Pūhanga Metarahi me te Rawa Taiao | Civil & Natural Resources Engineering

69 Creyke Road
University of Canterbury
Christchurch
New Zealand

 

Phone: +64 3 369 3113
Fax: +64 3 364 2758
Email: enquiries@civil.canterbury.ac.nz

Academic staff

Anthony Abu

Associate Professor
FENZ Structural Fire Engineering; Director of Studies (Fire)
Fields of Research:
- Design of structures in fire conditions
- Design of steel, composite steel and concrete ...

Larry Bellamy

Ada Rutherford Professor of Architectural Engineering
Fields of Research:
- Building energy engineering
- Sustainable building materials and design
- Building envelopes ...

Ricardo Bello-Mendoza

Senior Lecturer
Humanitarian Engineering (Co-director)
Fields of Research:
- Anaerobic processes for wastewater treatment and bioenergy production
- Degradation of water ...

Brendon Bradley

Professor in Earthquake Engineering
Director of QuakeCoRE
Fields of Research:
- Seismic hazard analysis and ground motion prediction
- Seismic risk and loss analysis and ...

Tom Cochrane

Professor
Deputy Head of Department
Fields of Research:
- Hydrology
- Hydropower
- Water resources modelling
- Sediment transport and ...

Reagan Chandramohan

Senior Lecturer
Fields of Research:
- Seismic Hazard, Risk, and Reliability Assessment
- Performance-Based Earthquake ...

Frances Charters

Senior Lecturer
Parental leave 2021
Fields of Research:
- Stormwater quality characterisation
- Stormwater quality modelling
- Stormwater treatment

Gabriele Chiaro

Associate Professor
Deputy Postgraduate Research Director
Fields of Research:
- Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
- Environmental Geotechnics
- Constitutive Modeling for ...

Misko Cubrinovski

Professor
Fields of Research:
- Geotechnical earthquake engineering
- Soil liquefaction: evaluation and remediation
- Seismic ...

Mark Davidson

Professor
Fields of Research:
- Environmental fluid mechanics
- Wastewater disposal

Roger Dawe

Lecturer (Teaching and Administration only)
Surveying Part-time lecturer

Tonny de Vries

Senior Lecturer
Research Interests:
Irrigation engineering, climate change, water resources engineering, agriculture

David Dempsey

Senior Lecturer
Fields of Research:
- Volcano eruption forecasting
- Magma hydrothermal systems
- Geothermal fields
- Induced ...

Rajesh Dhakal

Professor
Deputy Head of Department
Fields of Research:
- Seismic performance of non-structural elements (SPONSE)
- Low-damage building ...

Mr Matthew Dudzik

Architect in Residence
Research Interests:
In addition to being Architect in Residence at UC's Department of Civil & Natural Resources Engineering, I am the Creative Director of DUDZIK ...

Charles Fleischmann

Professor
Fields of Research:
- Compartment fire modelling
- Fire dynamics
- Fire engineering

Brian Guo

Senior Lecturer
Construction Management Director of Studies
Fields of Research:
- Smart construction site
- Construction health and safety
- Building performance design and ...

Matthew Hughes

Senior Lecturer
Humanitarian Engineering (Co-director)
Fields of Research:
- Disaster risk and resilience
- Disaster impacts on ecosystems, infrastructure systems and ...

Mehdi Keyvan-Ekbatani

Senior Lecturer
Fields of Research:
- Urban and Motorway Traffic Flow Modelling and Control
- Traffic state estimation
- Automated ...

Simone Larcher

Lecturer
2nd Pro Co-ordinator
Fields of Research:
- Removal of emerging contaminants and endocrine disrupting compounds
- Low-impact wastewater ...

Pedro Lee

Professor
On Sabbatical 2021
Fields of Research:
- Flow hydraulics of open compound channels
- System control theory for fault detection in ...

Robin Lee

Lecturer
Fields of Research:
- Earthquake engineering
- Earthquake ground motions
- Numerical simulations

Chin-Long Lee

Senior Lecturer
Fields of Research:
- Earthquake Engineering
- Nonlinear Structural Analysis
- Structural Dynamics and ...

Derek Li

Lecturer
Fields of Research:
- non-destructive testing
- Smart water systems
- energy harvesting
- renewable energy
- acosutic ...

Minghao Li

Associate Professor
3rd Pro Co-ordinator
Fields of Research:
- Structural timber engineering
- Earthquake engineering
- Low-damage timber ...

