Our Team

Dr Azharul Karim is currently working as a Senior Lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Discipline, Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology, Australia. He received his PhD degree from Melbourne University in 2007. Through his scholarly, innovative, high-quality research, he has established a national and international standing. Dr Karim has authored over 168 peer-reviewed articles, including 80 high-quality journal papers, 12 peer-reviewed book chapters, and three books. His papers have attracted about 2200 citations with h-index 22. He is editor/board member of six reputed journals including Drying Technology and Nature Scientific Reports and supervisor of 26 past and current PhD students. He has been keynote/distinguished speaker at scores of international conferences and invited/keynote speaker at seminars in many reputed universities worldwide. He has won multiple international awards for his outstanding contributions in multidisciplinary fields. His research is directed towards solving acute food industry problems by advanced multiscale and multiphase food drying models of cellular water using theoretical/computational and experimental methodologies. Due to the multidisciplinary framework of food drying models, his research spans engineering, mathematics, biology, physics and chemistry. To address this multidisciplinary challenge, he established the ‘Energy and Drying’ Research Group consisting of academics and researchers across disciplines.

Dr Karim’s global leadership in the fields of food drying and microwave drying is evident by the high impact of his papers, which is significantly higher than world averages. He is the recipient of numerous national and international competitive grants amounting to $2.68 million. He is also a leader in innovatively applying ‘Lean Manufacturing’ concepts in hospital emergency departments to reduce long waiting times and optimize resources. Currently, he is leading research projects with two local (RBWH and RCH) and two international hospitals. His current research areas are food drying, multiscale and multiphase modelling of food drying, Nano fluid solar thermal storage, concentrating PV-thermal collector, and Lean Healthcare Systems.

Prof Yuantong Gu is now a full Professor, a prestigious ARC Future Fellow and a Discipline Leader of Mechanical Engineering at School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering of Queensland University of Technology (QUT). His research interests include:  Biomechanics; Nanomaterials; Computational mechanics; and Mechanical Engineering. He has secured more than $5million in research funding. He authored more than 150 refereed journal publications and one popular book. Most of his publications are in highly ranked journals and have been well cited. His expertise has been acknowledged through appointments as Editor-in-Chief for 2 international journals including Australian Journal of Mechanical Engineering, Associate Editor for 2 prestigious international journals including Engineering Analysis with Boundary Elements, and an Editorial Board Member for another 2 international journals. He served as the conference general chair for the 4th International Conference on Computational Methods held at the Gold Coast in 2012.


Professor Graeme Millar  the area of Industrial Chemistry, Process Engineering & Clean Technologies of Queensland University of Technology (QUT). research focus is to work on technologies relevant to the Cleantech sector.  In particular, our large research team concentrates on industry problems such as those in the burgeoning coal seam gas industry, water purification, mining and industrial chemical sectors.He authored more than 90 refereed journal publications. Most of his publications are in highly ranked journals and have been well cited. 


Richard Brown is a Professor in the Science and Engineering Faculty at QUT, Director of the Biofuel Engine Research Facility and leader of the Environmental Fluid Mechanics Group. Dr. Richard’s research interests include applied thermodynamics, internal combustion engines, renewable/alternative energy, smog formation, emissions/dispersion, environmental fluid mechanics. He leads an active research group consisting of postdocs, Research Fellows, Early- Mid- Career Academics and around  half a dozen PhD students.  To support the work of this group, in 2008 QUT opened the Biofuel Engine Research Facility (BERF) which was conceived as a result of his initiative and leadership. Through the work of this facility and related achievements his research funding exceeds $2.4 M in grants (over 50 % of which he is First Chief Investigator) – Richard has gained national and international recognition and significantly contributed to the development of QUT’s research culture. He has had over 1,600 citations in Scopus (May, 2017) and published over 100 refereed journal papers (over 70 % are in Q1 journals). 


