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Dr. Farzaneh Tahmoorian

PhD (WSU); M.Eng (UTS); B.Sc. (IKIU)
Senior Lecturer - Civil Transport
School of Engineering and Technology
Centre for Railway Engineering
Mackay Ooralea
Level 1 - Room 17
Building 24
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Dr Farzaneh Tahmoorian has worked as a site engineer and project manager in many construction projects. She obtained her Master Degree from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), followed by her PhD in "Application of Waste Materials in Flexible Pavements" from Western Sydney University in Australia. Farzaneh has worked significantly on the utilisation of various waste materials in asphalt mixes and has been researching a novel approach for the mix design of asphalt pavements whereby the asphalt mix exhibited enhancements in durability, performance, and with reduced cost. The outcome of her research has demonstrated a 6% reduction in bitumen consumption.

Dr Tahmoorian is the Leader of the Civil Engineering and Built Environment Research Group (CEBERG) at CQUniversity. She is an expert in road and pavement materials. Tahmoorian has established and manages the CQU Pavement Lab, which is located in Mackay and is equipped with a wide range of laboratory equipment for testing asphalt mix, bitumen, and other pavement materials. She has also developed the field testing facilities at Mackay Ooralea Campus for transitioning from laboratory to field conditions and involving the time-based performance monitoring of different projects.

Farzaneh is the Editor-in-Chief of the Australian Journal of Modernity in Road and pavement Engineering and a regular reviewer of several international journals. She also serves as Editor for the Journal of Engineering Solid Mechanics. Farzaneh has published over 25 peer-reviewed Journal and Conference papers (including articles under review) on the topic of asphalt mixes and sustainable asphalt and concrete pavements. Dr Tahmoorian has been involved in several independent and collaborative research projects. She has received $80,000 CAT-3 industry fund and $130,000 university fund to expand her research on the pavement area.

Her research and practical interests include asphalt mix design, binder modification, concrete pavement, ground improvement techniques for road and railway lines, pavement engineering, road and transport engineering, sustainability and circular economy, life cycle analysis of innovative construction materials, and waste management.


Universities Studied At

  • 2015-2018: Ph.D., Western Sydney University (WSU, Australia)
  • 2013-2015: M.Eng., University of Technology Sydney (UTS, Australia)
  • 1996-2001: B.Sc., International University of Qazvin (Iran)

Universities Worked At

  • 2022-Present: Senior Lecturer, School of Engineering and Technology, Central Queensland University (CQU)
  • 2018-2022: Lecturer, School of Engineering and Technology, Central Queensland University (CQU)
  • 2015-2018: Sessional Lecturer, Schools of Computing, Engineering, and Mathematics, Western Sydney University (WSU)


§ Australian Postgraduate Award, 2015

§ Western Sydney Top-up Award, 2015

Professional Interests

  • Asphalt mix design
  • Concrete and asphalt pavements
  • Binder modification
  • Sustainable concrete
  • Ground improvement techniques for roadways
  • Pavement engineering
  • Road and transport engineering
  • Life cycle analysis of construction materials
  • Waste management and sustainability


  • Australian Journal of Modernity in Road and pavement Engineering (Editor-in-Chief)
  • Journal of Engineering Solid Mechanics (Editor)
  • Book "Use of Sandy Materials in Civil Engineering" (Editor)

Recent Research Projects
HH30 - Ballast Stiffness Monitoring Device Investigation - Stage 1
From: 01/12/2020 to 28/01/2022
Grant: Contract Research (Category 3: Industry and Other)
Funding Scheme: ACRI - Australasian Centre for Rail Innovation
Total Funding: $87,039.00
Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 4016 Materials Engineering
  • 4199 Other Environmental Sciences
  • 4005 Civil Engineering
  • 4099 Other Engineering
  • 4106 Soil Sciences

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
Current Supervision
Master of Research
Life cycle cost analysis of modular prefabricated pavement
Principal Supervisor
Master of Research
Speed up construction processes with modular methods
Associate Supervisor
Master of Research
Analyzing natural disaster risk management approach to emergency preparedness: A case study
Associate Supervisor
Master of Engineering
Effects of Geocell and Geogrid inclusion in railway ballast stabilisation
Associate Supervisor
Research Interests

Civil Engineering - Infrastructure Engineering and Asset Management
Pavement Engineering, Asphalt Mix Design, Pavement Improvement and Stabilization


Materials Engineering - Materials Engineering not elsewhere classified
recycled construction materials

Environmental Sciences

Environmental Science and Management - Environmental Impact Assessment
Life Cycle Assessment and Cost Analysis of Construction Projects

Environmental Sciences

Other Environmental Sciences - Environmental Sciences not elsewhere classified
Waste Management and Sustainability

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