Engineering Staff

Across our research and teaching, we have a wide range of expertise. Our researchers, your lecturers, are listed here with various networking and contact options available.

Head of Academic Group

Prof. John D Ginger

John Ginger is Research Director at the Cyclone Testing Station, and is involved in research, testing and consulting in wind engineering.  John is Chief Investigator in a project with the Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC and an ARC Linkage project. He is a committee member of Standards Australia committee BD-006/2–Wind Loads.

Academic Staff

Dr Bithin Datta

Bithin received his PhD at Purdue University, USA, before beginning his research on water resources systems, Al Applications, Surface and Groundwater Modelling and Remediation, Droughts, Coastal aquifers management and mine site contamination, amongst others.  He has been the author of numerous academic publications, and has conducted research in many countries.

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Prof. John D Ginger

John Ginger is Research Director at the Cyclone Testing Station, and is involved in research, testing and consulting in wind engineering.  John is Chief Investigator in a project with the Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC and an ARC Linkage project. He is a committee member of Standards Australia committee BD-006/2–Wind Loads.

Jeremy Gordon

Jeremy is a lecturer in engineering and is currently teaching first and second year subjects in mathematics, physics and engineering.  He has previously taught a variety of undergraduate mechanical engineering subjects in engineering design, machine design, vibration, thermodynamics ,heat transfer, thesis. His research areas include mathematical modelling and machine design.

Professor Yinghe He

Professor He is a chemical engineer with interests in broad and highly interdisciplinary areas ranging from multiphase processes to nanostructured materials. Fundamentally, his research is concerned with understanding and application of the formation and behaviour of solid particles, liquid droplets and gas bubbles in industrial scale processes.

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Dr David Henderson

David is Director of the Cyclone Testing Station.  He has conducted damage investigations following cyclones, tornadoes and storms here and overseas.  He has broken everything from screws through to complete houses as he leads the CTS full scale house testing lab.

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Dr Owen Kenny

Lecturer in Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Dr Kenny is an expert in signals processing and teaches across all year levels in the engineering program. His teaching focus is on Digital Signals Processing and digital logic software implementations.

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Dr Kenneth Leong

Dr Leong's primary research involves characterisation of materials at microwave frequencies - and this also aligns with his areas of interest. He has worked at NIST (National of Institute of Standards and Technology, in Boulder Colorado) Division 814 Electromagnetic Technology Division, and Division 818 Electromagnetics Division; Hill Michael and Associates; Ergon Energy.

Professor Wenxian Lin

Professor Lin is the Head of the Mechanical Engineering Discipline, and has held the position since 2010.  Research fields include; buoyancy-driven flow and heat transfer, stratified flows, CFD, and solar thermal engineering. He has participated in 8 ARC Discovery Projects with total funding over $2.5m (including Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship), and received the Australian Award for University Teaching in 2015.

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A/Prof. Bobby Mathan

Bobby Mathan is an Associate Professor in Chemical Engineering at JCU. His current research interests include electrochemical engineering, biomaterials, corrosion, wastewater treatment, environment-assisted cracking, polymer coatings and failure analysis.  He has published over 90 peer-reviewed articles.

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Dr. Bronson Philippa

Electronics and Software Engineer

Dr. Bronson Philippa has experience in electronics, software, and semiconductor device physics. He seeks to apply computational methods to diverse applications, from the characterisation of organic electronics to sensors and automation in smart agriculture. He teaches programming, electronics, and embedded systems.

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Dr. Mostafa Rahimi Azghadi

Mostafa was a postdoctoral fellow at Adelaide University in 2014, working in the area of smart biomedical sensors. In 2015, he was with Sydney University to develop VLSI interfaces to nanoscale sensors, before joining JCU in 2016 as a lecturer. His research interests include Neuromorphic Engineering, Nanoelectronics, Embedded Systems, and VLSI.

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Dr Ben Seligmann

Lecturer in Chemical Engineering

I am primarily interested in managing risk in complex systems. I currently teach chemical engineering at James Cook University, and also do research into applying complex systems and complexity science to risk management problems.

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Dr Madoc Sheehan

Process Modeller

Madoc Sheehan is a Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering.  His research interests are in drying and dryer design (minerals, food, fibre and algae), multi-scale process modelling and industrial energy analysis. He is an expert in engineering curriculum design and has won awards for embedding of sustainability into undergraduate engineering program

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Dr Rong Situ

Dr Situ joined in James Cook University in 2010. He is currently a senior lecturer in mechanical engineering. He received the PhD degree at Purdue University, USA in 2004. His research interests are two-phase flow experimentation and modelling, environmental fluid mechanics, and bio-fuel engine technologies.

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Dr Nagaratnam Sivakugan

Dr Nagaratnam Sivakugan is a registered professional engineer and a chartered civil engineer, specialising in geotechnical engineering. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Engineers Australia. He received his MSCE and PhD from Purdue University, USA. His bestselling geotechnical books are adopted as textbooks worldwide.

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Dr Peter To

Dr To obtained his BSc & MSc in Civil Engineering at St Petersburg State Polytechnic University, Russia. He was grant PhD degree at UQ. Currently, his work focuses on internal erosion, ground improvement, and numerical simulation. Dr To has expertise in DEM, LBM and wireless sensors.

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Dr Rabin Tuladhar

Dr. Rabin Tuladhar is a Senior Lecturer and Associate Dean Learning and Teaching at the College of Science and Engineering. Dr. Tuladhar's research interests include innovative construction Materials, durability of concrete, seismic design,  strengthening of aged infrastructure, sustainable design and engineering education.

