Dr Greg White

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Dr Greg White


Director, Airport Pavement Research Program

PhD (Civil Engineering) Sunshine Coast, MEng Qld.UT, MEng NSW, MEng Newcastle(NSW), MTech (Pavement Engineering) Deakin, GC Applied Statistics Murd., BE(Civil) First Class Hons NSW

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Dr Greg White


Dr Greg White is the Director of the Airport Pavement Research Program at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Following a career as an Airfield Engineering Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force, Greg worked for a number of leading Australian design consultants as a Principal Airport Pavement Engineer and then as the Technical Manager Airports for one of Australia’s leading airport construction and surfacing companies. Greg holds a number of Masters level degrees, as well as a PhD, all earned in the area of pavement materials and engineering. Greg’s interests span all aspects of airport pavement design, construction, analysis and maintenance and his PhD investigated aircraft-induced shear stresses and their impact on asphalt runway surfaces.

Greg is an active member of the Australian Airports Association’s Pavement Working Group, the International Civil Aviation Organisations’s Airport Pavement Expert Group, Australian Standards Committee CH-025 (bituminous products for road pavements) and is an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Pavement Engineering and Asphalt Technology as well as International Journal of Pavements.

Professional memberships

  • Chartered Professional Engineer.
  • National Professional Engineers Member.
  • Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Pavements.
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Pavement Engineering and Asphalt Technology.
  • Member of the Australian Airports Association’s Pavement Working Group.
  • Member of the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s Airport Pavement Expert Group.
  • Member of Australian Standards Committee CH-025 (Bituminous products for road pavements).


  • Australia Most Innovative Engineers (Academia and Research), recognised by Engineers Australia, 2016, for airport pavement research and development
  • Australian Airport Association Corporate Project of the Year (Highly Commended), 2015, for development of the Jet Range of products (on behalf of Fulton Hogan)
  • Community Infrastructure Award, Australian Institute of Project Management, 2004, for Lockhart River Airport runway upgrade (on behalf of GHD)
  • Young Engineer of the Year, Engineers Australia, Northern Division, 2001

Potential research projects for HDR and Honours students

  • Alternates to bituminous binders for airport asphalt surfacing.

  • Advanced asphalt test methods for improved characterisation of performance properties.

  • Correlations between flexural strength and other properties for airfield concrete mix acceptance.

  • Developing instrumentation standards for intelligent airport pavement structures.

  • Variation in supply of binder performance and the impact on airport asphalt.

  • Foamed bitumen base for expedient airfield pavement upgrades.

  • The relevance of asphalt fatigue for airport pavement thickness design.

  • The cost of adopting FAA design standards for Australian airports.

  • The comparative cost of thick and full depth high modulus asphalt pavements for airports.

  • Variability of deflection survey results and their effect on airport pavements.

Research grants

$1.8M over five years from the Australian Airports Association, in conjunction with the Department of Defence, for advancement of airport pavement science and technology.

$150k over five years from Sunshine Coast Council and Sunshine Coast Airport, for development of new airport pavement technologies.

$300k over five years from Perth Airport for the improvement of sustainable airport pavement design, construction, maintenance technologies.

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