The Department of Civil Engineering welcomes Dr. Yahya Nazhat

The Department of Civil Engineering is very pleased to welcome Dr. Yahya Nazhat as the newest member of our faculty team. Dr. Nazhat brings over twenty five years of experience in geotechnical engineering design and implementation; having held senior engineering and management positions in industry in both Australia and Iraq.

Dr. Nazhat was appointed as an Instructor on September 1, and is currently involved in teaching Foundation Engineering (CIVL 410), Engineering Design and Analysis I (CIVL 445), and the laboratory component of Soil Mechanics II (CIVL 311). In Term 2, he will be involved in teaching additional CIVL course as well as Engineering Case Studies (APSC 150) for first-year engineering students.

Prior to joining the Department, Dr. Nazhat completed his PhD at the University of Sydney on the Behaviour of Sandy Soil Subjected to Dynamic Loading. His research was the first comprehensive body of research in the field of dynamic compaction that investigated the fundamental physics of the dynamic compaction process and included a study of the micromechanics of particle movement. He earned his BSc in Civil Engineering from University of Mosul and his MSc in Sanitary/Environmental Engineering from University of Baghdad. He is Chartered Professional Engineer in Australia, as well as a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia. Dr. Nazhat can be reached at