Researcher biography


  • PhD (Civil Engineering), The University of Queensland, Australia.
  • M.Eng (Civil Engineering), The University of Queensland, Australia.
  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, The University of Queensland, Australia.
  • B.Eng (Civil Engineering), The University of Danang, Vietnam.

Vinh Dao is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at The University of Queensland, where he has been since 2009. He was the Director of Teaching and Learning (UQ Civil Engineering, 2020-2021) and the Deputy Director of Research (UQ Civil Engineering, 2019).

He is currently (i) an elected National Councillor and the 'Technical & Publications' Chair of the Concrete Institute of Australia, (ii) an Associate Editor of Australian Journal of Structural Engineering and (iii) the General Secretary of EASEC International Steering Committee. He was (i) the Vice-Chair of the 16th East Asia-Pacific Conference on Structural Engineering & Construction and (ii) an invited presenter of the 2012 National Seminar Series on "Early-age cracking in concrete structures" in capital cities around Australia, besides many state/industry seminars.

Vinh's research interests are in the broad areas of structural engineering and fundamental behaviour of concrete/structures. The focus of his research has been on connecting materials behaviour to structural response of concrete in order to address major issues facing construction industry; with current emphasis on performance of concrete structures at early ages and at elevated temperatures.

In teaching, he has been lecturing in the areas of structural mechanics, reinforced and prestressed concrete design, concrete technology, and advanced structural engineering. He has received a few nominations for the most effective lecturer from UQ-EAIT Dean's commendation students and was profiled in Learning@UQ for having contributed to high quality of the student experience at UQ.

Major research funding

  • 2022-2024: Vinh Dao, Jose Torero Cullen. Coupled effects of stress and temperature changes on concrete structures, ARC Discovery Project DP220103362.
  • 2022: Zhong Tao, Bijan Samali, Yixia (Sarah) Zhang, Brian Uy, Xiao-Ling Zhao, Hong Hao, Abhijit Mukherjee, Scott Smith, Yan Zhuge, Vinh Dao, Amin Heidarpour, Wengui Li, Thuy (Kate) Nguyen, Farhad Aslani. National Facility for Physical Fire Simulation, ARC LIEF LE220100030.
  • 2018-2022: Vinh Dao, Pietro Lura. Early-age cracking in concrete structures: Mechanisms and control, ARC Discovery Project DP180103160.
  • 2017-2018: Vinh Dao, Liza O'Moore, Johnny Ho. Holistic approach to course design and delivery to enhance students' learning: Effective use of digital technology tools, EAIT Student Strategy Grant.
  • 2017-2019: Jay Sanjayan, Stephen Foster, Brian Uy, Priyan Mendis, Yi-Min (Mike) Xie, Wenhui Duan, Asghar Habibnegad Korayem, Vinh Dao, Zhong Tao, Maurice Guerrieri, Syed Masood, Emad Gad, John Wilson, Sujeeva Setunge, Chunhui Yang. Three-dimensional concrete printing facility, ARC LIEF LE170100168.
  • 2017-2019: Andrei Kotooussov, Giang D Nguyen, Arcady Dyskin, Elena Pasternak, Phillip Dight, Dr Jie Pan, Dr Ha Bui, Wenhui Duan, Chun Wang, Pier Marzocca, Martin Veidt, Nangallage Fernando, Vinh Dao, Cara MacNish, Stuart Wildy. Bridging time/size scales in strain measurements with advanced DIC facility, ARC LIEF LE170100079.
  • 2015-2017: Vinh Dao, Jose Torero Cullen, Johnny Ho, Liza O'Moore, Luke Bisby. Fire performance of concrete using novel fire testing, ARC Discovery Project DP150102354.
  • 2013-2015: Faris Albermani, Jose Torero Cullen, Sritawat Kitipornchai, Martin Veidt, Vinh Dao, Mark Bradford, Guowei Ma, Mahen Mahendran, Michael Griffith. Performance level structural testing facility, ARC LIEF LE130100089.
  • 2009-2010: Peter Dux, Vinh Dao, Liza O'Moore. Development of a new and sustainable practical geopolymer concrete for building and infrastructure applications, UQ FirstLink Scheme.

Areas of research