Professor Robert Melchers

Keynote speaker
University Of Newcastle Australia

Professor Melchers is one of the leading structural engineering academics in Australia, is the founding editor of Australian Journal of Structural Engineering, and he was also instrumental in establishing the Structural College in the early 1980’s despite strong opposition from the Civil College at the time. He was also a founding Principal of AMOG Consulting Pty Ltd in 1991 which now has offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Houston. He has managed to blend a highly successful academic career while still being a leader in EA and industry.

Professor Melchers had contributed to the profession through many avenues, and it is this breadth of contributions to academe, government.

Professor Melchers academic record is simply outstanding. He has received two five-year Australian Professorial Fellowships from the Australian Research Council (only 30 are awarded nationally in all academic disciplines except medicine – so it’s highly competitive), has published 4 books, over 200 refereed journal papers and many conference papers and reports. His research into structural reliability and corrosion modelling of steel and concrete structures have won him many international awards and invitations to contribute to international research projects. His service to government include the Nuclear Safety Committee (Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Authority), Independent Technical Review Committee, Collins Class submarines, and
Technical Review Committee for Probabilistic Risk Assessment and Remaining Life Study of HIFAR Reactor. He is often sought to provide expert and specialist advice to industry as is evidenced from his CV. Professor Melchers is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Institution of Engineers, Australia, and Institution of Civil Engineers, London.

Professor Melchers will present his keynote presentation on ‘Modern Methods and Materials’ in regard to materials durability and recent developments and discoveries in marine reinforced concrete.