The University of Newcastle, Australia

The University of Newcastle ranked in the world's top 150 for Engineering - Civil and Structural

The University of Newcastle Australia's Civil and Structural Engineering discipline has been ranked in the top 150 in the world by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.

From designing energy and transport infrastructure, to more reliable water supplies, safer deep-sea pipelines and ways to protect our naval fleet, our civil engineers are finding innovative solutions that make our world better.

Our students draw inspiration from our world-recognised educators and researchers.

Tackling the area of water security, Professor George Kuczera applies statistical methods in hydrology and water resources to develop groundbreaking support systems – mitigating the risks of both flood and drought.

His colleague Associate Professor George Kouretzis takes a geotechnical approach to examining the behavior of pipelines crossing soil deposits that are sensitive to environmental and climate change effects, areas susceptible to mine subsidence, or zones of high seismic activity.

Laureate Professor Scott Sloan, School of Engineering

Laureate Professor Scott Sloan’s work to develop faster and more efficient methods of calculating the load capacity for buildings and structures has drawn acclaim from around the world. Sloan is the founding director of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence in Geotechnical Science and Engineering and also leads the University's Priority Research Centre for Geotechnical Science and Engineering. Sloan and his team have secured more than $28 million in external research grant funding. His research provides practising engineers with tools to design cheaper and safer civil engineering infrastructure. In collaboration with Dr Brett Turner, he has recently patented a new method to remove contamination caused by chemicals in firefighting foams using hemp seed powder. Sloan has just been appointed to Officer of the Order of Australia for his contributions to research and education in the field of Geotechnical Engineering.

Professor Daichao Sheng is the Co-Director of the Priority Research Centre for Geotechnical Science and Engineering. He recently secured $400,000 from the Australian Research Council for a 2018 Discovery Project that aims to develop a risk assessment tool for slope failures or landslides. The findings will help reduce the societal and economic costs caused by landslides, achieved through better engineering guidelines and government regulations for landslide risk management.

University of Newcastle researchers from across the full spectrum of engineering disciplines are committed to advancing the technologies and processes that support the mining and minerals industry to become safer, more efficient and sustainable.

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