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Dr. Monita Olivia , S.T., M.Sc

Work Dept of Civil Engineering Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Riau Pekanbaru 28293 Indonesia


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Monita Olivia is a Senior Lecturer and Head of Laboratory of Structural Engineering of the Department of Civil Engineering at Universitas Riau, where she has been a faculty member since 2001. She received a ST (Sarjana Teknik) from Universitas Islam Indonesia, Yogyakarta in 1998, an MSc from UMIST, Manchester, United Kingdom in 2000, and a PhD in Civil Engineering from Curtin University, Perth, Australia in 2011. Her research interests lie in the area of Concrete Technology, ranging from geopolymer concrete, durability and use of sustainable waste in concrete. In the past three years (2015-2017), she was responsible to teach 6 subjects, such as Advanced Concrete Technology, Concrete and Construction Material and Research Methodology, for undergraduate and master students. She was able to complete 4 research grants (funded by DIKTI), 10 national and international conference papers, supervised 30 undergrad students, 5 masters students and 1 PhD student, and obtained a silver medal award for best paper at Malaysia-Indonesia Geopolymer Symposium (2015). Monita was a Chief in Editor of Faculty’s scientific jurnal: Jurnal Sains dan Teknologi (2005-2015) and technical editor of Jurnal Natur Indonesia (2002-2004). She has been a reviewer of the Construction and Building Materials, Materials and Design, Journal of Clear Production (Elsevier), and Journal of Solid Waste and Technology (Widener University USA) since 2012. Her other research interests are internationalization and gender equality in higher education (funded by DAAD, Germany).


PhD in Civil Engineering, Curtin University, Australia, 2007 – 2011
Supervisor : Prof Hamid Nikraz
Thesis : Durability related Properties of Fly Ash Based Geopolymer Concrete

Master in Structural Engineering, UMIST, United Kingdom, 1999 – 2000
Supervisor : Parthasarathi Mandal, PhD
Thesis : Curvature Ductility of Reinforced Beams Concrete

BSc in Civil Engineering, UII, Indonesia, 1993 – 1998
Supervisor : Ir Ibnu Sudarmadji MS
Thesis :Comparative Study of Settlement of Kasongan and Godean Clay (Studi Komparasi Penurunan Lempung Kasongan dan Godean)

Research Interests
Monita Olivia has interest and experience in doing research in concrete technology area with emphasis of manufacturing geopolymer concrete, assesing durability and using sustainable waste in concrete, internationalization of higher education, and gender equality in higher education

Scholarships and Awards

§  Humboldt Kolleg in Indonesia (Ristek DIKTI, UPJ & Alexander von Humboldt Foundation), 2017

§  Mentor of Australia Professional Development Program (Griffith University Consortium), 2017

§  #1 winner of PKMCSR Award (National Conference PKMCSR), 2016

§  DAAD DIES ProGrant Proposal Writing for Research Grants (Univ of Cologne & UPJ), 2016

§  Alumni Reference Group Silver Member Achievement (Australia Awards Indonesia), 2016

§  DAAD Training on Strategic Gender Management in Higher Education in Indonesia Part II: Gender Equality as Strategic Task in Teaching, Research and Career Development (Fachhochschule Kiel, Univ Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta & Univ Kristen Indonesia), 2015

§  DAAD Training on Strategic Gender Management for Institutions of Higher Education in Indonesia (Univ of Applied Sciences Kiel & Univ Kristen Indonesia),  2015

§  2nd Malaysia-Indonesia Geopolymer Symposium Silver Medal Award (Best Paper), 2015

§  Professional Development Activity: Writing Research Proposal (Australia Awards Indonesia), 2015

§  DAAD DIES University Leadership and Management Training (UNILEAD), 2014-2015

§  ICCBT 2008 Bronze Medal (Best Paper), 2008

§  Australia Development Scholarships (PhD Scholarship at Curtin University),  2007-2011

§  Beasiswa Mahasiswa Berprestasi (Universitas Terbuka Indonesia), 2004-2005

§  EEDP-Asian Bank Development Scholarships (Master Degree at UMIST, UK), 1999-2000

§  Mahasiswa Berprestasi (UII), 1997-1998

§  Chevron Scholarships and UII (Undergraduate Study), 1993-1998

Visiting Scholar

§  Project Presentation about ‘Development of a Strategic Planning Document for Internationalization of Universitas Riau 2015-2019’, Carl von Ossietzky Universitat Oldenburg, Germany, 26 February 2015.

