Mahmud Ashraf is an Associate Professor of structural engineering at the School of Engineering in Deakin University, Australia and is also serving as a distinguished Professor of Nanjing Forestry University, China.
Mahmud obtained his PhD in structural engineering from Imperial College London, UK and held academic and research fellow positions in different parts of the world including Australia, Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India, and the UK. He was awarded a Confucius fellowship (China) in 2012 and a William Mong fellowship (Hong Kong) in 2014.
Mahmud is one of the founding directors of the Bio-composite Materials and Structures Research Group based at Nanjing Forestry University, where he is supervising many research students working in different aspects of bamboo and engineered bamboo structures. He is currently leading the Engineered Timber Research Group in Deakin University Australia with support from several key stakeholders in the Australian timber industry. His PhD students in Australia are investigating various aspects of mass timber construction with primary focus on cross-laminated timber. Although his recent research interests are primarily focussed on renewable bio-composite materials and structures, Mahmud contributed significantly to the field of thin-walled metallic structures including stainless steel and high-strength steel structures as well as 3D printed innovative metallic components. Mahmud is keen to develop innovative hybrid structural systems by combining renewable materials such as bamboo and timber with high-strength metallic alloys and sustainable concrete.
Mahmud is a frequent speaker at national and international workshops and conferences and delivered keynote speeches in many parts of the world. He published more than 120 technical papers in high-impact journals/ conferences and serves as an assessor of national and international research grants as well as a reviewer of many leading journals in structural engineering and material science.