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About the Innovation Portal

The ASI ‘Steel Innovation Portal’ is a central web-based ‘library of ‘innovation capital’ principally associated with innovative steel-related research and development, both locally and internationally.


The Steel Innovation Portal:


  • Allows universities, research organisations and manufacturers, to post structured details of the research projects being undertaking in a format that is standardized and egalitarian across the range of projects and institutions involved;
  • Allows posting of researcher bio’s in a structured format, with linkages to the relevant research projects;
  • Allows searching and data mining by the local and international community on the range of projects and researchers in the portal;
  • Facilitates connectivity and communication between industry and the organisations/researchers involved, both locally and internationally;
  • Allows easy updating and editing of details to ensure information currency;
  • Supports matching of innovation ideas to research capability;
  • Facilitates international communication and collaboration between stakeholders on steel related innovation by providing awareness of the broad range of Australian steel related research.

Featured Researchers

Dr Guangqing Zhang

Dr Guangqing Zhang

Dr Guangqing Zhang is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Mechanical, Materials, Mechatronic and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Wollongong. Dr Zhang started his career at China University of Petroleum (CUP) and has also worked at UNSW before joining The University of Wollongong.

Dr Zhang has membership to the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST)

Dr Zhang is involved with the following Engineering Research Field’s:

  • Sustainable Technologies for Metal Production
  • Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Metallurgical Processes
  • Alternative Technologies in Light Metal Production
  • Ironmaking and Steelmaking
  • Energy Analysis and Energy Saving in Metallurgical Processes
  • Clean Coal Technologies
Prof Gregory J Hancock AM

Prof Gregory J Hancock AM

Professor Gregory Hancock is an Emeritus Professor and Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Sydney.  He was formerly BHP Steel then Bluescope Steel Professor of Steel Structures at the University of Sydney (1990 – 2009), and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies (2004 -2009).  He was formerly Director and Chairman of the Centre for Advanced Structural Engineering in the University of Sydney from 1988 until 2003 before he became Dean of the Faculty of Engineering.  He was a Director of the Australian Steel Institute from 1998 until 2015.


He has been a member of the American Iron and Steel Institute Specification Committee (only non-North American member) since 1994, and chairs the Standards Australia committees on steel structures, cold-formed steel structures, structural steel, iron and steel and is a member of the Standards Australia committee on steel storage racks.  He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE) in 2004 and made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2006 for his work on Australian and International standards. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia (Engineers Australia), and an Honorary Fellow of the Singapore Structural Steel Society.


He is a member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Constructional Steel Research and Case Studies in Structural Engineering published in London, as well as the Journal of Advances in Structural Engineering (Hong Kong), and Frontiers of Structural and Civil Engineering published by the Chinese Academy of Engineering.



Website: https://sydney.edu.au/engineering/people/gregory.hancock.php

Prof Saman Fernando

Prof Saman Fernando

Prof Fernando is an internationally recognised fastener expert having worked for more than 20 years in the fastener industry. As R&D, Engineering and Innovations manager at Ajax Engineered Fasteners, he led heavy engineering fastening under an R&D syndicate worth $24M across a 3-year period. His expertise involves bolted joint design, failure analysis, bolt forensics, design and manufacturing of specialised fastening solutions, quality assurance and automation, to name a few. Prof Fernando has authored 22 national and international patents in advanced fastening concepts, some of which are currently in the international markets. He has a large number of publications in the area of fastening technology. Prior to entering the fastener industry, Prof Fernando was a well-recognised expert on Wind Engineering, Industrial Aerodynamics and Thermodynamics. He was the Principal Engineer Building and environmental technology at VIPAC Engineers and Scientists and made many contributions in the area. Prior to that he worked for NASA on STOL aircraft and Space-Station related projects.


Website: https://www.swinburne.edu.au/research/our-research/access-our-research/find-a-researcher-or-supervisor/researcher-profile/?id=msfernando

Dr Amin Heidarpour

Dr Amin Heidarpour

Dr Amin Heidarpour is a Senior Lecturer and Head of Structures Group at Monash University. His research focus is on structural and computational mechanics, with specific application to construction materials subjected to extreme actions such as fire, impact, blast and earthquake. Hi is also currently the Coordinator of Engineering for Extremes in the Department.

He received His BSc (Civil) degree in 2002 with Hons 1 from Isfahan University of Technology, Iran, and received his MSc in Structural Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Iran, in 2004. He received his PhD from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia, in 2008. After receiving His PhD in 2008 till January 2011, he worked as a Research Associate at UNSW’s Centre for Infrastructure Engineering and Safety. In 2011 he moved to the preeminent research group at Monash as a lecturer and was promoted to senior lecturer in 2014.

Phone: +61 3 99024435

Email: amin.heidarpour@monash.edu

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amin-heidarpour-369b54ba/

Website: https://www.monash.edu/engineering/aminheidarpour