Research Academics

The Centre's research staff are a group of high achieving academics that are working in disciplines relevant to the Centre's research agenda. Our philosophy is to maintain a mix of early, mid-career, and experienced researchers that have excellent track records.

Centre Director
Professor Samali's main areas of research includes Structural dynamics and its applications to wind and earthquake engineering and blast loading (in particular structural vibration control caused by environmental loads) and more recently dynamic assessment and health monitoring of bridges and smart building facades as well as special performance concrete.

Professor of Engineering
Theme Director - Structures
Professor Ronagh's research interests include; overwrap repair of subsea pipelines, mitigating the risk of post-earthquake fire failure, innovative construction technologies, hybrid hot-rolled/cold-formed systems, response of composite cold-formed steel-concrete floor systems to vibration, and the progressive collapse of structures.
Hamid Ronagh

Professor of Infrastructure Materials
HDR Director
Theme Director – Materials
Professor Tao’s research interests are in construction materials, steel-concrete composite structures, and structural fire engineering.

Associate Professor of Infrastructure Computations
Honours Co-ordinator
Associate Professor Wang’s research interest is in the area of solid mechanics with particular interest in fracture mechanics, fatigue and fracture of engineering materials and structures, structural dynamics analysis and simulation, heat conduction and thermal and residual stresses, and micro/nanoscale mechanics.

Senior Lecturer in Structural Control
Dr Zhang’s research interests are in structural control, blast resistance and protective engineering.

Senior Lecturer in Infrastructure Engineering
Research Seminar Co-ordinator
Dr Dong's main research interests and technical expertise are simulation and modelling of particulate systems, particularly in particle packing, particle flow, and physical separation of particles.

Lecturer in Structural Reliability
Teaching Co-ordinator
Dr Kang’s research interests are in structural reliability, stochastic damage detection, lifeline system analysis, probabilistic strength models, and systematic treatment of uncertainties.
Won Hee

Lecturer in Structures
Associate HDR Director
Doctor Sharafi's research interests include: structural optimisation, advanced structural systems, modular buildings, prefabricated construction systems, cost optimisation of structures, sustainable structures, computer aided design and parametric design.
Pezhman Sharafi