Mohammad Joardder received his bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (RUET), and PhD from QUT, Australia. He is now serving as Assistant Professor of  Mechanical Engineering of  RUET. His research interests include Biotransport, renewable energy, food drying, modeling of novel food processing, food microstructure, food quality, Multiscale transport phenomena modeling. He authored one popular book, three books chapter and more than 40 refereed journal publications and one popular book. Most of his publications are in highly ranked journals (over 80 % are in Q1 journals) and have been well cited. 


Md. Imran Hossen Khan is an assistant professor in the department of mechanical engineering at the Dhaka University of Engineering & Technology (DUET), Bangladesh, where he also received his bachelor of science in mechanical engineering and master of science in refrigeration and air-conditioning. He is currently studying his PhD at the Queensland University of Technology, under the supervision of Doctor Azharul Karim and Doctor Troy Farrell. His research focus is on multiphase porous media modelling for intermittent microwave drying of food material.


Dr Fawzia is a lecturer in Civil Engineering Discipline, School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment, Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology. Dr Fawzia has 18 years of research, professional and teaching experience. During her research and professional career, she has successfully led different research and engineering projects. Dr Fawzia’s research interests include Retrofitting and Strengthening of structures using Carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) composite, Structural health monitoring of building and bridges, Microstructural modelling of dried food material, Finite element analysis of structure, Lean construction. Dr Fawzia has published in a number of top-tired academic journals such as Engineering Structures, Composite structures, Journal of Composites for Construction, Construction and Building Materials, Materials and Structures and Journal of Sound and Vibration.


Nghia Duc Pham received his Bachelor degree in agricultural engineering from the Hanoi Agricultural University, Vietnam, where he then worked as a lecturer. He is currently studying his PhD under the supervision of Doctor Azharul Karim and Doctor Wayde Martens at the Queensland University of Technology. His research interests include heat and mass transfer, and nutrient degradation in the drying process.


Dr Chandan Kumar is a mechanical engineer with experience in both research and industry. He completed his bachelor in mechanical engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 2009. He then worked as an engineer at Building Automation System (BAS) and power generation plants during 2010 and 2011.His passion for continuous learning led him to pursue a PhD from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia under the supervision of Doctor Azharul Karim and Professor Graeme Millar.
Chandan's current research is focused on mathematical modelling and experimentation of heat and mass transfer and food quality during drying of agricultural product. This project involved designing an experimental dryer, testing food quality, and developing a mathematical model for fluid flow and heat transfer.


Mohammad Mahbubur Rahman received his bachelor degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (CUET), Bangladesh, in 2010 and his master of engineering science from the University of Malaya in 2014. He has previously worked at L.M Ericsson Bangladesh Ltd. and GMG Airlines Ltd and is currently continuing his PhD at the Queensland University of Technology, where he is working on multi-scale modelling in food drying. His research interest includes modelling, drying process optimisation and renewable energy.


After joining as a lecturer at Dhaka University of Engineering and Technology, Gazipur, in April, 2009, Mr. Mohuddin  has associated myself with research, engaged in a research group and worked in the field related to strength of materials. In the year 2011, he have started my M.Sc. Engineering research at DUET and h have accomplished a thesis entitled, “Asymptotic Analysis of Near Tip Fields around a Crack between Power-Law Hardening Materials Joint” At present, he have published and submitted 7 papers including 2 referred journals and 5 referred conferences. Moreover, he have supervised 6 undergraduate students’ project and thesis work and as well as he was in the thesis committee of another 9 students.


Zachary Welsh received his bachelor degree in 2015 with Class IIA honours in Mechanical Engineering from Griffith University in Australia. Currently,  he is a PhD candidate at Queensland University of Technology under the supervision of Dr. Azharul Karim. His research interest include heat and mass transfer, computational fluids dynamics modelling and intermittent drying.


Dr Majedul Islam received his PhD from Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia, researching the optical and thermal optimisation of a parabolic trough concentrating photovoltaic/thermal solar collector system. He currently works as an assistant professor at the mechanical engineering department in Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (CUET), Bangladesh. He has also served as a Lecturer at the same university from March 2006 to April 2010.

Dr Majedul's research interest is optimisation of concentrating solar power technology, computational thermo-fluid dynamics and Monte Carlo ray tracing.