Lab Leadership

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Dr Aaron Opdyke

Senior Lecturer in Humanitarian Engineering

Dr Aaron Opdyke is currently a Senior Lecturer in Humanitarian Engineering in the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Sydney. He has worked closely with governments and organisations across the Asia-Pacific region on resilient and sustainable infrastructure to address global development challenges. He holds a PhD (2017) and MS (2015) in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder and a BS (2013) in Civil Engineering from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obsipo. Dr Opdyke was recognised as one of ten New Faces of Civil Engineering (2021) by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). His research focuses on the interface of infrastructure and social systems, examining this nexus in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation of the built environment.

PhD and MPhil Students

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Emily Nabong

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Emily's research focuses on modelling the dynamics of climate change migration and habitability in Kiribati.

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Arvin Hadlos

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Arvin's research looks at local and Indigenous knowledge in disaster risk reduction with a focus on multi-hazard tradeoffs in post-earthquake housing reconstruction in the Philippines.

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Grace Muir

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Grace's research looks at the processes of multi-hazard risk creation in the planning and design of settlements and infrastructure in Indonesia.

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Isaac Besarra

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

Isaac's research is developing flood vulnerability curves for residential structures in the Philippines and assessing how climate change is impacting flood risk in communities.

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Lay Shien (Sheryn) See

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

Sheryn's research aims to understand how organisations are considering climate change in humanitarian shelter responses to complex displacement from disasters and conflict.

Undergraduate Students

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Zoe Latham

Bachelor of Engineering Honours

Grace Barrett-Lennard

Bachelor of Engineering Honours and Bachelor of Commerce

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Luca Ekins

Bachelor of Engineering Honours and Bachelor of Commerce

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Benjamin Wu

Bachelor of Engineering Honours and Bachelor of Commerce


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