Research area: A sustainable solution using waste materials to mitigate the swelling of expansive soil subgrades on transport embankments promoting circular economy.
Why did you choose to study your degree?
I have always wanted to be in the field of academia, therefore after obtaining my master’s degree from the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, I have decided to pursue a doctoral degree.
What have you enjoyed most about it so far?
I like the way research challenges me. There’s always something new to learn and even when you think something might be impossible to achieve you somehow will find a way to solve the puzzle.
Why is that area of study important to you?
My area of study focuses on finding a solution to the problems caused by the swelling of expansive soils. Roads and railways built on expansive soil subgrades exhibit formations of cracks and uneven surfaces. Therefore, it is critical to find an innovative solution to this problem in order to improve the living standards of our society.
Have you had any practical learning experiences?
I have gathered experience in conducting laboratory experiments during my undergraduate and master’s studies. I had a chance to visit the road pavement affected by the expansive soil and get a proper understanding of the real problem. However, I will have the opportunity to implement the solution of this study in field later in my research.
At the end of your degree, what do you hope to achieve?
Through this research, I hope to present a new, practical solution using waste materials to control the adverse effects caused by expansive subgrades on roads and pavements.
I’m also hopeful for opportunities to share knowledge and lessons of the experiences I would gain in the years to come with the next generation.
Why did you choose the School of Civil, Mining, Environmental and Architectural Engineering (CMEA) for higher degree research?
CMEA has a good distinction of being a leading institute of innovation. With its top-level laboratory equipment and expertise, it is a well-equipped hub for new researchers like myself.
What is the goal of your research?
The goal of my research is to come up with a sustainable practical solution to control the swelling of the expansive subgrade for transport embankments which in turn will prevent the roads and pavements from being unserviceable.
What have you enjoyed most about your experience with CMEA?
The most amazing thing I’ve experienced so far is the support from everyone in the school. From my supervisors, the lab staff and my peers; everyone is very supportive and always there with a helping hand.
What do you like most about the UOW campus?
UOW campus has its own magic. I like how diverse it is; from calm and quiet study areas to energetic loud music at the UNIBar. It’s the best of both worlds.
Why did you choose to study here?
UOW offers the best scholars and a high level of expertise in innovation and research. It is a privilege to be offered a position to study among them.