DR Mahdi Miri Disfani

DR Mahdi Miri Disfani


  • Geotechnical Engineering (Soil Dynamics, Ground Improvement, Discrete Element Modelling)
  • Transportation Geotechnics



  • I graduated in 2003 from Amirkabir University of Technology in Tehran; Iran where later I got a Master of Science Degree in Geotechnical Engineering in 2006. I worked as a geotechnical engineer on design and testing of core and filter of embankment dams in Iran while doing my research on Internal Erosion of Embankment Dam Foundations.

    In 2011; I graduated with a PhD in Engineering from Swinburne University of Technology (Australia) where I was awarded the Vice Chancellor Scholarship for the duration of my studies. I worked as a Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering in Department of Civil and Construction Engineering at Swinburne University of Technology from 2011 until February 2015. During these years I focused on research in field of pavement geotechnics, ground improvement and advanced soil and pavement testing. I developed an interest in Sustainable Geotechnics particularly in application of recycled material in geotechnical engineering applications.

    As an Early Career Researcher I have an outstanding track record delivering research outcomes through my success in state government grants, industry grants, refereed publications, and awards.

    Since 2011, I have been involved as a Chief Investigator in 9 research projects and I am the lead investigator and project leader in 7 of these projects. My research has led to significant end-user benefits along with benefits to the wider community in terms of knowledge development, field usage of research outputs and development of new specifications and guidelines towards using recycled waste materials in road work applications.   


Member of

  • Australian Geomechanics Society. Victorian Chapter Committee Member 2014 -
  • Institution of Engineers Australia. Professional Geotechnical Engineer 2011 -
  • International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. (ISSMGE) 2011 -
  • Royal Society of Victoria. Member 2010 -


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

    • “Evaluation of Innovative Concrete-free Footing System”, Department of Business and Innovation (State Government of Victoria) and Surefoot Pty. Ltd. (2014: $31.5 k).
    • “Soil movement in hydraulic structures with piled foundations under extreme weather events: an experimental and numerical modelling approach”, Swinburne University Melbourne-Sarawak Research Collaboration Scheme (2014-2016: $157k).
    • “Crushed brick and recycled glass as a supplementary material in cement treated crushed concrete pavement applications (Phases 1 and 2)”, Sustainability Victoria (2013-2014: $120k).
    • “Development of Multi-Directional Cyclic Simple Shear Facility”, Swinburne University Research Infrastructure Investment Scheme (2014: $209k)
    • “Demolition wastes for stone columns”, Department of Business and Innovation (State Government of Victoria) and GeoFrontiers (2013: $32k).
    • “End-of-life options for waste paint in Australia”, Sustainability Victoria (2013: $31k).
    • “Development of an advanced laboratory testing method for the measurement of soil suction under a range of overburden pressures”, IPC Global (2013: $28k).
    • “Resilient modulus and permanent deformation response of waste dolerite as wearing course material for mine haul roads”, Hatch (2013: $16k).
    • “Sustainable use of biosolids in road embankments”, Smart Water Fund (2007-2009: $275k).


Education and training

  • Grad Cert, Swinburne University of Technology
  • MSc, Amirkabir University of Technology
  • BSc, Amirkabir University of Technology
  • PhD, Swinburne University of Technology

Awards and honors

  • Finalist for The Australian Innovation Challenge, The Australian and Department of Industry, 2014
  • Highly Commended Award for Excellence in Research and Education, Australian Pavement and Recycling Association (Auststab), 2012
  • Winner PostGraduate Student Prize (Physical Science), Royal Society of Victoria, 2010


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Coordinating Supervisor:
    • Amir Mehdizadeh (PhD candidate; ongoing from Sep 2014); Soil Movement in Hydraulic Structure with Piled Foundations.
    • Ehsan Yaghoubi (PhD candidate; ongoing from 2013); A Framework for Unsaturated Behaviour of Recycled Aggregates in Pavement Applications.
    • Tabassom Afshar (PhD candidate; ongoing from 2013); Micro-scale Behaviour of Recycled Construction and Demolition Material: Discrete Element Method Simulations and Physical Testing.
    • Asmaa Altaie (PhD candidate; ongoing from Jan 2014); Volume Change Cehaviour of Victorian Expansive Clay.
    Associate Supervisor:
    • Ali Mohamadinia (PhD candidate; ongoing from 2012) Geopolymer Cement Stabilisation of Pavement Sub-bases with Recycled Demolition Materials.
    • Prem Sothilingam (PhD candidate; ongoing from 2013) Pavement Embankment Settlement due to Erosion through Working Platform on Soft Subgrades.
    • Aruna Karunarathne (PhD candidate; ongoing from 2012) Minimisation of Damage to Residential Structures due to Ground Movement.