Hamid Vali Pour Goudarzi

Associate Professor
Sch: Civil & Environmental Eng
Contact details:
(+61 2) 9385 6191
(+61 2) 9385 6139

Civil Engineering Building (H20)
Level 7, Room CE710
Kensington Campus

Associate Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research interest

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

Level 2: In particular, I am interested in the behaviour of steel and reinforced concrete framed structures subjected to extreme loading scenarios.

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 blast and earthquake.

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?

At the moment, I am investigating the behaviour of reinforced concrete frames subject to column loss scenarios. Also, I am looking at new methods for modelling behaviour of timber and engineered wood products under short- and long-term service loads.

What do people not understand about you do?

The important role of mathematics and physics in structural engineering is not often well- understood by people.

Advice for prospective [insert school] 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: 4

Student Projects:

Development of membrane action in reinforced concrete structures

Progressive collapse assessment of cable stayed bridges

Looking for students for projects related to:

Short-  and long-term testing and finite element modelling steel-timber hybrid structures

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

Constitutive modelling of timber and engineered wood product

Development of mechanistic models for dowel type timber-concrete composite joints

Professional Organisations and Consulting positions

Member, Concrete Institute of Australia

Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Member, fib working party 4.4.7 “Non-Linear Dynamic Analysis (NLDA) for Seismic Evaluation of RC Frames”


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


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

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

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


PhD, The University of New South Wales, 2009

MEngSc., Tehran University, 1998

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