Dr. Muhammad Ekhlasur Rahman

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Dr. Muhammad Ekhlasur Rahman
PhD, M.Sc, B,Sc
Head of Department
Associate Professor
Civil & Construction Engineering
 
Contact Details
Telephone: +60 85 443939 Extn: 2498
Fax: +60 85 443837
Location: Skylark 3 (SK3) Room 411
 
Background

Dr Muhammad joined Curtin Sarawak in 2010. He obtained his PhD degree from University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland. His PhD was focused on prediction of ground vibrations due to tunneling activities.  Dr Muhammad’s other research interests include sustainable construction materials, soft soil improvement, numerical modelling, soil–structure interaction and analyses techniques of masonry arches. Dr. Muhammad has served the industry in Dublin, Ireland for two and half years chiefly in the fields of design and assessment of infrastructure elements and has supervised junior engineers. He has also worked as a part time lecturer in Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland for one and half years.

Academic History

  • BSc in Civil Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • MEngSc in Civil Engineering, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • PhD in Civil Engineering, University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland

Academic Appointment

2017-Present
Head of Department
Department of Civil and Construction Engineering, Curtin University Malaysia
2015-Present
Associate Professor
Department of Civil and Construction Engineering, Curtin University Malaysia
 2013- 2014
Senior Lecturer 
Department of Civil and Construction Engineering, Curtin University Sarawak
2010-2012
Lecturer 
Department of Civil and Construction Engineering, Curtin University Sarawak
2005-2006
Part Time Lecturer
Department of Civil Engineering, Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland
2003- 2006
Demonstrator & Teaching Assistant
Department of Civil Engineering, University of Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
2001- 2002
Demonstrator
Department of Civil Engineering, University College Dublin, Ireland

Other Positions

  1. Member of the School of Engineering and Science Accreditation & Audit Committee
  2. Member of the Curtin University Sarawak Start-Up Committee for 2011
  3. Coordinator, Logistic Committee: 3nd CUTSE International Conference, Miri, November 2011
  4. Coordinator, Editorial Committee: 4th CUTSE International Conference, Miri, November 2012

Professional Contributions to Educational Development

  • Attended the Curtin’s Foundation of Learning and Teaching module as professional development in higher education, 2010

Awards

  • Student Choice Award 2012; Curtin University Sarawak, Malaysia
  • IMM Green Materials Award 2012; Institute of Materials Malaysia (IMM)
  • Postgraduate Research Awards (2004 & 2005); Institution of Engineers of Ireland.
  • Postgraduate Research Awards (2004 & 2005); Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Research Interests

  • Sustainable construction materials
  • Soft soil improvement
  • Vibration control
  • Numerical modelling
  • Soil–structure interaction

Journal Reviewer

  • Journal of Materials and Design; ISI Indexed; I.F. 2.2
  • Journal of Fibers and Ploymers; IS Indexed; I.F. 0.84
  • Journal of Science and Technology; Scopus Indexed
  • WASET; Scopus Indexed

