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Dr. Mehdi Mirzababaei

PhD, MSc, BSc, Geotechnical Engineering
Senior Lecturer - Engineering (Visiting academic at Monash University-Clayton campus)
School of Engineering and Technology
Centre for Railway Engineering
120 Spencer Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 - 6.23
About Me

Dr. Mirzababaei is a senior lecturer of Geotechnical Engineering at the Melbourne campus of Central Queensland University since 2016. He has been working as a Project Engineer and a Senior Engineer in Civil/Geotechnical engineering projects between 2004 and 2008. He completed his PhD for a research project with a title of "Reinforcement of Clays using waste carpet fibres" in association with EnviroLink (United Kingdom), a governmental body active in the environmental-related research issues. Later in 2012, he worked on a post-doctoral project to investigate the shear failure of Queensland heavy haul railway networks in collaboration with Aurizon (Australia’s largest rail freight operator). He has published more than 30 journal articles (including articles under review). He serves as an Associate Editor for the ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, Since 2004, he has been active in designing automated (software-controlled) laboratory equipment for geotechnical engineering testing and research. His current research is focused on temperature-related behaviour of stabilised soils and soil stabilisation with novel environmental-friendly materials.

  • 2020-Present: Senior Lecturer, School of Engineering and Technology, Central Queensland University (Melbourne-Australia)
  • 2016-Present: Lecturer, School of Engineering and Technology, Central Queensland University (Melbourne-Australia)
  • 2013-2015: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Engineering and Technology, Central Queensland University (Rockhampton-Australia)
  • 2008-2012: Sessional Lecturer, Faculty of Engineering and Informatics, University of Bradford (Bradford-United Kingdom)
  • 2011-2012: Sessional Lecturer, schools of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, University of East London (London-United Kingdom)Qualifications
  • 2008-2012: PhD, University of Bolton (Bolton-United Kingdom)
  • 2003-2006: MSc., Tarbiat Modares University (Tehran, Iran)
  • 1999-2003: BSc., Shahid Chamran University (Ahvaz, Iran)
  • 2017-Present: Geotechnical Engineering Design (PG Students), Central Queensland University, Australia
  • 2017-2018: Mining Engineering systems and legislation (PG Students), Central Queensland University, Australia
  • 2016-2017: Mine Management & Safety (UG Students), Central Queensland University, Australia
  • 2016-2017: Australian Engineering Practice (PG Students), Central Queensland University, Australia
  • 2013-2016: Geotechnical Engineering (UG Students), Central Queensland University, Australia
  • 2013-2016: Capstone Structure and Geotechnical Engineering (UG Students), Central Queensland University, Australia
  • 2011-2012: Geotechnical Engineering (UG students), University of East London, London, United Kingdom
  • 2008-2012: Advanced Materials (UG students), University of Bradford, Bradford, United Kingdom
  • 2008-2012: Geotechnical Laboratory (UG students), University of Bradford, Bradford, United Kingdom
  • Soil stabilisation with environmental-friendly materials
  • The behaviour of reactive clays
  • Soil reinforcement
  • Thermal behaviour of stabilised clays
  • Railway geotechnology
  • Numerical modelling of geotechnical structures
  • Laboratory large-scale testing of soil-structure interactions
  • Remote sensing and geotechnical field instrumentation
  • Particle Image Velocimetry analysis of geotechnical structures and models
  • Designing advanced closed-loop controlled testing equipment for research
  • Use of IoT in Geotechnical Engineering Practice
  • Associate Editor: ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering (2018-Present)
  • Guest Editor: Special Issue "Stabilisation and Reinforcement of Clays with Environmentally Friendly Materials" (2020)
  • Editorial committee member of GeoChina 2018 conference (July 2018)
  • Editorial Committee member of Transportation Geotechnics and Geoecology Conference (May 2017)
  • Invited lecture by Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China (2018)
  • Invited lecture by Tongji University, Shanghai, China (2018)
  • Invited lecture by Swinburne University of Technology, Australia (2017)
  • Geotextiles and Geomembranes
  • Geosynthetics International
  • Computers and Geotechnics
  • Soil Dynamics
  • ASCE Materials in Civil Engineering
  • Construction and Building Materials
  • Soils and Foundations
  • Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering
  • Applied Clay Science
  • ASTM Testing Journal
  • ICE Ground Improvement
  • Minerals
  • Neural Computing and Applications
  • 2018-2019: CQUniversity, Block grant. Soil stabilisation for mine haul roads (CI), $85,225
  • 2017-2017: Consultancy job for Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland, $5,000
  • 2017-2019: CQUniversity, New Staff Research grant, $14,480
  • 2018: Publon global Peer Reviewer Award (top 1% of global peer reviewers in Engineering)
  • 2018: CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor Award “Publication Recognition”
  • 2018: CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor Award for "Outstanding Student Satisfaction factor"
  • 2016: CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor Award, $1,000 for "Best Practice in Learning and Teaching"
  • 2015: CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor award for "Distance Educator of the Year 2015"
  • 2015: CQUniversity School of Engineering award for "Outstanding Student Satisfaction factor"
  • Triaxial test accessories for upgrading to temperature-controlled test (2019)
  • Apparatus for determining the thermal conductivity coefficient of soil and rock samples (2019)
  • Temperature controlled swell potential testing equipment (Fully Software-controlled, -1.5 to 50°C) (2018)
  • Temperature controlled Consolidation testing equipment (Fully Software-controlled, -4 to 50°C) (2019)
  • Advanced loading frame with closed-loop load/displacement control for small-scale footing test (2017)
  • Pressure panel for the static and dynamic triaxial test (2016)
  • Equipment, software and data logging system for determining the Poisson ratio and E modulus of cylindrical rock samples (2012)
  • Suction probe for measuring negative pore-pressure in slopes (2010)
  • 6-way triaxial pressure panel (2009)

Universities Studied At

University of Bolton

University of Bradford

Universities Worked At

University of Bradford
University of East London


Vice-chancellor’s awards for good practice in learning and teaching (tier 1)

Vice-chancellor’s awards for the outstanding number of research outputs in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Professional Memberships

Australian Geomechanics Society
International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE)
Bowen Basin Underground Geotechnical Society

Professional Interests

Soil reinforcement

Soil treatment

Study the fabric of soils using Scanning Electron Microscopy

Laboratory modelling

Large scale modelling

Numerical modelling

Computer Software



Professional Visual Basic Programming

Developing automated software for data acquisition systems

Industry Reports

Aurizons formation shear failure report


ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering

Consultancy Work

An update of the Hs values for Queensland, Australia to comply with AS2870-2011

Recent Research Projects
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Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 4011 Environmental Engineering
  • 4005 Civil Engineering

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
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Research Interests

Civil Engineering - Civil Geotechnical Engineering

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