§  Public Lecture with a title of ‘Structural Concrete in Peat Land’, Faculty of Engineering, Yamaguchi University, Japan, 6 November 2015.

Working Experience

§  Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Riau, 2001-now

§  Lab Supervisor, Engineering Foundation Year, Faculty of Engineering, Curtin University, 2008-2011

§  Student Assistant, Curtin University Main Library, 2007-2011

Administrative/Leadership Experience

§  Internal Reviewer of Proposal Grants, Research Institute, Universitas Riau, 2016-now

§  Mentor of Scientific Publication, Research Institute, Universitas Riau, 2015-now

§  Head of Structural Engineering Laboratory, Universitas Riau, 2013-now

§  Chief-in-Editor of Jurnal Sains and Teknologi, Universitas Riau, 2013-2016

§  Reviewer: Materials & Design, Journal of Cleaner Production, Construction and Building Materials (Elsevier), Journal of Solid Waste and Technology, 2013-now

§  Deputy Manager of External Affairs, International Office, Universitas Riau, 2012-2015

§  Team Leader of Strategic Planning for Internationalization of Universitas Riau, 2014-2015

§  Team Leader of Institutional Enhancement Grant from DIKTI (IO UR), 2012, 2014

§  Final Year Project Coordinator, 2004-2006

§  Team Leader of Strategic Planning for Dept of Civil Eng, 2003

§  Member of Accreditation Task Force Unit (Undergraduate/Postgraduate), 2003-now

Research Grants

  • Universitas Riau Internal Research Grant (DIPA), Universitas Riau 2017

Project: Psycho-mechanical characteristics and durability of plain and blended  concrete using peat water to produce and cure concrete (Submitted two first-author research articles)

  • DIKTI Decentralization Research Grant (Penelitian Unggulan Perguruan Tinggi) 2014-2016

Project: Development of Acid Resistant Concrete using Agro-industrial Waste for Structures in Acidic Peat Environment (Published seven first-author research articles and one review article)

  • Curtin Linkage Grant, Curtin University 2007

Project: Influence of High Temperature and High Acidic Conditions on Geopolymeric Composite Material for Steel Pickling Tanks

  • PHK A2 Research Grant, Dept of Civil Engineering Universitas Riau             2006-2007

Project: Geopolymer Concrete as Alternative Cementless Concrete (Published one first-author research article)


§  Olivia, M., Pradana, T. & Sitompul, I.R. 2017. Properties of plain and blended cement concrete immersed in acidic peat water canal. Procedia Engineering 171C: 557-563.

§  Padil. & Olivia, M. 2016. Pemberdayaan masyarakat pada lahan marjinal dengan konsep kawasan (Studi kasus Kelurahan Batu Bersurat Kabupaten Kampar dan Kampung Bantalan, Kabupaten Indragiri Hilir, Propinsi Riau). Jurnal Sinergitas PKM & CSR Vol 1(1): 8-22.

§  Olivia, M., Wulandari, C., Sitompul I.R., Darmayanti, L. & Djauhari, Z. 2016. Study of fly ash (FA) and palm oil fuel ash (POFA) geopolymer mortar resistance in acidic peat environment. Materials Science Forum Vol 841: 126-132.

§  Olivia, M., Mifshella, A.A. & Darmayanti, L. 2015. Mechanical properties of seashell concrete. Procedia Engineering 125: 760-764.

§  Olivia, M., Moheimani, N., Javaherdashti, R., Nikraz, H. & Borowitzka, M.A. 2013. The influence of micro algae on corrosion of steel in fly ash goepolymer concrete: a preliminary study. Advanced  Materials Research Vol 626: 861-866.

