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Dr. Subhash Sharma

B.E.(Mech), M.Tech (IITD), PhD (QUT), DIP (VET)
Senior Lecturer - Asset and Maintenance Management, Head of Course
School of Engineering and Technology
Centre for Railway Engineering
(03) 9616 0567
+61433178377 Mobile Phone
120 Spencer St - 3.04
Level 3
About Me

I am currently Head of Course, Asset and Maintenance Management at CQUniversity and working at CQU since 2010. At the core of my heart I am a mechanical engineer. My PhD is in the area of tribologist and I have extensive experience in wear of materials and lubrication of bearings and gears I apply these principles in solving maintenance problems with a proactive approach. Asset management is my where cradle to coffin care of equipment is the  approach that I apply while dealing with engineering assets. I teach condition monitoring and tribology, subject and supervise research projects in these areas. In addition I also supervised PhD students in the area of Rail tribology, Asset management of Electricity distribution system, Alternative fuels and asset management of electric vehicles.  I have teaching and research experience from world renowned institutions such as IIT Delhi, UNCC, USA, NTH Trondheim, Norway, RMIT and Monash University. I have edited published a book on Clean Energy. I am always keen to undertake consulting jobs and reserach collaborative projects in the area of my expertise. 

Qualifications: B.E. (Mech.) Jodhpur University, M. Tech. (Mech.), IIT Delhi, PhD (QUT)

Specialization: Mechanical Engineering specialized in Tribology of Gears and bearings, Asset management and Clean energy.

Research interests: Tribology, Alternative fuels, Asset and maintenance management.


Asset and maintenance management with a focus on tribology of machines is the main area of my research. I am also engaged in the research on alternative fuels. I have executed several sponsored and consulting projects on failure analysis and tribological studies of engineering assets. Oil analysis and lubricant performance are special areas of my industrial research interests.

Universities Studied At

B.E. (Mechanical) - University of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

M.Tech (Mechanical Equipment Design), Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

PhD (Tribology), Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane

CQUniversity Accelerate Program for Research Higher degree supervisors

Grad Dip, RMIT University

Cert IV training and Assessment, RMIT University

Universities Worked At

Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

University of North Carolina, Charlotte, USA

Norwegian Technical University, Trondheim

Imperial College London

Georgia Tech, USA

Monash University, Melbourne

RMIT University Melbourne

CQUniversity (Gladstone/Melbourne) 


Through out scholarship holder from Bachelor's to Ph D degree 

Received Best Research Paper Awarded at National Bearing Conference, Indore, India, 1995.

Vice Chancellors Teaching award 2015

CQU Student Voice award 2016

Media Citations

Previous teaching

RMIT University, Melbourne

Monash University, Melbourne

QUT, Brisbane

Uinversity of North Carolina at Charlotte (NCC), USA

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Delhi) 

Mechanical engineering undergraduate teaching at all levels. Tribology, Condition monitoring  as a specialized postgraduate program and postgraduate maintenance management courses. 

Professional Experience

I took part in more than 20 research projects in the area of wear and lubrication

More than 10 Consulting jobs- failure analysis, condition monitoring, forensic engineering investigations

Supervised more than 30 masters research projects

 supervised 4 PhD students 

underwent training in teh area of tribology at Swansea Tribology Centre, Imperial College, SINTEF, Norway,

Teaching and research experience from following universities of Australia and overseas:

Central Queensland University, 

RMIT University

Monash University, 

Queensland University of Technology

Victoria University, Melbourne

University of North Carolina, Charlotte USA

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

Norwegian Technical University, Trondheim, Norway

Imperial college , London

GeorgiaTech, USA

Danfoss India Limited: Production Engineer

Rajasthan State Transport Corporation: Maintenance Engineer

Professional Memberships

Secretary, American Helicopter Society (AHS) International (Australian Chapter)

Member, Australian Asset Management Council

Life Member, Indian Society of Industrial Tribology (ISIT) 


-Head of Course Asset and Maintenance Management 

-Lecturing: Advanced Conditon Monitoring and Tribology

-Supervising: Masters research thesis and PhD project supervision 

-Nature of job: teaching, research and academic management

Professional Interests

Asset Management

Maintenance Management

Condition Monitoring

Tribology of Bearings

Alternative fuels 

Teaching asset management, tribology and maintenance subjects

reserach supervision and collaborative research 

Key Achievements

Supervised 4 Ph Students

Supervised more than 30 Masters research projects and similar number of undergraduate final year projects.

Designed and developed tribology test rings an interferometry rig for measuring oil film thickness in EHL contacts (was adopted by an industry).

Developed a new Asset and Maintenance Management Program for industry professionals 

Published more than 40 research papers in conference and journals

Authored lecture guides for tribology

organised several industry courses and conferences

Chaired several conference sessions in the area of tribology

Computer Software

Fortran 90


Blackboard, Moodle, Webfuse, Jabber etc.

Industry Reports

Executed more than 2 dozens industry sponsored research projects worth approx 1m A$ and consulting jobs worth $50,000


1-M. G. Rasul, Subhash Sharma, Abul Kalam Azad, Mohammad , Clean Energy for Sustainable Development - , Nov 29, 2016 - Clean energy – Academic Press, ISBN: 978-0-12-805423-9, 610 pages.

2. Several project proposals and project final reports 

Consultancy Work

Rio Tinto, Yarwyn  Bearing failure analysis,

Failure analysis of a textile equipment, Godfrey Textilte Pty. Geelong

Failure analysis of a gas engine- Langord power station, Victoria.

Limited Oil analysis of gear box and bearings

More than a dozen consulting jobs in India - mainly on grease characterisation, condition monitoring of a battle tank, Wear characterisation of materials under lubricated conditions. 

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 4017 Mechanical Engineering
  • 4017 Mechanical Engineering
  • 4017 Mechanical Engineering

At the level of Principal Supervisor

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

Mechanical Engineering - Tribology
My research interests are in Tribology, Asset and Maintenance management and Alternative fuels.

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