
        Evans & Peck) formally
        expressed its high level of
        satisfaction with Professor
        Travis Waller and his team at the
        Research Centre for Integrated
        Transport Innovation (rCITI)
        by signing up to support the
        Advisian Professor for Transport
        Innovation Chair into the future.

        Advisian Principal Ian McIntyre
        says the decision to continue to
        support the position was easy.
        “In just four short years, Travis
        and his team have managed to
        successfully establish a thriving
        research group from scratch –
        that’s no mean feat!”
                                                                   Professor Mark Hoffman, Dean of UNSW Engineering, Professor Travis
                                                                   Waller from the Research Centre for Integrated Transport Innovation and
        The energetic and rapidly growing four-year-old rCITI
                                                                   Steve Porter, Advisian’s Managing Director, Asia Pacific.
        was established to pursue high level, integrated,
        interdisciplinary transport solutions and was a joint
        initiative of UNSW, NICTA (the national ICT lab) and
        Advisian. A global headhunt for a suitable Centre
                                                                   of our clients’ challenges. As such, we’re always
        Director lured the highly esteemed Professor Waller
                                                                   keen to be involved in activities that can move the
        to Australia from his homeland in the United States,
                                                                   ‘knowledge frontier’ forward,” McIntyre says. “With the
        and funding from the Australian Research Council and
                                                                   help of academia, we hope to improve the standard of
        Transport for NSW swiftly followed.
                                                                   conversation about transportation and urban planning
        The Centre is at the vanguard of a global movement to      in government, business, the press and the general
        more closely align academic research with real-world       public.”
        problems and has formed close partnerships with
                                                                   Professor Waller is thrilled that the relationship with
        companies in industry, government agencies and non-
                                                                   Advisian continues to flourish and that, with its help,
                                                                   rCITI’s research will continue to be used in a highly
        rCITI currently has won more than $5 million in external   practical sense. “In my opinion, engineering research
        funding “Our largest sponsor has been Transport for        is only engineering research if it makes an impact out in
        NSW.” Professor Waller says. “We have developed a          the world,” he says. “We need to be solving a problem.
        series of analytical tools to help them anticipate and     We need to be tackling some issue. Otherwise what are
        deal with disruptions, and make real-time decisions;       we doing it for?”
        like when to change the lanes on the Sydney Harbour

        Pairing academia with industry is not new, but with
        the results so often win-win, it is rapidly gaining even
        more momentum as a global trend. For Advisian,
        knowledge-sharing is the most beneficial aspect of
        the collaboration. “Advisian has a proud history of
        developing innovative and novel approaches to many

High achievers: some of the WRL Projects Team:: Back L-R: Dan Howe, Mathieu Deiber, Chris Drummond, Brett Miller, Jamie Ruprecht
Front L-R: James Carley; Priom Rahman, Grantley Smith, Doug Anderson, Will Glamore

WRL’s Projects Team – unique, unified & useful
Hailed as a shining example of the kind of research                     palpable. A Principal Research Fellow, who recently won
environment he would love to see emulated across the                    a prestigious Green Globe award, Glamore believes,
Faculty by the Dean of Engineering Mark Hoffman,                        more than anything else, that WRL’s success can be
the Water Research Laboratory (WRL) has been in the                     attributed to their strong group mentality.
business of solving real-world industry problems for
over 50 years.                                                          “We have a really unique collaborative team environment
                                                                        that’s actually quite unique in academia. It’s really
Central to this success has been WRL’s Projects Team.                   important to emphasise that our success is because of
                                                                        the people we have working together.”
The 15-person team is headed up by Principal Engineer
Grantley Smith who says they are completely unique.                     The team’s long-standing reputation for top-end,
He’s right, no other water consulting group in Australia                independent and cutting-edge research precedes
has the combination of data collection capabilities and                 them and Smith says they are always busy. “As soon as
analysis, physical laboratories and numerical modelling                 the lights went back on at the start of the year we had
techniques that they can offer.                                         people ringing up looking for assistance.”

 “The atmosphere at WRL is very collaborative. When                     It really is no wonder the Dean is keen to see this model
clients come to us with a problem that we can’t solve                   replicated.
first-hand we can always approach our academic
colleagues for advice and assistance,” says Smith.

                                                                                                 120 Years         23 Years
For Duncan Rayner, who has worked at WRL since
                                                                                                of collective      worked by
he graduated from UNSW six years ago, this is one of                                           experience at        longest
the most enjoyable things about working in the team.                                                WRL            standing
                                                                                                                    member 2,320 Projects
“I can walk down the hallway and speak to the most
accomplished groundwater and coastal engineers and                                                                            commissioned
                                                                                15 Team members                                 since the
researchers in Australia,” he says. “There’s definitely                                                      Fast              beginning of
a culture that you can speak with anyone about any                                                       Facts – The              WRL
problem.”                                                                         1,200 Olympic         Projects Team
                                                                              swimming pools of          in Numbers
Smith says the interface between WRL and industry has                         water have circulated                           $2.8M Annual
                                                                               through models in                              revenue
benefits that flow both ways. “Our unique position also                          the laboratories               40/80
means we can help transform the ‘blue-sky’ research of                                                          Years of
our colleagues into practical solutions for the real issues                                   13 Countries      collaboration/
                                                                                              WRL has run       projects undertaken
facing government and industry,” he says.                                                      projects in      for Sydney Water,
                                                                                                                their longest
Dr Will Glamore has worked at WRL for almost 15                                                                 running client
years and his energy and love for the work he does is


        Professor Martin Nakata and Mer Island engineer Doug Passi are shown the prize winning sustainability plans by students Camille Mekwinski and
        Sarah Hayes.