Publications

Book
  1. Muhammad Ekhlasur Rahman, (2011), “Masonry Arch Bridge: Analysis & Assessment”, LAP – LAMBERT Academic Publishing, GmbH & Co. KG, Germany, ISBN: 978-3-8443-8934-0.
Journal Papers
  1. O. Nabinejad, D Sujan, M E Rahman, WYH Liew, Ian J Davies, (2016), “Mechanical and thermal characterization of polyester composite containing treated wood flour from Palm oil biomass”, Polymer Composites, DOI: 10.1002/pc.24052, [ISI Indexed]
  2. PS Balaji, M E Rahman, L Moussa, HH Lau, (2016), “An analytical study on the static vertical stiffness of wire rope isolators”, Mechanical Engineering Science & Technology, Vol. 30,. [ISI Indexed]
  3. M. E. Rahman, V. Pakrashi, S. Banerjee and T. Orr, (2015), “Suitable Waves for Bender Element Tests: Interpretations, Errors and Modelling Aspects”, Periodica Polytechnica: Civil Engineering, Vol. 60(2), pp 145-158. [ISI Indexed]
  4. PS Balaji, M E Rahman, L Moussa, HH Lau, (2016), “Static lateral stiffness of wire rope isolators”, Mechanics Based Design of Structures and Machines: An International Journal, 44 (4), pp. 462-475, [ISI Indexed]
  5. BH Nagaratnam, ME Rahman, AK Mirasa, MA Mannan, (2016), “Workability and heat of hydration of self-compacting concrete incorporating agro-industrial waste”, Journal of Cleaner Production, 112, pp. 882-894. [ISI Indexed]
  6. L Moussa, S Al-Tobat, M E Rahman, O Mugheida, (2016), “Practical Soil-Shallow Foundation Model for Nonlinear Structural Analysis”, Mathematical Problems in Engineering, vol. 2016, Article ID 4514152. doi:10.1155/2016/4514152. [ISI Indexed]
  7. O. Nabinejad, D. Sujan, M. E. Rahman, I. Davies, (2015), “Determination of filler content for natural filler polymer composite by thermogravimetric analysis”, Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, Vol. 122, Issue 1, pp 227-233. [ISI Indexed]
  8. D Mujah, ME Rahman, NHM Zain, (2015), “Performance evaluation of the soft soil reinforced ground palm oil fuel ash layer composite”, Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 95, pp. 89-100. [ISI Indexed]
  9. L Moussa, S Al Toubat, ME Rahman, BP Selvaraj, (2015), “Elliptical leaf spring shock and vibration mounts with enhanced damping and energy dissipation capabilities using lead spring”, Shock & Vibration, http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/482063. [ISI Indexed]
  10. PS Balaji, M E Rahman, L Moussa, HH Lau, (2015), “Wire rope isolators for vibration isolation of equipment and structures–A review”, Materials Science and Engineering Vol. 78 (1). [ISI-Indexed]
  11. P. S. Balaji, L. T. Vuia, M. E. Rahman, M. Leblouba, (2015), “Experimental investigation on the hysteresis behavior of the wire rope isolators”, Mechanical Engineering Science & Technology, Vol. 29, pp 1527-1536. [ISI Indexed]
  12. O. Nabinejad, D. Sujan, M. E. Rahman, I. Davies, (2015), “Effect of oil palm kernel shell powder on the mechanical performance and thermal stability of polyester composites”, Materials & Design, Vol. 65, pp 823–830. [ISI Indexed]
  13. B. H. Nagaratnam, A. Fahim, M. E. Rahman, M. A. Mannan, M. Leblouba, (2015), “Mechanical and durability properties of medium strength Self-Compacting Concrete with high-volume fly ash and blended aggregates”, Periodica Polytechnica, Vol. 59(2), pp. 155-164. [ISI Indexed]
  14. PS Balaji, M E Rahman, L Moussa, HH Lau, (2015), Vibration isolation of structures and equipment using wire rope isolators, “International Journal of Modern Trends in Engineering and Research, pp; 907-911.
  15. M. Leblouba, Z. Ali, B. Abdelkader, M. E. Rahman, (2014), “Nonlinear Model for Lead Rubber Bearings Including Axial Load Effects and Large Deformations”, International Journal of Civil and Structural Engineering-IJCSE, Vol. 1(3), pp 173-176.
  16. M.E. Rahman, A. S. Muntohar, V. Pakrashi, B. H. Nagaratnam, D. Sujan, (2014), “Self Compacting Concrete from Waste Materials & Blended Fine Aggregate”, Materials & Design, Vol. 55, pp 410-415. [ISI Indexed]

  17. M.E. Rahman, A. Boon, A. S. Muntohar, V. Pakrashi, (2014), “Performance of Masonry Blocks Incorporating Palm Oil Fuel Ash”, Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 78, pp. 195-201. [ISI Indexed]

  18. J. Taaffe,, S. O’Sullivan, M. E. Rahman, V. Pakrashi, (2014), “Experimental Characterization of Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Bottle Eco-Bricks”, Materials & Design, Vol. 60, pp 50-56.[ISI Indexed]

  19. A. S. Muntohar, M. E. Rahman, (2014), “Lightweight masonry block from oil palm kernel shell”, Construction and Building Materials, Vol. 54, pp 477–484. [ISI Indexed]

  20. D. Sujan, X. B. Pang, M. E. Rahman, M. M. Reddy, (2014), “Performance Study of Solder Bond on Thermal Mismatch Stresses in Electronic Packaging Assembly” Materials Science Forum, Vols. 773-774, pp 242-249 [ISI Indexed].

