Professor Nelson Lam
Nelson Lam, Reader in Civil Engineering at The University of Melbourne, is an internationally recognized expert in
earthquake engineering and structural dynamics. In the past 20 years, he has been researching and consulting
widely in this field. His achievement in research and knowledge transfer in earthquake engineering and structural
dynamics was recognized by the award of the Chapman Medal (1999), Warren Medal (2006) and Chapman Medal
(2010) by Engineers Australia and the Best Paper Award (2004-2007) by the ISET Journal of Earthquake Technology.
He served as member of the sub-committee for developing the new standard for Earthquake Actions in Australia
and was co-editor and co-author of the standard’s commentary. His early career was with Scott Wilson International
as structural engineer in their Hong Kong Office throughout the 1980’s and attained chartered engineer status in
1986. He was awarded the degree of Ph.D. in earthquake engineering at The University of Melbourne in 1993, master
degree in concrete structures at Imperial College of Science & Technology, London in 1982 and bachelor degree in
civil engineering with a first class honours at The University of Leeds, England in 1981
Professor Murat Saatcioglu
Murat Saatcioglu is a Professor of Structural Engineering and University Research Chair in Earthquake
Engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada. He is the current
Director of the Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Management Research Centre of the same university and the Past-
President of the Canadian Association for Earthquake Engineering. Dr. Saatcioglu received his M.A.Sc. from the
University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and his PhD from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA. His
research interests include design, analysis and retrofit of structures subjected to earthquake loading. He has
conducted extensive experimental and analytical research on earthquake resistant concrete structures, including
the development of seismic design and retrofit methodologies for reinforced concrete columns and frames with and
without masonry infill walls, as well as concrete and masonry shear walls.
Dr. Tsang Hing Ho
Hing-Ho Tsang obtained his B.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees from The University of Hong Kong and was awarded the
Li Ka Shing Prize and Norman W.M. Ko Prize for the best Ph.D. thesis of the year by the university. He is currently
a researcher at The University of Hong Kong, and responsible for lecturing earthquake engineering subjects at both
undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has been a visiting scholar at The University of Melbourne since 2004.
Hing-Ho is regularly invited to give lectures internationally, notably including plenary keynote speech at the
Australian Earthquake Engineering Conference in 2008. He has published over 70 technical publications. He has
received the Asian Innovation Award from The Wall Street Journal, Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Award from
the Australian Government, Hsai-Yang Fang Research Award from The International Society of Environmental
Geotechnology and Highly Commendable Paper Award in the Sixth International Conference on Shock and Impact
Loads on Structures. He is a Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Director of its Hong Kong
Dr. Keiichi Tamura
Keiichi Tamura is currently a Research Coordinator for Earthquake Engineering, Centre for Advanced Engineering
Structural Assessment and Research, Public Works Research Institute. He obtained his Doctor of Engineering,
Master of Engineering as well as Bachelor of Engineering from University of Tokyo. Dr. Tamura is the recipient of
the Scientific and Technological Research Merits award from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and
Technology in 2004 and the Research Merits award from the Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport in 2007.
He is a member of the Japan Society of Civil Engineers, Japanese Geotechnical Society, Japan Association for
Earthquake Engineering and Road Engineering Association of Asia and Australasia.
Dr. Kusnowidjaja Megawati
Kusnowidjaja Megawati is an assistant professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and a
Principal Investigator in Earth Observatory of Singapore, both at Nanyang Technological University. His principal
research activities cover issues pertaining to seismic hazard identification and assessment. In 2006, he was
appointed as an expert consultant in a seismic hazard and building vulnerability study commissioned by the Building
and Construction Authority, Singapore. The ground-motion attenuation relationship developed by him has been
officially selected to estimate seismic hazard of Singapore. Recently, he is also involved in tsunami hazard
assessment for Southeast Asia, as a PI of a project commissioned by the National Environment Agency, Singapore.
He obtained his BEng from Institute Technology Bandung and MEng and PhD from the University of Tokyo.
Professor Nguyen Dai Minh
Nguyen Dai Minh is currently a Director of Industrial, Infrastructural and Environmental Engineering of Vietnam
Institute for Building Science & Technology (IBST), Hanoi, Vietnam. He obtained his Bachelor of Engineering (1-st
class Honour) (Civil)(or Dipl. Ing., Golden medal) from Sofia University of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Sofia,
Bulgaria. He also obtained his Master of Engineering from University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia and
Doctor of Philosophy from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. He is a Member of the Vietnamese
Society of Structural Engineers, a Member of the Vietnamese Society of Civil Engineer, a Fellowship of Vietnam
Society of CAD and IT Application in Civil Engineering and Construction and a Member of the Vietnam Society of