        For the second year running a School teaching team                        public Showcase Event held at Nura Gili, the UNSW
        has won a prestigious UNSW V-C Award for Teaching                         Centre for Indigenous Programs. The winning group
        Excellence.                                                               was then able to present their solutions in person
                                                                                  on Murray (Mer) Island, marking the start of a long
        Stephen Moore, Richard Stuetz, Taha Rashidi and                           term relationship between UNSW and Mer Island,
        Ruth Fisher, together with Professor Martin Nakata                        and deepening the dialogue about moving towards
        (Nura Gili), Associate Professor Iain MacGill (Electrical                 sustainable infrastructure.
        Engineering) and Elsie Edgerton-Till (Event Manager)
        received the highly regarded teaching excellence                          On behalf of the team, Stephen Moore has also been
        award for “Approaches to teaching that influence,                         awarded the Australasian Association for Engineering
        motivate and inspire students to learn”, in the fourth                    Education 2015 Award for Excellence in Engineering
        year environmental engineering course CVEN4701                            Education Engagement for the course. The award was
        Planning Sustainable Infrastructure 2013 – 2015.                          granted in recognition of their fostering an excellent
                                                                                  standard of successful engagement with stakeholders
        CVEN4701 Planning Sustainable Infrastructure                              in Australasian Engineering Education. The award also
        challenges fourth year students to research and                           recognises a collegiate approach to quality learning
        design sustainable and synergistic infrastructure                         and teaching practice and a sharing of educational
        in the areas of water and waste management,                               expertise.
        transport and energy. Begun in 2012 with hypothetical
        development scenarios, the course progressed in 2015                      Quoting just one student who undertook the course:
        to engagement with a real client: the community on                        “In general, I can say that this course confirmed why
        Murray (Mer) Island, home of Eddie Mabo.                                  I am studying environmental engineering... I think it is
                                                                                  essential that the professional function is always about
        Student groups enthusiastically participated in a                         improving and enhancing the development of society,
        Design Competition to best meet the needs of this                         respecting people’s differences, traditions and beliefs,
        remote community, following briefings with clients                        talking and humbly understanding one another…
        from Mer Island. At the end of Semester, students and                     CVEN4701 - Planning Sustainable Infrastructure proved
        their design posters were questioned by industry,                         to me that this is possible.”
        client and academic judges at a well-attended
                                                                                  Congratulations to Stephen and the team!


NSW Premier’s Prize for Science & Engineering                 NSW Green Globe Award Winners

Warm congratulations to UNSW Scientia Professor               Staff at the School’s Water Research Laboratory (WRL)
Mark Bradford (pictured above with NSW Premier Mike           were awarded the ‘Natural Environment Sustainability’
Baird) who was awarded the Excellence in Engineering          award for their project, Big Swamp Recovery –
& Information & Communications Technology category            Evidence Supporting Innovation at the NSW Green
prize in the 2015 NSW Premier’s Prizes for Science &          Globe Awards. The NSW Government’s Green Globe
Engineering. These Prizes seek to recognise excellence        Awards are the leading environmental awards in NSW,
in science and engineering, and reward leading                celebrating excellence, leadership and innovation
researchers for cutting-edge work that has generated          in sustainability. Accepted by Dr William Glamore,
economic, environmental, health, social or technological      Principal Research Fellow (pictured above with co-
benefits for New South Wales.                                 winners Bob McDonald and Tanya Cross from Greater
                                                              Taree City Council), the project was recognised for
Mark Bradford is an Australian Laureate Fellow,               research innovation and on-ground excellence.
Professor of Civil Engineering and a Scientia Professor
at UNSW Australia. He is the founding Director of             WRL engineers including Jamie Ruprecht and Duncan
UNSW’s Centre for Infrastructure Engineering and              Rayner worked in collaboration with Greater Taree
Safety (CIES), and is currently its Director of Research.     City Council, to research methods and develop
Mark has been proactive in embedding university               innovative plans to restore Big Swamp, a degraded site
research into industry practice, especially through           recognised as one of the worst acid hotspots in the
design standards and textbooks. Having built a team           country. The Big Swamp Recovery Project is a great
of critical mass through his Federation and Laureate          example of collaborative evidence based decision-
Fellowships in the areas of steel and steel-concrete          making supported by cutting edge research to correct a
structural engineering, Mark has been concentrating           major environmental problem.
in recent times on progressing these disciplines into
the broader paradigms of sustainable and low-carbon           Team leader Dr William Glamore said, ‘This award
full-life cycle structural engineering practice, which is a   recognises the high level of innovation that can be
challenge of immense significance in the construction         achieved when researchers partner with forward
sector.                                                       thinking government partners. We are very lucky to
                                                              collaborate with the staff at Greater Taree City Council
                                                              who are willing to work at the frontier of restoration
                                                              science. The on-ground results are incredible!’

                                                              Staff at the Water Research Laboratory are world
                                                              experts in the fields of wetland restoration, eco-
                                                              hydraulics and environmental hydrodynamics. This
                                                              award complements the 2013 National Heritage Trust’s
                                                              Conservation Award and the 2014 Engineers Australia’s
                                                              Excellence Award to Dr Glamore’s team for wetland
                                                              restoration research at other research sites in NSW.

                                                              More information about the Big Swamp project is at:

Teaching Excellence Awards Winner                       his work on water quality and treatment technology
                                                                issues. The impact of his work is multifaceted and
                                                                ranges from application of improved technologies for
                                                                water treatment through to better approaches to land
                                                                management, mineral extraction from tailings deposits
                                                                and management of radioactive wastes.

