Level 1: I do research on the behaviour of structures made of steel, concrete and timber.
Level 2: In particular, I am interested in the behaviour of innovative hybrid structures subjected to normal and extreme loading scenarios.
Level 3: I develop efficient 1D frame finite element models that can be used to capture material as well as geometrical nonlinearities of frames subjected to extreme loading scenarios such as blast and earthquake. Also, I am interested in constitutive modelling of concrete and timber.
Actually, my interest in mechanics and mathematics motivated me to get into civil/structural engineering career.
At the moment, I am investigating the behaviour of reinforced concrete frames subject to column loss scenarios. Also, I am looking at new methods for modelling behaviour of timber and engineered wood products under short- and long-term service loads.
The important role of mathematics and physics in structural engineering is not often well- understood by people.
If you are interested in applying your mathematics and physics knowledge in a wide range of engineering problems that are of interest to our society, then civil/structural engineering is one of the options you should definitely look at.
Reinforced Concrete Design
Mechanics of Solids
Steel and timber design
Effect of opening on structural behaviour of timber beams
Structural behaviour of hybrid connections
Short- and long-term testing and finite element modelling of hybrid structures
Prefabricated hybrid (steel, timber, concrete) composite structures with deconstruction potential
Constitutive modelling of timber and engineered wood product
Development of mechanistic models for connections
Member, Concrete Institute of Australia
Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Member, fib working party 4.4.7 “Non-Linear Dynamic Analysis (NLDA) for Seismic Evaluation of RC Frames”
Malcolm Chaikin prize including university medal, 2009, Research excellence for PhD studies within the Faculty of Engineering at UNSW
Research Excellence Award, 2011, Concrete Institute of Australia
ARC Discovery Grant DP120103328, “Progressive Collapse Resistance of Reinforced Concrete Framed Structures with Membrane Action” (with S. Foster), 2012-2014, $320,000.
ARC Discovery Grant DP150104107, “Moment-Rotation Capacity of Steel-Fibre Reinforced Concrete (SFRC)” (with S. Foster), 2015-2017, $266,300.
ARC Linkage Grant LP150101102, “High Strength Concrete Beam-Columns with High-Strength Steel Reinforcement” (with S. Foster & G. McGregor), 2015-2017, $190,000.
ARC Discovery Grant DP160104092, “Composite Steel-Timber Structural System” (with M. Bradford), 2016-2018, $435,000.