Three new academic staff for civil
28 July 2008
Liaquat Hossain joins us from the School of Information Technology as an Associate Professor. He is currently the Associate Dean Postgraduate Coursework, and will take on the additional role of Director of our Project Management Graduate Programme.
Liaquat will also taking a leadership role in our undergraduate BE (Project Enginnering and Management) (PEM) stream.
Liaquat isinterested in the area of social networks theory and analytical methods, coordination theory, computer supported cooperative work and human and computer interactions.
In particular,his research focusesexploring (modeling and empirical investigation) the effects of different types of social network structures and patterns of information technology use on group behavior, coordination, individual and organisational performance from a theoretical and an applied perspective.
Luming Shen has been appointed as Senior Lecturer in the structures group. Luming received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Tongji University in China and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in USA.
He was a structural engineer (building structures design) in Shanghai Research Institute of Building Sciences, China, from April 1997 to August 1999.
Prior to joining Monash University in January 2006, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He joins us at The University of Sydney as Senior Lecturer in July 2008.
Luming currently holds an ARC Discovery Grant on the topic of 'Multi-Scale Model-Based Simulation of Glass Fragmentation under Blast Loading'.
Luming will be teaching our first year cohort in the unit Engineering Mechanics.
Hao Zhang has been appointed Lecturer in the structures goup.
Hao obtained his BE and ME degrees in 1998 and 2001, respectively, from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. At Georgia Institute of Technology, Dr. Zhang completed his PhD degree in Civil Engineering in 2005. Prior to joining the University of Sydney in 2008, he spent three years in Uzun & Case Engineers, Atlanta, USA as a structural engieer. His responsibilities include modeling, analysis and design of concrete, steel and post-tensioned structures. Representative projects include high-rise concrete buildings in high seismic hazard regions.
Dr. Zhang's primary research interests lie in uncertainty modeling in structural engineering with both probabilistic and non-probabilistic approaches, structural reliability analysis, risk assessment and performance-based design.
Dr. Zhang is a member of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), a member of Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), and a member of Structural Engineers Association of Georgia (SEAOG).
Hao's first teaching duties will be to our second year unit Introduction to Structural Concepts and Design.