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Dr Wahid Ferdous

Dr Wahid Ferdous
Name Wahid Ferdous
Position Senior Research Fellow (Civil Composites)
Section Centre for Future Materials (Research)
Office Z2-107
Location Toowoomba Campus
Phone +61 7 4631 1331
Extension 1331
Qualifications BScCivEng(Hons) Rajshahi UET , GCertEd USQ , MEng UNSW , PhD USQ
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Dr Wahid Ferdous is a Senior Teaching and Research Fellow of the Centre for Future Materials (CFM) at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ). He is working closely with industry and government projects to carry out research work in the area of Structural Engineering, particularly composite structures and construction materials. Before starting at USQ, Dr Ferdous worked at Imperial College London, the University of Melbourne and Monash University as Postdoctoral Research Fellow. He received his PhD degree in Structural Engineering from University of Southern Queensland, MEng from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and BSc in Civil Engineering from Rajshahi University of Engineering & Technology (RUET). Dr Ferdous is the winner of 2018 Postgraduate Thesis Award in Australia and New Zealand for his PhD work, awarded jointly by the Railway Technical Society of Australasia (RTSA), Engineers Australia (EA) and Engineering New Zealand. He also received several competitive awards including Endeavour Postdoctoral Fellowship, Publication Excellence Award and 3-minute Pitch Club Challenge Award during postgraduate study, and University Gold Medal in undergraduate study.

Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Structural Engineering ( 090506 )
  • Construction Materials ( 090503 )
  • Civil Engineering not elsewhere classified ( 090599 )
  • Civil Engineering not elsewhere classified ( 400599 )
  • Structural Engineering ( 400510 )
  • Construction Materials ( 400505 )
  • Civil Engineering ( 400500 )

Research interests
Academic Qualifications
• PhD (2017) - University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Australia
• MEng (2013) - The University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia
• GradCertEd (2016) - University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Australia
• BScEng (2008) - Rajshahi University of Engineering & Technology (RUET), Bangladesh

Postdoctoral Research
• University of Southern Queensland (2018 - present), Australia
• Imperial College London (2018), United Kingdom
• The University of Melbourne (2017), Australia
• Monash University (2017), Australia

Research Interests
• Waste in composites;
• Application of FRP composites in civil construction;
• Resin based polymer concrete and its application;
• Durability aspects of concrete and composites;
• Structural analysis using finite element modelling.

Technical Reviewers
• Composites Part B: Engineering, Elsevier
• Construction & Building Materials, Elsevier
• Engineering Structures, Elsevier
• Engineering Science and Technology - an International Journal, Elsevier
• Thin-walled structures, Elsevier

Academic Awards
1. Postgraduate Thesis Award (2018), Winner in Australia & New Zealand, RTSA, Engineers Australia;
2. Quarterly University-wide Publication Excellence Award (2017 and 2015), USQ, Australia;
3. Top 3 Student Journal Publication Award (2016), Centre for Future Materials, USQ, Australia;
4. 3-Minute Pitch Club Challenge Award (2016), USQ, Australia;
5. School-Specific Publication Excellence Award (2016), USQ, Australia;
6. Higher Degree Research Support (2014 – 2017), Faculty of HES, USQ, Australia;
7. Australian Postgraduate Award (2014 – 2017), for PhD study, Australian Government, Australia;
8. University International Postgraduate Award (2010-2012) for MEng study, UNSW, Australia;
9. University Gold Medal Award (2008), RUET, Bangladesh;
10. University Grants Commission Award (2007), University Grants Commission, Bangladesh;
11. Best Student Award (2004 and 2007), RUET, Bangladesh;
12. UGC Merit Scholarship (2004 – 2008), RUET, Bangladesh.

Professional memberships
Professional Affiliations
• Member – Australian Composite Structures Society (ACSS);
• Member – The Railway Technical Society of Australasia (RTSA);
• Member – Concrete Institute of Australia (CIA).

