Yahya Nazhat

Yahya Nazhat


Department of Civil Engineering


Yahya Nazhat worked as a civil and geotechnical engineer in research, construction and consulting practice from 1983-2009 before pursing PhD research during 2009 to 2013 at the University of Sydney (Australia). His PhD had a focus on behaviour of sandy soil subjected to dynamic loading, and is the first comprehensive body of research in the field of dynamic compaction that has investigated the fundamental physics of the dynamic compaction process and, importantly, has included a study of the micromechanics of particles movement.

Having held senior engineering and management positions in industry in both Australia and the Middle East, Yahya has extensive experience in detailed geotechnical investigation and geotechnical studies associated with major infrastructure projects including highways, tunnels, high-rise buildings, airports and rail projects. He has years of experience in piling and deep foundation including design, construction and pile testing. He earned his BSc in civil engineering from University of Mosul and his MSc in sanitary/environmental engineering from the University of Baghdad. He is a chartered professional engineer in Australia, a registered professional engineer with the National Professional Engineers Register of Australia since 1997 and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia.


Yahya’s recent peer-reviewed paper entitled, The kinematics of granular soils subjected to rapid impact loading, has been recognized by Advances in Engineering as a Key Scientific Article contributing to excellence in engineering, scientific, and industrial research.

Personal interests:

Yahya enjoys travelling, photography and the history of civil engineering.

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