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Dr Wahid Ferdous

Dr Wahid Ferdous
td>Toowoomba Campus
Name Wahid Ferdous
Position Senior Lecturer (Structural Engineering)
Section School of Engineering
Office Z433
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 Lecturer in the School of Engineering at the University of Southern Queensland (UniSQ). His professional responsibilities involve teaching, research, and service. He is working closely with industry and government projects to carry out research work in the area of Structural Engineering. In his research, he investigates how to efficiently transform landfill wastes into construction materials that promote circular economies and support net zero emissions. Dr Ferdous worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Monash University, University of Melbourne, Imperial College London and UniSQ following his MEng and PhD degrees from UNSW and UniSQ, respectively. His PhD thesis won the Postgraduate Thesis Award 2018 from Engineers Australia and Engineering New Zealand. He published over 50 first quartile (Q1 ranked) journal articles and received over $0.5 million in competitive research grants, including an Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellowship and the Endeavour Research Fellowship.

Fields of Research (FoR)

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

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

Postdoctoral Research
• University of Southern Queensland (2018 - 2022), Australia
• Imperial College London (2017 - 2018), United Kingdom
• The University of Melbourne (2017 - 2017), Australia
• Monash University (2017 - 2017), Australia

Research Interests
• Development of low carbon emission construction materials;
• Transformation of landfill wastes into construction materials;
• Development of sustainable structures using fibre composites;
• Development of durable materials using resin based polymer concrete;
• Understand durability aspects of concrete and composites;
• Understand structural behaviour using finite element modelling.

Journal Editorial Board
• Associate Editor, Frontiers in Built Environment (Construction Materials)

Technical Reviewers
• Composites Part B: Engineering, Elsevier
• Construction & Building Materials, Elsevier
• Engineering Structures, Elsevier
• Materials and Design, Elsevier
• Thin-walled structures, Elsevier
• Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 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), UniSQ, Australia;
3. Top 3 Student Journal Publication Award (2016), Centre for Future Materials, UniSQ, Australia;
4. 3-Minute Pitch Club Challenge Award (2016), UniSQ, Australia;
5. School-Specific Publication Excellence Award (2016), UniSQ, Australia;
6. Higher Degree Research Support (2014 – 2017), Faculty of HES, UniSQ, 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;

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

USQ Research affiliations

  • Centre for Future Materials (CFM)

Currently teaching courses/programs
Current courses
ENG4110 – Engineering Research Methodology (S2, 2022)

Previous courses

CIV8803 – Advanced Mechanics and Technology of Fibre Composites (2019-2020, 2022, UniSQ)

CIV2502 – Structural and Building Technology (2021)
CIV3603 – Construction Methods (2021)
ENG4110 – Engineering Research Methodology (2021)
CIV2605 – Construction Engineering (2021, 2022, UniSQ)
CIV4803 – Mechanics and Technology of Fibre Composites (2019-2020, 2022, UniSQ)
CIV3506 – Concrete Structures (2014-2016, UniSQ)
ZEIT1500 – Statics (2011, UNSW)
Various Civil Engineering Courses (2008-2010, Overseas University)

Teaching experience(Tertiary)
7 Years

Research most recent
Research Grants

Total grants received: AU $500k

1. Ferdous W. “Integrating waste plastics into sleeper for sustainable railway infrastructure” Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellowship, QLD State Government in collaboration with Industry, 2022-2024, AU$290k.

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

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

4. 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.

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

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

Research most notable

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Press Release

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

Publications in ePrints

Salih, Choman ORCID: and Manalo, AllanORCID: and Ferdous, WahidORCID: and Yu, Peng and Heyer, Tom and Schubel, PeterORCID: (2022) Behaviour of timber-alternative railway sleeper materials under five-point bending. Construction and Building Materials, 316:125882. pp. 1-12. ISSN 0950-0618

Yu, Peng and Manalo, AllanORCID: and Ferdous, WahidORCID: and Salih, ChomanORCID: and Heyer, Tom and Schubel, PeterORCID: (2022) Screw lateral restraint behaviour of timber and polymeric based railway sleepers. Engineering Failure Analysis, 139:106514. pp. 1-18. ISSN 1350-6307

Sharda, Arvind and Manalo, AllanORCID: and Ferdous, WahidORCID: and Bai, Yu and Nicol, Lachlan and Mohammed, Ali and Benmokrane, Brajim (2021) Axial compression behaviour of all-composite modular wall system. Composite Structures, 268:113986. pp. 1-18. ISSN 0263-8223

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

Ferdous, Wahid ORCID: and Manalo, AllanORCID: and Salih, ChomanORCID: and Yu, Peng and Abousnina, Rajab and Heyer, Tom and Schubel, PeterORCID: (2021) Behaviour of Polymer Filled Composites for Novel Polymer Railway Sleepers. Polymers, 13 (8):1324. pp. 1-13.

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Research supervisor in the area of:

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