USQ Research affiliations

  • Centre for Future Materials (CFM)

Currently teaching courses/programs
Current courses
CIV2502 Structural and Building Technology (S2, 2021)
CIV3603 Construction Methods (S2, 2021)
ENG4110 Engineering Research Methodology (S2, 2021)

Previous courses
CIV8803 – Advanced Mechanics and Technology of Fibre Composites (2019-2020, USQ)

CIV2605 Construction Engineering (2021, USQ)
CIV4803 – Mechanics and Technology of Fibre Composites (2019-2020, USQ)
CIV3506 – Concrete Structures (2014-2016, USQ)
ZEIT1500 – Statics (2011, UNSW)
Various Civil Engineering Courses (2008-2010, Overseas University)

Teaching experience(Tertiary)
6 Years

Research most recent
Research Grants

Total grants received: AU $200k

1. Ferdous W. (CI), Mehrinejad M. (PI), Abousnina R. (PI) and Alajarmeh O. (PI). “Value-adding and reusing waste tyres for laminated rubber structures” Capacity Building Grant, University of Southern Queensland, 2020-2021, AU$15k.

2. Manalo A, Ferdous W. and Alajarmeh O. “New generation cable management sleepers” Global Connections Fund-Bridging Grants, 2019: AU $50k.

3. Ferdous W. "Influence of microcracks on the mass transport properties of concrete", Endeavour Research Fellowship, Department of Education and Training, Australian Government, 2017: AU $24.5k.

4. Ferdous W. "Composite railway sleepers-new developments and opportunities", Faiveley Transport Company, 2015: AU $1.5k.

5. Manalo A and Ferdous W. “Innovative rail fastening systems for fibre composite railway sleepers” Enterprise Connect Research, 2013: AU $109k.

Research most notable

Google Scholar:


Press Release

1. USQ Researcher Wins Award for Composite Railway Sleeper Study, NetComposites (United Kingdom), May 29, 2018

Publications in ePrints

Zangana, Sartip and Epaarachchi, Jayantha and Ferdous, WahidORCID: and Leng, Jinsong and Schubel, Peter (2021) Behaviour of continuous fibre composite sandwich core under low-velocity impact. Thin-Walled Structures, 158:107157. pp. 1-11. ISSN 0263-8231

Manalo, Allan and Maranan, Ginghis and Benmokrane, Brahim and Cousin, Patrice and Alajarmeh, Omar and Ferdous, WahidORCID: and Liang, Ray and Hota, Gangarao (2021) Comparative durability of GFRP composite reinforcing bars in concrete and in simulated concrete environments. Cement and Concrete Composites, 109:103564. pp. 1-14. ISSN 0958-9465

Mohammed, Ali A. and Manalo, Allan and Ferdous, WahidORCID: and Abousnina, Rajab and Alajarmeh, Omar and Vijay, P.V. and Benmokrane, Brahim (2021) Design considerations for prefabricated composite jackets for structural repair: Parametric investigation and case study. Composite Structures, 261:113288. pp. 1-14. ISSN 0263-8223

Ferdous, Wahid ORCID: and Manalo, Allan and Siddique, Rafat and Mendis, Priyan and Zhuge, Yan and Wong, Hong S. and Lokuge, WeenaORCID: and Aravinthan, Thiru and Schubel, Peter (2021) Recycling of landfill wastes (tyres, plastics and glass) in construction – A review on global waste generation, performance, application and future opportunities. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 173:105745. pp. 1-13. ISSN 0921-3449

Ferdous, Wahid ORCID: and Manalo, Allan and Alajarmeh, Omar and Mohammed, Ali A. and Salih, Choman and Yu, Peng and Mehrinejad Khotbehsara, Mojdeh and Schubel, Peter (2021) Static behaviour of glass fibre reinforced novel composite sleepers for mainline railway track. Engineering Structures, 229:111627. pp. 1-11. ISSN 0141-0296

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Approved research supervisor in the area of:

  • Structural Engineering ( 090506 )
  • Construction Materials ( 090503 )
  • Civil Engineering not elsewhere classified ( 090599 )
  • Civil Engineering not elsewhere classified ( 400599 )
  • Structural Engineering ( 400510 )
  • Construction Materials ( 400505 )