Tom Logan

Lecturer
Civil Systems Engineering
Fields of Research:
- Climate adaptation
- Risk science
- Urban planning
- Natural hazards
- Infrastructure ...

Giuseppe Loporcaro

Lecturer
Architectural Engineering
Fields of Research:
- Building Information Modelling (BIM) and parametric design
- Low-cycle fatigue of ...

Gregory MacRae

Associate Professor
Fields of Research:
- Structural Design Approaches
- Earthquake Engineering
- Structural Dynamics
- Low Damage ...

Ian Mason

Research Fellow in Energy Engineering and Carbon Management
Director, Renewable Energy Programme
Fields of Research:
- Sustainable energy systems
- Energy systems modelling
- Carbon management

Craig McConnochie

Lecturer
Fields of Research:
- Environmental fluid dynamics
- Turbulent plumes
- Natural ventilation
- Convection
- Climate ...

Chris McGann

Senior Lecturer
Director of Studies, Undergraduate
Fields of Research:
- Structural and geotechnical earthquake engineering
- Constitutive modeling
- Numerical ...

Mark Milke

Professor
Fields of Research:
- Solid waste (rubbish) management
- Environmental engineering
- Systems, decision, and risk ...

Daniel Nilsson

Professor
Head of Department
Fields of Research:
- Human Behaviour in Fire
- Emergency Evacuation
- Way-finding Systems
- Emergency Notification ...

Aisling O'Sullivan

Associate Professor
Fields of Research:
- Clean Water Treatment Technologies
- Water Quality Monitoring and Modelling
- Life Cycle ...

Markus Pahlow

Senior Lecturer
2nd Pro Co-ordinator
Fields of Research:
- Engineering Hydrology
- Water Resources Management
- Sustainable Development

Alessandro Palermo

Professor
Postgraduate Research Director
Fields of Research:
- Bridge Engineering
- Seismic resistant low-damage technologies
- Post-tensioned timber ...

Dennis Pau

Lecturer
Fire Engineering
Fields of Research:
- Pyrolysis and oxidative thermal decomposition of combustibles
- Prediction of fire spread ...

Rebecca Peer

Lecturer
Civil Systems Engineering
Fields of Research:
- Sustainability
- Energy systems
- Water systems
- Climate change
- Data science

Santiago Pujol

Professor
Research Interests:
Santiago Pujol is Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Canterbury. Prior to moving to New Zealand, he was Professor of Civil ...

Mofreh Saleh

Professor
On Sabbatical 2021
Fields of Research:
- Asphaltic concrete materials
- Finite elements modelling for pavement materials
- Pavement ...

Allan Scott

Associate Professor
Fields of Research:
- Durability of reinforced concrete structures
- Concrete materials
- Corrosion of metals

Eric Scheepbouwer

Senior Lecturer
Fields of Research:
- Construction
- Project Management
- Cost Engineering
- Risk Management

Tim Sullivan

Professor
Director of Studies (Earthquake Engineering) Taught Masters Programme Director
Fields of Research:
- Fundamentals of Seismic Design Methods
- Displacement-based design
- Capacity ...

Mark Stringer

Senior Lecturer
1st Pro Director
Fields of Research:
- Liquefaction
- Undisturbed soil sampling
- New Zealand soils

Andres Valencia

Lecturer
Fields of Research:
- Fire engineering
- Fire dynamics
- Wildfires
- Computational Fluid Dynamics
- Sprinkler ...

Daniel van der Walt

Lecturer
Fields of Research:
- Procurement
- Asset Management
- Pavement Engineering
- Network Data
- Construction
- Productivity

David Wareham

Associate Professor
Fields of Research:
- Environmental engineering
- Environmental engineering education
- Biological Nitrogen ...

Elizabeth Ackermann

Senior Department Administrator
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E423
Internal Phone: 94116

Emma Clark

Department Administrator
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E422
Internal Phone: 93395

Jennifer Clayton-Smith

Postgraduate Administrator
Civil/Mechanical L4 Rm E426
Internal Phone: 93398

Olive Dalton

Systems Manager
Room: E212C, Civil/Mech Building
Internal Phone: 93153

Alan Gordon

Development and Operations Manager
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E421
Internal Phone: 94051

Veronika Letufuga

Administrator
Internal Phone: 90407

Catherine O'Shaughnessy

Undergraduate Administrator
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E424
Internal Phone: 95880

Paul Strange

Specialist System Support
Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, E212D
Internal Phone: 93157

