Professor Euan Lindsay brings immense experience and passion for engineering to the establishment of CSU's Bachelor of Technology / Master of Engineering (Civil Systems). Euan's background is in mechatronic engineering, and he completed a PhD in Engineering Education, exploring how students learned while controlling equipment remotely via the internet.
During his academic career, Euan has held senior roles as Program Leader and Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor within the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Curtin University, and Dean of the School of Engineering and Technology at Central Queensland University, before joining CSU as the Foundation Professor of Engineering. He has also been a visiting scholar at Virginia Tech. A member of a number of professional associations, Euan has also co-authored two book chapters and written or co-authored numerous journal articles.
Euan believes most major challenges facing society today can be solved by engineers, including providing clean drinking water, energy sustainability or communications technology to keep people connected. He is excited about helping CSU build a new engineering program with a focus on making a difference, not just solving problems and making things, and hopes to inspire students to move forward in their careers with passion.
Professor James Morgan moved to Bathurst to join the CSU Engineering team in April 2015. He joins us from Texas, USA and boasts a long list of awards, honours and research publications. In addition to his teaching in engineering, Jim served several years as Co-Director of the Eisenhower Leadership Development Program in the Centre for Public Leadership at the George Bush School of Government and Public Service. His research includes structural dynamics, earthquake engineering and engineering education. Jim is looking forward to putting 20 years of research in engineering education into practice as he helps to establish a truly unique civil engineering program.
Since studying civil engineering, Shara Cameron has spent 11 years living and working in Central West NSW. Shara specialises in water engineering and has brought her experience in flood studies, stormwater harvesting and reuse schemes, catchment and channel modelling, water balance assessments, hydraulic structures and subdivision design to projects for government and private clients.
She chose to pursue a career in engineering because of its ability to solve practical problems and produce results, and is looking forward to helping CSU students develop into confident engineers through their placements. Shara believes the hands-on focus of the course means students will already be well into their careers when they graduate, and have a positive impact on regional Australia.
Dr Miao Li's passion for engineering started as a little girl, following her dad as he built things as small as tables and chairs, and as big as residential buildings and ships. From there, her passion for engineering grew. Her tertiary and postgraduate education have also cultivated her passion in engineering to a more profound level. Dr Li is keen to demonstrate to students that the essence of engineering lies in creativity and innovative thinking.
Dr Li joins CSU after studying undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in geotechnical engineering in China and completing a PhD in coastal structural engineering through Griffith University in Australia, as well as conducting research, sessional teaching and thesis supervision.
Dr Li is excited about the unique nature of CSU Engineering, combining problem-focused topic teaching and four years of industry placement, which will enable students to get involved in engineering practice before they graduate. She is looking forward to giving back to the engineering community through teaching at CSU.
Dr Reza Mahinroosta comes to CSU with extensive teaching, research and industry experience and a specialty in fundamental and applied geomechanics. He has more than 40 publications to his name and has supervised more than 20 Masters theses. Reza is looking forward to bringing his combination of professional and academic experience to CSU. This background suits CSU's Engineering model, which has a strong workplace focus and subjects specifically tailored to solving industry challenges. Reza believes engineers have an exciting opportunity to create tangible solutions that can make a difference and improve life for their communities.
Dr Lalantha Senevirathna joins the CSU Engineering team with a wealth of international work and research experience. He studied at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka before working in the water industry as a civil engineer for five years. This was followed by postgraduate studies at the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand and a PhD from Kyoto University, Japan in advanced wastewater treatment. Dr Senevirathna believes engineers can make the world a better, safer and happier place through the creative application of scientific principles to solve problems. He is looking forward to sharing his 15 years of field engineer, research and teaching experience with CSU students.
Peter Thew joined the staff of CSU in 2018 after 20 years in industry, managing design and construction projects in UK, USA, Pakistan and Australia. Since finishing his degree with specialisation in hydraulics and water flow, Peter moved into structural engineering, designing multiple buildings and structures in steel and concrete. He also developed forensic engineering expertise, investigating numerous failures and problems in buildings and structures around the world, and managing maintenance and upgrades to several historic dams in NSW.
He brings hard won experience and practicality to supplement the theory of design and structures. In addition to the academic work, Peter manages the CSU Consulting Engineers firm, providing specialist civil engineering services to the Central West and beyond
Karen is a Chartered Principal Water Resources Engineer and a Fellow of Engineers Australia with more than seventeen years’ experience in surface water assessment and management, flood analysis, stormwater drainage and stormwater and floodplain management. Karen works for a large environmental and engineering consultancy called WSP (formerly Parsons Brinckerhoff). Karen has worked for WSP for over 12 years and 6 of those years remotely. During her career Karen has been involved in a range of projects from concept design through to detailed design. Some of the projects have been single lot projects and many have been large scale infrastructure projects, across NSW, QLD and ACT. Karen has been a team manager of a team of 16 with capabilities from undergraduate through to 17 years experience with doctorates. These days her roles include mentor, flood emergency management technical champion and flooding and drainage technical lead for major infrastructure projects.
With more than 10 years of engineering experience at councils across NSW, Joshua Devitt comes to CSU prepared to give students great insights into industry standards and practices. His main areas of expertise are in civil design, construction and project management. Josh is excited about joining the CSU team and ensuring graduates are equipped for ethical practice and to serve their communities.
Josh believes engineering is all about problem-solving and using engineering skills to make real change to the world. The program is unique in that it offers the opportunity to graduate with significant industry experience - something Josh sees as a huge benefit to CSU graduates.
Dr Saeed Shaeri has a PhD degree in Coastal Engineering, a Master’s degree in Marine Structure Engineering and a Bachelor’s degree in Civil engineering. Before commencing his PhD research in 2012, Saeed was involved in projects dealing with study and construction of fishing, commercial and leisure ports and harbours (for their breakwater, dredging operation and logistic yard), and offshore structure (e.g. oil platforms and jackets), all of which encompassed computerised simulation (of wave, current, and sediment transport).
Saeed’s specialist expertise is the hydro-sedimentological evolution of small tidal inlets, including establishment of numerical models capable of predicating the change of inlet entrance as a result of changes in environmental forcing and physical constraints.
Dr Karthika Pillai has a PhD in Coastal Engineering and completed her Master`s in Construction Technology and Management wherein her research focussed on breakwater structures. She worked in the infrastructure development industry for three years prior to her PhD and she was involved in the preparation of tender documents, logistic plans and methods for the construction of major road and metro rail projects in India. Furthermore, she was engaged in teaching Civil Engineering prior to and during her PhD.
Her areas of strong expertise are wave structure interaction, physical model testing, development of prediction models and the study of climate change impacts.
Karthika is looking forward to her role at CSU to give back to the society by sharing her technical, industrial and academic experience to foster a generation of engineers who are eager to serve the society.