Prof Yuan joined the Advanced Water Management Centre (AWMC) at The University of Queensland in 1998. He served as the AWMC Deputy Director 2001-2014, and is currently the Director.
His research focuses on development of innovative solutions for urban water management through effective integration of fundamental science and applied engineering. He has won over $30M in competitive research funding since 2001 including 20 ARC Discovery and Linkage grants as a Chief Investigator. Prof Yuan is an Executive of the $117m Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities and Leader of the Future Technologies Program.
He is the founder of three biotechnology businesses namely SeweX, Cloevis and Lodomat, and his research has delivered documented savings of over $400 million to the Australian water industry. His research achievements and leadership have been recognized through national and international awards with the most recent being the 2015 ATSE Clunies Award and the International Water Association (IWA) 2014 Global Project Innovation Award (Applied Research Category) – as Project Leader. Prof Yuan is an IWA Fellow and was named as one of Engineers Australia’s Top 100 Most Influential Engineers for 2015.