§  Olivia, M. & Nikraz, H. 2012. Properties of fly ash geopolymer concrete designed by Taguchi method. Materials and Design 36: 191-198.

§  Olivia, M. & Nikraz, H. 2011. Strength and water penetrability of fly ash geopolymer concrete.  ARPN Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences Vol 6(7): 70-78.


§  Olivia, M., Oktaviani, R. & Ismeddiyanto. 2016. Properties of concrete containing ground waste cockle and clam seashells. Sustainable Civil Engineering Structures and Construction Materials (SCESCM 2016), Denpasar 2016.

§  Olivia, M., Tambunan, L.M. & Sitompul, I.R. 2016. Geopolymer POFA mortar cured in ambient temperature. Asia Geopolymer Symposium/Malaysia-Indonesia Geopolymer Symposium 2016, Ho Chi Minh, 5 August 2016.

§  Olivia, M. 2015. Promoting Female Leadership at Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Riau. International Conference Towards Gender Equalities in Higher Education, Jakarta, 14 November 2015.

§  Olivia, M. & Nikraz, H. 2013. Properties of fly ash geopolymer concrete in seawater environment. The 13th East Asia-Pacific Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction (EASEC 2013), Sapporo, 11-13 September 2013.

§  Olivia, M. & Nikraz, H. 2011. Durability of fly ash geopolymer concrete in seawater environment. 25th Biennial Conference of the Concrete Institute of Australia, Perth, 12-14 October 2011.

§  Olivia, M. & Nikraz, H. 2010. Corrosion performance of embedded steel in fly ash geopolymer concrete by impressed voltage method. The 21st Australian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials (ACMSM21), Melbourne, 7-10 December 2010.

§  Olivia, M. & Nikraz, H. 2009. Optimization of fly ash geopolymer concrete mixture in a seawater environment. 24th Biennial Conference of the Concrete Institute of Australia, Sydney, 17-19 September 2009.

§  Olivia, M., Nikraz, H. & Sarker, P. 2008. Water penetrability of low calcium fly ash geopolymer concrete. International Conference on Construction and Building Technology, Kuala Lumpur, June 2008.

Teaching Experience

§  Engineering Mechanics 100 Lab (Foundation Year, Curtin University), 2008-2010
§  Civil Eng Materials, Engineering Mechanics, Research Methodology (Undergraduate), 2001-now
§  Advanced Materials Technology, Advanced Materials Mechanics, Research Methodology (Postgraduate), 2012-now


Professional Memberships

§  Forum IPTEK Layanan bagi Masyarakat (FLipMAS) Batobo Wilayah Riau,  2016-now

§  Asian Concrete Federation (ACF), 2015-now

§  Konsorsium Riset Geopolimer Indonesia (KORIGI), 2014-now

§  Australia Awards Alumni Reference Group (ARG), 2014-2016

§  Association of Indonesian Postgraduate Students and Scholars in Australia (AIPSSA), 2008-now

§  Concrete Institute of Australia (CIA), 2007-2012

§  American Concrete Institute  (ACI), 2007-2012

Community Development (selected)

§  Community Empowerment for Kampung Bantalan and Batu Bersurat (funded by CSR Pertamina and organized by FLipMAS Batobo Wilayah Riau), 2014-2016

§  Training on How to Write Scientific Articles for High School Teachers in Riau Province, 2016

§  Training of Implementation of Biosand Filter for Domestic Water Treatment, 2013

§  Training of Wetland Technology for Domestic Household Water Treatment, 2013

Student Extra-Curricular Activities

§  Supervisor of Civil Engineering Dept Student’s Research and Publication Group, 2012-now

§  Invited speaker at various Student Units Activities (Leadership, Scholarships Scientific Publication, Cross-culture, Study Habit),  2004-now

§  Supervisor of Civil Engineering Student’s Research Club, 2003-2007


Prof Hamid R Nikraz
Professor of Department Civil Engineering
Faculty of Science and Engineering, Curtin University, Perth, Australia


Prof Amir Awaluddin MSc
Former Head of International Office
University of Riau, Pekanbaru, Indonesia

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