PhD Candidates

Mr Refat Ahmed

Mr Refat Ahmed completed his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (CUET), Bangladesh in 2010 and started working in Civil Engineering Department at the same University as a young researcher. In 2014, he completed his Master in Civil Engineering in one of European Erasmus Mundus Master Course called SUSCOS_M (EMMC-Sustainable Constructions under natural hazards and catastrophic events). More>>


Mr Steven Beltrame

Mr Steven Beltrame completed his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2016. During 2015 and 2016, he was employed at the SBRC as a research assistant. Throughout that time he worked on a number of building façade technology research projects including instrumentation, installation, and data analysis for the thermal monitoring of cool roofs and the design and commissioning of the transpired Solar Collector. More>>


Mr Deside Chibwe

After being awarded his BScEng (Hons) and MScEng in Extractive Metallurgical Engineering, Mr Deside Chibwe worked in ferrous and non-ferrous pyro-metallurgical smelting operations in various capacities. Key interests and activities mainly involved application of fundamental research to improve operations. More>>


Mr Phillip Drain

Mr Phillip Drain completed his B.E (materials) at the University of Wollongong in 2010 as part of the BlueScope cadet program. He worked as a Process Engineer at Worsley Alumina from 2011-2014 and completed a M.E (Research) in 2013 with the University of Wollongong.

He started his PhD studies in early 2015 with the Steel Research Hub at the University of Wollongong. His research interests are sustainable steel manufacturing and minerals processing, recycling minerals processing waste and by-products.

Mr Matt Gear

Mr Matt Gear studied Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Queensland. As a part of his masters, he worked with Fonterra in New Zealand, applying materials characterisation methodology to cheeses to help develop the Cheese for the 21st Century.

While undertaking his PhD Matt works with BlueScope Steel and the Steel Research Hub to understand the effects of elemental additions to BlueScope’s Zincalume coating alloys. This will enable optimisation of the coating process to achieve a coating that is corrosion resistant, aesthetically pleasing, environmentally friendly and cost efficient.

Mr Thomas Jurak

Mr Thomas Jurak began his engineering career in 2008 as a BlueScope cadet, completing his cadetship and graduating from the University of Wollongong with a Bachelor of Engineering (Materials) with Honours in 2013. During his time at BlueScope, he spent a total of 4 years as a Metallographic Metallurgist, performing light and electron optics analysis work on a wide variety of samples and investigations with a focus on coated products, in particular, Next Generation ZINCALUME® Steel. He has also spent time working at BlueScope’s Metal Coating Lines at the Port Kembla Steelworks, and has previously investigated barrier and passivation thin films for Al-Zn coatings.

Ms Brianna Knowles

Ms Brianna Knowles commenced a cadetship with BlueScope in 2009, gaining experiencing working on plant and completing her Bachelor of Science Advanced (Chemistry) degree with the University of Wollongong part-time. She completed her honours year at the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute, investigating coatings that could prevent attachment of microorganisms. More>>


Mr Huibin Li

Mr Huibin Li completed a Bachelor in Bioengineering at the Harbin Institute of Technology, China. He then completed his Master in Metallurgical Engineering at Kunming University of Science and Technology in China.

He is a completing a PhD in the Steel Research Hub where his focus is on a fundamental study into the use of different iron-bearing materials. His research interests are focused on metallurgy, waste recycling and materials engineering.

Mr Wenxuan Li

Wenxuan Li is a PhD student in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at RMIT University. Before joining RMIT, he completed his Master of Engineering at National University of Singapore in 2016. His main research interests are in using molecular simulations to study bio-molecules and help design of engineering novel surfaces.

Mr Le Quang Phan

Mr Le Quang Phan studied Aeronautical Engineering at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology (Vietnam) in 2007. He then pursued a Master of Science degree at Konkuk University, South Korea).

Currently he is completing his PhD on improving the coating quality of the hot-dip galvanizing coating line at the University of Wollongong which is supported by the Steel Research Hub. His main study focuses on conducting computational simulations and experiments to explore the flow instabilities of the galvanizing air knife.

Mr Joel Samsu

Mr Joel Samsu received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Process Engineering at the University of Leoben, Austria in 2012 and 2014. In his master's degree he studied the heat and mass transfer mechanisms in the iron ore sintering process. His research interests are computer simulations of particle flow, heat and mass transfer, as well as their applications in the ironmaking industry.

Currently, he is a Ph.D. candidate in the Steel Research Hub, based at Monash University, where he’s studying the burden wall interaction in the ironmaking blast furnace.

Ms Dan Yang

Ms Dan Yang holds a bachelor of engineering degree in polymer materials and engineering from East China University of Science and Technology, China.

She is currently a PhD candidate in Intelligent Polymer Research Institute, University of Wollongong, Australia. Her research interest is the development of nano particle based anti-fouling coatings and the interfacial properties characterisation by Atomic Force Microscopy.

Mr Navjeet Singh

Mr Navjeet Singh holds a bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering department from National Institute of Technology, Warangal in 2013 and did his masters from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 2015. During his masters, he studied the effects of thermo-mechanical processing on evolution of microstructure, texture and mechanical properties of bainitic transformed steel. More>>


Ms Ai Thi Diem Nguyen

Ms Ai Thi Diem Nguyen completed her Master of Science in Ferrous Technology in Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology Vietnam. She then completed her Bachelor of Engineering in Materials Technology – Silicate Materials Technology at the Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea. More>>


Greg Siemon

Greg Siemon is currently undertaking a Steel Research Hub sponsored PhD, hosted by the School of Chemical Engineering at the University of Queensland. His topic is Enterprise-Wide Optimisation. Enterprise-Wide Optimization (EWO) is a new emerging area that lies at the interface of chemical engineering and operations research, and has become a major goal in the process industries due to the increasing pressures for remaining competitive in the global marketplace.  Within his PhD Greg will be working with BlueScope to improve the operation of their steel smelter at Port Kembla.

Mr Yinxuan Qiu

Mr. Yinxuan Qiu is a PhD in the Chemical Engineering Department, Monash University. Currently, his project is the development of a fundamental particle scale approach to modeling blast furnace charging phenomena. His research focuses on the granular system in the upper part of the blast furnace, seeks to revel the principals of the burden distribution. His research interest mainly involves using CFD and DEM modeling method to describe the particle behavior and coupled fluid flow in the blast furnace. More>>