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Professor Emad Gad

Dean of School of Engineering


Emad is the Dean of Engineering, School of Engineering within the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology. Prior to this appointment he was the Chair of the Department of Civil and Construction Engineering at Swinburne University of Technology. Earlier he was an Associate Professor at Melbourne University and Research Scientist at CSIRO.

Emad is a civil engineer with extensive experience in structural dynamics, residential construction, structural connections, experimental techniques and finite element modelling. His applied research has contributed to the development of several standards and codes of practice. In addition to his teaching and research contributions, he has completed numerous consulting contracts for local and multinational clients.

He is Chair of the Board of the Australian Engineered Fasteners and Anchors Council (AEFAC), Co-Editor of the Australian Journal of Structural Engineering, appointment member of the Victorian Building Practitioners Board (BPC), Director on the Board of the Australian Steel Institute (ASI) and Fellow of Engineers Australia.

Research interests

Advanced Structural Engineering

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Structural Engineering - 400510
  • Construction Engineering - 400504
  • Earthquake Engineering - 400506


  • 2016, National, Greg Hancock Perpetual Medal for service to the steel industry, Australian Steel Institute
  • 2015, Swinburne, Vice Chancellor Industry Engagement Award, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2015, National, Financial Review Higher Education Award for Industry Engagement, Australian Financial Review
  • 2015, National, Chapman Medal for AJSE Paper, Engineers Australia
  • 2011, National, Chapman Medal for AJSE Paper, Engineers Australia


