Dr van Staden is a lecturer in Civil Engineering with the College of Engineering and Science.

During his PhD research, he collaborated with national and international researchers and successfully applied the Finite Element Method to further the understanding of the long-term response bone during and after dental implantation. The centrepiece of his postdoctoral research focused on the development of modelling techniques to evaluate the impacts of changes in moisture and temperature, due to climate change, on rigid and flexible pavement deterioration.

The postdoctoral research also gave him the opportunity to lead the physical infrastructure sector in the formulation of climate change adaptation options under the South East Queensland Climate Adaptation Research Initiative funded by the Queensland Government Smart State Innovation Fund and Australian Government Department of Climate Change.

Dr van Staden has received the following awards:

  • 2012 Pro Vice Chancellor’s Research Excellence Awards, Griffith University, Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology, Award for Excellence of a Research Group “Griffith Infrastructure Asset Management Team”, 2012
  • 2012 Planning Institute of Australia Awards for Planning Excellence – Queensland, Planning Institute Australia, Award for Excellence for “Planning for Climate Change Adaptation of Human Settlements: A South East Queensland case study”, 2012
  • 2011 Excellence Award for Innovation, Institute of Public Work Engineering Australia, Queensland Division (IPWEAQ) for “Research on “Pavement Deterioration in South East Queensland”, 2011
  • Griffith University Award, Best presentation at the Griffith School of Engineering Research Conference (G-SERC’07), 2006
  • Postgraduate Award, Most Innovative Research sponsored by Arnold Development Consultants. 2004


Refereed journal articles

Chai, G.W., van Staden, R.C., Chowdhury, S.H., Kelly, G. and Loo, Y.C. (2013), “A study of the effects of pavement ageing on binder deterioration”, International Journal of Pavement Engineering (Accepted)

Serrao-Neumann, S., Crick, F., Harman, B., Marcello, S., Sahin, O., van Staden, R.C., Schuch, G., Baum, S. and Low Choy, D. (2013) “Improving cross-sectoral climate change adaptation for coastal settlements: insights from South East Queensland, Australia”, Regional Environmental Change

Refereed chapters

van Staden, R., Guan, H., Johnson, N.W. and Loo, Y.C. (2013) "Performance Evaluation of Bone-Implant System During Implantation Process - Dynamic Modelling and Analysis", Biomaterials, Springer. (Accepted)

Conference presentations

van Staden, R.C., Sahin, O., Guan, H. and Chai, G. (2013) “Climate Change Adaptation Framework Development for Pavement and Stormwater Infrastructures”, International Conference on Road & Airfield Pavement Technology (ICPT), Taipei, Taiwan, July 14-18

Government report

Low Choy, D., Serrao-Neumann, S., Crick, F., Schuch, G., Sanò, M., van Staden, R., Sahin, O., Harman, B. and Baum, S. (2012). Adaptation Options for Human Settlements in South East Queensland – Main Report. Technical Report for the South East Queensland Climate Adaptation Research Initiative, Griffith University

Teaching responsibilities

Postgraduate research students

Current supervision

Supervisor to PhD candidate: Mr How Bing Sii, Thesis title: “Three-Dimensional Finite Element Analysis of Concrete Pavement on Weak Foundation”, 2011 to present

Supervisor to MPhil candidate: Mr Mohamed Hira, Thesis title: “Effects of Climate Change on Road Infrastructure and Development of Adaptation Measures”, 2011 to present

Research grants

Griffith University Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Scheme (GUPRF), 2010 to 2013, totalling $300’000AUD

Industry Scholarship for PhD, Neoss Pty Ltd., 2004 to 2008, totalling $80’000AUD

Industry experience

Consultant, Singapore, June 2011 to December 2012

Consultant, Queensland, Australia, August 2011 to May 2012

Mechanical Engineer, Royston Racing, United Kingdom, 2002 to 2004

Structural/Civil Engineer, Hays Construction, United Kingdom, 1997 to 1999

Appearances in the media

Dental implants safer with engineering know-how (2011), viewed May 25, 2011

Model reveals tooth stress (2011), viewed May 25, 2011

3D model may improve implant failure rates (2011), viewed May 25, 2011

South East Queensland Climate Adaptation Research Initiative (SEQCARI) Update Newsletter, "Climate change impacts on structural pavement deterioration in SEQ", CSIRO Publication, April 2011

Model reveals tooth stress (2011), viewed May 25, 2011

Bedo, S. (2011), Driven doc keeps patients smiling, Gold Coast Bulletin, February 23, p.20

Cowlishaw, V. (2010), "Dental implants safer with Rudi's engineering know-how, Australian Dental Association (ADA) Queensland News, August, Issue 583, p. 12

Student uses screws for a better bite (Courier Mail, October 5, 2005, p. 2)

Areas of expertise

  • Biomechanical engineering
  • Computational mechanics
  • Pavement engineering
  • Structural Engineering

Contact details

+61 (3) 9919 4795
+61 (3) 9919 4908