Master Students

Servani Nagabhyrava

Master of Engineering (Civil)

Servani's research focused on modeling of safer shelter construction in post-disaster humanitarian response. She previously worked for Sri Vathsa Homes Pvt Ltd and MNJ constructions. After completing her degree at the University of Sydney, Servani was accepted into the University of Oxford's Enterprise and the Environment Summer School.

Zhenwen (Fiona) Wang​

Master of Professional Engineering (Civil)

Fiona's research focused on prioritising build back safer messages for post-disaster housing. Through her research, she surveyed experts on the importance of key messages to improve humanitarian shelter assistance and develop new policy.

Undergraduate Students

Benjamin Bannon

Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Civil - Environmental) and Science (Advanced)

Ben's honours thesis research focused on flood risk reduction through improved stormwater management in the Philippines. Ben works for InSite Remediation, which performs remediation works, generally with large scale asbestos, hydrocarbons, heavy metal clean up in the local ground water or soil.

Luke Calo

Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Civil - Environmental)

Luke's honours thesis research focused on flood risk reduction through improved stormwater management in the Philippines. He is currently working for the Sutherland Shire Council as a Trainee Civil Design Engineer.

Lay Shien (Sheryn) See

Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Civil - Environmental)

Sherny's honours thesis research focused on flood risk reduction through improved stormwater management in the Philippines. Her research explored the impact of climate change on flood hazards in a case municipality.

Elyssa Mastroianni

Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Civil)

Elyssa's honours thesis research focused on mitigating infrastructure losses from disasters through asset management. Her research explored the intersection of infrastructure and policy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region through interviews with experts. She currently works for Costin Roe Consulting Pty Ltd as a structural and remedial engineer.

James Lancaster

Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Civil)

James's honours thesis research focused on mitigating infrastructure losses from disasters through asset management. His research explored the intersection of infrastructure and policy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region through interviews with experts. He currently works for Sydney Metro.

Benjamin Korkmann

Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Civil)

Ben's honours thesis research focused on mitigating infrastructure losses from disasters through asset management. His research explored the intersection of infrastructure and policy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region through interviews with experts. He currently works at Downer EDI on the commercial solar team as an engineer.

Nha Vy (Vivien) Tran

Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Civil) and Project Management

Vivien's honours thesis research explored the impact of funding, community participation, and technical assistance on housing reconstruction after the 2015 Gorkha earthquake in Nepal. She analysed survey data from nearly 1,500 households.

Mei Feng (Janice) Wu

Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Civil) and Project Management

Janice's honours thesis research explored the impact of funding, community participation, and technical assistance on housing reconstruction after the 2015 Gorkha earthquake in Nepal. She analysed survey data from nearly 1,500 households.

Lucy Woodley

Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Civil) and Project Management

Lucy's honours thesis research explored the impact of funding, community participation, and technical assistance on housing reconstruction after the 2015 Gorkha earthquake in Nepal. She analysed survey data from nearly 1,500 households.

Visiting Scholars and Short-Term Placements

Eefje Hendriks

PhD Student (Eindhoven University of Technology)

Eefje was a visiting scholar at the University of Sydney in 2019. She is currently a PhD candidate and Lecturer at the Eindhoven University of Technology and the Avans University of Applied Scienceis in the Netherlands where her research is being supported by The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. She has initiated classes related to her PhD topic, including a new multi-disciplinary minor program Disruptive Events - challenge or crisis, the graduation studio Borderless Engineering, and internships for bachelor and master students. At the Eindhoven University of Technology, she is a member of the daily board of Technology for Global Development. Eefje holds two cum laude master's degrees: Architecture and Building Technology, with a focus on the development of community shelter in Haiti. In her PhD research she focuses on effective knowledge exchange to support safer self-recovery after disasters. Her most recent field study (2018) was a knowledge assessment on hazard-resistant construction principles in post-earthquake Nepal, guiding a team of volunteers, students and translators. She has conducted fieldwork on post-typhoon in the Philippines, post-hurricane reconstruction in Nicaragua, and post-flood shelter tests in Senegal as part of the community shelter and water tower development for Speedkits, as well as urban slum integration projects in Argentina. She has worked in partnership with NGO’s, such as the CRS, Cordaid, IFRC, MSF, Habitat for Humanity, EWB, Stichting Samenscholen, Bambu Social.

Kellie Williams

Master of Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development (University of Newcastle)

Kellie completed a summer research placement in 2019/2020 looking at causes of mortality from typhoons in the Philippines.

Emann-Ray Arago

Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Civil) and Commerce

Emann-Ray completed a summer research placement in 2018/2019 looking at prioristing build back safer messages in the Philippines.