Dr. Sardar Malek

Dr. Sardar  Malek
Assistant Professor
Civil Engineering

BSc (Tehran Polytechnic), MSc (UBC), PhD (UBC)

Office: EOW 329


  • PhD, Civil Engineering, University of British Columbia (2010-2014)
  • MASc, Mechanical Engineering (Themofluids), University of British Columbia (2007-2009)
  • BSc, Mechanical Engineering (Solid mechanics), Tehran Polytechnic (2007)

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Victoria, Canada (2020 – Present)
  • Lecturer (Assistant Professor), Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Technology Sydney, Australia (2017-2020)
  • FEA Structural Analyst, Ballard Power Systems, Canada (2016-2017)
  • Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA (2014 ‒ 2016)


My research has focused primarily on developing “efficient” computational multi-scale methodologies for simulating the structural behaviour of sustainable composites subjected to extreme static and dynamic loads.

One of my main research directions is to investigate the mechanical behaviour of natural composites such as wood and bamboo at multiple length scales; i.e. from nano- to macro-scale (structure). As I have shown in my research, the improved understanding of these renewable materials could lead to: (i) development of sustainable panel products for the next generation of modular buildings and (ii) design bio-inspired composites for lightweight applications in the automotive, aerospace, marine, and wind energy industry.

Sardar Research 1

Considering the wide range of bio-inspired composites that could be fabricated with advanced manufacturing technologies, I specifically use machine learning techniques and additive manufacturing technologies to design and 3D print cellular composites inspired by natural materials.


  • CIVE 242 Dynamics
  • CIVE 480A/580 Finite Element Method

Teaching Philosophy

I am trained in three different engineering disciplines (Mechanical, Civil and Materials Engineering) and have been exposed to different learning environments and cultures in Australia, Canada, France, Iran, and the USA. This experience has given me a very broad perspective on training philosophies and training plans. I strongly believe that training and supervision methods should be developed based on the learners’ background, and acknowledge the fact that each student may have a different background and learning curve.

Selected Publications

  • Estrellaa, X., Guindosa, P., Almazána, J. L., and Malek, S. (2020) Efficient nonlinear modelling of strong wood frame shear walls for mid-rise timber buildings. Engineering Structures, 215:110670.
  • Shakor, P., Nejadi, S., Gavin, P., Malek, S. (2019). Review of emerging additive manufacturing technologies in 3D printing of cementitious materials in the construction industry. Frontiers in Built Environment, 4: 58.
  • Malek, S., Zobeiry, N., Dai, C., and Vaziri, R. (2019). Strain-softening response and failure prediction in notched oriented strand board. Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 31(6), 04019094.
  • Malek, S., Raney, J. R., Lewis, J. A., and Gibson, L. J. (2017). Lightweight 3D cellular composites inspired by balsa. Bioinspiration & biomimetics, 12(2), 026014.
  • Malek, S., and Gibson, L. (2015). Effective elastic properties of periodic hexagonal honeycombs. Mechanics of Materials, 91, 226-240.


Currently, I am looking for motivated undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral researchers with strong background in solid mechanics and extensive experience with finite element modelling. Applications are welcomed from candidates with civil, materials, polymer, and mechanical engineering degrees as well as those in computer science. Funding top-ups are available to students who receive external research scholarships such as NSERC, Mitacs, or any government scholarships, based on their performance.

Candidates are required to provide the followings via email (in a single PDF file):

  1. a detailed curriculum vitae (CV) that includes a publications list;
  2. previous undergraduate and graduate degree transcripts;
  3. a one-page statement of research in relation to my research;
  4. publication samples (up to two if available).