School of Civil Engineering

Associate Professor Liza O'Moore

Associate Professor and Associate Dean Academic (EAIT)
Office: 49-549:1
Phone: +61 7 3365 3899

Liza O'Moore has over 20 years experience in structural and concrete design. After graduation Liza joined a local consulting firm and worked mainly in the areas of industrial and commercial structural design. Upon completion of her postgraduate research, she joined the Civil Structures group in the Brisbane office of Arup. During her time with Arup as a senior engineer and then associate, she was involved in a number of local and international reinforced concrete infrastructure projects.

In January 2001, Liza joined the academic staff in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Queensland. She is currently teaching in the areas of reinforced concrete and concrete design and applied mechanics. In 2011 Liza was elected as the National President of the Concrete Institute of Australia, the first female to be appointed to this position.

In 2010 Liza was a member of the Expert Reference Panel advising the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) Review of Material 5 Credit (Concrete) for the Greenstar rating system.

She has been the recipient of School of Engineering Teaching Excellence Awards (2005, 2006), Faculty Teaching Excellence Award (2007) and a UQ Award for Teaching Excellence (2010), In 2011 Liza was award a Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student learning. On behalf of the QLD Office of Higher Education (OHE), Liza has also been Committee member advising on the accreditation of Associate Degrees in Engineering in the VET sector


  • GradCert Ed, University of Queensland (2004)

  • PhD, University of Queensland (1997)

  • BE (Hons), University of Queensland (1987)


  • Creep and shrinkage of concrete structures, durability, high performance concretes, sustainable concrete and the performance of industrial slabs and pavements.

  • Engineering education

Teaching and Learning

  • Developing competency testing for incoming First Year engineering students


  • Preparing For First Year (PFFY) Competency Testing for incoming BE students. Has since led to a successful ALTC Grant led by USQ.

  • CRC Rail - Evaluation of Simulators in Train Driver Training and Developing a national competence assurance framework Jointly with A/Prof Kavanagh

  • Creep and Shrinkage of Geopolymers (Industry partner)


  • School of Engineering Teaching Excellence Awards (2005, 2006);
  • Faculty Teaching Excellence Award (2007);
  • UQ Award for Teaching Excellence (2010);
  • Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student learning 2011.

Key Publications

  • O’Brien, ↵ KR, Ménaché, J and O’Moore, LM (2009), “Impact of fly ash content and fly ash transportation distance on embodied greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption in concrete”, International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, Springer, Volume 14, Number 7, November, 2009, p 621-629

  • L.M. O’Moore and T. E. Baldock; “Peer Assessment Learning Sessions (PALS): An innovative feedback technique for large engineering classes”, European Journal of Engineering Education, Vol 32, No 1, March 2007.

  • Dao Vinh T.N., Dux Peter F., Morris Peter H. & O’Moore Liza (2010) , “Plastic shrinkage cracking of concrete”, Australian Journal of Structural Engineering, Engineers Australia, Vol 10, No 3, p 207-214.

  • O’Moore L.M., D Baweja. and Dux P.F, “Investigation of Early Age Restrained Shrinkage Strains in Slabs and Standard Drying Shrinkage Strains”, Concrete Forum, Vol 1, No 1, Concrete Institute of Australia, June 2007.

  • Kavanagh, L, O'Moore, L M. And Samuelowicz, K (2009). Characterising the first year cohort knowledge. In: Colin Kestell, Steven Grainger and John Cheung AAEE 20th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education, University of Adelaide, Australia, 6-9 December 2009.