Professor Hamid Vali Pour Goudarzi

Professor Hamid Vali Pour Goudarzi

PhD, The University of New South Wales, 2009

MEngSc., Tehran University, 1998

B.E. (Civil), University of Tehran Polytechnic

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interest

Level 1: I do research on the behaviour of structures made of steel, concrete and timber.

Level 2: In particular, I am interested in the behaviour and development of innovative hybrid structures that fully exploit advantages of timber, steel and concrete.

Level 3: I develop efficient 1D frame finite element models that can be used to capture material as well as geometrical nonlinearities of frames subjected to extreme loading scenarios such as blasts and earthquakes. Also, I am interested in the constitutive modelling of concrete and timber.

Interest in engineering

Why did you get into engineering?

Actually, my interest in mechanics and mathematics motivated me to get into civil/structural engineering career.   

What are your research goals?

My goal is to develop innovative structural systems with lower energy and carbon footprint and also structures (especially connections) which are easy to fabricate, assemble and dismantle. 

Also, I am looking into new methods for efficient and accurate modelling, analysis and design of hybrid structural systems under short- and long-term service loads.

Advice for prospective engineers

If you are interested in applying your mathematics and physics knowledge in a wide range of engineering problems that are of interest to our society, then civil/structural engineering is one of the options you should definitely look at.

Lectures/Courses taught

Reinforced Concrete Design

Mechanics of Solids

Steel and timber design

Bridge design


Number currently in lab: 5 PhD students

Number of PhD students graduated: 12

Student Projects:

Structural behaviour of hybrid connections

Reliability-based design of hybrid structures

Short- and long-term constitutive modelling of materials at the different length scales 

Looking for students for projects related to:

Short- and long-term testing and finite element modelling of hybrid structures

Prefabricated hybrid (steel, timber, concrete) composite structures with deconstruction potential 

Constitutive modelling of timber and engineered wood product

Development of mechanistic models for hybrid steel-timber-concrete connections

Professional Organizations and Consulting positions

Associate Editor and member of the editorial board, Journal of Structural Engineering (ASCE)

Member of Editorial Board, Structures (IStrucE) 

Member, Institute of Engineers Australia

Member, Concrete Institute of Australia

Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)


(+61 2) 9385 6191
Civil Engineering Building (H20) Level 7, Room CE710 Kensington Campus
  • Journal articles | 2022
    Karimi-Nobandegani A; Valipour H, 2022, 'Effect of web openings on timber composite beams: Testing and analytical modelling', Engineering Structures, vol. 256,
    Journal articles | 2021
    Chiniforush AA; Valipour HR; Bradford MA; Akbar Nezhad A, 2021, 'Experimental and theoretical investigation of long-term performance of steel-timber composite beams', Engineering Structures, vol. 249,
    Journal articles | 2021
    Karimi-Nobandegani A; Valipour H, 2021, 'Timber beams with openings: Laboratory testing and nonlocal finite element modelling', Engineering Structures, vol. 245,
    Journal articles | 2021
    Khalajestani MK; Parvez A; Foster SJ; Valipour H; McGregor G, 2021, 'Concentrically and eccentrically loaded high-strength concrete columns with high-strength reinforcement: An experimental study', Engineering Structures, vol. 248,
    Journal articles | 2021
    Kia L; Valipour HR, 2021, 'Composite timber-steel encased columns subjected to concentric loading', Engineering Structures, vol. 232,
    Journal articles | 2021
    Mahmood SMF; Foster SJ; Valipour H, 2021, 'Moment redistribution and post-peak behaviour of lightly reinforced-SFRC continuous slabs', Engineering Structures, vol. 232,
  • Conference Papers | 2018
    Ataei A; Chiniforush AA; Valipour HR; Bradford MA, 2018, 'Cyclic behaviour of shear connectors in steel-timber composite beams', in WCTE 2018 - World Conference on Timber Engineering, Seoul, Republic of Korea, presented at WCTE 2018 - World Conference on Timber Engineering, Seoul, Republic of Korea, 20 August 2018 - 23 August 2018

ARC Discovery Grant DP220101038, “Torsion in innovative timber composite floors” (with M. Bradford), 2022-2024, $340,000.

ARC Discovery Grant DP220100841, “Connections for hybrid steel-timber-concrete structures” (with M. Foster), 2022-2024, $318,000.

ARC Discovery Grant DP160104092, “Composite Steel-Timber Structural System” (with M. Bradford), 2016-2018, $435,000.

ARC Linkage Grant LP150101102, “High Strength Concrete Beam-Columns with High-Strength Steel Reinforcement” (with S. Foster & G. McGregor), 2015-2017, $190,000.

ARC Discovery Grant DP150104107, “Moment-Rotation Capacity of Steel-Fibre Reinforced Concrete (SFRC)” (with S. Foster), 2015-2017, $266,300.

ARC Discovery Grant DP120103328, “Progressive Collapse Resistance of Reinforced Concrete Framed Structures with Membrane Action” (with S. Foster), 2012-2014, $320,000.

Malcolm Chaikin prize including university medal, 2009, Research excellence for PhD studies within the Faculty of Engineering at UNSW

Research Excellence Award, 2011, Concrete Institute of Australia