Babak Shahbodagh

Current positions held

Lecturer in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UNSW Sydney


Dr Babak Shahbodagh is a young researcher with expertise in the numerical and constitutive modelling of multiphase porous media. He received his PhD in Geotechnical Engineering from Kyoto University, Japan, under the supervision of Professor Fusao Oka. He was awarded the Monbusho Scholarship for his PhD program from the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Japan. His research interests include computational geomechanics, dynamics of unsaturated soils, constitutive modelling of geomaterials, seismic analysis of geo-structures, and dynamic soil-structure interaction. The outcomes of his research in these areas have been published in top-ranked Q1 journals in the field.

Dr Shahbodagh is the developer of a computational model for the nonlinear dynamic analysis of flow and deformation in multiphase porous media. The framework considers the effects of large deformation, viscoplasticity, and mechanical and hydraulic hystereses, essential for prediction of the large deformation and pre- and post-localisation behaviour of partially saturated geo-structures subjected to seismic loading. He is also credited with the development of a novel analytical-numerical method for the dynamic analysis of deep foundations in non-homogenous anisotropic soils.