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: civilenquiries@canterbury.ac.nz

Academic staff

Aisling O'Sullivan

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

Alessandro Palermo

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

Allan Scott

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

Andres Valencia

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

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 ...

Brendon Bradley

Director of QuakeCoRE
On Sabbatical April-Sept 2021
Fields of Research:
- Seismic hazard analysis and ground motion prediction
- Seismic risk and loss analysis and ...

Brian Guo

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

Charles Fleischmann

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

Chin-Long Lee

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

Christopher McGann

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

Craig McConnochie

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

Daniel Nilsson

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

Daniel van der Walt

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

David Dempsey

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

Dennis Pau

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

Derek Li

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

Eric Scheepbouwer

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

Frances Charters

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

Gabriele Chiaro

Associate Professor
On Sabbatical July 2021-Jan 2022
Fields of Research:
- Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
- Environmental Geotechnics
- Constitutive Modeling for ...

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

Larry Bellamy

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

Mark Davidson

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

Mark Milke

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

Mark Stringer

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

Markus Pahlow

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

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 ...

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 ...

Minghao Li

Associate Professor
On Sabbatical July-Dec 2021
Fields of Research:
- Structural timber engineering
- Earthquake engineering
- Low-damage timber ...

Misko Cubrinovski

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

Mofreh Saleh

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

Pedro Lee

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

Rajesh Dhakal

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

Reagan Chandramohan

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

Rebecca Peer

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

Ricardo Bello-Mendoza

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

Robin Lee

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

Roger Dawe

Lecturer (Teaching and Admin Only)
Surveying Part-time lecturer

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 ...

Simone Larcher

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

Tim Sullivan

Professor
On Sabbatical 2021
Fields of Research:
- Seismic Design and Assessment
- Displacement-based design
- Seismic Performance of ...

Tom Cochrane

Professor
On sabbatical June-Dec 2021
Fields of Research:
- Hydrology
- Hydropower
- Water resources modelling
- Sediment transport and ...

Tom Logan

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

Tonny de Vries

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

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 and Researchers

Chris de la Torre

Research Assistant
Area of Research: Geotechnical earthquake engineering and seismic ground response analysis

Claudio Cappellaro

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

Clemence Vannier

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

Giovanni De Francesco

Postdoctoral Fellow
Area of Research: Earthquake and structural engineering
Internal Phone: 90899

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

PhD Students

Abhirup Basu Roy Chowdhury

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

Amandine Bosserelle

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

Amirhossein Orumiyehei

PhD Candidate
Research Title: Probabilistic displacement based assessment

Ana Isabel Sarkis Fernandez

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

Anh Nguyen

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

Ben Matthews

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

Ben Moerman

PhD Candidate
Research Title: Seismic Performance of CLT and Hybrid CLT Walls

Bryann Avendano

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

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

Connor Cleary

PhD Candidate
Research Title: Stochastic modelling of nitrate transport in groundwater, under highly heterogenous conditions

Ernesto Hernandez

PhD Candidate
Research Title: Seismic response of rubberised concrete members

Forrest Bilek

PhD Candidate
Research Title: Performance variability in stormwater treatment systems

Fransiscus Arifin

PhD Candidate
Research Title: Seismic Performance: Assessment and Improvement of Glazing and Windows

Hongyu Guo

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

Honor Eimi Columbus

PhD Candidate
Research Title: Life-Cycle Assessment of Clean Water Technologies

Hossein Soleimankhani

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

Jian Cui

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

Jonathon MacIntyre

PhD Candidate
Research Title: Defining Equivalent Fire Severity for Structural Applications

Julian Rincon Gil

PhD Candidate
Research Title: Active Confinement of Reinforced Concrete Columns

Junan Mou

PhD Candidate
Research Title: Fatigue Damage Assessment of Reinforced Concrete Structures

Justin Brown

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

Kate Melnik

PhD Candidate
Research Title: Experimental Investigation of New Zealand Vegetation Flammability in Rural-Urban Interface Locations

Kevin Foster

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

Kiran Rangwani

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

Madeline Frances Furness

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

Mansour Johari Foroshani

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

Milap Dhakal

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

Mitchell Anderson

PhD Candidate
Research Title: The co-benefits of urban amenity access: hauora, health and wellbeing, and resilience

Mohammad Eskandarighadi

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

Ribu Dhakal

PhD Candidate
Research Title: Liquefaction Assessment Methodologies for Reclaimed Land

Rosie Pagel

PhD Candidate
Research Title: Improving Structural Resilience of Bridges under Tsunami Loading

Sabina Piras

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

Sabrina Sparano

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

Shaurya Sood

PhD Candidate
Research Title: Geotechnical characterization of air-fall tephras (or volcanic soils) for land reclamation purposes

Sky Halford

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

Thomas Mason Wallace

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

Thomas Wright

PhD Candidate
Research Title: Seismic Performance of High Capacity Screwed Connections in Mass Timber Buildings

Tirth Patel

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

Tom Francis

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

Vishvendra (Jay) Bhanu

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

Wenchen Dong

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

Yu Li

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

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

Aditya Ramakanth

Adjunct Fellow

Alan Nicholson

Emeritus Professor
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering

Andy Buchanan

Emeritus Professor of Timber Design

Bryan Pidwerbesky

Adjunct Senior Fellow

Charlotte Brown

Adjunct Fellow
Resilient Organisations Ltd

Claudia Cenedese

Adjunct Associate Professor

David Carradine

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

David Elms

Professer Emeritus

David Wareham

Civil & Natural Resources Engineering Rm E414
Internal Phone: 95017

Didier Pettinga

Adjunct Professor

Douglas Gransberg

Adjunct Professor

Garry McDonald

Adjunct Professor

Glen Koorey

Adjunct Fellow
ViaStrada Ltd
Mobile: 027-7396905

Ian Wood

Professor Emeritus

James Mackechnie

Adjunct Professor

Michael Delichatsios

Adjunct Professor

Michael Spearpoint

Adjunct Associate Professor

Peter Moss

Retired Professor

Richard Fenwick

Adjunct Professor

Rob Davis

Professor Emeritus

Roger Nokes

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

Shane Turner

Adjunct Senior Fellow

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