Nasser Khalili

Current positions held

Director ARC Industry Transformation Research Hub for Resilient and Intelligent Infrastructure Systems (RIIS) in Urban, Resources and Energy Sectors.
Scientia Professor and Deputy Head, School of Civil & Environmental Engineering, UNSW Sydney


Nasser Khalili is the head of geotechnical engineering at CVEN and brings to this position an international reputation for innovation and setting industry standards.
Professor Khalili’s publications are prolific, awarded, often cited, and highly regarded, particularly his work in unsaturated soil mechanics and computational geo-mechanics. In the last two years alone, he has contributed to over 25 peer reviewed articles and is credited with the development of the first thermodynamically consistent framework for constitutive modelling of unsaturated porous media. Similarly, his research into the mechanics of double porosity media has set an international benchmark in numerical modelling of fractured porous media. Nasser has received over $10 million in research funding from the Australia Research Council in the last decade.

Nasser is regularly invited to speak at conferences, deliver specialised workshops for practicing engineers and consult widely on engineering matters within his area of expertise, maintaining vital ties with industry, other academic institutions, peak bodies and government. He sits on three international editorial boards, and numerous industry and university bodies. He has been active on the organising committees of international conferences, further strengthening CVEN’s global reputation as a hub of excellence and innovation. He has been a visiting or honorary academic in China, France, the UK, USA and Canada.

He has recently been honoured for his consistent and excellent contributions to the fields of computational geomechanics with his 2018 election to the Australian Research Council (ARC) College of Experts.