Dr. Abbas S. Milani, P.Eng.

Educational Background

  • Postdoctoral- Mechanical Engineering (MIT)
  • PhD- Mechanical Engineering (McGill)
  • MSc- Mechanical Engineering (IUST)
  • BSc- Mechanical Engineering (IUST)

General Background

Dr. Milani joined the School of Engineering at the University of British Columbia Okanagan in 2007. He was an NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from 2005-2007. He received his PhD in 2005 from McGill University, with a specialization in multi-objective modeling and identification of textile composites, and his MSc and BSc (both with honors) from Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST) in 2000 and 1997, respectively. He has also been a member of the Process Modeling and Instrumentation Division at the Industrial Materials Institute, National Research Council Canada (IMI-NRC) 2001-2002. His general expertise falls in the areas of multi-scale modeling, simulation, and optimization of engineering materials, structures, and forming processes. Dr. Milani is the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards and his scholarly activities have been recognized by national and international scientific communities. Most recently, in 2010-2011 he was nominated for the Best Researcher of the Year Award at UBC Okanagan and also won the 2010 International Intelligent Optimal Design Prize by CADLM. In 2011-2012, he received the Teaching Honour Roll Award by the Centre for Teaching and Learning, and the Outstanding Research Award by the School of Engineering. Dr. Milani is currently leading the pan-western Composites Research Network (CRN) at the Okanagan node.

Teaching Interests

  • Mathematical Methods in Modelling Engineering Materials
  • Multi-Objective Optimization and Decision-Making
  • Continuum Mechanics
  • Composite Materials
  • Engineering Vibrations

Research Interests

  • Textile Composites
  • Material Constitutive Relations
  • Finite Element Modelling
  • Robust Inverse Methods
  • Material Selection for End-of-Life Design Strategies
  • Multiple Criteria Decision Making
  • Design and Analysis of Computer & Physical Experiments
  • Surrogate Models for Process Optimization
  • Powertrain Systems

Sample Research Projects

  • A multi-scale modeling and identification tool for multi-objective design optimization of woven fabrics
  • Comparison of different weighting methods in modeling non-repeatabilities in the response of woven fabrics 
  • Modeling and indentification of unbalanced TWINTEX® materials (in collaboration with CADLM, École Polytechnique France)
  • Finite element simulation and optimization of a multi-stage roll forming process (in collaboration with AS Composite Inc., IMI-NRC, NUWC)
  • A design-of-experiments approach in processing, surface engineering and characterization of iron oxide nanoparticles for optimum drug delivery and imaging (in collaboration with Sharif University of Technology and the University of California at Davis)
  • An adaptive one-factor-at-a-time (OFAT) methodology for cost optimization of laminated structures under manufacturing errors (in collaboration with MIT)
  • A signal-to-noise analytical hierarchy process for robust multi-criteria material selection (in collaboration with Rolls-Royce Canada)


Publication Record for Abbas S. Milani can be found here

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Abbas S. Milani

Office: EME4203
Tel: 250.807.9652
Email: abbas.milani@ubc.ca

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