                                                                One of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2015
                                                                                                        Convenor of
                                                                                                        the School’s
        In 2015 popular and inspirational teacher Stephen
                                                                                                        Initiative, was
        Moore collected his second UNSW V-C Award for
                                                                                                        named among
        Teaching Excellence – the first UNSW academic to
                                                                                                        the world’s
        ever do so. Stephen was part of an award-winning
                                                                                                        most influential
        team which delivered a groundbreaking fourth year
        environmental engineering course in Sustainable
                                                                                                        researchers in
        Infrastructure working closely with a Torres Strait
                                                                                                        a new analysis
        Island community. See p11 for more details. On behalf
                                                                                                        of thousands
        of the team, Stephen Moore was also awarded the
                                                                                                        of academic
        Australasian Association for Engineering Education
                                                                                                        papers by
        2015 Award for Excellence in Engineering Education
                                                                Thomson Reuters. The “Highly Cited Researcher” list
                                                                and the “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2015”
        2015 Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI)         report are based on the number of cited research
        Environment Medal                                       papers an academic published from 2003 to 2013.
                                                                They identify the best and most influential scholars from
                                                                among the world’s estimated nine million researchers
                                                                who publish upwards of two million papers each year.
                                                                Tommy Wiedmann was one of four researchers listed
                                                                from UNSW.

                                                                Continuing National and Global Research Leadership
                                                                In 2015 School Professors Chris Rizos and Brian Uy
                                                                were appointed to the Engineering and Environmental
                                                                Sciences Research Evaluation Committee (REC) for
                                                                Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). ERA is the
                                                                national assessment system that evaluates the quality
                                                                of the research conducted at Australian universities.
        Scientia Professor T David Waite was awarded
                                                                Professor Rizos was also elected Bureau member of
        the 2015 Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI)
                                                                the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics
        Environment Medal in recognition of his exceptional
                                                                (IUGG), a major honour.
        research, international standing and wide-ranging
        contribution to the field of environmental chemistry.   In 2015 Professor Ashish Sharma was elected
                                                                President-elect for the International Commission on
        Professor Waite is a specialist in environmental
                                                                Statistical Hydrology (ICSH); A/Prof Stuart Khan was
        chemistry with particular expertise in the behaviour
                                                                appointed to the UN Water Quality and Health Technical
        of elements such as iron, manganese, copper, silver
                                                                Advisory Group (WQTAG) of the UN’s World Health
        and uranium in natural and engineered systems. He
                                                                Organisation (WHO) and Dr William Glamore was
        has published over 300 peer-reviewed articles in a
                                                                appointed to the NSW Government’s Williamtown Expert
        number of international scientific journals, and has
                                                                Panel and invited to Chair the Water Working Group.
        been awarded over $16M in research funding for


According to Engineers Australia’s 2015 statistical         across the Faculty have grown from 19% in 2010 to
overview, the average proportion of women studying          21.3% in 2015.
undergraduate engineering at universities in Australia in
2014 was under 15%. In the work force only about 13%        The School of Civil & Environmental Engineering, the
of engineers are female.                                    largest School in the Faculty, has similar growth figures;
                                                            from 18% in 2009 to 21.8% female participation in our
 CVEN BE Degrees               Females*/total % female      undergraduate degrees in 2015. (For postgraduate
 Semester 2 2015                                            students the CVEN figure is higher – at 25% for
 BE Civil                      157/812         19.3%        coursework and 27% for PhDs.)
 BE Civil with Architecture    44/169          26%
                                                            This small but steady increase is mainly due to renewed
 BE/BE (civil/enviro)          46/125          36.8%
                                                            attention to the cause, and to the goal of a more gender
 BE/BE (civil/commerce)        51/325          15.7%
                                                            equal profession. In the last five years the School
 BE/ BE (civil/mining)         10/118          8.5%
                                                            and the Faculty have made concerted efforts to raise
 BE Environmental              36/74           48.6%
                                                            awareness of the profession as a rewarding, varied and
 BE Surveying                  9/59            15.3%
                                                            exciting career for women and to actively recruit women
 Other Combined degrees        39/116          33.7%        to our degrees. At the School we have been assisted in
 Total                         392/1800        21.8%        these efforts by our industry advisory committee and
UNSW Engineering, however, has one of the highest           our alumni.
proportions of female students in NSW and this has
                                                            In fact, in real numbers, within our expanding student
been growing steadily for the past six years. The
                                                            population, we have actually doubled the number of
Faculty’s WiE Development Manager Dr Alex Bannigan
                                                            women undergraduate students since 2009 – from 193
reports that total undergraduate female enrolments
                                                            enrolled in 2009 to 392 in 2015.

                                                            A central element of the UNSW Women in Engineering
   No. of women undergrad students 2009 -2015               Program is maintaining contact throughout the lifecycle,
                                                            from school student to professional engineer, and
                                                            enabling an active pipeline in which women at each
                     289                                    stage inspire and mentor those following them.
                                                            It was great to note that in 2015 a speed networking
% of Female
                                                            night with industry (image above) attracted many of our
Undergrad 18%       18.5%       20%          21.8%
Students at                                                 CVEN alumni, as did an industry mentoring program.
                                                            We look forward to working with WiE staff, students and
       2009                                                 our alumni to achieve the UNSW Engineering target of
                              2013                          30% female participation by 2020.


