About Dr Damith Mohotti

The materials and methods used in the design and construction of built structures determines their capacity to withstand extreme loadings, including strong winds, blasts and impacts. Designing such structures to withstand these natural and human-caused hazards, and thus protecting our critical infrastructure against them, is a particularly demanding area of today's research environment. Dr. Damith Mohotti’s work aims to advance this challenging and increasingly important area of structural engineering. Most of his research efforts are aimed at keeping people safe and protecting them from both natural and human-caused disasters by developing better design techniques for structures to survive under such extreme loadings. With this interest and demand, Dr. Damith Mohotti’s work can be classified into four areas: (1) wind on tall buildings (2) blast and impact effects on structures (3) development of smart materials (4) application of computational fluid dynamics in structural engineering.

Dr. Damith Mohotti is a Lecturer and an Engineering Consultant in the School of Civil Engineering at University of Sydney, Australia. He has engaged in many research and consultation projects. He was a key member of the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DMTC) Eureka Prize winning team for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia in 2013. In addition to his academic experience, Damith has worked in the construction and consultation industries for many years as a structural design engineer and a project manager. Damith Mohotti is a well-recognised researcher and a consultant in engineering consultancy and defence science sectors.

Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia         Sep, 2013
Project Contribution Award, DMTC (Defence Materials Technology Centre)                     March, 2014
CERDS- successful in Civil Engineering Research Development Scheme Faculty Grant for year 2016-2018

Most of my research efforts are aimed at keeping people safe and protecting them from both natural and human-caused disasters. I want to see structures withstand severe loadings induced by human-caused events as well as natural disasters, so I am passionate about developing better design techniques for structures to survive under such extreme loadings”. "One of my major research focuses is extreme loadings on structures, such as blast and impact, and development of new techniques to ensuring that civil and defence protective structures and vehicles can be operated effectively in the face of increasing threats. I have made a significant contribution to research in vulnerability modelling of critical infrastructure, particularly in the area of assessment of the effects of natural and technical hazards on buildings and infrastructure.

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