Harry Tran


Staff profile

Harry Tran



Teaching areas

Civil engineering (Materials)


  • PhD in Civil Engineering – University of Canterbury
  • MSc in Building Engineering – University of Greenwich, UK


I have BSc in Highway Engineering from University of Transport and Communications (Vietnam) and MSc in Building Engineering from University of Greenwich (UK). I came to New Zealand in 2015 and completed my PhD in Civil Engineering at University of Canterbury in 2019. My PhD aimed at developing magnesium silicate hydrate cement for sustainable construction materials.

Before joining MIT, I was a civil engineering tutor at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (June 2018 to April 2020) and ARA (2016).

Industry experience

I have over five years of professional experience in highway design, bridge structures, and residential project development.

Research and publications

  • H.M. Tran, A. Scott, R.P. Dhakal (2019). Mechanical and durability properties of magnesium silicate hydrate binder concrete. Magazine of Concrete Research, ISSN 0024-9831 | E-ISSN 1751-763X
  • Tran, H. M., & Scott, A. (2017). Strength and workability of magnesium silicate hydrate binder systems. Construction and Building Materials, 131, 526-535.
  • Yang, N., Tran, H., Scott, A. C. N., Dhakal, R., Watson, M., & Shi, C. (2017). Properties of magnesium based cements. Proceedings of the New Zealand Concrete Industry Conference 2017, Te Papa, Wellington, New Zealand, 12 - 14 October 2017
  • H. M. Tran, A. Scott, R.P. Dhakal, (2017). Strength development of mortars using a magnesium silicate hydrate binder system under different curing conditions. Proceedings of the 2nd International RILEM Conference on Bio-based Building Materials, 21-23 June 2017, ClermontFerrand, France, pp. 87-91.
  • Tran, H. M., Scott, A., Dhakal, R.P., Yang, N. (2017). Mechanical and durability properties of a concrete using magnesium silicate hydrate binder system. Proceedings of the Concrete 2017, the 28th Biennial National Conference of the Concrete Institute of Australia, held in conjunction with the 3rd International Congress on Durability of Concrete (ICDC), Adelaide, Australia, 22 October to 25 October 2017.
  • Tran Manh Hung, Le Huy Viet (2013). Study of interaction diagram method in calculating strength resistance of high-strength concrete column. Mining Industry Journal, ISSN 0868-7052.
  • Dang Quang Huy, Tran Manh Hung (2013). Study of flexural strength of concrete beam with fiber reinforcement polymer rebars. Mining Industry Journal, 2013, ISSN 0868-7052.

Why come to MIT?

MIT is a diverse and dynamic education environment where I can fulfil my passion of developing skills and knowledge for future civil engineers to build a resilient and sustainable world.