Dr Muhammad Ashraf

School of Engineering and Information Technology
+61 2 626 88334

LOCATION

School of Engineering and IT (SEIT) Building 20, Room 127 Australian Defence Force Academy Northcott Drive, Campbell, ACT 2612

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Scholarships are available for international students with excellent academic records. Students with research interest in metal and composite structures are highly encouraged to apply for Ph.D.  

Brief Biography

Mahmud Ashraf is an academic specialising in Structural Engineering and is a member of the Research Leadership Group in the School of Engineering and Information Technology (SEIT) at UNSW Canberra. Prior to this appointment Dr Ashraf held academic positions in the University of Queensland, Australia and in Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. He spent a brief spell as a post-doctoral researcher at Imperial College London just after the completion of his PhD at Imperial College London, UK in 2007.

His research interests are primarily related to investigating the structural behaviour of thin-walled metal structures in a variety of loading conditions including cyclic and impact/blast loading. He is currently leading a group of 1 Post-Doc and 6 PhD students and has published over 50 technical papers in the areas of stainless steel, steel and aluminium structures, which exhibit a combination of analytical, experimental and numerical investigations. He is very keen to exploit the beneficial properties of stainless steel in structural applications and to promote use of stainless steel in construction through innovations. His research activities are funded through University grants and funding from the industry. He is currently supervising a number of PhD students and students with research interest in metal and composite structures are highly encouraged to apply for PhD. Scholarships are available for international students with excellent academic records.  

Dr Ashraf is a regular reviewer of a number of leading engineering journals including Engineering Structures, Proceedings of ICE - Bridge Engineering, Proceedings of ICE - Structures and Buildings, International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, KSCE Journal of Civil Engineering, Advanced Steel Construction - An International Journal.

External collaborations and Awards

Dr Ashraf recently visited Tianjin University in China as a Confucius Research Fellow, spent some time in the University of Hong Kong as a William Mong Research Fellow (http://engg.hku.hk/mong/VF1a.htm ) and visited University of Western Sydney on a number of occasions as an invited speaker (http://www.uws.edu.au/iie/events/visiting_research_seminars/previous_research_seminars ) to establish research collaborations. He was a recipient of Commonwealth Scholarship to conduct his PhD research at Imperial College London and he won the first prize in Young Researchers Conference in 2005, which is an annual event organised by the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE).

Teaching Experience

Dr Ashraf is a highly motivated lecturer who loves to interact with the students. He has always been regarded as one of the "most effective" lecturers by the high achieving students. He has expereince in dealing with very large class sizes of up to 600 students. His main teaching responsibilities include Engineering Mechanics, Mechanics of Materials and Design of Steel Structures. He is currently developing an innovative teaching methodology for the first year Statics to enhance interactions through simple hands-on experimental tools to facilitate understanding of the basic underlying concepts.

Journal articles

Hayat F; Khan AA; Ashraf MA, 2019, 'Energy planning and sustainable development of Pakistan', International Journal of Energy Sector Management, vol. 13, pp. 24 - 44, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJESM-04-2018-0006

Khan AA; Ashraf MA; Shehzad A; Qazi AJ; Hayat I, 2019, 'Computational and experimental studies of horizontal tail flutter suppression', Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part G: Journal of Aerospace Engineering, vol. 233, pp. 34 - 43, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0954410017725363

Khan AA; Mehmood K; Shams T; Khan S; Ashraf MA, 2018, 'Correlation between teaching evaluation and learning', International Journal of Knowledge and Learning, vol. 12, pp. 255 - 268, http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJKL.2018.092317

Yu K; Morozov EV; Ashraf MA; Shankar K, 2017, 'A review of the design and analysis of reinforced thermoplastic pipes for offshore applications', Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites, vol. 36, pp. 1514 - 1530, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0731684417713666

Miah MS; Hossain MS; Ashraf MA; Al-Assaf S; McMillan A, 2017, 'Numerical simulation of non-Newtonian polymer film flow on a rotating spoked annulus', Journal of Applied Polymer Science, vol. 134, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/app.44943

Khan AA; Ahmad M; Ashraf MA, 2016, 'Residual Life Estimation of an Attach Angle for a Cargo Aircraft', Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention, vol. 16, pp. 1126 - 1133, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11668-016-0201-3

Wang C; Shankar K; Ashraf MA; Morozov EV; Ray T, 2016, 'Surrogate-assisted optimisation design of composite riser', Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part L: Journal of Materials: Design and Applications, vol. 230, pp. 18 - 34, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1464420714539304

