Civil Engineering Postgraduate Committee (CEPC)

The Civil Engineering Postgraduate Committee (CEPC) is an organization led by students for the students! Our mission is to serve the interests and well-being of all postgraduate students and sustain a respectful and vibrant community in our department.

To achieve this mission, the CEPC regularly runs departmental events that promote the networking between all postgraduate students and the academic staff. With nearly 200 postgraduate students studying Civil Engineering at Monash, these events are full of fun and opportunities to interact with students from different research groups. In addition to academic and social events, we also voice the students’ concerns in meetings at departmental, faculty and university levels.

The CEPC is composed of a diverse team, containing both domestic and international students, masters and PhDs, equal gender representation and at least one general representative from each of the five civil engineering groups (i.e. Geomechanics, Resources, Structures, Transport and Water/Environmental).

At present, the CEPC comprises 15 postgraduate students. You can get to know them in the bios below! We meet once a month to discuss plans, implement and communicate the CEPC's mission.

If you have any feedback for the CEPC, or if you’d like to join the committee, let us know! You can have a chat with us by emailing civil.postgrad@monash.edu.


Liuxin Chen

Liuxin Chen
President

Liuxin Chen is currently a second year PhD student, working at the ARC Smart Pavements Hub, Department of Civil Engineering. Her research interests include testing, constitutive modeling and finite element modeling of unsaturated soils under cyclic loading. As the president of the committee, Liuxin creates, communicates, and implements the CEPC's mission. Outside the committee roles, she enjoys hanging out with friends, working out and calligraphy.

Amir Tophel

Amir Tophel
Deputy President

Amir is a second-year PhD student and hails from India. He is a part of SPARC (Smart Pavements Australia Research Collaboration) Hub and his research includes developing an effective way to estimate Soil Density non-destructively. He is the deputy president of the CEPC. His hobbies are cooking, photography and travelling. He has travelled fourteen countries till now and is always looking for a new adventure in a new place.

Safoura Salehi

Safoura Salehi
Social Vice-President

Safoura is a first-year Ph.D. student working on the life cycle analysis of pavements, mainly focused on the use of recycled materials in pavement construction. As the social vice-president of the CEPC, Safoura is interested in volunteering in social activities to make new friends and develop her social skills. Outside of research and study, she enjoys outdoor activities whether it be hiking, photography, or camping. Nothing can keep her cooped up indoors, even wet weather.

Shashika Gajanayake

Shashika Gajanayake
Academic Vice-president

Shashika is a third-year Ph.D. student. He completed his Bachelors in Civil Engineering at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, and is currently working on mechanical alterations of natural gas hydrates upon gas replacement under the supervision of Prof. Ranjith PG. Shashika is the academic vice-president of the CEPC and coordinates activities for the academic development of the students. Outside his research work and studies, he enjoys the spare time playing badminton and cricket, swimming, travelling, cooking and nature-related activities.

Thi Mai Nguyen

Thi Mai Nguyen
Women Rep

Mai is a second-year PhD student originally from Vietnam. She is working on suitable sensing techniques for remote moisture measurements, unbound materials and soil subgrades under supervision of Prof. Jeffrey Walker. Mai is also currently a committee member of the Equity & Diversity committee and the Women Representative of the CEPC, advocating for the women postgraduate student community. She especially loves dogs. Outside university, Mai enjoys travelling and painting.

Aakash Chhabra

Aakash Chhabra
Civil Engineering MGA Rep

Aakash is a second-year PhD student working on simulating fire behaviour using satellite datasets under the expertise of Dr Chris Rudiger. He is equally excited in taking a central role as an MGA Representative in the CEPC to take up and resolve issues directly affecting graduate students during their academic journey. Outside the satellite world, Aakash is passionate about playing soccer, exploring new cuisines and places, and photography.

Esmaeil Najafabadi

Esmaeil Pournamazian Najafabadi
Academic & Career Development/Structures Group Rep

Esmaeil is a third year structural engineering PhD student working on novel steel structures. As the Academic & Career Development Representative, he engages on and promotes activities for the professional development of the students. He is also the student representative of the Structures Research Group. He is an active member of the engineering department and enjoys socializing with colleagues.

Chathuri adakalapuge

Chathuri Maha Madakalapuge
Diversity and Inclusion Rep/ Geomechanics Group Rep

Chathuri is a second-year Ph.D. student, who completed her Bachelors in Civil Engineering at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. Currently, she is working on the advancement of pavement design incorporating climatic effects for unbound pavements as a part of the SPARC hub. In the CEPC, she represents the diversity and inclusion team and the Geomechanics group. Outside her research work and studies, she loves to go hiking with friends, paint and spend time with nature.

Babak Khadivi

Babak Khadivi
Resource Group Rep

Babak is a PhD student doing his research on improvement in safety and sustainability of underground works. He is the representative of the Resources Research Group in the CEPC. He encourages and supports fellow students to be involved in international activities and competitions. Outside the research and study, he enjoys swimming, photography and travelling.

Felipe De Souza

Felipe Basquiroto De Souza
Student Affairs Rep

Felipe is a final year PhD student at the Nanocomm Hub, in the structures group, working on nanoscience to create environment-friendly cement. As the Student Affairs Rep, he supports students in need and addresses the concerns of the student community. Outside the lab and committee roles, Felipe carries from Brazil his passion for soccer and enjoys learning languages, history, and philosophy.

Razieh Karimi

Razieh Karimi
Social Events Rep

Rozi (Razieh) is a first-year MPhil student originally from Iran. She is working on Utilizing construction site passive data for effective team feedback under cultural dimensions, mainly about Construction and Project Management. She loves nature and exploring new places. Outside university, Rozi enjoys travelling, hiking, walking and shopping.

Amin-Assadzadeh

Amin Assadzadeh
Sports & well-being Rep

Amin is a second-year PhD student, He completed his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering at Monash University Malaysia. His research interests include computer vision, machine learning and artificial intelligence and their applications to construction management. He promotes sports and well-being activities. Other than sport activities, in spare time, he enjoys arts, philosophy, photography and spending time in nature.

Elnaz Mokhtari

Elnaz Mokhtari
Social Events Rep

Elnaz is a Ph.D. student doing her research in the Structural Engineering group. She is interested in volunteer activities for social events of the CEPC. Outside academic and committee rules, she enjoys the spare time going on adventures, working out, reading books, dancing, watching movies, and hanging out with friends.

Alberto Peixoto

Alberto Peixoto
Water/Environmental Group Rep / Sports & well-being Rep

Alberto is a third year PhD student from Brazil. He is doing research on water balance in intermittent catchments and the effects of climate on tree transpiration. Alberto is highly motivated to support fellow students, for this reason he is the student representative of the Water/Environmental group. Apart from work and studies, he loves playing the drums and cycling.

Zunaira Naseem

Zunaira Naseem
Academic & Career Development Rep

Zunaira is a third-year Ph.D. student at the Nanocomm Hub, in the structures group working on nano-engineered polymer composites for sustainable building materials. As the Academic & Career Development Representative, she is willing to address the concerns of the students in addition to promoting the activities for their professional development. Outside of research and study, she enjoys outdoor activities that include photography, traveling, and social events.