                                                                     Sandikhola. A successful awards night was held in
                            Cassandra                                October 2015 at the Michael Crouch Innovation Centre–
                                                                     an inspiring new UNSW Centre which serves as a
                             Murphy                                  platform for student innovation. Next year the UNSW
                                                                     chapter of EWB hopes to expand on the success of this
                           Engineers                                 competition.
                        Without Borders
                                                                     Engineers Without Borders is marked by its
                                                                     unique focus on Appropriate Technologies. These
                                                                     are contextually designed systems that are not
                                                                     only sustainable, but economically viable and
                                                                     environmentally kind. These are systems built around
                                                                     considerations of local cultural and gender mores.
                                                                     These are technologies that are intuitive, encouraging
                                                                     a participatory attitude within the community of which
        Cassandra Murphy is a current Environmental                  it will become a part, through the smooth and efficient
        Engineering undergraduate who is part of a new wave          reticulation of knowledge. Engineering students working
        of young professionals passionate about balancing            with EWB can become acquainted with the demands of
        commercial concerns with the altruism of sustainability      working with developing economies and even volatile
        and global justice. Feeding the industry with vitality and   situations.
        optimism, students like Cassie Murphy are active and
        organised, combining idealism with problem solving.          To promote the humanitarian possibilities of engineering
                                                                     and the importance of science and technology in
        Growing up, Cassie watched her father, a UNSW                education the UNSW EWB chapter organises outreach
        Science and Engineering alumnus, enjoy an exciting           programs to high schools. It was in one of these
        and varied career in project management across the           interactive problem- solving sessions that Cassie herself
        globe. Now as a UNSW student herself, in her fourth          first found out about Engineers Without Borders. Now
        year of study, she is active academically and practically.   she is out there, spreading the word, fighting the good
        As a committed member of the UNSW chapter of
        Engineers Without Borders (EWB), in 2015 Cassie              As for the future? “I find natural systems very interesting,
        organised an inter-university competition for Appropriate    especially water and soil,” says Cassie, “as they are
        Technology. Students from various universities were          often very intricate, overlapping but perfectly balanced
        asked to design a prototype for a water re-use system        cycles. Currently there is a lot of focus on sustainability
        or a wind turbine, tailored to the needs of a particular     in the areas of water infrastructure and building
        village in mountainous Nepal. The Sandikhola hill top        performance, but I’d really like to see soil being valued
        community experience water and energy shortages              in the same way.”
        throughout the year, exacerbated by a lengthy dry
        season, making the community vulnerable to both              Cassie Murphy prizes the very earth we walk on. The
        seasonal fluctuations and global climate change.             School is proud of the efforts of Cassie Murphy and
        Appropriate technology could make the day to day lives       her fellow EWB members who are concerned about
        of these people more secure and a little bit easier.         disadvantage and sustainability and are prepared to do
                                                                     something about it. The UNSW, engineering, and wider
        This competition produced great work from students           community can only benefit from such enthusiastic,
        across NSW. Six teams worked within a tight time             committed and organised students.
        frame and a budget to offer a prototype solution for


