Dr Muhammad Ashraf

School of Engineering and Information Technology
+61 2 626 88334


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


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.