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Dr. George Vamvounis

Chemical Engineer

I obtained my PhD from Simon Fraser University and Xerox, where I developed polymers for OLEDs. I was a research fellow at The Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden) and The University of Queensland (COPE) studying dendritic materials.  My research now focusses on engineering new conjugated polymers for sensors, solar cells and transistors.

Professor Wei Xiang

Wei Xiang is Foundation Professor and Head of Discipline Internet of Things Engineering at JCU. He is a Fellow of the IET and a Fellow of Engineers Australia. He was a co-recipient of three Best Paper Awards. He has been awarded several prestigious Fellowships. His research interests are in the broad area of IoT and wireless communications.

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Associate Professor Ling Yin

I study multiscale structure-property-process relations of a wide spectrum of engineering, dental and biological hard tissue materials. These materials have applications in optics, semiconductors, mechanical structures, dental restorations, osteoporosis/osteoarthritis studies, and marine/animal sciences.

Associate Professor Ahmed Zahedi

Associate Professor Ahmad Zahedi is with the college of Science and Engineering of James Cook University. Educated in Iran and Germany, Ahmad is author or co-author of more than 180 publications including 4 books, has trained 20 postgraduate candidates, has examined more than 50 PhD thesis, and has completed 15 industry-funded projects.

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Research Staff

Adjunct Staff

Research Students

Ahmed Adeeb Abdulwahid

Ahmed is a university lecturer in Engineering, and is the Infrastructure Project Supervisor and Manager.  He is also a designer, a maintenance engineer and quality control engineer.

Ali Al-Saadi

I am working on synthesis novel bi-functional heterogeneous catalysts and use them in biodiesel production.

Ahmed Al-Jumaili

Ahmed is a PhD Candidate, currently focusing on the development of natural-biomaterials and antibacterial surfaces. He is using plant secondary metabolites, such as the essential oils as a precursor to fabricate nano-sturacural polymer films through low-temperature plasma polymerization process.

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Surjith Alancherry

Surjith is a recipient of JCUPRS fellowship. I am currently involved in the synthesis and characterization of carbon nanostructures prepared through a catalyst-free, low temperature and environmentally friendly plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition technique from essential oil, a naturally derived precursor source.

Dr. Abdur-Rasheed Alao


He received Ph.D Cum Laude in Mechanical Engineering from JCU in 2016 which is the University Medal for Excellence for a Doctoral Research Thesis. His research interests span but not limited to additive manufacturing, biomechanics, mechanical behavior of materials, nanomechanics, precision engineering and surface engineering.

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Max Burns

My PhD project aims improve design techniques for recovering phosphorus from wastewater by investigated MgNH4PO4 crystallization kinetics using discretized population balance modelling. My other projects include managing compost collection from JCU staff lunchrooms including life cycle analysis; technology evaluation and behavioural change

Liqiang Dong

Liqiang Dong obtained a Bachelor in Mechanic Engineering at Harbin Engineering University in 2008 and a Master of Mechanic Engineering at Harbin Engineering University in 2012. He started a PhD study in James Cook University since 2012. His interests encompass computational fluid dynamics, buoyancy-driven flows, turbulent flows, stratified flows.

Nazli Eslamirad

I have been graduated with M.Eng in Materials science and engineering (Corrosion and protection of materials) from University of Tehran, Iran. I worked as corrosion engineer about 3 years and I am working as PhD student since mid-2014 on the synthesise of pyrazolate compounds using rare-earth elements.

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Michael Hayford

Michael from Ghana, a PhD candidate working on developing sets of computer based comprehensive tools for detection of unknown sources of groundwater contamination and optimal design of efficient and effective monitoring networks for detection of multiple reactive contaminant transport in aquifers. Mainly hydrogeological modelling of groundwater.

Mr Mitchell Humphreys

Mitchell is a Ph.D. student researching how the building envelopes flexibility and opening characteristics effect internal pressures in buildings during a wind storm.

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Leynard Natividad Marin

I'm directly sponsored by the Peruvian Government PhD. candidate in Chemical Engineering working in model validation and experimental implementation of nutrient recovery in continuous reactors. My project aims to transform domestic waste water streams in valuable fertilizers to overcome phosphorus depletion in the world.

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Mr Satheeskumar Navaratnam

I am a PhD student. My thesis is on “Wind Load Sharing and Transfer from Roof to Wall in a Timber Framed Houses”. The aim of my research is to determine the structural response of roof to wall connection of contemporary house to wind loading

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Mr Alex Olsen

Mr Olsen completed his B. Engineering (Electrical and Electronic) / B. Science (Mathematics) degree in 2013. He is now studying a PhD in Engineering and Related Technologies; working as a faculty member for the College of Science and Engineering (as a lecturer and tutor) and working as a research officer for the JCU Marine Geophysics Laboratory.

Carlos Alberto Bohorquez Rueda

I a marine biologist, originally from South America. I worked in a Research Center in a small island in the southern Caribbean for 12 years. I completed a Master of Philosophy at the University of Newcastle, NSW and now I am currently studying to attain a Ph. D. degree at James Cook University in Townsville.

Nafisa Tamanna is completing her PhD in Civil Engineering. She finished her Masters from University Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Malaysia in 2015 and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Rajshahi University of Engineering & Technology (RUET), Bangladesh in 2012. She is working with recyclable material in concrete.

Nicolas Younes Cardenas

Nicolás is a PhD student at JCU Cairns; at the moment he's looking at how a water background alters the spectral signatures of mangroves in multy and hyperspectral images. He's also interested in ecological economics as well as the use of remote sensing for modelling and assessing natural hazards and landscape connectivity.

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