                                        Research Interests: Investigation                             Research Interests: Climate change
                                        of groundwater dynamics &                                     adaptation for settlements &
                                        hydrochemical processes in the                                infrastructure: Coastal engineering
                  Acworth, R. Ian       coastal zone: Development of field      Cox, Ron              & coastal zone management:
                  Professor             instrumentation & analysis methods      Associate Professor   Stability, design & safety of coastal
                  BSc Leeds, MSc,       in groundwater studies: Electrical      Co-Chair, External    structures: Application of sand
                  PhD Birm, FGS         methods in the investigation of         Relations             filled geo-containers in coastal
                                        groundwater & salinity: Relationship    Convenor,             protection: Environmental monitoring
                                        between Palaeoclimate & dryland         ACCARNSI              & modelling: Desalination plant
                                        salinity.                               BE PhD UNSW,          brine disposal: Hydraulics of water
                                                                                FIEAust               & wastewater treatment plants: Flood
                                        Research Interests: Sustainable                               hydraulics & floodplain management:
                  Akbarnezhad,          Construction: Sustainability                                  Life safety, emergency warning &
                  Ali                   Assessment: Information Modelling:                            evacuation.
                  Lecturer              Construction Technology: Non-
                  BE AUT, Tehran,       Destructive Tests: Health Monitoring:
                  PhD NUS               Concrete Technology: Design for         Davis, Steven         Research Interests: Stochastic
                                        Deconstruction                          Lecturer              Systems: Evolutionary Programming:
                                                                                Chair, Teaching &     Parallel Computing Applications
                                        Research Interests: Investigations of   Learning Committee    to Civil Engineering: Online
                                        physical & geochemical processes        BE PhD UNSW           Assessments
                                        at the surface water groundwater
                                        interface; groundwater dynamics
                  Senior Lecturer
                                        in the coastal zone; reactive flow
                  MSc in
                                        & transport modelling; developing       Dixit, Vinayak        Research Interests: Behaviour under
                  Engineering, PhD
                                        methodologies for using heat as a       Senior Lecturer       Risk & Uncertainty in Transportation
                  DTU, Denmark
                                        tracer of groundwater flow; karst       MT Institute of       Systems: Transportation Modelling
                                        hydrology.                              Technology, Delhi,    & Simulation: Traffic Flow Theory:
                                                                                PhD University of     Traffic Safety: Workzone Management
                                        Research Interests: Finite Strain
                  Attard, Mario                                                 Central Florida       Strategies: Experimental Economics.
                                        Isotropic & Anisotropic Hyperelastic
                  Associate Professor
                                        Modelling: Fracture in Concrete &
                  Associate Head –                                                                    My main interests lie in the field of
                                        Masonry: Crack Propagation due
                  Academic                                                                            rock mechanics. Predicting strengths
                                        to Creep: Ductility of High Strength    Douglas, Kurt
                  BE PhD MHEd                                                                         of large-scale rock masses (hundreds
                                        Concrete Columns: Buckling of           Pells Sullivan
                  UNSW, MIEAust,                                                                      of meters) continues to be a major
                                        Sandwich Columns: Lateral Buckling      Meynink Senior
                  CPEng                                                                               challenge. I am attempting to improve
                                        of Thin-Walled Beams.                   Lecturer of Rock
                                                                                                      our understanding using laboratory
                                    Research Interests: Numerical               Mechanics,
                                                                                                      tests, field studies & numerical
                                    modelling of wave propagation in            Co–Chair External
                                                                                                      methods. I am also currently involved
                                    unbounded domains: Soil-structure           Relations
                  Birk, Carolin                                                                       in an ARC & Industry sponsored
                                    interaction, fluid-structure interaction:   BE (Hons1)USyd,
                  Lecturer                                                                            project researching erosion of rock
                                    Longitudinal railway track-structure        PhD UNSW
                  BEng DEng Dresden                                                                   spillways & backward erosion of
                                    interaction: Artificial boundary
                                                                                                      embankment dams.
                                    conditions for diffusion: Fractional
                                    calculus.                                                         Stefan is an expert in hydraulic
                                                                                                      engineering and environmental fluid
                                        Research Interests: Management,
                                                                                                      mechanics. His research interests
                                        systems applications of optimisation,
                                                                                                      include: Physical modelling of
                                        synthesis: Identification & analysis:
                  Carmichael,                                                   Felder, Stefan        turbulent flows; Design optimisation
                                        Contracts & disputes: Project
                  DG                                                            Lecturer              of hydraulic structures; Energy
                                        delivery: Construction operations:
                  Professor                                                     Dipl.-Ing. RWTH       dissipation and aeration in high-
                                        Project management & management
                  BE MEngSc USyd,                                               Aachen, PhD UQ        velocity free-surface flows and
                                        functional areas including risk,
                  PhD Cant, CPEng,                                                                    hydraulic jumps; Air-water mass
                                        economics, finances, people
                  FIEAust, MASC                                                                       transfer across hydraulic structures;
                                        resources & scope: Construction
                                                                                                      Design of instrumentation and
                                        management: Problem solving &
                                                                                                      advanced data processing tools.
                                        decision making.
                                                                                                 Research Interests: I research the
                                        Research Interests: Durability of
                                                                                                 behaviour of structural systems
                                        construction materials - Steel
                                                                                                 (buildings and bridges) construct-
                                        corrosion in concrete, concrete
                                                                                                 ed of reinforced and prestressed
                                        pathologies, SCM’s: Concrete
                                                                                                 concrete. I’m particularly interested in
                  Castel, Arnaud        construction in chloride environment
                                                                                                 bringing new and advanced materials
                  Associate Professor   -Performance & service life design
                                                                                                 technologies to the engineering of
                  BE, MEngSc, PhD       of reinforced/prestressed concrete
                                                                                Foster,          structures. My interests are in the use
                  Toulouse              affected by steel corrosion: Repair &
                                                                                Stephen          of high and ultra-high performance
                                        Strengthening using CFRP - Failure
                                                                                Professor        concretes, fibre-reinforced concretes
                                        analysis & modelling of CFRP
                                                                                Head of School   and geopolymer concretes and in
                                        strengthened beams including
                                                                                BE NSWIT, MEngSc use of carbon fibre technologies for
                                        reinforcing steel corrosion.
                                                                                PhD UNSW,        strengthening and repair of structures
                                                                                MIEAust, FIEAust and structural systems. I develop
                                                                                                 physical-mechanical models for
                                                                                                 use in advanced computational and
                                                                                                 numerical tools such as FEM and for
                                                                                                 their use in the study of behaviour of
                                                                                                 concrete structures that are subjected
                                                                                                 to extreme events such as overload,
                                                                                                 fire, impact and blast loading.

