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Lab Leadership

Portrait of Aaron Opdyke

Dr Aaron Opdyke

Lecturer in Humanitarian Engineering

I study disasters and the built environment in developing communities. My research seeks to strengthen preparedness for and recovery after disaster and conflict, through the lens of safe and equitable shelter and housing.

Masters Students

Portrait of Xinyang Jiang

Xinyang Jiang

Master of Engineering (Civil)

Xinyang's research is investigating storm surge risk assessment methods in the Philippines.

Doctoral Students

We are currently accepting applications for qualified PhD candidates interested in topics relating to the Lab’s research themes. Please see our Student Opportunities page for more information.

Undergraduate Students​

2021 honours students coming soon! 

Visiting Scholars

Portrait of Jessica Taylor

Jessica Taylor

PhD Candidate (Civil Engineering) - Iowa State University

Jessica's research aims to support multi-stakeholder collaboration for infrastructure development and infrastructure adaptation to environmental impacts. Her passion for understanding the intersectionality of engineering and society was fostered through her involvement with Engineers Without Borders USA and engineering work in Navajo Nation. Her engagement in policy and supporting youth engagement have been shaped by her involvement with the UN Major Group for Children and Youth (MGCY).


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