Professor Khalili is currently Acting Head, School of Civil and Environmental
Engineering at the University of New South Wales. He is an internationally recognised leading researcher in the areas of multiphase porous media, computational mechanics and geomechanics. His research is recognised by 209 technical publications and numerous international awards including the highly prestigious C.S. Desai Medal for “Seminal Contributions to Numerical and Constitutive Modelling of Unsaturated Soils” (2014), and APACM Medal for “Contributions to Computational Geomechanics” (2016).
He is the recipient of a career total of more than AUD$12 million from various sources including the ARC, RMS, NSW Department of Commerce (formerly Department of Public Works and Services), and State Water. He has been involved in many projects of national interest, including Third Runway at Sydney Airport, Olympic Stadium Site at Homebush Bay, Bennelong Underground Car Park, Wombarra Drainage Tunnels, Emigrant Creek Dam, Wartook Dam, Renison Dam, Torrumbarry Weir, Dungowan Dam, Eppalock Dam and Hume Dam. His contributions to dam engineering have been unequivocally included in the Australian Guidelines for Aseismic Design of Embankment Dams.