Research Interests: Uncertain
                       modelling & uncertain methods:
                                                                  Arman                  Research Interests: large deformation
                       Vehicle-bridge interaction dynamics:
                                                                  Lecturer               analysis in geomechanics, advanced
Gao, Wei               Wind and/or seismic induced
                                                                  BEng, MEng,            numerical methods in geomechanics,
Associate Professor    random vibration: Train-rail-
                                                                  Sharif University of   mechanics of unsaturated soils &
BE HDU, ME PhD         sleeper-foundation-tunnel/bridge
                                                                  Technology, Tehran,    coupled analysis of porous media.
Xidian, MIIAV,         system: Stochastic nonlinear
                                                                  PhD UNSW
MAAS                   system: Vehicle dynamics & vehicle
                       rollover: Structural optimization &                               Research Interests: I conduct
                       control: Smart structures: Stability &                            geospatial information science &
                       reliability analysis.                                             research that allow us to improve
                       Research Interests: Network                                       the way we view, understand,
                       modelling for multi-domain integrated                             design, plan, manage, analyse,
                                                                  Lim, Samsung
                       systems: congestion pricing models                                interpret, & extract spatio-temporal
Gardner,                                                          Associate Professor
                       accounting for uncertainty, the role                              information such as patterns &
Lauren                                                            BA, MA
                       of real-time information & adaptive                               trends of geospatial data. I investigate
Senior Lecturer                                                   (Mathematics)
                       pricing: Sustainability models                                    spatial information extraction from
BS ArchE, MSE,                                                    Seoul, PhD U Texas
                       integrating transportation & electricity                          lidar (known as light detection &
PhD U Texas at                                                    at Austin
                       systems: developing network-based                                 ranging) & aerial/satellite data e.g.
Austin                                                                                   data segmentation & classification,
                       optimization models to predict the
                       role of global transport systems in the                           digital elevation modelling, feature
                       spread of contagious disease.                                     extraction, building edge detection, &
                                                                                         change detection.
                       Research Interests: I combine remote
Ge, Linlin             sensing with GPS & GIS to produce          Moore,                 Research Interests: Development of
Associate Professor,   cost-effective & highly reliable maps.     Stephen                environmental material accounting
Chair, International   Integrating radar & optical remote         Director,              techniques, such as Material Flux
Relations              sensing with GPS & GIS, we measure         Environmental          Analysis, for regional & corporate
Committee              the subtle change on the surface of        Engineering Studies    environmental management systems;
BE, MSc Wuhan,         the Earth with minimum latency using       BE UNSW, MEngSc        Simulation & decision analysis
PhD UNSW               data collected from satellite, airborne    Adel., CPEng,          applied to waste management
                       & UAV platforms.                           MIEAust                systems.
                                                                                         Research Interests: Travel Behaviour
                       Research Interests: Viscoelasticity
                                                                                         Analysis: Transportation Planning:
                       of concrete & composite materials,         Rashidi, Taha
Hamed, Ehab                                                                              Activity-Based Travel Demand
                       Creep buckling of concrete domes &         Hossein
Senior Lecturer                                                                          Modelling: Housing Search &
                       shells, Strengthening of concrete &        Senior Lecturer
BSc MSc PhD                                                                              Land Use Modelling: Integrated
                       masonry structures with composite          BSc MSc Sharif
Technion                                                                                 Land-Use & Transportation Models:
                       materials (FRP), Nonlinear dynamics        UT Tehran; PhD UI
                                                                                         Goods Movement Modelling:
                       of concrete structures.                    Chicago
                                                                                         Microsimulation Modeling Methods
                       Research Interests: Least Squares                                 for Urban Activities.
                       analysis of surveying measurements                                Research Interests: How geospatial
Harvey, Bruce          is my main interest, but I also                                   technology such as satellite-based
Senior Lecturer        investigate alternative analysis                                  positioning, modern geodesy
BSurv (Hons 1),        methods & the latest measurement                                  & digital mapping is used for
GradDip Higher Ed,     technologies. Are there better ways                               science, & by society in general;
PhD UNSW               to analyse surveying measurements                                 Political issues related to GNSS and
                       & can we improve Least Squares, L1                                geospatial information management;
                                                                  Rizos, Chris
                       norm & topological grid searches?                                 Modern geodesy’s technologies &
                       Research Interests: statistical                                   applications; Australia’s new mapping
                                                                  BSurv (Hons), PhD
                       hydrology & modelling; climate                                    datum; The technology & applications
                       change impacts on water resources                                 of satellite-, wireless- & inertial-
                       systems; bias correction methods                                  based sensors for high accuracy
                       that can be applied to climate model                              positioning; The use of GNSS (GPS,
Johnson,                                                                                 BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS) for all classes
                       simulations; models for design
Fiona                                                                                    of uses from Navigation to Geodesy;
                       rainfalls & flooding; models for
Senior Lecturer                                                                          GNSS receiver design; GNSS
                       regionalisation of rainfall data,
BE, PhD UNSW                                                                             positioning infrastructure.
                       questions on stationarity of large to
                       extreme rainfalls & the impacts of                                Research Interests:
                       climate change on these events & the                              High precision GPS/GNSS
                       resulting implications for engineering                            positioning and leveraging CORS
                       design.                                    Roberts, Craig         infrastructure for practical application
                                                                  Senior Lecturer        to surveying and geospatial
Khalili, Nasser
                                                                  BSurv, University      engineering. The implications of
Professor              Research Interests: Mechanics of
                                                                  of South Australia,    kinematic 3D datum modernisation
Associate Dean,        unsaturated soils: Flow & deformation
                                                                  PhD UNSW               for professional and mass market
Research, UNSW         in double porosity media: Numerical
Engineering            methods applied to geotechnical                                   users. GPS for cadastral surveying.
BSc Teh, MSc Birm,     engineering: Pavement engineering.                                Kinematic positioning with robotic
PhD UNSW                                                                                 total stations.

                       Research Interests: Advanced Water         Russell, Adrian        Research Interests: Unsaturated
                       & Wastewater Treatment & Analysis:         Associate Professor    soils: Fibre reinforced soils: Particle
                       Trace Chemical Contaminants in             Chair, Technical       crushing in granular media: In
Khan, Stuart           Water: Chemical Risk Assessment:           Services               situ testing of soils: Constitutive
Associate Professor    Probabilistic Chemical Exposure            BE, PhD UNSW,          modelling of soils: Wind turbine
BSc (Hons 1)           Assessment: Water Recycling &              PGCert Bristol         foundations.
USyd, PhD UNSW,        Seawater Desalination: Sustainability
MIEAust.               Assessment & Risk Assessment:
                       Environmental Fate Modelling: Water
                       Quality Impacts of Extreme Weather

