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Shah Neyamat Ullah

Lecturer Engineering (Civil)
School of Engineering and Technology
Gladstone Marina
GEC 608 - G09
Bryan Jordan Drive, Gladstone Marina
About Me

I obtained my first degree in Civil Engineering from Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (CUET), Bangladesh and a PhD from the University of Western Australia (UWA). Prior to joining CQUniversity, I've worked as a Post-Doctoral research fellow at the National University of Singapore (NUS). My research focuses on various aspects of geotechnical engineering and computational geomechanics. Working at the Centre for Offshore foundation Systems at UWA, I've developed particular skills related to large deformation finite element modelling and analytical-theoretical modelling. In 2018, together with colleagues at NUS and American Bureau of Shipping,Houston,Texas (ABS), I've developed a ground breaking computational approach that allows pore fluid-soil-structure coupled large strain modelling, in full three dimensions within the finite element framework. The work has been published in Elsevier journal Computers and Geotechnics. 

My article discussing how large the test box should be-when testing foundations in the laboratory won the 2018 ICE (Institution of Civil Engineers, UK) Thomas Telford Premium Award, for best journal paper published in the International Journal of Physical Modelling in Geotechnics (IJPMG). I've also received the CQUniversity Vice Chancellor publication recognition award in 2018 and the Educator of the Year award in 2019 and 2020 for teaching the undergraduate geotechnical engineering courses.

My research currently focuses on developing new foundation technologies and various soil-structure interaction problems. I'm also deeply involved in research related to pavement geotechnics, geosynthetic-soil interaction for railway applications, mine tailings and computational geomechanics focused on large deformation modelling. 

At CQU, I teach the undergraduate Geotechnical Engineering Courses (ENEC12008, ENEC14014) in the second and fourth year. My unique 'step zero' pedagogical approach, where I blend proven educational strategies with philosophy and psychology in explaining esoteric engineering concepts has been well received by students.

Research higher degree supervision : Yes, please contact me at

Universities Studied At

  • Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (CUET)
  • Politecnico di Milano (Polimi)
  • University of Western Australia (UWA)

Universities Worked At

  • University of Western Australia (UWA)
  • National University of Singpaore (NUS)


Student Voice Commendation for teaching the undergraduate geotechnical courses, 2019 and 2020.

ICE, Thomas Telford Premium award for best journal paper published in the International Journal of Physical Modelling in Geotechnics, 2018

· Outreach for engineers scholarship from OOAE (Ocean Offshore and Arctic division of American Society of Mechanical Engineers ASME), 2012.

· Received fully funded scholarship from the University of Western Australia for doctoral research, 2011.

· PhD support scholarship from COFS University of Western Australia, 2011.

· DSU scholarship from Politecnico di Milano Italy, 2010.

· Sweden –Bangladesh educational trust award, 2010-2011.

· Engineer Khurshid Anwar memorial award (silver medal and cash prize), 2009 for securing 2nd merit position at the undergraduate level.

· CUET teachers association award (TAA), 2004 for standing first in merit in the first term at CUET.

· Technical board scholarship (8 times) from Bangladesh vocational education board for being in the merit list in each semester at the undergraduate level.

Previous teaching

University of Western Australia:

  • Geomechanics and Geotechnical engineering:from theory to practice.
  • Shear behavior of soils and critical state soil mechanics.
  • Site investigation and laboratory testing of geomaterials.
  • Large deformation Finite Element modelling of various soil-structure interaction problems.
  • Numerical programming in Matlab and Fortran.

Stamford University Bangladesh:

  • Geology and Geomorphology
  • Transportation engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering/Foundation design
  • Design of Steel Structures
  • Structural Analysis and design of reinforced concrete
  • Engineering Materials
  • Computer aided drawing (AutoCAD)

Key Achievements

  • Developing a bearing capacity model for foundation in multi-layer soil stratigraphies, published in Geotechnique: Click here
  • Developing a revolutionizing three dimensional (3D) computational approach for large soil deformation within an effective stress framework: Click here

Computer Software

  • Abaqus
  • Afena
  • Matlab
  • Plaxis

Recent Research Projects
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Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 4005 Civil Engineering
  • 4016 Materials Engineering

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
Current Supervision
Master of Engineering
Numerical modelling of geocell reinforced soil
Principal Supervisor
Doctor of Philosophy
Numerical Modelling of Disturbance Effects for Helical Piles Installed in Sand
Principal Supervisor
Master of Engineering
Optimisation of Reinforcement in Double Brick Walls for Improved Vertical Bending Capacity
Associate Supervisor
Research Interests
Earth Sciences

Geology - Marine Geoscience


Civil Engineering - Civil Geotechnical Engineering


Civil Engineering - Structural Engineering


Civil Engineering - Transport Engineering


Maritime Engineering - Ocean Engineering


Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy - Geomechanics and Resources Geotechnical Engineering

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