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Dr. Benjamin Taylor

Associate Professor/Head of College - Engineering and Aviation
School of Engineering and Technology
13 - G.11
About Me

I am a Chartered Professional Engineering (Civil and Management) with a PhD in water resources management. I have been involved in several research collaborations investigating innovative water use in domestic, commercial and agricultural sectors. Recent and current projects focused on smart water metering, irrigation water efficiency in agriculture, enhancing the environmental benefits of urban rainwater harvesting, developing an innovative carbon-negative green energy to adapt our built environment to the natural world, and several humanitarian engineering projects.

As the Head of College (Engineering and Aviation), I am privileged to lead the development and delivery of courses for staff and students throughout Australia. Our Aviation team is located in Cairns, delivering undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Aviation Management and Flight Operations. Our Engineering team stretches from Cairns to Melbourne, with staff and students working online or based on our Mackay, Rockhampton, Gladstone, Bundaberg, Brisbane and Sydney campuses. Our engineering team delivers undergraduate and postgraduate courses renowned for exemplary graduate work-readiness thanks to extensive partnerships with the engineering industry.

I enjoy working at CQU as their strategic plan and mission reflect my values to support staff, students, and communities. Based in Bundaberg, I also enjoy teaching the foundation of engineering practice, creative engineering, and Honours thesis projects, which create tangible outcomes and promote engineering career opportunities in the local community.

Universities Studied At

University of Southern Queensland


Universities Worked At

University of Southern Queensland



2012 Recipient of an International Water Association scholarship to solely represent Australian post graduate research concerning water resources management at the IWA inaugural publications writing workshop hosted by the Universiti of Teknologi Malaysia.

2012 Selected alumni representative of the Australia-Korea Next Generation Leaders Program and participating 2012 delegate in the Korean’s reciprocal tour of Australia’s water resources management practice.

2011 Selected delegate in the Australia-Korea Next Generation Leaders Program convened by the International Leaders Program of Sydney University, with the assignment of establishing ongoing exchanges with the Republic of Korea during our two-week tour of Korean water resources management practice.

2010 Recipient of the National Student Environmental Engineering and Sustainability Prize awarded by the Society for Sustainability and Environmental Engineering – Engineers Australia.

2009 Recipient of Queensland’s undergraduate thesis of the year in the field of sustainable engineering, awarded by the Society for Sustainability and Environmental Engineering – Engineers Australia.

2009 Recipient of a postgraduate research scholarship at the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility – Water Resources and Freshwater Biodiversity Network, jointly sponsored by Griffith University and the University of Southern Queensland.

2009 Recipient of first class honours degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Southern Queensland.

Professional Memberships

Member of Engineers Australia
Member of the International Water Association
Member of the Australian Water Association
Member of the Society for Sustainability and Environmental Engineering

Professional Interests

My professional interests include: engineering education, water sensitive urban design, water resources management, urban hydrology, rainwater harvesting, urban stream restoration and behavioural mass-balance simulation. 

Computer Software

UrbanTank – A mass balance behavioural simulator of dual-duty rainwater tanks optimised for providing an alternative water supply while restoring desirable stream hydrology in urban catchments. I am also fluent in many programming languages.

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 4005 Civil Engineering
  • 4099 Other Engineering

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
Current Supervision
Master of Research
Environmental Geology and Heavy Metal Contamination of the Lake Alford Sub-catchment, Gympie, Queensland.
Associate Supervisor
Doctor of Philosophy
Evaluating hygromorphic energy for a variety of applications including rainwater harvesting in urban communities with inclusive social assessment on its viability.
Principal Supervisor
Research Interests

Curriculum and Pedagogy - Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy


Civil Engineering - Water Resources Engineering

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