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Amin Talei is the Head of the Civil Engineering discipline at Monash University Malaysia (MUM). Amin is also the chair of the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) in MUM for undergraduate students in the School of Engineering.

Amin is undertaking research in two main areas:

(1) Sustainable Urban Water Management, which is mainly focused on nature-based solutions for urban water management. This includes topics such as biofiltration systems, retention ponds, swales, and rain gardens.

(2) Rainfall-Runoff Modelling and Flood Forecasting, which is focused on developing both physically-based models and artificial intelligence techniques to better predict river flows and floods. His primary research goal is to introduce and lead projects that can bring innovative solutions for hydrological modelling and also contribute to the sustainability of our environment. 

Amin has had three successful government grants (2 FRGS grants from Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia and one eScience from Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Malaysia), one international grant from Europe Union, HORIZON2020, an industry grant and an internal grant from Advanced Engineering Platform of Monash University Malaysia as the project leader. He has been also the co-researcher in another 4 government grants. To date, Amin has graduated 5 postgraduate students as the main supervisor. In 2017, Amin was awarded the supervisor of the year award by Monash University Postgraduate Association (MUPA). Moreover, his research outputs are published in high-ranked journals and reputable international conference proceedings.

Amin has a strong passion and enthusiasm for teaching and has been teaching water-related topics in Monash University since 2013. To date, he has been awarded two certificates of commendation for excellence in education from the School of Engineering, in 2017 and 2019. Amin has served Civil Engineering discipline as the course coordinator (director of teaching) from Sep-2013 to Aug-2019 and has had a key role in the development of this discipline in Monash University Malaysia. In late 2017, Amin got a competitive educational research grant as the project leader to develop Smart Lab for Engineering Design (SLED) at the School of Engineering of Monash University Malaysia. This lab was established in early 2019.  In mid-2019, Amin was a collaborator in another successful educational research grant with the title of “Developing Capability of Undergraduate Engineering Students through Mixed Reality Environment for BIM-based Smart Building Utilities Analysis”. This project was successfully completed in late 2020. 

Amin has been actively working with industry and professional bodies and is a Chartered Professional Engineer in Civil Engineering (MIEAust-CPEng), registered by Engineers Australia.   

Research interests

  • Sustainable Urban Water Management
  • Rainfall-Runoff Modelling and Flood forecasting
  • Artificial Intelligence Techniques in Hydrological Modelling

Monash teaching commitment

  • CIV2263 - Water Systems
  • CIV3285 - Engineering Hydrology
  • CIV4288 - Water Treatment

Education/Academic qualification

Civil Engineering - Water Resources , PhD, Nanyang Technological University

7 Jan 20086 Jan 2012

Award Date: 6 Dec 2013

Civil Engineering-Hydraulic Structures, Master's Degree, University of Tehran

23 Sep 199918 Sep 2002

Award Date: 18 Sep 2002

Civil Engineering, Bachelor's Degree, Shiraz University

24 Sep 199415 Aug 1999

Research area keywords

  • Sustainable Urban Water Management
  • Rainfall-Runoff Modelling and Flood forecasting
  • Artificial Intelligence Techniques in Hydrological Modelling


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