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Dr. Thuraichamy Suntharavadivel

B.Sc.Eng., M.Eng., PhD, MIEAust
Lecturer in Civil Engineering (Structural)
School of Engineering and Technology
Centre for Railway Engineering
Rockhampton North
Building 30 - Room 1.09
About Me

Kumaran is a Lecturer in Civil (Structural) Engineering at the Central Queensland University. He completed his Bachelor of the Science of Engineering (B.Sc.Eng.) in Civil Engineering from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and completed Master of Engineering and PhD from the University of Tokyo, Japan and the University of Southern Queensland, Australia respectively. Prior to joining CQUniversity in 2009, he worked as a Structural Engineering in an engineering consultant company in Brisbane. 

Kumaran has research interest in Sustainable Concrete Materials, Structural Rehabilitation and Application of FRP in Structural Engineering. He has published over 30 publication in international journals and conferences. 

Universities Studied At

University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

University of Tokyo, Japan 

University of Southern Queensland, Australia 

Universities Worked At

University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

University of Southern Queensland, Australia


Publication Recognition Award [Central Queensland University] in recognition of the outstanding number of research outputs in the authorship of journal publications, 2019

Student Voice Award for Educator of the Year [Central Queensland University] in recognition of outstanding student satisfaction and retention, 2015 and 2017

Student Voice Award for Distance Educator of the Year [Central Queensland University] in recognition of outstanding distance student satisfaction, 2015 and 2017

Vice-Chancellor’s Award [Central Queensland University] for Good Practice in Learning and Teaching (Tier 1), 2013

Professional Experience

Worked as a Structural Engineer in Australia and Sri Lanka.

Professional Memberships

Member, Institution of Engineers Australia

Member, Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE)


Academic Lead/Discipline Leader, Civil Engineering

Responsible for ensuring that, within civil engineering discipline, excellence in discipline specialisation curricula design, development and delivery is achieved in accordance with the requirements of the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) and Engineering Australia's competencies.

Professional Interests

Sustainable Concrete
Structural Rehabilitation
Finite Element Analysis (FEM) - Concrete
Structural Health Monitoring

Computer Software

Structural Engineering Softwares: Abaqus, Strand7, Spacegass

General Engineering Softwares: AutoCAD

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • Materials Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Engineering Design

At the level of Principal Supervisor

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

Civil Engineering - Structural Engineering
Rehabilitation of Structures Application of FRP in Structural Engineering Sustainability in Engineering Materials

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