Personal details

Dr Sabrina Fawzia
Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering
Faculty of Engineering,
School of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Discipline *
Civil Engineering
+61 7 3138 1012
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Identifiers and profiles

PhD(CivilEng) (Monash University)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Engineers Australia
  • Engineer’s Institution of Bangladesh (IEB)
  • Member of International Institute for FRP in Construction

Carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP), Steel structure, Structural health monitoring, Finite element model, Structural strengthening and rehabilitation, Disaster mitigation of structures,, Impact and energy absorption of structures, Seismic response of structures, Microstructure modelling

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Dr Sabrina Fawzia is a structural engineering expert at QUT. Her research focuses on development of the high performance structural members and structural strengthening/ retrofitting by using Carbon Fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) material technology. Through her scholarly, innovative, high quality research she has established her national and international standing. Dr Fawzia’s excellence in research has been demonstrated by high quality refereed publications (100+ publications, 2000+ citations, h-index=23 Google Scholar), two ARC LIEF grants ($1.9M), two international grants ($143K), five QUT internal grants ($79K), QUT’s Science and Engineering Faculty award and Civil Engineering school award for Excellence in postgraduate research supervision, ten PhD’s and three Master’s by research completions, being invited by reputed universities for seminars and the establishment of national and international collaborative research relationships.


Research interests Dr Fawzia’s research interests include

  • Retrofitting and strengthening of structures by using Fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composite
  • Innovative material for structural engineering application
  • Structural health monitoring of building and bridges
  • Microstructural modelling

Research projects Dr Fawzia is the investigator of following research projects at QUT:

  • Hybrid high performance structural column optimized for axial compressive (concentric and eccentric) loading
  • Behaviour of carbon fiber reinforced polymer strengthened steel tubular columns subjected to transverse impact loading
  • Seismic Response of Carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) strengthened Structures
  • Strengthening of Timber structure by using Carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) strengthening
  • Identifying the prestressed force of the prestressed concrete bridges using non-destructive technologies
  • Environmental durability study of Carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) strengthened steel structures under different kind of loading
  • Behaviour of interfaces of multilayer composite runway pavement under impact loading
  • Implementation of lean construction management practices in Saudi Arabian construction industry
  • Structural health monitoring of steel structures using acoustic emission technique

Grants, awards and recognition

  • AUS$1.4M, ARC LIEF18- New generation facility for impact testing
  • AUS$549K, ARC LIEF16- National drop weight impact testing facility
  • AUS $84K PNG Unitech research grant
  • AUS$ 59K University of Jaffna research grant
  • AUS $5K On prime CSIRO grant
  • AUS$22K, QUT internal Seed funding since
  • AUS $10K Women in research grant (WIR) from QUT
  • AUS$10K, Science and Engineering overall Faculty Award for Outstanding Supervision of HDR students
  • AUS$22K, Major equipment grant
  • AUS $15K, QUT ECARD grant: CFRP Strengthened Thin-walled RHS  Subjected to Axial Compression
This information has been contributed by Dr Sabrina Fawzia.


Dr Fawzia has been actively engaged in engineering education and learning. She has taught civil and structural engineering, construction engineering and construction and project management units.

Teaching Areas:

  • Introductory Structural Engineering
  • Project Engineering
  • Design and Construction of Multi-storey Buildings
  • Construction Engineering

Current Units at QUT:

  • Principles of Construction
  • Designing Structures
  • Project Value and Innovation
  • Research Thesis Units – Thesis Supervisor Teaching Areas
This information has been contributed by Dr Sabrina Fawzia.


Dr Fawzia’s research and scholarship are strategically focused around three important research areas:

  • Carbon fibre reinforce polymer strengthening
  • Innovative material for structural engineering application
  • Structural health monitoring
  • Microstructural modelling.

Her performance in these areas are demonstrated by the quality and citations of her publications, the awards and grants she has received, the number of invitations that she received to review articles for different high-calibre journals. She has also received several invitations from external universities to act as an examiner of higher degree research (HDR) student theses. In the process of achieving this level of excellence, gaining substantial national and international recognition, and becoming a world known in these areas, she has actively engaged in strategic partnerships at both national and international levels with various research organisations and teams, and has been in close liaison with industry. She is regularly publishing in high impact journals and she has participated in and secured research funding from Australian research center.

Academic reviewer: Dr Fawzia is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Grants Reviewer, and also reviewer of several key Q1 academic journals, including:

  • Composite Structures
  • Engineering Structures
  • Materials and Structures
  • Construction and Building Materials
  • Journal of Composites for Construction.
This information has been contributed by Dr Sabrina Fawzia.


For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.


Awards and recognition

Funding Award
Reference year
CSIRO On PRIME grant $5,000 in 2016 (QUT awarded)for research commercialization
Assessor, Examiner or Supervisor Role
Reference year
I am acting as Australian Research Council (ARC) assessor for ARC discovery and ARC DECRA applications. I am also acting as academic Journal reviewer of Composite structures, Engineering structures, Journal of composites for construction, Advances in structural engineering: an international journal and Australian Journal of structural engineering. I supervise 6 PhD student in QUT and 1 PhD student from University of Moratuwa.
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
QUT STEM Award $1000 in 2014 for Outstanding Supervision of Higher degree research students