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Professor Shan Shanmugananthakumar

Professorial Fellow


Prof Shan Kumar ( Shan Shanmugananthakumar)

Shan is a senior structural and innovation engineer in Melbourne and has over forty years’ experience working on a range of building & Infrastructure projects.  His major involvement has been with high rise commercial, residential, sports venue and industrial projects in reinforced and prestressed concrete and steel structures.

He has led the Design and Construction Advisory Teams at Hickory for the seven-story modular Stella Apartment building in Cockburn, the 17 story Peppers King modular construction in Perth and the 44 story HBS modular construction in Latrobe Street, Melbourne. He also led the Structural Innovation team for the development of the new HBS system. 

With his previous job Shan worked with John Connell associate, Connell Wagner and Aurecon for more than 20 years involved with number of Melbourne iconic projects such as Crown Casino, Eureka tower & Marvel Stadium.

Shan led the HBS innovation team responsible for design and construction of number of high-rise buildings including National Award-winning project 45 story student accommodation and CTBUH award winner 60 story Collins House (4th Slimmest tower in the world).

Shan is a Professorial Fellow at Swinburn University and a visiting lecturer & honorary fellow at University of Melbourne since 2001 and the current national councilor and the current National President of Concrete Institute of Australia

In recognition of Shan’s 30years plus contribution to Construction industry The Swinburne University of Technology has awarded Shan with honorary doctorate in engineering.   

Shan has been awarded with one of most innovative engineers 2017 by the Institution of Australia for his involvement with the La Trobe tower in Melbourne Australia.

Recently he has been awarded with most prestigious award for a structural engineer “The John Connell Gold Medal Award for the year of 2019” by structural college of Institution of Engineers Australia.


Also published as: Shanmugananthakumar, Shan; Shanmugananthakumar, S.; Shanmugananthakumar, Thuraisingam; Shanmugananthakumar, T.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2022: Investigation of Water Leakage in Residential Apartment Balconies and Car Park Basements *; Victorian Building Authority

* Chief Investigator

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