Scientia Professor Nasser Khalili honoured by the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE)

Congratulations to Prof. Nasser Khalili – new Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).

Elected by their peers, ATSE Fellows are leaders in applied science, technology and engineering.

UNSW Civil & Environmental Engineering Head of School Professor Nasser Khalili, an international leader in geotechnical engineering, is amongst 27 academics elected in October as new Fellows of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).

Prof. Khalili is an international leader in geotechnical engineering, computational geomechanics and unsaturated soil mechanics. His work encompasses roads, tunnels, mines, dams, earthquake engineering and groundwater projects.

ATSE President Hugh Bradlow said the new Fellows are shaping Australia’s technology powered human driven future.

“Elected by their peers, ATSE Fellows are leaders in applied science, technology and engineering and we celebrate their exceptional professional contributions to Australian STEM innovation,” Professor Bradlow said.

“While the 2022 new Fellows span multiple critical industries, we are pleased to welcome so many at the forefront of tackling climate change.

“ATSE is Australia’s foremost impact network for leading applied scientists, technologists and engineers, and we’re thrilled to see Professor Nasser Khalili join this group. Congratulations on this wonderful accomplishment, Nasser.”

PSM Professor and Scientia Professor Nasser Khalili FTSE,
has contributed to projects of national and international interest including the stability assessment of the Olympic Stadium site at Homebush Bay and the seismic hazard investigation for Sydney Airport’s third runway.

Prof. Khalili currently oversees a project diverting 10,000 tonnes of paper and plastic waste into road construction, creating technical leadership in Australian recycling and reducing infrastructure costs. National design guidelines for embankment dams include Nasser’s seismic analysis. His assessment of the Hume Dam helped determined the cause of increasing movement in the dam’s core-wall and the design of an effective solution.

Prof. Khalili is also Director of the ARC Industry Transformation Research Hub for Resilient and Intelligent Infrastructure Systems (RIIS) (NSW).

He says his top priorities as a Fellow will be to promote the quality of science, technology, and engineering education at all levels, particularly amongst high school students and the broader community and engage industry, government, research leaders, and infrastructure stakeholders, to facilitate the implementation of integrated science-based practical solutions to address the challenges facing Australia’s infrastructure.

Congratulations to Nasser!

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Story source – Olga Gerloff,  UNSW Newsroom, 19 Oct 2022