Also published as: Gad, Emad; Gad, E.; Gad, E. F; Gad, E. F.; Gad, Emad F.; Gad. E. F.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2021: Advanced Signal Processing Techniques for Condition Assessment of Timber Utility Poles *; THOR Poletest Limited Fund Scheme
  • 2021: Assessment of drywall partitions for creaking noise using multi-axis cyclic testing *; Knauf Australia
  • 2021: Assessment of Orbiplate for seismic shear requirements *; ramsetreid
  • 2021: Developement of a new anchor system for personal safety harness to container corner block *; Iccons Pty Ltd
  • 2021: Investigation of Steel Fibre Reinforcement as a partial replacement of Reinforcement in Slab-on-Ground for Residential Construction *; Intrax Consulting Group Partnership
  • 2021: Novel Composite Floor System for Smart Buildings *; Innovation Connections
  • 2021: Performance of post-installed HDG reinforcing bars *; Victorian Department of Transport (for Contracts)
  • 2021: Snowy 2.0 Design & Component Testing *; Snowy Hydro Limited - Fund Scheme
  • 2021: United Energy Australia *; United Energy Distribution
  • 2021: Women in Construction Engineering (WiCE) Australia and Korea *; DFAT Australia Korea Foundation
  • 2020: Development of a new anchor system for personal safety harness to container corner block *; AbSafe Pty Ltd
  • 2020: Development of an innovative light steel wall framing system for superior serviceability performance *; Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • 2020: Evaluation of new coating on performance of PBA anchor to AS3850 *; Iccons Pty Ltd
  • 2020: Failure Assessment of Corroded Steel Pole *; United Energy Distribution
  • 2020: Guide for Wanhua SIP Walls *; Ecomod Pty Ltd Fund Scheme
  • 2020: Innovative Panel-to-Panel Precast Concrete Wall Connections for Multi-Storey Construction *; Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • 2020: Life-Cycle Assessment of B-Safe and Other Chain Tensioners Used in Road Transport through Real-Time Hybrid Simulation *; Bluescope Steel Limited
  • 2020: Life-Cycle Assessment of Maxibinder Chain Tensioners Used in Road Transport through Accelerated Wear Testing *; Bluescope Steel Limited
  • 2020: Mechanical Strength Assessment of Preservative-Treated Radiata Pine Posts *; Lonza Group AG
  • 2020: Performance based assessment of building cladding against hailstorms *; ARC Linkage Projects Scheme
  • 2020: Performance of new lifting anchors to Australian requirements *; Macsim Pty Ltd
  • 2020: Recycled plastic ROBOVOID Construction Solution *; CRC Projects
  • 2020: Serviceability performance assessment of innovative drywall partitions using multi-axis cyclic testing *; Knauf Australia
  • 2019: Assessment of new screw anchors subjected to new conditions *; WURTH Australia Pty Ltd - Industry Funding for LP15
  • 2019: Assessment of screw anchors and chemical anchors under new conditions *; Stanley Black and Decker, Inc. NZ
  • 2019: Estimation of deteriorated timber pole sectional properties (Phase II) *; AusNet Services Fund Scheme
  • 2019: Mechanical Strength of Composite Cross-arms: An Experimental Study *; Zinfra Pty Ltd
  • 2019: Real-time Condition Monitoring of Conveyor System Distributed Fibre Optic Sensor: Stage II *; Hawk Measurement Systems Fund Scheme
  • 2019: Recycled plastic for injection moulding of innovative concrete void formers *; GT Recycling Pty Ltd
  • 2019: Scoping study for Australian Technical Evaluation Network (Sector Growth Program) *; Victoria State Government Future Industries Fund - Sector Growth Program
  • 2019: Structural assessment of in-service power pits *; Powercor Australia Fund Scheme
  • 2019: William Piper Brown AM PhD Scholarship *; Nan Brown
  • 2018: Assessment of new anchors in super workable concrete *; Robovoid Pty Ltd Fund Scheme
  • 2018: Assessment of screw anchors under new conditions *; Mitek Australia Ltd.
  • 2018: Estimation of deteriorated timber pole sectional properties *; AusNet Services Fund Scheme
  • 2018: Evaluation of capacities of anchors in specific applications *; Iccons Pty Ltd
  • 2018: Non-conformance Prevalence, Testing Capacity and Nature amongst Specific Building Product Categories *; Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre Funding for Pre-Project Activities
  • 2018: Performance of new anchors into thin concrete panels *; Iccons Pty Ltd
  • 2018: Performance of new nails into thin steel sheets and timber *; ITW Construction Systems
  • 2018: Real-time condition monitoring of conveyor systems using distributed fibre optic sensor *; Hawk Measurement Systems Fund Scheme
  • 2018: Seismic Assessment of Non-Structural Ceiling Components through Axial Testing *; USG Boral Building Products Pty Ltd
  • 2018: Seismic performance of precast concrete buildings for lower seismic regions *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme
  • 2018: Updating the ABCB Structural Reliability Handbook *; Australian Building Codes Board
  • 2018: Virtual Digitalisation with Steel Fabrication ? Part 2 *; Innovation Connections
  • 2017: 3D Concrete Printing Facility for Automated Construction Research *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme
  • 2017: Characterisation of sediment materials in drinking water after mains cleaning *; Yarra Valley Water - Research Contracts
  • 2017: Enabling virtual reality through industry 4.0 training for engineering cohorts in rail related projects *; Eon Reality Pte Ltd Singapore
  • 2017: Environmental & geotechnical evaluation for potential use of recycled surplus/waste gypsum and Rapidwall offcuts *; Rapid Building Systems
  • 2017: Failure Assessment of Dog Bone Termination Clamp with Grey PVC Service Cable *; Powercor Australia Fund Scheme
  • 2017: Innovation in Construction Automation & Technologies: an Australia-Korea Academic Collaboration *; DFAT Australia Korea Foundation
  • 2017: New Approach for Design of Barriers for Impact *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme
  • 2017: New Timber Connector Plates *; Mitek Australia Ltd.
  • 2017: Resilient Buildings: Informing Maintenance for Long-Term Sustainability *; Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre Funding for Pre-Project Activities
  • 2017: Structural performance assessment of an innovative timber panel element under three-dimension service/ultimate loads *; Timberworks (VIC) PTY LTD
  • 2017: The Review of BV1: A Structural Reliability Handbook *; Australian Building Codes Board
  • 2016: Assessing the performance of rail sleepers regarding to Australian standard *; AUSTRAK
  • 2016: Assessment of new fastening technologies under Australian conditions *; Simpson Strong-Tie Pty Ltd
  • 2016: Australian Korean Cooperation for Virtual Design and Construction Technologies: Sustainable Partnership *; DFAT Australia Korea Foundation
  • 2016: Braced batter micropile group: new design theory and performance framework *; ARC Linkage Projects Scheme
  • 2016: DELWP Powerline Bushfire Safety Program *; Groundline
  • 2016: Development and Optimisation of Low Carbon, Affordable, Medium-rise Modular Structural System using Innovative Connections *; CRC Low Carbon Living
  • 2016: Innovative Industrialised Buildings: Performance Verification and Overcoming *; Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre Funding for Pre-Project Activities
  • 2016: Performance of safety critical anchors in early age concrete with SCM *; Allthread Industries - Industry funding for LP15
  • 2015: Development of a world-class facility for three dimensional dynamic testing *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme - For funding commencing in 2015
  • 2015: Evaluation of new power cable under different bending conditions *; Olex Australia Pty Ltd - Research Contract
  • 2015: Evaluation of the structural capacity of typical pole cap assemblies under lateral loading *; Powercor Australia Fund Scheme
  • 2014: Collapse assessment of reinforced concrete buildings in regions of lower seismicity *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme
  • 2014: Cost -effective mitigations strategy development for building related earthquake risk *; Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC - Contract
  • 2014: New NDT Technology for Power Poles *; Department of State Development Business and Innovation - Voucher Program
  • 2014: Structural Safety Verification Method *; Australian Building Codes Board
  • 2013: Development of efficient, robust and architecturally-flexible structural systems using innovative blind-bolted connections *; Ajax Engineered Fasteners
  • 2012: Development of unified methods for structural assessment of anchors (AEFAC) *; AEFAC
  • 2011: Hybrid Testing Facility for Structures under Extreme Loads *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme
  • 2011: Minimisation of damage to residential structures due to ground movement *; ARC Linkage Projects Scheme
  • 2011: Rational lateral-bracing design for steel-framed domestic structures *; ARC Linkage Projects Scheme

* Chief Investigator

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