Researcher Biography

Mr Danish Kazmi performed his PhD research at The University of Queensland (UQ). He investigated the potential use of crushed waste glass as a sustainable alternative to depleting natural and quarried (manufactured) sand in granular columns construction. He is one of the pioneers globally to research the potential use of crushed waste glass to backfill granular columns for ground improvement in clayey soil.

His research mainly focuses on developing sustainable geomaterials by recycling ever-increasing wastes as alternatives to diminishing and increasingly expensive natural aggregates in geotechnical construction, helping the transition towards a circular economy. His research interests include experimental soil mechanics, ground improvement, geocomposite testing and circular economy transitions in geotechnical construction. His research also draws on digital image analysis techniques to perform morphological characterisation of geomaterials through microscopic imaging.

Google Scholar: Danish Kazmi
ORCID: 0000-0001-6300-0460
Scopus Author ID: 57192989854
ResearcherID: B-1525-2018 

Non-traditional Research Outputs

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  1. Awarded the prestigious Career Development Fellowship at The University of Queensland, funded by the Australian Government (2022).
  2. Future Leader Award (Class of 2021) awarded by The University of Queensland.
  3. Young Science Ambassador Award conferred by the Wonder of Science Program Australia for two years in a row (2021 and 2022) to help promote STEM culture in Queensland schools.
  4. Presented at the FameLab, a world-renowned live science competition, as a Queensland Semi-Finalist 2021
  5. Global Change Scholars Award conferred by The University of Queensland (2018).
  6. Double Award Winner at the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition at the UQ’s School of Civil Engineering level (First Prize and People Choice Award - 2019).
  7. Awarded participation at the Falling Walls Lab Queensland 2020, becoming one of the top ten researchers and innovators from Queensland selected to present at this event.  
  8. Won The University of Queensland Nomination for the 2021 Schmidt Science Fellowship, becoming one of the three most exceptional PhD students across UQ to apply for this fellowship.

Research impacts and media engagement

UQ News: One person’s waste glass becomes another person’s treasure
Endeavour Magazine (UK): Sustainable Glass
Quarry Magazine: Waste glass a superior alternative for ground improvement
Inside Waste Magazine: Queensland researcher finds replacement for sand in construction industry
Waste Management Review Magazine: PhD candidate develops glass waste construction columns
Sustainability Matters Magazine: Research could save our sand
Architecture and Design Magazine: New sustainable alternative to sand in construction  
Geotechnical Engineering Centre Newsletter 

Research collaborations and engagements

  1. University College London, United Kingdom
  2. Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  3. Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, Australia
  4. Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia
  5. Enviro Sand, Australia

International Research Journal Reviewer

  1. Journal of Cleaner Production (Elsevier)
  2. Environment, Development and Sustainability (Springer)
  3. Science of the Total Environment (Elsevier)
  4. Developments in the Built Environment (Elsevier)
  5. Acta Geotechnica (Springer)
  6. Geotechnical and Geological Engineering (Springer)
  7. Geomechanics and Engineering - An International Journal (Springer)
  8. Innovative Infrastructure Solutions (Springer)

Industry placement in Australia

Completed an approved six-week industry placement with Wagstaff Piling at a construction site in Queensland.

Volunteering and community work

  1. Certified Carbon Literate.
  2. UQ Volunteer 
  3. Mental Health First Aider accredited by Mental Health First Aid Australia.
  4. UQ Mental Health Champion
  5. UQ Respect Ambassador
  6. UQ Green Office Representative
  7. UQ Wellness Ambassador