Tutors

Roger Chen

Senior Tutor
Julius von Haast 426
Internal Phone: 90062

Kim Parrent

Senior Tutor
Julius von Haast Rm 424
Internal Phone: 94640

Postdoctoral Fellows

Mehrnoush (Maya) Tangestani

Postdoctoral Fellow
Area of Research: Biofabrication of sustainable filters using 3D printing for development of new technology for wastewater treatment
Internal Phone: 91528

Claudio Cappellaro

Postdoctoral Fellow
Area of Research: Geotechnical Engineering
Internal Phone: 91306

Clemence Vannier

Postdoctoral Fellow
Area of Research: Agriculture, environment
Internal Phone: 90349

PhD Students

Bryann Avendano

PhD Candidate
Research Title: The use of Participatory Modelling to integrate social and infrastructure resilience building

Abhirup Basu Roy Chowdhury

PhD Candidate
Research Title: Modelling and Characterisation of Permanent Deformation for Asphalt Concrete Pavements Utilising Modified Wheel Tracker

Vishavendra (Jay) Bhanu

PhD Candidate
Research Title: Incorporating the influence of earthquake ground motion duration in structural design and assessment guidelines

Forrest Bilek

PhD Candidate
Research Title: Performance variability in stormwater treatment systems

Amandine Bosserelle

PhD Candidate
Research Title: Sea-revel rise, groundwater dynamics and impacts on infrastructure systems.

Justin Brown

PhD Candidate
Research Title: Seismic Performance of Flanged Timber Core-Wall Systems and Critical Connections

Jian Cui

PhD Candidate
Research Title: Seismic Performance of Buckling Restrained Braced Frames Subjected to Combined In-Plane and Out-of-plane Loading

Chris de la Torre

PhD Candidate
Research Title: Incorporating physics-based ground motion simulations and the spatial variability of ground motion into geotechnical ground response analysis

Ribu Dhakal

PhD Candidate
Research Title: Liquefaction Assessment Methodologies for Reclaimed Land

Mohammad Eskandarighadi

PhD Candidate
Research Title: 2D-1D nonlinear site response modelling with consideration of soil heterogeneity

Kevin Foster

PhD Candidate
Research Title: Computational and Statistical Strategies for Estimating Vs30

Tom Francis

PhD Candidate
Research Title: Seismic Isolation of Light-weight Buildings in New Zealand

Hongyu Guo

PhD Candidate
Research Title: Studying Lane Change Behaviour Using Real-world Connected Vehicle Data

Sky Halford

PhD Candidate
Research Title: Tracing indicators of mental health: The case of antidepressants in waste streams

Ernesto Hernandez

PhD Candidate
Research Title: Seismic response of rubberised concrete members

Mansour Johari Foroshani

PhD Candidate
Research Title: Traffic dynamics in large-scale urban networks: modelling and estimation

Yu Li

PhD Candidate
Research Title: IoT Based Pavement Monitoring System and Application in New Zealand

Ben Matthews

PhD Candidate
Research Title: Assessment of Aging Infrastructures in High Seismic Areas Using Computational Intelligence Techniques

Anh Nguyen

PhD Candidate
Research Title: Multi-purpose Reservoir Operation Management Using Evolutionary Optimization Under Uncertainty in Water Demand and Supply

Amirhossein Orumiyehei

PhD Candidate
Research Title: Probabilistic displacement based assessment

Tirth Patel

PhD Candidate
Research Title: Digital Twin based automated progress monitoring of road construction

Sabina Piras

PhD Candidate
Research Title: Development of Dissipative Controlled Rocking Bridge Columns on Monopile Foundations

Kiran Rangwani

PhD Candidate
Research Title: Implementation of Tension-Only (GripNGrab) Friction Devices in Steel Rocking Seismic Frames

Ana Isabel Sarkis Fernandez

PhD Candidate
Research Title: Seismic Assessment and Improvement of Precast Pre-stressed Hollow-core Concrete Floors

Hossein Soleimankhani

PhD Candidate
Research Title: Accounting for building torsional behaviour during strong earthquake shaking

Cain Stratford

PhD Candidate
Research Title: Seismic Behaviour of GFRP-Reinforced Concrete Members

Cong Tran

PhD Candidate
Research Title: Optimal Deployment of Charging Infrastructures for Urban Networks

Thomas Mason Wallace

PhD Candidate
Research Title: Understanding The Physical And Systemic Vulnerabilities In Integrated Stopbank-Dam Catchments

