Congratulations to CIES Professor Hamid Valipour!
Congratulations to CIES leading construction sustainability researcher Dr Hamid Valipour on his so well-deserved promotion to Professor!
As Head of School Scientia & PSM Professor Nasser Khalili announced, ‘This is a wonderful achievement and an acknowledgement and recognition of Hamid’s outstanding contributions to research, education, leadership and engagement in his field.’
Professor Hamid Valipour has long been a man on a mission- a mission to reduce the construction industry’s carbon footprint. His work over the last ten years has focused on the development of innovative structural systems with lower energy and carbon footprints, which are easier to fabricate, assemble and dismantle than those of current practice.
Valipour’s vision is for the widespread uptake of hybrid structural systems that fully exploit the advantages of steel, concrete and engineered timber to reduce the self-weight, cost and negative environmental impact of current structures, and also enhance opportunities for deconstruction, reusing and upgrading of structures.
Hamid and his CIES colleague Laureate Professor Mark Bradford (chief investigators on DP160104092) have already demonstrated the feasibility and superior structural performance of innovative steel-timber systems compared to conventional steel-concrete composite. Hamid has also been busy developing, testing and numerically simulating hybrid/composite timber-concrete and steel-timber connections.
The innovative composite systems developed by Hamid and his research team can be easily dismantled at the end of building service life that will, in turn, significantly facilitate recycling, reusing and/or repurposing of the construction materials and hence reduce construction waste.
Hamid is Chief Investigator on two current ARC Discovery Projects working with eminent CIES colleagues, Professor Mark Bradford for the topic of timber composite floors (DP220101038), and Professor Stephen Foster, Dean of UNSW Engineering, on connections (DP220100841). Both are regarded as global leaders in their respective fields – steel and concrete. Add Valipour’s expertise and research passion – timber!
Hamid knows this is where CIES can be an industry leader in research and teaching. He is equally confident that as research and development continues, more buildings and designers will take advantage of innovative hybrid steel-timber-concrete systems. That they are the way of the future.
Warmest congratulations from CIES to our new Professor!
See short video presented by Prof Hamid Valipour about CIES Heavy Structures Testing Laboratory