PhD, The University of New South Wales, 2009
MEngSc., Tehran University, 1998
B.E. (Civil), University of Tehran Polytechnic
I do research on the behaviour of structures made of steel, concrete and timber. In particular, I am interested in the behaviour and development of innovative hybrid structures that fully exploit advantages of timber, steel and concrete.
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.
Actually, my interest in mechanics and mathematics motivated me to get into civil/structural engineering career.
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.
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.
Reinforced Concrete Design
Mechanics of Solids
Steel and timber design
Structural behaviour of hybrid connections
Reliability-based design of hybrid structures
Short- and long-term constitutive modelling of materials at the different length scales
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
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)
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