The Concrete Institute of Australia recognises the need to provide all members of the concrete industry an opportunity to be involved to promote and develop excellence in concrete research, technology, application, design and construction. In particular, this includes young professionals as they bring new, fresh and innovative ideas and information to the industry.

The mission of the CIA Young Members Group is to promote the engagement of young professionals in the concrete industry and to encourage involvement within the Institute, at events and conferences. This can be done by:

  • Promoting collaboration
  • Building networks and connections
  • Exchanging knowledge and experiences
  • Organising events and activities
  • Liaising with international young member groups
  • Getting involved with the Concrete Institute of Australia

At Concrete 2019 we have a number of activities that are aimed at our Under 35 professionals to help develop these skills and opportunities.

Young Members Drinks

When:  Monday 9 September 2019
Where: TBD
Time: TBD
Cost: Free to come along, drinks at bar prices

An informal get together open to members of all ages but a great way for our young professionals to get to know each other before the conference really kicks off. Meet either immediately after the Concrete 2019 welcome reception and head off, or meet at the venue. No need to RSVP, just turn up with your Concrete 2019 delegates badge on.

Under 35’s Best Paper Award

Two new awards have been introduced in 2019 – Best Under 35 Paper and the Best Overall Paper. Judged by a panel of experts, the Best Under 35 Paper panel will also include members from our CIA Young Member Group.

Young Members Networking Breakfast

When: Tuesday 10 September 2019
Where: TBD
Time: 7:30am to 8:30am
Cost: Free to under 35 Conference delegates

Come and meet fellow young professionals from around the world over coffee and muffins to network and exchange knowledge and experiences. There will also be an opportunity to meet one of our keynote speakers and other industry members from Concrete 2019 in a more informal setting.


Dr Ali Amin

Dr Ali Amin is a Lecturer at the University of Sydney. Ali graduated with a Bachelor in Civil Engineering with Honours Class 1 and the University Medal in 2011, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering in 2015, both from UNSW. Ali was awarded the 2017 Concrete Institute of Australia National Bursary Award for the best Australian PhD dissertation in concrete and cement based products and processes in the preceding two years. Ali is a chartered professional engineer and also enjoys teaching at the tertiary level, having won a UNSW Vice Chancellors Award for Teaching Excellence in the Early Career Category in 2016. Ali’s research interests are in the structural analysis and design of high performance and fibre reinforced concrete structures.

Jemma Ehsman

Jemma Ehsman is a Graduate Structural Engineer at Vinsi Partners, based in Newcastle. She has been working in the engineering industry for over three years and has gained a Bachelor of Engineering, Civil Engineering (Hons) and a Bachelor of Engineering, Environmental Engineering (Hons) from the University of Newcastle. She is developing competences and experience in the condition assessment and development of remedial, maintenance and strengthening strategies of marine structures, mining structures and civil infrastructure.

Dr Alastair MacLeod

Dr Alastair MacLeod joined the Australian Centre for Infrastructure Durability, at Deakin University’s Institute for Frontier Materials, as an Associate Research Fellow after receiving his PhD in Civil Engineering from Monash University in 2016. During his studies, he developed a strong interest in the study of concrete, particularly in relation to concrete durability and the effects of novel nanoscale additives and fibre reinforcement upon cement and concrete material performance. He has extended this interest into his research, where he focuses upon nano-modified concretes, and the application of assessment and novel monitoring and remediation technologies in legacy reinforced concrete structures. Beyond academic pursuits, he is a supporter of student STEM programmes, and has an enduring passion for concrete architecture.

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