Dr Rajah Gnanendran is a Senior Lecturer with the ADFA School of Engineering and Information Technology. His research experience includes:
Dr Gnanendran has expertise in both theoretical and experimental research in goetechnical and pavement engineering areas. His research is aimed at finding innovative solutions to soft soil engineering problems such as the prediction of long term performance of embankments constructed on soft soils using fully coupled visco-plastic finite element modeling. Characterisation of unbound and stbilized pavement materials including recycled aggregates from waste products for pavement construction using different types of cyclic loading tests is another area of his active research. Also, he has expertise in the use of geosynthetics for stabilizing soft soils and pavement materials.
Engineer then Senior Engineer with multinational consulting and construction companies for over 8 years gaining extensive industrial experience in the design and construction of both structural and geotechnical engineering projects.
Assistant Professor for 3 years with University of New Brunswick, Canada teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, including the supervision of B.Eng. and MEng. projects.
Lecturer for 3 years and currently as Senior Lecturer with UNSW since 2001 teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, including the supervision of ME and PhD projects.
Associate Editor – Canadian Geotechnical Journal
Editorial Board Member – Geotextiles and Geomembranes Journal
Member – Higher Degree Committee, UNSW@ADFA
Fellow of Engineers Australia (FIAustE) - Chartered Professional Engineer
Former Member, Institution of Civil Engineers, UK – (MICE), Chartered Civil Engineer
Former Member, Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario, Canada - Professional Engineer (PEng)
Soft soil engineering (characteristics of soft soils, stabilization, determination of soil parameters for design, etc.)
Numerical modeling of soil-structure interaction problems using the FEM and FDM
Reinforced soil systems (geosynthetics, interface properties testing, instrumentation for performance monitoring, strain measurements, etc.)
Pavement Engineering (in-situ testing, pavement evaluation, stabilization, dynamic testing for resilient modulus, permanent deformation, etc.)
Foundation Engineering (finite element analysis, instrumentation, stabilization, etc.)