Dr Gary Raftery

BE (Hons), PhD


Dr. Gary Raftery lectures and researches in structural analysis and structural mechanics of materials. His research interests are focused towards structural engineering which include timber engineering and sustainable materials, hybrid structural systems/composite systems, adhesively bonded joints and strengthening with FRP composites.

Dr. Raftery became a full time researcher initially in 2009 after being awarded a faculty position at The National University of Ireland before moving to The University of Auckland in 2011. At The National University of Ireland, he sucessfully led award winning and postgraduate research projects on the FRP reinforcement of low-grade timber elements. He has been awarded prestigious fellowships to facilitate research visits to highly regarded timber research groups at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (2011) and Oregon State University (2016) and an award for supervision by the Wood Marketing Federation (Ireland) in 2011.

Dr. Raftery has previously worked in industry as a design engineer, technical consultant and project manager after obtaining his BE (Civil) degree with first class honours.


BE (Civil Engineering), National University of Ireland, 2004
PhD (Structural Engineering), National University of Ireland, 2009
Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, National University of Ireland, 2011

Research positions available

Positions are currently available for PhD and MSc research projects.

Please email g.raftery@auckland.ac.nz for details.


Research | Current

  • Hybrid structural systems/Composite systems
  • Development of sustainable materials
  • Timber Engineering/Mechanics of engineered wood composites
  • Adhesives in structural systems
  • Durability performance of materials
  • Strengthening using FRP composite materials

Teaching | Current

Civil 250 Engineering Materials

Civil 312 Structures and Design 2

Civil 705 Engineering Project

Civil 713 Structures and Design 4

Civil 717 Advanced Timber Structures

Postgraduate supervision

Current PhD Students as main supervisor:

 Mr. Zubin Karami                                                                                                                                                         Ms. Rhonita Andarini

Completed as main supervisor:

 Mr. Conor Whelan                                                                                                                                                         Ms. Fiona Kelly


2016 Jim and Hazel D. Lord Fellowship, The University of Auckland

2016 Teaching Development Award, The University of Auckland

2015 Teaching Development Award, The University of Auckland

2011 Working Visit Grant, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Ireland

2011 Supervisor Research Award, Wood Marketing Federation, Ireland

2010 University Fellowship, National University of Ireland, Galway

2008 University Fellowship, National University of Ireland, Galway

2006 Irish Research Council, Science Engineering and Technology - Scholarship extension

2003 Irish Research Council, Science Engineering and Technology - Embark Scholarship


Faculty Teaching and Learning Quality Committee

Faculty ITS & P Committee

Departmental Part IV presentation day

Department Part IV advisor

Areas of expertise

  • Structural engineering and design, Structural mechanics,
  • Structural materials: Timber, Engineered wood products, Concrete, FRP composites, Hybrid systems 
  • Experimental design and investigation
  • Nonlinear numerical modelling of structural systems

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Member of Structural Engineering Society 
  • Member of New Zealand Timber Design Society 
  • Member of Auckland Structural Group 
  • Member of Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand 
  • Member of Engineers Ireland
  • Member of Timber Research and Development Authority (UK)
  • Member of Forest Products Society (USA)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 10, Room 1012
New Zealand

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