Academic staff

Affiliated academic staff

  • Dr Zhongwei Chen

    Senior Lecturer
    School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering
    Associate Lecturer in Mining Engineering
    Geotechnical Engineering Centre
  • Professor Gideon Chitombo

    Professor and Chair of Minerals Industry Engagement, The WH Bryan Mining and Geology Research Centre
    Geotechnical Engineering Centre
  • Emeritus Professor Joan Esterle

    Vale-UQ Chair in Coal Geoscience
    Geotechnical Engineering Centre

Postdoctoral staff

Laboratory staff

Adjunct staff

HDR Students

Aayush Kumar
Program
: PhD
Project title: Thermo-Mechanics of Asphalt Mixes with Crushed Waste Glass Aggregates
Advisors: Dr Mehdi Serati, Dr Prashanth Vangla and Dr Ian Van Wijk
Commencement year: 2021

Danish Kazmi
Program: PhD
Project title: Optimisation of Geotechnical Behaviour of Sand Columns using Suitable Backfilling Materials
Advisors: Professor David Williams and Dr Mehdi Serati
Commencement year: 2018

Hua Tian
Program
: PhD
Project title: Strength-Deformation Characterisation and Application in Red Mud Tailings Dams Stability
Advisors: Professor David Williams and Dr Chenming Zhang
Commencement year. 2020

Keith Mandisodza
Program:
PhD
Project title: Tailings Design Process: Design Parameters and Assessment Methodologies
Advisors: Professor David Williams and Dr Chenming Zhang
Commencement year: 2021

Mutaz Mahmoud
Program
: PhD
Project title: Physical Modelling of Spalling Failure in Underground Structures
Advisors: Dr Mehdi Serati and Professor David Williams
Commencement year: 2018

Reza Mottaghi
Program
: PhD
Project title: Investigating the Behavior of Shotcrete under Bi-axial Stress and Impact
Advisors: Dr Mehdi Serati, Professor David Williams and Zhongwei Chen
Commencement year: 2021 

Sasan Moravej
Program: PhD
Project title: Thermo-Mechanical Damage Behavior of Rock Under Polyaxial Stresses
Advisors: Dr Mehdi Serati and Professor David Williams
Commencement year: 2021

Souvik Saha
Program: PhD
Project title: Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Fire-Induced Concrete Spalling Under Biaxial Stresses
List of supervisors: Dr Mehdi Serati, Dr Cristian Maluk and Professor Dipti Ranjan Sahoo
Commencement year: 2020 

Thomas Roper
Program: PhD
Project title: The utility of the observational method in conventional rock tunnelling
Advisors: Dr Jurij Karlsovek, Dr Robert Bertuzzi and Dr Paul Buddery
Commencement year: 2016

Wenqiang Zhang
Program: PhD
Project title: Weather-induced Tailings Desiccation and Salt Uptake
Advisors: Professor David Williams and Dr Chenming Zhang
Commencement year: 2018

Wenran Cao
Program: PhD
Project title: Physical and Geochemical Coupling in a Subterranean Estuary
Advisors: Dr Chenming Zhang and Dr Harald Hofmann
Commencement year: 2020

Ximing Lei
Program: PhD
Project title: Dynamic Behaviour of Railways on Expansive Soil Subgrade under Weather and Loading
Advisors: Professor David Williams and Dr Chenming Zhang
Commencement year: 2019

Zhongyu Xu
Program: PhD
Project title: Evaluation of Shotcrete Shrinkage Behaviour in Underground Environment
Advisors: Dr Jurij Karlovsek and Dr Harry Asche
Commencement year: 2017