  21. M. E. Rahman, M. Leblouba and V. Pakrashi, (2014), “Improvement of Engineering Properties of Peat with Palm Oil Clinker”, Journal of Science & Technology, Vol. 22(2). [SCOPUS-Indexed]

  22. N. Samuel, D. Sujan, M. E. Rahman, O. Nabinejad, MM Reddy, (2014), “Oil Palm Fibre and Nano-Silica Reinforced Epoxy Composite Material”, Advanced Materials Research, Vol. 980, pp 23-27. [SCOPUS-Indexed]

  23. O. Nabinejad, D. Sujan, M. E. Rahman, M. M. Reddy, W. Y. H. Liew, I. Davies, (2014), “The Effect of Alkali Treatment of OPKS Filler on Mechanical Property of Polyester-Composite”, Advanced Materials Research, Vol. 980, pp 86-90. [SCOPUS-Indexed]

  24. B.H. Nagaratnam, M. E. Rahman, A. K. Mirasa, M. A. Mannan, (2014), “Workability of Self-Compacting Concrete Using Blended Waste Materials”, Advanced Materials Research, Vol. 1043, pp 273-277. [SCOPUS-Indexed]

  25. Y. R. Loh, D. Sujan, M. E. Rahman, (2013), “Sugarcane bagasse—the future composite material: A literature review”, Resources Conservation and Recycling, Vol.75, pp14-22. [ISI Indexed]

  26. A. S. Muntohar, M. E. Rahman, R. Hashim, S. Islam, (2013) “Finite Element Analysis of Ground Improvement Technique Using Soil-Column on Peat” Journal of Science & Technology, Vol. 21 (2). [SCOPUS-Indexed]

  27. B. H. Nagaratnam, M. E. Rahman, M. A. Mannan, (2012), “A Study on Hardened State Properties of SCC using Fly Ash and Blended Fine Aggregate”, Advanced Materials Research, Vol. 622, pp. 1789-1793. [SCOPUS Indexed].

  28. D. Sujan., C. W. Yeo, M. E. Rahman, M. A. Maleque, & M. Y. Ali (2012) “Aluminum-Silicon Carbide Composites for Enhanced Physio-Mechanical Properties” Advanced Materials Research Vol. 576, pp. 370-374. [SCOPUS Indexed].

  29. D. Sujan, M. E. Rahman, W. E.Dereje, M. Murthy & K. Seetharamu, (2011), “Bi-layered model of interfacial thermal stresses with the effect of different temperatures in the layers” Journal of Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vol. 87, pp 63-70. [ISI-Indexed]

  30. M. E. Rahman & T. Orr, (2008), “Using trenches to reduce tunnelling vibration”, ICE Journal: Geotechnical Engineering, Vol. 161, Issue 5, pp 227-233. [ISI Indexed]

