• Fire behaviour of structures
  • High-strength concrete
  • Modelling and durability of Infrastructure, New Construction and Defence Materials, Sustainable Infrastructure (Tall Buildings, Bridges, Disaster Management)
  • Nanotechnology in Construction, Structural BioEngineering
  • Protective Technology of Structures (Blast effects)
  • Testing and Assessment of infrastructure (Non destructive testing)
  • Wind effects on Tall buildings



  • Priyan Mendis is a Professor in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering and the Leader of the Advanced Protective Technology of Engineering Structures Group. He was also the Convener of the ARC Research Network for a Secure Australia (RNSA) from 2004 -2011.
    Prof Mendis obtained his  PhD from Monash University, Australia.

    Research interests
    - Protective technology of structures
    -Smart Infrastructure, design, assessment and monitoring
    -High-strength/High-performance concrete
    - Seismic design of reinforced and prestressed concrete structures
    - Design of tall buildings and bridges
    - Disaster mitigation and management
    - Sustainable infrastructure

    He is also a member of several institutions including: Institution of Engineering, Concrete Institute of Australia and American Concrete Institute.   


Member of

  • American Concrete Institute. Past Chair International Committee on High-Strength Concrete 1991 -
  • World Council of Tall Builidngs and Urban Habitat. Past Chair Use of High-strength Concrete in Tall Builidings 1991 -
  • Concrete Institute of Australia. Past Committee member 1990 -
  • Engineers Australia. Fellow 1989 -


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • 2010: P. Mendis, H. Malano, A. Rajabifard, I. Johnston, C. Duffield, L. Aye, A. Western, R. Crawford, B. Davidson, T. Ngo, H. Doloi, 'MUtopia - A collaborative-interdisciplinary platform for visualisation, simulation and testing innovative ideas of future sustainable urban development', Interdisciplinary Seed Grant, Melbourne Sustainable Societies Institute (MSSI) and Melbourne Energy Institute (MEI), University of Melbourne, $50K

    2010: M. N. Halgamuge and P. Mendis, 'Environmental impact of low frequency electromagnetic field exposure', Vice Chancellors Knowledge Transfer Grant, University of Melbourne, $10K

    2008: M. N. Halgamuge and P. Mendis, 'Interaction between extremely low frequency magnetic fields and living system: Using isolated plasma membranes from plant cell (spinach)', Joint Research Grant with Lund University, Sweden, $5K   


Education and training

  • PhD, Monash University
  • CPEng,
  • BSc, Monash University

Awards and honors

  • Eureak Prize for Best Science in National security, 2013
  • Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Australia, 2004



Available for supervision

  • N

Supervision Statement

  • I am sorry my research group is full.