                                                                                                                     19 < OUR PEOPLE
Expertise in Earthquake Engineering,                            Research Interests: Composite
                  Senetakis,              Experimental Soil Dynamics and                                  steel-concrete structures, critical
                                                                                   Uy, Brian
                  Kostas                  Micro-mechanics. Main research                                  infrastructure protection systems,
                                                                                   Professor &
                  Lecturer                interests: Geotechnical Earthquake                              deconstruction techniques,
                                                                                   Director of CIES
                  Dipl. Civil             Engineering: Experimental Soil                                  rehabilitation & strengthening
                                                                                   BE (Hons 1), PhD
                  Engineering,            Mechanics and Dynamics: Pavement                                techniques, steel structures, structural
                  MSc and PhD,            Engineering: Engineering Geology:                               health monitoring, structural systems,
                                                                                                          sustainable construction materials.
                  Aristotle University,   Particulate Media - Micromechanics
                  Thessaloniki            of Soils - Contact Mechanics &                                  Research Interests: Structural
                                          Tribology: Fracture Mechanics.                                  Mechanics including reinforced
                                                                                                          concrete & steel, steel-concrete,
                  Shen, Johnson           Research interests: Rapid As-Built                              timber & timber-concrete composite
                  Xuesong                 Field Modelling in Construction;         Valipour,              materials: Behaviour of structures
                  Lecturer                Sustainable Construction Operations;     Hamid                  subjected to extreme loading
                  BEng, MSc               Construction Automation and              Senior Lecturer        scenarios such as seismic action,
                  Nanjing, PhD Hong       Robotics; Structural Health              BE, MEngSc, PhD        critical member loss, impact, blast
                  Kong Polytechnic        Monitoring; Dynamic Data-Driven          UNSW                   and explosion: Computational
                  University              Project Management                                              mechanics and non-linear finite
                                                                                                          element modelling of structures:
                                          Research Interests: Scaled Boundary                             Constitutive modelling of concrete
                                          Finite-Element Method: Dynamic                                  and timber.
                                          Soil-Structure Interaction: Structural
                  Professor                                                                               Research Interests: Modelling of
                                          Dynamics & Earthquake Engineering:
                  Chair, Computing,                                                                       Transport Systems: Development
                                          Wave Propagation: Fracture
                  IT & Ed Tech Ctte                                                                       of simulation & animation models
                                          Mechanics: Elasto-Plastic-Damage
                  BE ME Tsinghua,                                                  Vandebona,             for light rail train systems &
                                          Constitutive Modelling: Finite Element
                  DEng Tokyo                                                       Upali                  bus services. Facility Location:
                                          Method, Boundary Element Method.
                                                                                   Senior Lecturer        Environmental considerations
                                          Research Interests: On-line              BSc (Eng) Ceylon,      related to transport facility location:
                                          instrumentation for monitoring water     MEng AIT, PhD          Demand Modelling: Analysis of
                  Stuetz, Richard
                                          & wastewater quality: Biological         Monash                 public awareness & attitudes related
                                          monitoring for process control:                                 to transport systems: Air Transport:
                  Co-Director, Water
                                          Biotreatment of odours & volatile                               Intelligent Transport Systems:
                  Research Centre
                                          emissions: Bioprocesses for water &                             Signage systems.
                  BSc, PhD UNSW
                                          wastewater treatment: Biodegradation
                                                                                                          Research Interests: Separation
                                          of micropollutants.
                                                                                   Waite, T David         processes involving colloids &
                                          Research Interests: Behaviour of         Scientia Professor,    particles in water & wastewater
                                          embankment dams under earthquake         Deputy Dean,           treatment; redox chemistry at
                                          loading: Large deformation analysis      Research, UNSW         the solid-solution interface;
                  Taiebat,                and post failure deformation of slopes   Engineering            photochemistry in aquatic systems;
                  Hossein                 and embankments: Bearing capacity        BSc Tas, GradDip       hydrogeochemistry; theoretical &
                  Senior Lecturer         of foundations on unsaturated soils:     RMIT, MAppSc           experimental studies on the fate
                  PhD USyd                Caisson foundations: Vertically          Monash, PhD MIT,       & effects of chemical pollutants;
                                          loaded anchors: Shallow foundations      FRACI                  interactions between trace elements &
                                                                                                          microbiota in aquatic systems.
                                          under combined loading: Numerical
                                          modelling & liquefaction analysis.                             Research Interests: Transportation
                                                                                                         network modelling, particularly
                                          Research interests: Development of
                                                                                                         systems characterized by dynamics,
                                          advanced computational models &
                                                                                                         uncertainty & information; large-scale
                                          analyses of practically-motivated        Waller, S Travis
                                                                                                         integrated transport optimization &
                                          inelastic structures. Optimal            Advisian Professor of
                                                                                                         planning. Specific applications or
                                          design of new structures & cost-         Transport Innovation.
                  Tangaramvong,                                                                          problem domains include Dynamic
                                          effective rehabilitation of damaged      Chair, Research
                  Sawekchai (Ball)                                                                       Traffic Assignment (DTA), routing
                                          ones. Adoption of integrated             Management Cmte
                  Lecturer                                                                               algorithm development, network
                                          (complementarity) mathematical           BSc Ohio State,
                  BEng, Chulalongkorn,                                                                   equilibrium, stochastic optimization,
                                          programming & nonlinear engineering      MSc, PhD
                  MEngSc, PhD                                                                            integrated demand/supply modelling,
                                          mechanics concept to map the             Northwestern
                  UNSW, Grad Cert                                                                        network design, adaptive equilibrium,
                                          complete responses of structures
                  (Ed) RMIT                                                                              system analysis of public-private
                                          in the presence of elastoplastic
                                                                                                         partnerships, & bi-level optimization of
                                          strain-softening materials, high-order
                                                                                                         transport networks.
                                          geometric nonlinearity, limited
                                          ductility, nonassociativity, contact,                           Research Interests: Global Navigation
                                          high-impact loading & uncertainty.                              Satellite Systems - GNSS (GPS,
                                                                                   Wang, Jinling          Glonass, Galileo, BeiDou System-
                                          Research Interests: Coastal
                                                                                   Associate Professor    BDS) & their Integration: Multi-
                  Turner, Ian             Engineering & Coastal Management;
                                                                                   BSc, MSc Wuhan,        Sensor Integration for Positioning,
                  Professor,              Innovative coastal measurement &
                                                                                   PhD Curtin             Mapping & Navigation: Statistical
                  Director, Water         monitoring techniques; Sediment
                                                                                                          Theory & its Applications in
                  Research                transport at the beachface; Modelling
                                                                                                          Positioning, Mapping & Navigation.
                  Laboratory              of coastline variability & change
                  BSc (Hons) USyd,        spanning storm, seasonal, annual &                              My main research question is how
                  MEnvEngSc UNSW,         decadal time-scales; Assessment of                              to achieve human wellbeing without
                  PhD USyd                coastline adjustment to a changing                              increasing environmental impacts.
                                          climate.                                                        My expertise is in integrated
                                                                                                          sustainability assessment &
                                                                                                          environmental footprint analysis. I
                                                                                   Associate Professor
                                                                                                          develop & apply environmental input-
                                                                                   MSc, PhD Ulm
                                                                                                          output analysis as part of a holistic
                                                                                                          concept to life cycle assessment,
                                                                                                          industrial ecology & sustainable
                                                                                                          consumption & production research.