Conference Papers
  1. M.E. Rahman & S. N. Jong, (2012), “Effect of Skewness on Deck Girder Bridges”, ICCOEE2012, International Conference on Civil Offshore & Environmental Engineering, 12-14 June, 2012, Kuala lumpur, Malaysia.
  2. M.E. Rahman & Orr T., (2011), “Finite element modelling of ground vibrations due to construction of the second bore of the Dublin Port Tunnel” ASEAN Australian Engineering Congress, 25-27 July, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.
  3. M.E. Rahman, Brabha H, N., Vikram P. Debnath S., & Mannan M.A., (2011), “A Preliminary Study on Self Compacting Concrete Using RHA”, 3rd CUTSE International Conference, 8-9 Nov., Sarawak, Malaysia.
  4. Montohar A., & M. E. Rahman, (2011), “Compressive strength of the oil palm shellcrete for masonry block”, The 10th National Seminar on Engineering Application, Design and industry, 3rd December 2011, University Muhammadiyah, Indonesia.
  5. Orr T & M. E. Rahman , (2008), “Prediction of ground vibration due to tunnelling”, Proceedings of the BRI08 & CRI08 Symposium, Eds. E. Cannon, R. West & P. Fanning, Galway, Ireland.
  6. M.E. Rahman. & Orr T., (2006) “A parametric study of backfill trench for reduction of TBM induced ground vibrations”, Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Congress on Sound and Vibration (ICSV13), Eds.: Eberhardsteiner, J.; Mang, H.A.; Waubke, H. Vienna, Austria.
  7. M.E. Rahman & Orr T., (2006), “A review of strategies to control manmade induced ground vibrations”, Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Congress on Sound and Vibration (ICSV13), Eds.: Eberhardsteiner, J.; Mang, H.A.; Waubke, H., Vienna, Austria.
  8. M.E. Rahman & Orr T., (2006), “A study of the effects of an existing tunnel on surface vibrations due to a TBM”, Proceedings of the 9th Young Geotechnical Engineers Symposium, Eds. J.A. Black and V. Sivakumar, Queens University, UK.
  9. M.E. Rahman & Fanning P., (2002), “An examination of fill effects on ratings for masonry arch bridges”, Proceedings of the 2002 Bridge Engineering Symposium, Eds. C. McNally and S. Brady, Dublin, Ireland.
  10. S. Meheron, B. Nagaratnam, M. E. Rahman & M A Ismail (2016), “The latest development in project based learning into Civil Engineering education”, International Conference on Teaching and Learning 2016, 5-6 October, Kualalumpur.
  11. Sumaiya Islam, Noman Khandoker, Sujan Debnath, Muhammad Ekhlasur Rahman, Mahmood Anwar, (2015) “ Confronting the mechanics fever in a large class: A descriptive case study”, 3rd International Conference 2015 on Higher Education Teaching and Learning, Curtin Sarawak, Malaysia. Paper submitted & presented
  12. Brabha Nagaratnam, Mesfin Gizaw and Muhammad Ekhlasur Rahman, (2015), “A review on assessments for large engineering classroom”, 3rd International Conference 2015 on Higher Education Teaching and Learning, Curtin Sarawak, Malaysia. Abstract accepted & presented
  13. Noman Khandoker, Sujan Debnath, Sumaiya Islam, Mahmood Anwar, Muhammad Ekhlasur Rahman, (2015) “ Generic framework to improve academic performance of non performing students in a tertiary education system: A descriptive case study”, 3rd International Conference 2015 on Higher Education Teaching and Learning, Curtin Sarawak, Malaysia. Abstract accepted & presented
  14. D. Sujan & M. E. Rahman, (2013), “Application of Finite Element Package in Tertiary Engineering Education” 2nd International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Conference 2013, Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia.
  15. M.E. Rahman & Debnath S., (2011), “A Review of Problem Based Learning (PBL) Approach in Tertiary Engineering Education”, 1st International Conference on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Curtin University Sarawak.

Research Resource Funding

  • Polycal Wire Rope Vibration Isolator for Industrial Equipment, Project Leader, Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS), Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia, July 2015-June 2017.
  • Enhancing the Wellbore Integrity in High Pressure High Temperature CO2, Key Investigator, Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS), Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia, July 2015-June 2018.
  • Innovative Vibration Isolation Systems for Equipment & Structures, Project Leader, Exploratory Research Grant Scheme (ERGS), Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia, July 2012-June 2015.
  • Characterization of Ultrafine Palm Oil Fuel Ash under Different Heat Treatment to Suppress the Alkali Silica Reaction in Mortar Bar. Key Investigator, Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS), Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia, July 2014-June 2017.
  • Analytical and Numerical Approaches for Sustainable Bond Material Selection in Electronic Packaging Industry. Key Investigator, Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS), Ministry of Higher Education, January 2014-December 2015.
  • The Development of a Sustainable Industrialized Building System Using Cold-Formed Structural Steel. Key Investigator, CSRI Flagship Grant Award 2014, Curtin Sarawak Research Institute, Malaysia, July 2015-June 2018.
  • Behaviour of Cold-formed Steel Built-up Section, EcoSteel Sdn Bhd, September 2012-Present.
  • Development of Novel Hybrid Polymer Bio-composite materials using Sugarcane Bagasse, Rice Husk Ash, Nano-silica and C-S-H gel in Epoxy matrix, Curtin Sarawak Collaborative Research (CSCR) Scheme, January 2014- December 2015.
  • Computational Analysis of Small Diameter Steel Piles (SDSP) Model for Landslide Countermeasure, Curtin Sarawak Research Fund (CSRF) October 2013-September 2014.
  • Development of normal strength self compacting concrete (SCC) using Rice Husk Ash (RHA), Curtin Sarawak Research Fund (CSRF), Completed.
  • A Numerical Study of Ground Improvement Technique Using Group of Soil-Column on Peat, Curtin Sarawak Research Fund (CSRF), Completed
  • Nonlinear Macro-element Formulation for Lead-Rubber Bearings, Curtin Sarawak Research Fund (CSRF), Completed

Previous Industry Appointments

  • Geotechnical & Structural Engineer (2007-2009), Roughan & O’Donovan Consulting Engineer, Dublin, Ireland

Other Professional Development Activities

  • Attended and presented technical paper in various international conferences in many countries.

Professional Association

  • Member of Institute of Engineers Ireland (IEI)

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