DR Sam Yuen

DR Sam Yuen


  • Geo-environmental Engineering
  • Sustainable Waste Management



  • Dr Yuen is recognized both nationally and internationally for his active research on solid waste management with specific interests in bioreactor landfills, waste containment systems, leachate recirculation, landfill hydrology and landfill gas management. He served the industry for over 12 years practising as a consulting engineer in a wide range of geotechnical and environmental projects before commencing his academic career with the University of Melbourne in 1996 . He is the Research Team Leader of the national Australian Alternative Cap Program co-funded by the Australian Research Council and the Waste Management Association of Australia. His is also a member of the Landfill Aftercare and Management Expert Advisory Group appointed by EPA Victoria.

    Dr Sam Yuen from the Department of Infrastructure Engineering has been awarded the 2012 University of Melbourne Staff Engagement Excellence Award for his work on sustainable waste management.   As the instigator and principal architect of the project, "Phytocapping for sustainable waste management systems and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and odour from waste disposal sites", which was completed in 2011.
    Supported by the Australian Research Council and industry, the project brought together a wide range of stakeholders including waste management operators represented by their peak industry body, the Waste Management Association of Australia, several leading environmental consultancies, all mainland state regulators, the CSIRO and five other universities. The government agencies have started to embrace the improved landfill cover design in their policies and regulations. The interdisciplinary nature of the program has provided research training opportunities for graduate students. Research findings have been conveyed to the public through a project web site and 12 peer-reviewed publications.
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Member of

  • Course Advisory Committee, School of Engineering and Science, Victoria University. Member 2011 -
  • Institution of Engineers Australia. Member 1988 -
  • Southeast Asian Geotechnical Society. Member 1988 -
  • Hong Kong Institution of Engineers. Member 1987 -
  • The Institution of Engineers. Member 1986 -


Selected publications


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 1999
  • MEngSc, University of Melbourne 1994
  • BE, Aston University 1982

Awards and honors

  • Recipient of the University of Melbourne Vice Chancellors Engagement Excellence Award 2012, The University of Melbourne, 2012
  • Recipient of the Faculty of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award 2002, The University of Melbourne, 2002



Available for supervision

  • N

Supervision Statement

  • Successfully supervsied a number of PhD students, including the following theses -

    Study of methane oxidation in various types of landfill covers to reduce greenhouse emissions: an Australian perspective (current)

    Oxidation of Landfill Gas in Phytocap to Reduce Greenhouse Emissions (current)

    The Distribution of Chemical Contaminants in Soil around Septic Tank Absorption Trenches (current)

    Rock Slope stability in Mining Applications (Mar 2012)

    Landfill phytocap development and performance evaluation using Australian native plants (Jan 2011).

    Hydrological Performance of On-site Soil Absorption Systems (OSAS) (Jan 2009)

    The Role of Artificial Recharge in the Management of Groundwater Extraction for Mining or Power Generation Operations(June 2008)

    Impact of Uncertainty in Biokinetic Parameters on Bioremediation of Contaminated Aquifers and Human Health Risk (Aug 2005)

    Optimising Environmental Improvement at Municipal Solid Waste Disposal Facilities in Developing Countries – Using Sri Lanka as a Case Study (Oct 2004)