Skip to main content

Dr Ian Craig

Dr Ian Craig
Name Ian Craig
Position Lecturer (Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Section School of Agriculture and Environmental Science
Office Z317A
Location Toowoomba Campus
Phone +61 7 4631 2807
Extension 2807
Qualifications BSc DerbyshireCHE , MSc Cranfield IT , PhD Cranfield IT

Ian holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering, awarded at Cranfield University UK in 1991, and has now accumulated ~30 years in university based teaching and research. After post-doctoral studies at Imperial College London, Ian relocated to the University of Queensland in 1996. Based at UQ Gatton Campus for five years, Ian carried out atmospheric dispersion modelling and summer season field measurements associated with the aerial application of pesticides. In 2003 Ian joined the National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture (NCEA), University of Southern Queensland (USQ) and participated in Rural Water Use Efficiency and CRC-Irrigation Futures funded research programs. From 2007-9, Ian worked for the Queensland Government Cloud Seeding Campaign. Ian now lectures for USQ Health, Engineering and Sciences in Environmental Engineering and Sustainability. His primary focus is pesticide environmental impacts and modelling, under research codes 0907 Environmental Engineering, and 0502 Environmental Management.

Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Environmental Engineering not elsewhere classified ( 090799 )
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering not elsewhere classified ( 090699 )
  • Water Resources Engineering ( 090509 )
  • Water Resources Engineering ( 400513 )
  • Electrical Engineering not elsewhere classified ( 400899 )
  • Environmental Engineering not elsewhere classified ( 401199 )
  • Electrical Engineering ( 400800 )
  • Environmental Engineering ( 401100 )
  • Civil Engineering ( 400500 )

Research interests
Atmosphere, Climate, Water and Soil
Environmental Impacts and Sustainability
Dispersion Modelling of Pesticides, Odour and Dust
Stored Water Evaporation Mitigation Technology
Permeable Reactive Barriers for groundwater cleanup

Professional memberships
Engineers Australia Society for Engineering in Agriculture (SEAg)
Engineers Australia - Sustainable Engineering Society (SES)
Australian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE)

Industry affiliations
Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand (CASANZ)
Australian Research Council Network for Earth System Science (ARCNESS)
Australian Centre for Sustainable Catchments (ACSC)

USQ Research affiliations

  • Institute for Agriculture and the Environment (IAgE)
  • International Centre for Applied Climate Sciences (ICACS)
  • National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture (NCEA)

Currently teaching courses/programs
components of :-
ENG2002 Technology, Sustainability and Society (Examiner)
ENV4204 Environmental Technology (AE, Air/Noise component)
ENV3105 Hydrology
AGR3903 Soil and Water Engineering Practice 2

Teaching experience(Tertiary)
10 Years

Teaching experience(Other)
5 Years

Research most recent
Craig, I.P. Hewitt, A, and Terry, H. 2014. Rotary atomiser design requirements for optimum pesticide application efficiency. Crop Protection 66 34-39

Craig, I.P., Bundschuh, J. and Thorpe, D., 2015. Pesticide Sustainable Management Practice (SMP) including porous biochar/geopolymer structures for contaminated water remediation. Int. J. of GEOMATE 9(2) 1523-1527

Craig I, Shiau J, and Erdei L 2012. Contaminated soil/groundwater remediation using Permeable Reactive Barrier (PRB) techniques. Engineers Australia - Southern Region Engineering Conference, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, 30 August 2012. Paper no. SREC2012-2A-4

Research most notable
Craig, I.P. 2006 Comparison of precise water depth measurements on agricultural storages with open-water evaporation estimates. Agricultural Water Management 85 193-200.

Craig, I.P. 2004 The GDS model a rapid computational technique for the calculation of aircraft spray drift buffer distances. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture 43 : 235-250

Craig, I. 2003. The Spinning Pins Nozzle; A New Controlled Droplet Applicator for Aircraft. IP Australia Application Number AU200163597B2 Patent Number 779967. Published 2003.02.27.

Craig I.P., Woods N, Dorr, G. 2002 Book chapter on Aerial Application. Pimentels Encyclopedia of Pest Management - a volume of Dekkers Agropedia Reference Set

Woods, N., Craig, I.P. and Dorr. G.J. 2001 Spray drift of pesticides arising from aerial application in cotton. Journal of Environmental Quality 30 : 697-701

Publications in ePrints

Thorpe, David S. and Craig, Ian (2019) Challenging students in teaching sustainable engineering - initiatives in the technology, sustainability and society course at USQ. In: 30th Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE 2019): Educators Becoming Agents of Change: Innovate, Integrate, Motivate, 8-11 Dec 2019, Brisbane, Australia.

Pittaway, Pam and Hancock, Nigel and Scobie, MichaelORCID: and Craig, Ian (2018) Minimising evaporation loss from irrigation storages. In: Advances in agricultural machinery and technologies. Taylor & Francis (CRC Press), Boca Raton, United States, pp. 289-306. ISBN 978-1-4987-5412-5

Dang, Aaditi and Silburn, Mark and Craig, Ian and Shaw, Melanie and Foley, Jenny (2016) Washoff of residual photosystem II herbicides from sugar cane trash under a rainfall simulator. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 64 (20). pp. 3967-3974. ISSN 0021-8561

Craig, Ian P. and Bundschuh, Jochen and Thorpe, David (2015) Pesticide sustainable management practice (SMP) including porous biochar/geopolymer structures for contaminated water remediation. International Journal of GEOMATE, 9 (18). pp. 1523-1527. ISSN 2186-2982

Craig, Ian and Shiau, JimORCID: and Erdei, Laszlo (2012) Contaminated soil/groundwater remediation using Permeable Reactive Barrier (PRB) techniques. In: 2012 Qld Southern Regional Engineering Conference (SREC 2012), 1 Sep 2012, Toowoomba, Australia.

View full listing in ePrints