Professor Mark Porter

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Professor Mark Porter


Teaching areas

  • ENG330 Engineering Hydrology
  • ENG411 Reservoir and Stormwater Engineering

Research areas

  • water resources engineering with emphasis on the interactions between human activities and water quality and availability
  • agricultural engineering


Mark Porter is a Professor of Engineering at the University of the Sunshine Coast, where he is responsible for the development of new teaching and research programs in Civil and Mechanical engineering. He is a water resources and environmental engineer with a strong interest in engineering education and a background in research, teaching and academic management.

Mark has taught courses in hydrology, water resources engineering, reservoir engineering and environmental technology and has supervised postgraduate research students over a 20 year period. Mark has many years experience in floodplain modelling and in recent years his research work has focused on the impact of human activity on water quality and resources in Germany, New Zealand and Queensland, Australia. He is now overseeing the development of new research programs in asphalt pavement engineering, permeable pavements, and the impacts of climate change on coastal infrastructure.

Mark's achievements include a university Excellence Award for Research (1993) and an Excellence Award for the Design and Delivery of Teaching Materials (2003) and a national Carrick Award for outstanding contributions to the Enhancement of Learning (2007 - Learning and Teaching Category: joint winner). He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers and held the position of Chairman for the Sunshine Coast Local Group of EA in 2012-13.

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