Venue: Engineers Australia Sydney Harricks Auditorium , 44 Market Street , Sydney


Date and Time:  4th April 2023 ,  6 PM – 8 PM  – this event has passed , please contact us via email to get the slide pack.

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Prof. Priyan Mendis, FIE Aust, CPEng, Professional Engineer (NER)

Professor of Civil Engineering





COP26 climate summit has accelerated the global market push toward reducing emissions from infrastructure projects and operations. Research and innovation are key drivers of a circular economy.. Taking a circular economy approach offers the industry a major opportunity to deliver decarbonisation targets and whole-life efficiencies. This presentation will explore opportunities for engineers  working towards those goals including carbon off-sets, and how they could help to deliver some of those targets. The presenter is a leader in introducing some technologies such as prefabricated modular construction providing circular solutions in Australia and will discuss innovations and challenges in those projects. The use of recycled materials and recovered resources will be included in specifications and therefore will be mandatory in projects in the future. How these materials can be used in construction projects will also be briefly discussed in the presentation.


Speaker bio data

Professor Priyan Mendis is a Professor in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering and the Director of the ARC Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Modular Housing (ARC AMP.H).  He is the Deputy Director of the ARC Industry Transformation Research Hub – Transformation of Reclaimed Waste Resources to Engineered Materials and Solutions for a Circular Economy (TREMS). He is a world leader in Sustainable Infrastructure, Innovative Construction methods such as Prefabricated structures, Tall Buildings, Advanced Materials for Construction including Waste Materials and Protective Technology of structures.  He worked as a Consulting Engineer before joining the University in early 1990s. He has worked in world’s tallest buildings including Eureka Tower and Sydney’s tallest World Tower. and bridges such as the Sydney Harbour bridge and many other. He is a member of the Australian Standard committees BD2 and BD6. He was a member of the ARC College of Experts 2005-2017. Prof Mendis obtained his PhD in 1997 from Monash University, Australia. He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, since 1997 and a Chartered Engineer. He is also the Founder of the Green Building Council of Sri Lanka.  He has received several awards for his work on sustainability including the most recent “Leader of Humanity” award from Sunfo Global for his contributions to UN SDG Goals.


Director -ARC Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing (ARC CAMPH)

Deputy Director

ARC Industry Transformation Research Hub -Transformation of Reclaimed Waste Resources to Engineered Materials and Solutions for a Circular Economy (TREMS)

Convener- Research Network for a Secure Australia (RNSA)

Dept of Infrastructure Engineering

University of Melbourne

Victoria 3010