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 is currently the UQ-IITD Research Academy Theme Lead for Advanced materials and manufacturing. He was the Director of Teaching and Learning (UQ Civil Engineering, 2020-2021) and the Deputy Director of Research (UQ Civil Engineering, 2019).

He has been an elected National Councillor of the Concrete Institute of Australia (2013-2023), responsible for "Concrete In Australia" Magazine (2013-2019) and "Technical & Publications" portfolio (2019-2023). He is currently also (i) an Associate Editor of Australian Journal of Structural Engineering and (ii) 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 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 (i) performance of concrete structures at early ages and at elevated temperatures and (ii) low carbon concretes.

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.

Areas of research