PhD (Structure); MEng(Structure); BEng Civil (Honours); FIEAust; CPEng; RPEQ; EngExec; IntPE(Aus)

Assoc. Prof. Rabin Tuladhar is the Head of International Partenership in the College of Science and Engineering at James Cook University (JCU).  Rabin served as the Head of Engineering (2022-2023), Director of Engineering Studies (2018-2020) and Associate Dean Learning and Teaching (ADLT) (2012-2018) for the College of Science and Engineering. He successfully led Engineering program through Engineers Australia Accreditation in 2016. Rabin played an instrumental role in conceptualizing and establishing two very successful engineering programs at JCU, which include Master of Engineering (Prof) and Bachelor of Engineering in Internet of Things. During his tenure as ADLT, he implemented Major-Minor structure in Engineering; project based learning in a number of subjects; and systematic mapping of learning outcomes for Engineering disciplines. 

Rabin is a Civil Engineer, with specialisation in Concrete and Structure Engineering. He has established close collaborations with local industries to conduct translational research in the areas of sustainable and innovative construction materials, durability of structures, rehabilitation of aged infrastructure and structural health monitoring. Rabin led the research team, which was awarded the Australian Innovation Challenge 2015 for the development of 100% recycled plastic fibre for concrete reinforcement. Rabin is also a Fellow of Engineers Australia and is a Chartered Professional Engineer.

He teaches Structural Engineering to the second and third year Civil Engineering students. He is also involved in curriculum design, quality assurance in teaching, industry liaison, and academic advising. In 2011, within two years of his academic career at JCU, he was awarded Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) national citation and JCU faculty citation for his outstanding contribution to student learning.

Rabin completed his Ph.D. from Saitama University. He also worked as a Lecturer at University of Canterbury, Christchurch New Zealand. He was a Japan Society for Promotion of Sciences (JSPS) Postdoctoral Fellow. He finished his Masters in Structural Engineering from Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand and Bachelor in Civil Engineering with First Class Honours from Regional Engineering College, Silchar India.  He also completed Townsville North Queensland Emerging Leadership Program organized by Townsville Enterprise. His work and teaching experiences in some of the leading universities in his field of expertise has helped him to bring a wealth of cutting-edge knowledge to his teaching and research.

  • CS2001: Engineering Strength of Materials (Level 2; TSV)
  • CS2003: Introduction to Structural Design (Level 2; TSV)
  • CS3001: Concrete Engineering (Level 3; TSV)
  • LB5200: Career Planning (Level 5; TSV)
  • Structural and Material Testing (including but not limited to Concrete, timber, steel, fiber reinforced polymers)
  • Concrete Engineering
  • Sustainable Developoment
  • Durability of Concrete Structures
  • Seismic Design
  • Fiber Reinforced Concrete
  • Innovative Construction Materials
  • Structural Design
  • Concrete Engineering
  • Mechanics
  • 2023 to present - Head of International Partnership, James Cook University (Townsville/Cairns, Australia)
  • 2018 to present - Associate Professor, College of Science and Engineering, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2022 to 2023 - Head of Engineering, James Cook University (Townsville/Cairns, Australia)
  • 2016 to 2018 - Associate Dean Learning and Teaching, College of Science and Engineering, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2012 to 2017 - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2014 to 2016 - Associate Dean Learning and Teaching, College of Science Technology and Engineering, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2012 to 2014 - Associate Dean (Engineering), School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2009 to 2011 - Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2008 to 2009 - Lecturer, University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand)
  • 2006 to 2008 - JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow, Saitama University (Saitama, Japam)
  • 2002 to 2003 - Project Researcher, Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand)
Research Disciplines
  • 2016 - JCU TropEco Research Award for outstanding research activities contributing to a more sustainable society and environment
  • 2015 - Winner - The Australian Innovation Challenge (2015) in the Manufacturing, Construction and Innovation category for the development of recycled plastic fibre to reinforce concrete, sponsored by Department of Industry and Science, Australian Government
  • 2014 - 3 Minute Research Presentation Winner Established Researcher Category
  • 2011 - ALTC Citation Award for the outstanding contribution student learning, Australian Learning and Teaching Council
  • 2011 - ECR Rising Star, James Cook University
  • 2011 - Faculty Citation for the outstanding contributions to student learning, Faculty of Science and Engineering, James Cook University
  • 2007 - Best paper presentation award, Japan Society of Civil Engineers for the best paper and presentation during the 9th International Summer Symposium
  • 2007 - Best paper award, Japan Concrete Institute for the paper entitled “Analytical Study on Influence of Pile Modelling on the Response Behaviour of Concrete Structures”. Proceedings of Japan Concrete Institute, Vol. 29, No. 3, 2007, pp. 847-852
  • 2006 - Best paper presentation award, Japan Society of Civil Engineers for the best paper and presentation during the 8th International Summer Symposium
  • 2004 - Best paper presentation award, Japan Society of Civil Engineers for the best paper and presentation during the 6th International Summer Symposium
  • 1999 - Best Student Engineer Award from The Institution of Engineers India, Silchar Chapter, India
  • 1999 - Mahendra Vidyabhusan Nepal
  • 1999 - Gold Medal, 1999 from Assam University for securing First Class First position in Engineering Faculty in Assam University in the year
  • 1999 - Kamaleshwar Baruwah Memorial Award for the Best Civil Engineering Graduate from Assam University,” Swami Vivekanada Sewa Kendra, Guwahati, India
  • 2015 to 2016 - Townsville North Queensland Emerging Leader, Townsville Enterprise
  • 2006 to 2008 - JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences) Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2003 to 2006 - Monbukagakusho (Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Technology) scholarship to pursue Ph.D. at Saitama University, Japan
  • 2002 to 2003 - Research fellowship from Education and Research Project for Sustainable Development in the Greater Mekong Sub-region, Supported by Japanese Government
  • 2000 to 2002 - Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) administered scholarship from the Government of Japan (2000-2002) to pursue Masters of Engineering at Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
  • 1995 to 1999 - Technical Corporation Scheme (TCS), Colombo Plan Scholarship from Government of India to pursue Bachelors of Engineering at Regional Engineering College, Silchar India
  • Fellow of Institute of Engineers Australia (FIEAust)
  • Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ)
  • EngExec (Engineering Executive, Engineers Australia)
  • Member Concrete Institute of Australia (CIA)
  • Founding Executive Member, Concrete Institute of Australia North Queensland Regional Chapter
  • Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science
  • Australasian Association of Engineering Education
  • CPEng (Chartered Professional Engineer, Engineers Australia) in the College of Structure, and Leadership and Management
  • American Concrete Institute (ACI)

