Mahdi has more than ten years of academic and professional experience in Australia, including active participation in a number of challenging research and industrial initiatives. His fields of expertise expand over various disciplines with a particular focus on computational mechanics, and he is especially well-known for his work on nonlinear analysis and design of reinforced concrete structures. He is also an advocate for performance-based seismic analysis and design of structures. Mahdi has multiple journal and conference publications in the field, and he has been invited as a guest speaker for various national and international events.
What do you enjoy about engineering?
Our lives are so closely tied to engineering. Where we call home or workplace is founded upon structural engineering. Being able to see the direct outcome of my work or contribution to our community was one of the reasons I stepped into this engineering field. The curiosity for understanding engineering problems, especially in structural engineering with its extensive impacts on every human’s life and safety, is what drives me. And the hope for finding practical solutions gives me the courage to take up any challenge and explore, even beyond my comfort zone, by means of knowledge and wings of desire.
What is the best thing about being a part of the TTW team?
During my time at TTW, I had the chance to meet and collaborate with so many amazing people with wonderful spirits, different sets of skills and various fields of expertise, from whom I have learnt so many invaluable lessons, and for which I would be forever grateful. One thing that early on caught my attention was the following statement by Dick Taylor, one of the firm’s founding partners: “Our work is only as good as the minds behind it”, which despite its abstractness, has a lot to say about TTW culture.
What is it about the industry that motivates you?
What motivates me is the fact that the Australian building industry has so much room for improvement, from embracing the latest technologies to implementing state-of-the-art developments in the field of structural engineering. This includes, but is not limited to, advancements in structural analysis and design beyond our current conventional methods and the emerging generation of hybrid structural systems and composite materials. We now have way better knowledge and resources than our predecessors, so there would be no surprise in expecting to do things differently, more accurately and efficiently. I would like to play my role to the best of my knowledge and experience and make a change in these aspects. I believe if we all accept the changes, take up the challenge and do our shares, we can make the future a better, safer, and more sustainable place to live, work and relish.