Madeline Frances Furness

Research Title: The Biofactory: Designing a Decision Making Tool for Promoting Resource Recovery in Wastewater Treatment Plants

Milap Dhakal

PhD Candidate
Research Title: Evaluation of methods of construction of Martian habitats using in-situ resources

Wenchen Dong

PhD Candidate
Research Title: Lateral Performance of Glulam Frames with Buckling Restrained Braces (BRBs)

Sabrina Sparano

PhD Candidate
Research Title: Tessellation of modular dynamic design, fabrication, and programming of a reconfigurable sustainable structure

Technical staff

Patrick Branje

Workshop Manager
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering 133a
Internal Phone: 90094

Phillippe Bruneau

Fluid Mechanics Lab Manager
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering 122
Internal Phone: 92388

David Carney

Specialist Instrument and Control Technician
Internal Phone: 90987

Logan Cooper

Fire Lab Technician
Internal Phone: 90295

Grant Dunlop

Fire Engineering Lab Technician
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering 101
Internal Phone: 92257

Siale Faitotonu

Technical Officer
Geomechanics laboratory Technician
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E112A
Internal Phone: 92261

Mosese Fifita

Technician - Structures Lab
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering 130
Internal Phone: 92198

Antonella Grassano

Structural Engineering Laboratory Manager
Internal Phone: 90194

John Kooloos

Technical Officer
Technician - Transportation laboratory
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E111A
Internal Phone: 92259

David MacPherson

Technical Services Manager
Environmental Engineering Lab / Dept Safety Officer
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering 121
Internal Phone: 92114

Peter McGuigan

Technician
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E337
Internal Phone: 92084

John Maley

Structural Engineering Laboratory Manager
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering 135
Internal Phone: 92186

Nick McLaughlin

Fluids Laboratory Technician
Internal Phone: 91159

Timothy Perigo

Structural Engineering Technician
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering 109
Internal Phone: 92216

Alan Poynter

Technical Officer
Technician - Model structures lab
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E117
Internal Phone: 92418

Sean Rees

Geotechnical Laboratory Research Engineer
Internal Phone: 90510

Aude Thierry

Environmental Laboratory & Field Support Technician
Internal Phone: 90656

Alan Thirlwell

Manager, Structural Engineering Laboratory
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering SEL
Internal Phone: 92395

Michael Weavers

Manager
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E118
Internal Phone: 92193

Kevin Wines

Machineshop Technician
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering 133A
Internal Phone: 92381

Adjunct, emeritus and retired staff

Andy Buchanan

Emeritus Professor of Timber Design

Charlotte Brown

Adjunct Fellow
Resilient Organisations Ltd

David Carradine

Structural Engineering, BRANZ
Postal address: BRANZ, Private Bag 50908, Porirua City 5240

Claudia Cenedese

Adjunct Associate Professor

Rob Davis

Professor Emeritus

Michael Delichatsios

Adjunct Professor

David Elms

Professer Emeritus

Richard Fenwick

Adjunct Professor

Douglas Gransberg

Adjunct Professor

Glen Koorey

Adjunct Fellow
ViaStrada Ltd
Mobile: 027-7396905

James Mackechnie

Adjunct Professor

Garry McDonald

Adjunct Professor

Peter Moss

Retired Professor

Alan Nicholson

Emeritus Professor
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering

Roger Nokes

Professor Emeritus
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E442
Internal Phone: 92046

Didier Pettinga

Adjunct Professor

Bryan Pidwerbesky

Adjunct Senior Fellow

Aditya Ramakanth

Adjunct Fellow

Michael Spearpoint

Adjunct Associate Professor

Shane Turner

Adjunct Senior Fellow

Ian Wood

Professor Emeritus

Professional Advisory Board

Our department is guided by our industry advisory board. Our board is composed of leaders in the Civil and Natural Resources Engineering profession and includes representatives from consulting, contracting and government.

Karen Boyt

Transportation Engineer
Independent consultant

Peter Christensen

Director
CTN Consulting Ltd.

Colin Crampton

Chief Executive
Wellington Water

Cathy Forrest

South Island Civil Infrastructure Leader
AECOM

Graeme Johnson

Chief Executive
Fulton Hogan

Amber Murphy

Environmental Engineer
Beca

Craig Price

Chief Technical Officer
Beca

Helen Trappitt

Director
Lewis Bradford Consulting Engineers