ARC LAUREATE                                                            ARC DECRA
      Bradford, Mark        Research Interests: Structures subjected
                                                                                   Garg, Shikha
      ARC Laureate Fellow   to elevated temperatures, curved
                                                                                   ARC DECRA Fellow
      UNSW Scientia         members, arches, steel structures,                                        Research interests: Extracellular electron
                                                                                   Senior Research
      Professor             composite steel-concrete structures,                                      transfer: Biogeochemical process
      BSc BE PhD USyd,      concrete structures, numerical methods,                                   :Environmental microbiology : Pollutant
                                                                                   UNSW Water
      DSc UNSW, CPEng,      stability, viscoelastic effects, non-                                     transformation
                                                                                   Research Centre
      CEng, MASCE,          discretisation techniques, design codes,
      FIEAust, MIStructE    structural retrofit.

ARC FUTURE FELLOWS                                                                 Li, Xiaomin
                                                                                   ARC DECRA Fellow
                                                                                                      Research interests: Extracellular electron
                                                                                                      transfer: Biogeochemical process:
                                                                                   Water Research     Environmental microbiology : Pollutant
                                                                                   Centre (WRC)       transformation
                            Research Interests: Water resources
                            assessment, planning, and management.
      Associate                                                                    Thai, Huu-Tai
                            Sivakumar’s research focuses on
      Professor                                                                    ARC DECRA
                            simplification and generalization in
      ARC Future Fellow                                                            Research Fellow    Current research: assessing the system
                            hydrologic modeling, especially using
      UNSW Water                                                                   Centre for         reliability of concrete-filled steel tubular
                            nonlinear dynamic and scaling theories
      Research Centre                                                              Infrastructure,    frames designed by advanced analysis.
                                                                                   Engineering &
                            Research Interests: Environmental                      Safety (CIES)
                            Molecular Geochemistry of trace
                            elements (metals, metalloids and                                          Research: investigation of fracturing rock
                            actinides) in both natural and engineered              Zhao, Gaofeng
      Collins,                                                                     ARC DECRA Fellow   using the microscopic and macroscopic
                            systems. Research covers aspects
      Richard                                                                      Centre for         coupled numerical model, e.g. Distinct
                            related to metal(loid) bioavailability
      ARC Future Fellow                                                            Infrastructure,    Lattice Spring Model (DLSM), Lattice
                            and speciation, redox chemistry and
      UNSW Water                                                                   Engineering &      Boltzmann Method (LBM), and Particle
                            biogeochemical transformations
      Research Centre                                                              Safety (CIES)      based Manifold Method (PMM).
                            assessed through field/laboratory
                            studies, computational approaches
                            (e.g. DFT) and X-ray Absorption
                        Research Interests: I use computer               CONGRATULATIONS:
                        models to simulate rainfall & runoff
                        processes in catchments, working to              2015 saw the promotion of three of our rising stars
                        improve hydrologic forecasts through             Lauren Gardner, Fiona Johnson and Taha Rashidi
      Marshall, Lucy
      Senior Lecturer &
                        improved catchment model structures              to Senior Lecturer. A great result for the School
                        & methods for model calibration &                and acknowledgement and recognition of their
      ARC Future Fellow
                        uncertainty assessment. I quantify               contributions to research, teaching and service to
      BE, MEngSc, PhD
                        new conceptualizations of hydrologic             the School, Faculty of Engineering, UNSW and the
                        processes & develop methods for model
                        diagnostics & uncertainty analysis
                        (especially via Bayesian statistics &
                        multi-model methods).
      O’Carroll,            Research Interests: Transport of
      Denis                 nanoparticles in the environment –
      Associate             in particular evaluating the fate of
      Professor             engineered nanoparticles that have
      ARC Future Fellow     leached out of commercial products
      B.A.Sc. Civil         (e.g., release from sunscreens, tennis
      Engineering           racquets) and their ecotoxicity, in order
      Ottawa, M.S.,         to inform human and ecological health
      Clarkson, PhD.,       risk assessments and to assist regulators
      U Michigan            to develop appropriate legislation.
                          Research Interests: Stochastic hydrology:
                          Synthetic generation of seasonal
      Sharma,             streamflow; Medium to long-term
      Ashish              probabilistic forecasting: Stochastic
      Professor           downscaling of hydrologic variables
      ARC Future Fellow under climate change scenarios: Radar
      BE Roorkee, MTech rainfall estimation: Rainfall runoff model
      IIT Delhi, PhD Utah & parameter uncertainty assessment in
      State               a Bayesian framework: Water Resources
                          Management: new developments in
                          statistics to solve water problems.

                          CVEN FAREWELLS
                          In 2015 we farewelled Dr Carolin Birk – an award winning teacher and brilliant researcher -
                          as she returned to Europe to take up a professorship in structural analysis at the University
                          of Duisburg-Essen. We wish her all the very best for the future.

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