Professor Mahen Mahendran

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Faculty of Engineering,
School of Civil & Environmental Engineering


Personal details

Positions

Professor
Faculty of Engineering,
School of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Keywords

Cold-formed, hot-rolled and welded steel structures, Thin-walled metal structures, Cyclone and storm resistant buildings and their components, Fire safety of light gauge steel structures, Structural performance of buildings and their components under wind loads, Thermal and mechanical properties of construction materials used in lightweight steel construction, Innovative steel hollow flange beam sections, Thin metal roof and wall cladding systems, Sandwich panel cladding systems, Disaster resilience and hazard mitigation

Discipline

Civil Engineering

Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Qualifications

  • PhD (Monash University)
  • BScEng(Hons.1) (University of Moratuwa)

Professional memberships and associations


  • Fellow, Engineers Australia;
  • Chartered Professional Engineer, Australia;
  • Member, Australian Steel Institute Queensland Division Committee;
  • Member, Standards Australia Committees for Metal Cladding;
  • Member, Standards Australia Committee for Cold-formed Steel Structures
  • Member, National Association of Steel Framed Housing (NASH) Standards Committee
  • Member, Australasian Association of Engineering Education
  • Member, The International Association for Fire Safety Science
  • Member, The Australasian Wind Engineering Society

Teaching

Professor Mahendran has been actively engaged in engineering education and research for more than 35 years. During this period, he has taught civil and structural engineering units at six universities in three countries. Teaching Areas:

  • Behaviour and Design of Steel Structures
  • Structural Analysis and Design
  • Strength of Materials
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Structural Engineering
  • Wind Engineering
  • Fire Engineering


Current Units at QUT:

  • EGB376 Steel Design - Unit Coordinator and Lecturer
  • EGB476 Advanced Steel Design - Unit Coordinator and Lecturer
  • ENB473 Design and Construction of Multi-storey Buildings - Unit Coordinator
  • ENB477 Facade Engineering - Unit Coordinator
  • EGH400 - Research Thesis Units - Thesis Supervisor


Funding for Learning and Teaching Enhancements: Professor Mahendran has received more than $270,000 to enhance learning and teaching for engineering students through development of advanced technology videotapes and interactive multimedia learning modules and research. He has published in engineering education journals and conferences.

Engineering Education Journal and Conference Papers:
  1. Mahendran, M. (1997) Project-based Assessment, In : The Role of Assessment in Learning, Edited by M. Hargreaves, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, pp.39-46.
  2.  Mahendran, M. (1995)  Project-based Civil Engineering Courses, Journal of Engineering Education, American Society of Engineering Education, January, pp.1-5.
  3. Mahendran, M. (1995) On the Topic of Competency and Excellence of our Graduate Engineers, Association for Engineering Education in South East Asia and the Pacific (AEESP) J. of Engineering Education, Vol.25, No.2, pp.19-22
  4. Mahendran, M. (1996) Improving the Teaching and Learning of Steel Structural Design, European Journal of Engineering Education, Vol.21, No.1, pp.75-84.
  5. Mahendran, M. and Young, J. (1998) Use of Advanced Technology Videotapes in the Delivery of Structural Engineering Courses, European Journal of Engineering Education, Vol.23, No.3, September, pp.327-337.
  6.  Mahendran, M. (1994) Project-based Teaching and Learning in Civil Engineering, Proc. of Workshop on Focus on Teaching, Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering, QUT, Sept., pp.79-87
  7. Mahendran, M. (1996) Improvements to a Project-based Teaching and Learning Approach in Structural Engineering, Proc. of HERDSA (The Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia) Conference, April
  8. Mahendran, M. (1998) Innovative Teaching and Learning Methods in Steel Building Education, Proc. of the CIB W89 International Conference on Building Education and Research, Brisbane, pp.369-378
  9.  Mahendran, M. (2002) Enhancing Student Learning in Structural Engineering Courses using Multimedia Technologies, Proc. of the Effective Teaching and Learning Conference for University Teachers, Brisbane, November
  10. Mahendran, M. (2002) Can Laboratory Teaching be Replaced by Computer Simulations? Proc. of the Effective Teaching and Learning Conference for University Teachers, Brisbane, November.
  11. Mahendran, M., Weeks, T. and Bruce, C. (1992)  Model Projects - Part of Civil Engineering Curriculum, Proc. of 2nd Australian Association of Engineering Education, Brisbane, pp.23-34.
  12. Bell, R. and Mahendran, M. (1994) Integration of Graduate Engineers into the Profession and Community, Proc. of the 4th Australian Association of Engineering Education, Sydney, pp.120-124.
  13. Mahendran, M. and Young, J. (1996) Use of Advanced Computer Graphics and Data Visualisation Technologies in Teaching and Learning of Steel Structural design, Proc. of HERDSA Conference, Toowoomba, April.
  14. Mahendran, M., Young, J. and Whiting, J. (1997) Use of Advanced Technology Videotapes in the Delivery of Structural Engineering Courses, Proc. of 9th Annual Convention and Conference of the AaeE, Ballarat, December, pp.299-303.

Experience

Publications

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