Ali Akbar Nezhad

Senior Lecturer
Sch-Civil & Environmental Eng
Contact details:
(+61 2) 9385 9504
(+ 61 2) 9385 6139

Civil Engineering Building (H20)
Level 2, Room CE209
Kensington Campus

Senior Lecturer in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Area

  • Sustainable Construction Materials 
  • Design and Planning for Sustainability 
  • Multi-objective Optimization for Sustainability (Economic, Environmental, and Social Impacts)
  • Design for Deconstruction (Reuse and Recycling)
  • Building and Inftrastructure Information Modelling (Applications in Sustainable Design and Planning)

Awards and Honours

  • Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence, The University of New South Wales; 2014
  • Skilled Builder and BIM Award (Education-Engineering Category), Building and Construction Authority of Singapore; 2012
  • SCI Excellence Awards 2013 by Singapore Concrete Institute in recognition of innovations in Designed for Disassembly Building Systems Project (led by Prof. KCG Ong) 
  • JCI OWICS Award, Japan Concrete Institute; 2006
  • ASTAR IGS Scholarship, A-Star Agency for Science, Technology and Research 
  • NUS Research Scholarship, National University of Singapore

Professional Organizations and Consulting Positions

  • Member, Institution of Engineers Australia
  • Senior Member, RILEM, International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures
  • Member, International Association for Automation and Robotics in Construction
  • Member, International Federation for Structural Concrete (fib)
  • Member, American Concrete Institute
  • Member, RILEM Technical Committee on structuralbehaviourand innovation of recycled aggregate concrete
  • Member, fib Task Group 3.10, Concrete made with recycled materials – life cycle perspective
  • Member, fib Task Group 3.11, Sustainable Civil Structures
  • Member, Australasian Association for Engineering Education


  • Sustainability in Construction
  • Engineering Operations and Control 
  • Project Management Framework

Recent Research Grants

  • CRC LCL Grant RP1034 (with Dr. P. Oldfield and Prof. D. Carmichael), 2017-2018, $378,500
  • ARC Linkage Grant LP150100725 (with Assoc Prof. A. Castel, Prof. S. Foster, Dr. R. Lloyd) 2016-2018, $452,000 
  • Faculty Research Grant (FRG), University of New South Wales, 2015, $29,265
  • Research Fund for International Scientists, National Natural Science Foundation of China, 2016, CY200,000
  • Learning and Teaching Innovation Grant, University of New South Wales (with Dr. T.H. Rashidi), 2015, $40,000

Current Research Students 

  • Project: Estimation of Life Cycle Carbon of Buildings

       PhD Student: Zahra Moussavi Nadoushani

  • Project: Multi-Objective Optimisation of Site Layout

       PhD Student: Ahmed Hammad

  •  Project: Workface Planning through Synchronizing Learning and Multiskilling

       PhD Student: Alireza Ahmadian Fini

  • Project: Surface Treatment of Steel Fibres

       PhD Student: Hugh David Miller

  • Project: Microwave Non-Destructive Testing of Construction Materials

       PhD Student: Alireza Akbarzadeh

  • Project: Thermal Cracking of Concrete

       PhD Student: Maryam Ghareh Chaei

  • Project: Conceptual Modelling of BIM Adoption Process

      PhD Student: Ying Hong

  • Project: Social Sustainability in Job Allocation 

      PhD Student: Babak shahbazi