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 60+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Rabin Tuladhar from 2004 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

Rockfield Technologies Australia Pty Ltd - Research Grant

A data driven decision making framework based on an economic model.

Indicative Funding
$30,000 over 2 years
The Project aims to develop a solution providing application system based on quantitative FMECA (Failure Mode, Effects and Criticality Analysis) as a decision-making tool in prioritising the failure modes and to ultimately focus on defect elimination using tools and techniques of industry 4.0.
Rabin Tuladhar and Sagar More (College of Science & Engineering)
Asset Management; Decision Making; Economic Model; Industry 4.0

Queensland Pacific Metals - Contract Research

Sustainable assessment of nickel production residue as engineered landfill.

Indicative Funding
$39,415 over 1 year
The residue left after leaching is a silica-rich sand material, which will be a washed, filtered and neutralised with magnesia, before being stockpiled on site for over 36 months. Numerous options for the end use of this leach residue have been investigated and were previously reported by JCU. These included re-use as a building product in bricks and as an engineered fill. The results favoured the material as a potential fill material and since these results were published numerous potential sites requiring fill in and around the Townville region have been identified. For this to be viable the mechanical and chemical properties of the material must be further investigated. If successful, the results of this test program should indicate eligibility for an End of Waste Code (EOWC).
Peter To, Rabin Tuladhar and Siva Sivakugan (College of Science & Engineering)
Mining residue; Nickel; sustainable use

Rockfield Technologies Australia Pty Ltd - Research Grant

Data driven life cycle decision making for engineering asset management in Industry 4.0 ? Modelling of uncertainty in complex systems.

Indicative Funding
$70,000 over 3 years
Implementation of Industry 4.0 in Engineering Asset Management requires new scalable techniques for agile decision making. The ever-increasing volume of data originating from engineered assets in service can be harnessed effectively for this purpose. Development of a group of data driven decision making tools grounded on domain specific engineering fundamentals is being proposed. These solutions are intended to support asset life cycle decisions related to performance and risk and thereby improve asset performance and Systems Safety. This study aims to develop scalable life cycle decision making enablers for digital twins of complex assets.
Rabin Tuladhar in collaboration with Madhumenon Krishnamenon (College of Science & Engineering)
Asset management; Industry 4.0; Prognostic assessment; Machine Learning; Structural Health Monitoring

Holcim (Australia) Pty Ltd - Contract Research

Development and performance assessment of concrete mix with recycled concrete aggregates for precast concrete pipes application

Indicative Funding
Construction and demolition (C&D) wastes primarily consists of concrete rubble. Recycled concrete aggregate (RCA) from C&D wastes has not been extensively used in concrete production due to the difficulty in quality control and its poor strength. This research project will study processing of RCA to enhance its mechanical properties and developing sustainable concrete mix with RCA for real-world application in precast concrete pipes.
Rabin Tuladhar (College of Science & Engineering)
Construction and demolition waste; Recycled concrete; Aggregates; Precast concrete; Sustainability

Queensland Pacific Metals - Contract Research

Sustainable use of tailings as land-fill and non-structural construction material - Phase 1

Indicative Funding
$30,000 over 1 year
The central aim of the project is the assessment of blended residue from Townsville Energy Chemicals Hub (TECH) for sustainable use. Tailings can be processed to remove the acidic content or mixed with binder to become safe backfill or non-structural materials. TECH proposed to process annually 600,000 tons of high grenade Nickel and Cobalt ore. Phase 1 of the project will undertake physical, chemical, geotechnical and engineering strength tests on tailings from TECH to estimate the limits and to assess characteristics, including the acid-insoluble content of the tailings. The understanding will help to develop research in phase 2 and 3.
Peter To, Siva Sivakugan, Yinghe He, Mohan Jacob and Rabin Tuladhar (College of Science & Engineering)
Tailings; Environmental Impact; Recycled Material; Backfill; Electro-Kinetic; Pyrolysis

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Prognostics and health management in asset life cycle decision making ? A data driven approach. (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • A data-driven maintenance decision-making framework for engineering asset management using economic modelling techniques (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Strengthening of timber bridge girders through the use of fibre reinforced polymers (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Recycling of XLPE using Screw Extruder using Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Pump and also by Grinding (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Effect of Graphene Oxide on the properties and microstructure of concrete (Masters , Primary Advisor)

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