Researcher biography

Rebecca Gravina is Professor and TMR Chair of Structural Engineering at the University of Queensland in Brisbane. The TMR Chair position is endowed by the Queensland Government Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR). Rebecca also held the position of Professor in Civil and Infrastructure Engineering at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. She obtained her PhD in Structural Engineering from the University of Adelaide and prior to joining academia, worked as a consulting Structural Engineer with ARUP. Professor Gravina is an established researcher with over 25 years of experience in academia and consulting engineering. Her research field concerns the long-term performance and durability of reinforced concrete (RC) and prestressed concrete (PC) structures, sustainability of infrastructure, rehabilitation of existing structures with Fibre Reinforced Polymers (FRP), multi-functional self-healing cementitious composites, recycled materials in concrete, and engineering education. Professor Gravina is the co-author of the textbook 'Prestressed Concrete' by Warner, Foster and Gravina, she has published more than 100 research papers, has won numerous competitive research grants valued over $6 Million and teaching awards. Professor Gravina is the Editor in Chief of the Australian Journal of Civil Engineering, Immediate President of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Australian Section, Executive Committee Member of the International Institute for FRP in Construction (IIFC), and Member of the Concrete Institute of Australia. Her research is well recognised by industry, and she continuously collaborates with civil infrastructure companies and agencies to support innovation and technology transfer.

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