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Neil Despotellis



Founder & Inventor of Surefoot Footings
Neil Despotellis a construction Industry innovator, builder and small business entrepreneur, combined his cumulative life experiences to invent, patent, and run Surefoot Footings as a successful Australian business. The business has now expanded and operates in Europe, China, New Zealand and Oceania.

  • 2011 Episode Winner in The New Inventors Program.
  • 2017 Winner of Edison’s Award in Energy and Sustainability.


Dr. Amir Mehdizadeh



Dr. Amirhassan Mehdizadeh, Managing Director of Porous Lane, has MSc and PhD in Geotechnical Engineering and is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne. He is author of more than 18 high-quality publications. He is an expert in instrumentation and field performance monitoring, advanced laboratory testing and computational modelling. He was also elected as one of the two Australian representatives on the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) Technical Committee of Laboratory Testing for 2019-2020. Dr. Amirhassan Mehdizadeh is a recipient of an international award, two Research, Development and Demonstration grants in 2019 from Sustainability Victoria worth $400,000 and a chief investigator of three industry grants worth AUD $150,000. Amirhassan Mehdizadeh has more than 11 years of industry experience which gives him some of required skills to lead the client-relationship tasks.

Associate Prof. Mahdi Disfani



With particular interest in using new and recycled material such as waste tyre, recycled glass, brick and concrete in pavement and geotechnical engineering applications; Dr Disfani has attracted major Federal, state, local and industry research grants, awards and recognition in this area. His research has been influential in diverting thousands of tons of these materials from landfills to our transport infrastructure. He has published extensively in this area with more than 30 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, book chapters and 3 PhD students graduated on relevant topics. He has led some of the first of its kind projects in Australia including largest trial of using tyre derived aggregate permeable pavements under live traffic conditions.

Ramin Raeesi



Mr. Ramin Raeesi, Technical Director of Porous Lane, has a BSc in Civil Engineering and a MSc in Geotechnical Engineering and is a PhD Candidate at the University of Melbourne. His PhD is on the mechanical performance of waste tyre-based permeable pavements. He has been involved in projects funded by Tyre Stewardship Australia on field performance monitoring of waste tyre-based permeable pavements and has several publications in the field. His expertise in design, performance monitoring, laboratory and field experiments enables him focus on the technical aspects of his work at Porous Lane.

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