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Dr Hashemi is a Lecturer of Structural Engineering and the Deputy Director of the Smart Structures Laboratory at Swinburne University of Technology. He holds a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science from Sharif University of Technology, the highest-ranked technological university in Iran, and a PhD from the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York, USA. His field of research involves the development of knowledge and innovative tools for extreme load performance assessment of complex structures. More specifically, it concentrates on hybrid simulation, where the flexibility and cost-effectiveness of computer simulation are combined with the realism of large-scale experimental testing.
Dr Hashemi’s research experience during the past 8 years has enabled him to make considerable contributions to the advancement of large-scale hybrid simulation and the development of hybrid testing facilities in 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. Dr Hashemi won the 2016 Engineers Australia Excellence Award for Innovation, Research and Development (High Commendation) and was awarded the WH Warren Medal 2017 by the Board of the College of Civil Engineers of Engineers Australia for the best paper in the discipline of civil engineering.