Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Design
School of Engineering and Built Environment
Griffith University
Gold Coast QLD, Australia
Team Leader

Dr Zia Javanbakht

Principal Investigator

Dr Zia Javanbakht is a chartered engineer (in three fields of civil, structural, and mechanical engineering) and an early-career academic in the field of computational mechanics and material modelling. He has extensive knowledge in finite element analysis (ABAQUS and MSC MARC), programming (FORTRAN, Python, and MATLAB), and material modelling of composites and auxetics. He is an expert in developing customised programming code to solve unconventional engineering problems. He has published several peer-reviewed journal articles, authored books, edited books, and conference papers in collaboration with researchers from around the world. He has more than a decade of industry experience in structural modelling/design and project management. He provides consultancy services for national and international companies particularly in solid mechanics and simulation. He has been able to secure more than $3M funding from external and university grant applications. He holds the Fellow status of Higher Education Academy (FHEA).


Mr Rahul Singh Dhari

PhD Student

Ms Fereshteh Hassani

PhD Student

Mr Ali Ebrahimzadeh Dehghani

PhD Student

Mr Mobin Mobin Majeed

PhD Student

Mr Akshay Asthana

MPhil Student

Mr Premraj Joshi

MPhil Student


Prof Andreas Öchsner

Esslingen University

Prof Holm Altenbach

University of Magdeburg

Prof Stefanie Feih

Griffith University

Prof David Lloyd

Griffith University

Prof Paulo de Souza

Griffith University

Prof John Summerscales

University of Plymouth

A/Prof Wayne Hall

Griffith University

Dr-ing Marcus Aßmus

University of Magdeburg

Dr Sardar Malek

University of Victoria

Dr Hamid Ahmadi

University of Southern Queensland

Dr Leonhard Hitzler

Technical University of Munich

Dr Nima Talebian

Bond University

Dr Dane Miller

Bond University

Dr Ian Underhill

Griffith University

Mr Gaurav Singh

Mathscapes Research


Ms Marie-Theres Liebers

Research Intern

Dr Mahyar Masaeli

PhD Student

Ms Simone Heilgeist

MSc Student

Mr Jip Rijksen

Research Intern

Dr Andreas Kromik

Research Fellow

Mr Brenton Miller

BSc Student