Maria Rashidi

Current Position

Senior Lecturer / Team Leader (Infrastructure Engineering and Digital Twins)


Dr. Maria Rashidi is an experienced researcher with a notable background in design, construction, and asset management projects spanning over 15 years. Her specialised field is Civil Engineering, with a focus on Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) and Decision Support Systems (DSS). Dr. Rashidi possesses extensive research capabilities in the area of health monitoring of bridges and other civil infrastructure assets, utilising advanced technologies such as drones, sensor networking, laser scanning, artificial intelligence, and digital twinning. Additionally, she holds a keen interest in infrastructure sustainability, energy harvesting and the development of energy-efficient housing solutions. She is the author and co-author of over 100 scholarly publications, on a wide range of topics in the areas of civil and infrastructure engineering and asset management.

She has been the finalist of research impact competition in 2016 and 2023, representing the School of Engineering Design and Built Environment (SoEDBE). She obtained the school award of researcher of the year through industry partnership in 2021, the award for mid-career researcher of the year in 2022 and the award of researcher of the year through national and international collaborations in 2023. She has also received the esteemed Western Ventures Impact Prize at Western Sydney University’s Research Impact Competition in 2023.

Dr Rashidi is currently the team leader of Structural Engineering and Health Monitoring (SAHM) team at Western Sydney University and has been the chief investigator and project manager of several research and consulting projects.