Yu K; Morozov EV; Ashraf MA; Shankar K, 2015, 'Numerical analysis of the mechanical behaviour of reinforced thermoplastic pipes under combined external pressure and bending', Composite Structures, vol. 131, pp. 453 - 461, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compstruct.2015.05.033

Naureen R; Tariq M; Yusoff I; Chowdhury AJK; Ashraf MA, 2015, 'Synthesis, spectroscopic and chromatographic studies of sunflower oil biodiesel using optimized base catalyzed methanolysis', SAUDI JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, vol. 22, pp. 332 - 339, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.sjbs.2014.11.017

Zulkifley MTM; Ng TF; Abdullah WH; Raj JK; Shuib MK; Ghani AA; Ashraf MA, 2015, 'Geochemical characteristics of a tropical lowland peat dome in the Kota Samarahan-Asajaya area, West Sarawak, Malaysia', ENVIRONMENTAL EARTH SCIENCES, vol. 73, pp. 1443 - 1458, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12665-014-3504-2

Abu Bakar AF; Yusoff I; Ng TF; Ashraf MA, 2015, 'Cumulative impacts of dissolved ionic metals on the chemical characteristics of river water affected by alkaline mine drainage from the Kuala Lipis gold mine, Pahang, Malaysia', CHEMISTRY AND ECOLOGY, vol. 31, pp. 22 - 33, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02757540.2014.950569

Fenercioglu I; Zaloglu B; Young J; Ashraf MA; Lai JCS; Platzer MF, 2015, 'Flow structures around an oscillating-wing power generator', AIAA Journal, vol. 52, pp. 3316 - 3326, http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/1.J053950

Ashraf MA; Khan AM; Ahmad M; Akib S; Balkhair KS; Abu Bakar NK, 2014, 'Release, deposition and elimination of radiocesium (Cs-137) in the terrestrial environment (Retracted article. See vol. 39, pg. 703, 2017)', ENVIRONMENTAL GEOCHEMISTRY AND HEALTH, vol. 36, pp. 1165 - 1190, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10653-014-9620-9

Gharibreza M; Habibi A; Imamjomeh SR; Ashraf MA, 2014, 'Coastal processes and sedimentary facies in the Zohreh River Delta (Northern Persian Gulf)', CATENA, vol. 122, pp. 150 - 158, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.catena.2014.06.010

Yu K; Morozov EV; Ashraf MA; Shankar K, 2014, 'Analysis of flexural behaviour of reinforced thermoplastic pipes considering material nonlinearity', Composite Structures, vol. 119, pp. 385 - 393, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compstruct.2014.09.015

Zulkifley MTM; Ng TF; Raj JK; Hashim R; Abu Bakar AF; Paramanthan S; Ashraf MA, 2014, 'A review of the stabilization of tropical lowland peats', BULLETIN OF ENGINEERING GEOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT, vol. 73, pp. 733 - 746, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10064-013-0549-5

Ashraf MA; Ahmad M; Akib S; Balkhair KS; Abu Bakar NK, 2014, 'Chemical Species of Metallic Elements in the Aquatic Environment of an Ex-Mining Catchment', WATER ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH, vol. 86, pp. 717 - 728, http://dx.doi.org/10.2175/106143014X13975035525825

Zulkifley MTM; Tham FN; Raj JK; Hashim R; Ashraf MA, 2014, 'Effects of Lateral Variation in Vegetation and Basin 'Dome' Shape on Tropical Lowland Peat Stabilisation in the Kota Samarahan-Asajaya Area, West Sarawak, Malaysia', ACTA GEOLOGICA SINICA-ENGLISH EDITION, vol. 88, pp. 894 - 914, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1755-6724.12245

Hussin NH; Yusoff I; Alias Y; Mohamad S; Rahim NY; Ashraf MA, 2014, 'Ionic liquid as a medium to remove iron and other metal ions: a case study of the North Kelantan Aquifer, Malaysia', ENVIRONMENTAL EARTH SCIENCES, vol. 71, pp. 2105 - 2113, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12665-013-2615-5

Ashraf MA; Qureshi AK; Gharibreza M; Rehman MA; Ahmad I; Yusoff I, 2014, 'Intercationic effect on biosorbent efficacy', DESALINATION AND WATER TREATMENT, vol. 52, pp. 1504 - 1513, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19443994.2013.788456

