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Dr Javad Hashemi

Senior Lecturer, Deputy Director of Smart Structures Laboratory
PhD, State University of New York at Buffalo, United States; BS/MS, Sharif University of Technology, Iran


Javad is a Senior Lecturer of Structural Engineering and the Deputy Director of $15 million Smart Structures Laboratory at Swinburne University of Technology. He holds a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science from Sharif University of Technology, Iran and a PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo, USA.

During his PhD studies, Javad was involved in a collaborative multi-institutional research project entitled “NEESR: Collapse Simulation of Multi-Story Building through Hybrid Testing” funded US$1 million by the U.S. National Science Foundation as part of the former NEES research program. The lead institute of the project was Stanford University. Javad’s research experience has enabled him to make considerable contributions to the advancement of large-scale hybrid simulation and the development of hybrid testing facilities in the USA and Australia. He had a leading role in the development of Australia’s first and only 6-DOF hybrid testing facility, known as the Multi-Axis Substructure Testing (MAST) system, at Swinburne. The $2 million cutting-edge facility was an investment by Swinburne, Australian Research Council, and 11 other Australian universities.

Javad's multidisciplinary research program involves:

  • Application of cyber-physical hybrid simulation for engineering structures and infrastructures under extreme events.
  • Development and application of large-scale experimental testing systems using servo-hydraulic actuators, advanced control systems, and instrumentations.
  • Development and application of advanced computational modelling using FE applications.
  • Performance assessment of structures and infrastructures under extreme events including natural disasters and man-made hazards.
  • Applications of innovative materials, devices, strengthening and retrofitting techniques to enhance the serviceability and resilience of structures and infrastructures.
  • Application of modular, prefabricated and sustainable systems in modern construction.
  • Development of design standards and guidelines for steel, reinforced-concrete, masonry, and timber structures.
  • Performance assessment of non-structural components under lateral building movements.

Research interests

Advanced Structural Engineering; Earthquake Engineering

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Structural Engineering - 400510
  • Earthquake Engineering - 400506

Teaching areas

Design of Steel Structures; Building Design Project


  • 2017, National, WH Warren Medal, Board of the College of Civil Engineers of Engineers Australia
  • 2016, National, Excellence Award for Innovation, Research and Development (High Commendation), Engineers Australia
  • 2009, International, National Science Foundation (USA) PhD Scholarship, State University of New York at Buffalo


Also published as: Hashemi, Javad; Hashemi, J.; Hashemi, M. J.; Hashemi, M. Javad; Javad Hashemi, M.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2022: Compliance assessment of brick veneer ties on steel framed structures *; National Association of Steel-framed Housing Inc.
  • 2022: Development of a Primary Spring Dynamic Fatigue Load Testing *; Mackay Consolidated Industries P/L - Partnership
  • 2022: Innovative laminated timber panel wall element for sustainable construction *; Timberworks (VIC) PTY LTD
  • 2021: Assessment of drywall partitions for creaking noise using multi-axis cyclic testing *; Knauf Australia
  • 2021: Australian Coal Industry's Research Program *; Monash University
  • 2021: Collapse capacity of timber support system in underground coal mines *; Strata Worldwide Fund Scheme
  • 2021: Development and Conduct of Fatigue and Durability Testing of Vehicle Coupling Systems *; Bisitecniks Pty Ltd
  • 2021: Optimising the Cablebolt Pre-Tensioning Practice to Control Roadway Roof Failure Using Advanced Combined Axial and Shear Testing Facility *; Australian Coal Research Limited - Partnership
  • 2021: Performance assessment of non-structural partitions and ceiling system for serviceability using multi-axis cyclic testing *; Etex Australia Pty Ltd Fund Scheme
  • 2021: Snowy 2.0 Design & Component Testing *; Snowy Hydro Limited - Fund Scheme
  • 2021: Structural performance assessment of innovative special-made NLT floor panels *; Oz Build Construction Pty Ltd
  • 2020: Development of an innovative light steel wall framing system for superior serviceability performance *; Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • 2020: Life-Cycle Assessment of B-Safe and Other Chain Tensioners Used in Road Transport through Real-Time Hybrid Simulation *; Bluescope Steel Limited
  • 2020: Life-Cycle Assessment of Maxibinder Chain Tensioners Used in Road Transport through Accelerated Wear Testing *; Bluescope Steel Limited
  • 2020: Serviceability performance assessment of innovative drywall partitions using multi-axis cyclic testing *; Knauf Australia
  • 2019: Squash testing of Crib-Lock timber components used in mining engineering applications *; Mine Timber Technology (Aust)
  • 2019: Squash testing of Link-N-Lock timber components used in mining engineering applications *; Glencore Coal Assets Australia
  • 2019: Structural performance assessment of an innovative timber panel element for sustainable construction *; Timberworks (VIC) PTY LTD
  • 2018: Seismic Assessment of Non-Structural Ceiling Components through Axial Testing *; USG Boral Building Products Pty Ltd
  • 2017: Collaborative framework for large-scale structural testing between New Zealand research institutions and Swinburne University of Technology *; University of Auckland
  • 2017: Performance assessment of stud wall internal intersections under horizontal service and ultimate loading *; Rondo Building Services Research Contracts
  • 2017: Structural performance assessment of an innovative timber panel element under three-dimension service/ultimate loads *; Timberworks (VIC) PTY LTD
  • 2016: Assessing the impact of exterior accessories on airbag deployment. *; Frontline Australia

* Chief Investigator