Dr Tatheer Zahra
Dr Tatheer ZahraComposite Materials Engineer
Queensland University of Technology
I am an engineer and academic focusing on creating high performance materials for disaster resilience of buildings to protect them from earthquakes, storms, explosions and collisions.
My research is inspired from various concepts ranging from Lego to memory foams used in shoes which have been redesigned for building damage protection applications.
I work with some major industry partners including Concrete Masonry Association Australia, Adbri Masonry and Brickworks to innovate masonry with mortarless interlocking blocks based on Lego design. I also work with recycled materials industries to develop concrete from recycled materials such as rubber tyre chips and demolished concrete aggregates.
The most satisfying part of my work is when young engineers are inspired by my work and offer to help in my research. My career highlights include selection as a superstar of STEM with Science and Technology Australia and receiving a QUT vice chancellor’s award for high student engagement.
I’d love to continue teaching and research in the sustainable and high-performance building materials for their longevity.