Ashraf MA; Ullah S; Ahmad I; Qureshi AK; Balkhair KS; Rehman MA, 2014, 'Green biocides, a promising technology: current and future applications to industry and industrial processes', JOURNAL OF THE SCIENCE OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE, vol. 94, pp. 388 - 403, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jsfa.6371

Batool S; Akib S; Ahmad M; Balkhair KS; Ashraf MA, 2014, 'Study of Modern Nano Enhanced Techniques for Removal of Dyes and Metals', JOURNAL OF NANOMATERIALS, vol. 2014, http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/864914

Ashraf MA; Akib S; Maah MJ; Yusoff I; Balkhair KS, 2014, 'Cesium-137: Radio-Chemistry, Fate, and Transport, Remediation, and Future Concerns', CRITICAL REVIEWS IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, vol. 44, pp. 1740 - 1793, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10643389.2013.790753

Surhio MA; Talpur FN; Nizamani SM; Amin F; Bong CW; Lee CW; Ashraf MA; Shah MR, 2014, 'Complete degradation of dimethyl phthalate by biochemical cooperation of the Bacillus thuringiensis strain isolated from cotton field soil', RSC ADVANCES, vol. 4, pp. 55960 - 55966, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c4ra09465d

Tabassum N; Rafique U; Balkhair KS; Ashraf MA, 2014, 'Chemodynamics of Methyl Parathion and Ethyl Parathion: Adsorption Models for Sustainable Agriculture', BIOMED RESEARCH INTERNATIONAL, vol. 2014, http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/831989

Ashraf MA; Morozov EV; Shankar K, 2014, 'Flexure analysis of spoolable reinforced thermoplastic pipes for offshore oil and gas applications', Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites, vol. 33, pp. 533 - 542, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0731684413491442

Noor MJ; Ahmad M; Zafar M; Sarfraz M; Yusoff I; Alias Y; Ashraf MA, 2014, 'Floristic and ethnoecological diversity in various habitats of a semi-arid area in the Chakwal district (Pakistan), with special emphasis on medicinal plants', Plant Ecology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11258-014-0384-1

Zulkifley MTM; Ng TF; Raj JK; Hashim R; Ghani A; Shuib MK; Ashraf MA, 2013, 'Definitions and engineering classifications of tropical lowland peats', BULLETIN OF ENGINEERING GEOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT, vol. 72, pp. 547 - 553, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10064-013-0520-5

Young J; Ashraf MA; Lai JCS; Platzer MF, 2013, 'Numerical simulation of fully passive flapping foil power generation', AIAA Journal, vol. 51, pp. 2727 - 2739, http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/1.J052542

Yusoff I; Alias Y; Yusof M; Ashraf MA, 2013, 'Assessment of pollutants migration at Ampar Tenang landfill site, Selangor, Malaysia', SCIENCEASIA, vol. 39, pp. 392 - 409, http://dx.doi.org/10.2306/scienceasia1513-1874.2013.39.392

Gharibreza M; Raj JK; Yusoff I; Othman Z; Tahir WZWM; Ashraf MA, 2013, 'Land use changes and soil redistribution estimation using Cs-137 in the tropical Bera Lake catchment, Malaysia', SOIL & TILLAGE RESEARCH, vol. 131, pp. 1 - 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.still.2013.02.010

Ashraf MA; Yusoff I; Yusof M; Alias Y, 2013, 'Study of contaminant transport at an open-tipping waste disposal site', ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND POLLUTION RESEARCH, vol. 20, pp. 4689 - 4710, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11356-012-1423-x

Gharibreza M; Raj JK; Yusoff I; Othman Z; Tahir WZWM; Ashraf MA, 2013, 'Sedimentation rates in Bera Lake (Peninsular Malaysia) using Pb-210 and Cs-137 radioisotopes', GEOSCIENCES JOURNAL, vol. 17, pp. 211 - 220, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12303-013-0013-3

Ashraf MA; Rehman MA; Alias Y; Yusoff I, 2013, 'Removal of Cd(II) onto Raphanus sativus peels biomass: equilibrium, kinetics, and thermodynamics', DESALINATION AND WATER TREATMENT, vol. 51, pp. 4402 - 4412, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19443994.2012.752333

Ashraf MA; Hussain M; Mahmood K; Wajid A; Yusof M; Alias Y; Yusoff I, 2013, 'Removal of acid yellow-17 dye from aqueous solution using eco-friendly biosorbent', DESALINATION AND WATER TREATMENT, vol. 51, pp. 4530 - 4545, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19443994.2012.747187

