Keeping your finger on the pulse is a challenge that Civil Engineering Researchers are constantly having to do as new technologies are introduced to the industry.

This is exactly what Auckland University of Technology Teaching Assistant and PhD Researcher Niusha Navabian is investigating as part of her passion to be a successful Structural Engineer.

To date, gaining expertise in the design of civil structures based on New Zealand Standards through the design of concrete structures according to NZS 3101, and modelling of RC/Steel structures using SAP2000.

She also assists in the transfer of knowledge in SAP2000 software for structural analysis and design, and has been involved in work around the quick assessment of structural conditions after earthquake events using an automated structural health monitoring system. Leveraging her experience in the calculation of structural loads according to AS/NZS 1170 and earthquake loads to NZS 1170.5 to do so.

AUT Teaching Assistant PhD Researcher in Civil Engineering, Niusha Navabian.

What do you love about your job?

Being a PhD Researcher in Civil Engineering provides me with opportunities to investigate and find out more about the undergoing state-of-the-art technologies for civil infrastructures.

It  gives me more passion and interest to build up my professional and technical skills towards my career goal.


What are the key challenges facing women in Engineering?

This is a very interesting question in my point of view. Actually, women have several restrictions and limitations in engineering fields, especially in my home country Iran.

However, in New Zealand wiomen have more power and rights to be a successful engineer. In some cases, the abilities of women might be underestimated and it could act as an obstacle for them to boost their abilities as a successful engineer.

I believe that women are very smart, hardworking and capable to solve engineering problems if given the chance.


What impact do you want to make in your career?

I am really passionate to be a very successful and efficient structural engineer for design of civil structures.

One day I want to be able to contribute to large-scale civil engineering projects internationally.

In addition to my professional role, I’d also like to boost my communication skills with international people, team leadership responsibilities and time management skills in my future career.