Ashraf MA; Maah MJ; Qureshi AK; Gharibreza M; Yusoff I, 2013, 'Synthetic polymer composite membrane for the desalination of saline water', DESALINATION AND WATER TREATMENT, vol. 51, pp. 3650 - 3661, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19443994.2012.751152

Gharibreza M; Raj JK; Yusoff I; Othman Z; Tahir WZWM; Ashraf MA, 2013, 'Historical variations of Bera Lake (Malaysia) sediments geochemistry using radioisotopes and sediment quality indices', JOURNAL OF RADIOANALYTICAL AND NUCLEAR CHEMISTRY, vol. 295, pp. 1715 - 1730, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10967-012-2270-4

Abu Bakar AF; Yusoff I; Ng TF; Othman F; Ashraf MA, 2013, 'Arsenic, Zinc, and Aluminium Removal from Gold Mine Wastewater Effluents and Accumulation by Submerged Aquatic Plants (Cabomba piauhyensis, Egeria densa, and Hydrilla verticillata)', BIOMED RESEARCH INTERNATIONAL, vol. 2013, http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/890803

Gharibreza M; Ashraf MA; Yusoff I; Raj JK, 2013, 'An Evaluation of Bera Lake (Malaysia) Sediment Contamination Using Sediment Quality Guidelines', JOURNAL OF CHEMISTRY, vol. 2013, http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/387035

Ullah S; Ahmad I; Alias Y; Yusoff I; Ashraf MA, 2013, 'Characterization of Triphenylamino-Based Polymethine Dyes', JOURNAL OF CHEMISTRY, vol. 2013, http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/136908

Ashraf MA; Mahmood K; Yusoff I; Qureshi AK, 2013, 'CHEMICAL CONSTITUENTS OF CENCHRUS CILIARIS L. FROM THE CHOLISTAN DESERT, PAKISTAN', ARCHIVES OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, vol. 65, pp. 1473 - 1478, http://dx.doi.org/10.2298/ABS1304473A

Gharibreza M; Raj JK; Yusoff I; Ashraf MA; Othman Z; Tahir WZWM, 2013, 'Effects of agricultural projects on nutrient levels in Lake Bera (Tasek Bera), Peninsular Malaysia', AGRICULTURE ECOSYSTEMS & ENVIRONMENT, vol. 165, pp. 19 - 27, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2012.12.004

Ashraf MA; Maah MJ; Yusoff I, 2013, 'Evaluation of Natural Phytoremediation Process Occurring at Ex-tin Mining Catchment', CHIANG MAI JOURNAL OF SCIENCE, vol. 40, pp. 198 - 213, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000317726200006&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1

Zulkifley MTM; Ng TF; Abdullah WH; Raj JK; Param SP; Hashim R; Ashraf MA, 2013, 'Distribution, classification, petrological and related gochemical (SRA) characteristics of a tropical lowland peat dome in the Kota Samarahan-Asajaya area, West Sarawak, Malaysia', CENTRAL EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF GEOSCIENCES, vol. 5, pp. 285 - 314, http://dx.doi.org/10.2478/s13533-012-0130-y

Siddique MR; Shynder S; Ashraf MA; Yusoff I; Wajid A, 2012, 'Luciferase-transfected colon adenocarcinoma cell line (DLD-1) for use in Orthotopic Xenotransplantation studies (Retraction of vol 6, pg 69, 2012)', CHEMISTRY CENTRAL JOURNAL, vol. 6, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1752-153X-6-121

Shakir L; Ejaz S; Ashraf M; Qureshi NA; Anjum AA; Iltaf I; Javeed A, 2012, 'Ecotoxicological risks associated with tannery effluent wastewater', ENVIRONMENTAL TOXICOLOGY AND PHARMACOLOGY, vol. 34, pp. 180 - 191, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.etap.2012.03.002

Ashraf MA; Maah MJ; Yusoff I, 2012, 'Study of chemical forms of heavy metals collected from the sediments of tin mining catchment', CHEMICAL SPECIATION AND BIOAVAILABILITY, vol. 24, pp. 183 - 196, http://dx.doi.org/10.3184/095422912X13406425859315

Ashraf MA; Maah MJ; Yusoff I; Ghararibreza M, 2012, 'Speciation of heavy metals in the surface waters of a former tin mining catchment', CHEMICAL SPECIATION AND BIOAVAILABILITY, vol. 24, pp. 1 - 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.3184/095422912X13259575370081

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