Curriculum vitae

last updated : 11/01/2017



Name : Dr. Ahmad Razin B Zainal Abidin @ Md Taib
Nationality : Malaysian

Office Address :

Faculty of Civil Engineering
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia,
81310 UTM Skudai,
Johor, Malaysia.
Tel. No : 07-5531581
Fax No : 07-5566157

E-mail :


a. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) of Imperial College London (2013),
Diploma of the Imperial College (DIC) by Research (2013),
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Imperial College London, U. K.

b. Master of Science (MSc) in Construction Management (2007),
Department of Civil Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).

c. Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) in Civil Engineering – Construction Management (2005),
Department of Civil Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).

d. Malaysian Certificate of Education (1999),
SMK Saint Joseph (B), Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia.


1. Lecturer of Faculty of Civil Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (2008-2013)
2. Senior Lecturer of Faculty of Civil Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (2013 to date)
3. Coordinator for postgraduate subject of IT Unit, Faculty of Civil Engineering UTM (2012-2013)
4. Member of Webometric Ranking committees, Faculty of Civil Engineering UTM (2012-2013)
5. Chief of Computer Laboratory, Faculty of Civil Engineering UTM (2013-2016)
6. IT Manager, Faculty of Civil Engineering UTM (2016)
7. Facility Manager, Faculty of Civil Engineering UTM (2016 to date)


1. Member, Registered to Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM).


1. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

—a. Civil Engineering Information System
—b. Computer Programming
—c. Civil Engineering Drawing
—d. Finite Element Method
—e. Civil Engineering Lab (Structure)

2. Imperial College London
(involved with Graduate Teaching Assistant – GTA)

—a. Engineering Drawing
—b. Computational Methods
—c. Finite Element Analysis
—d. Nonlinear Structural Analysis


1. Modelling of Local Elastic Buckling for Steel Beams with Web Openings.
In partial fulfilment of the Doctor Philosophy Degree of the Imperial College London.
Keywords: Local buckling, steel structures, web openings, meshfree methods, simplified buckling analysis.

—Supervised by Prof. Bassam A. Izzuddin
—Imperial College London, 2013.

2. Simulation of Industrialised Building System (IBS) Formation for Housing Construction.
In partial fulfilment of Master Degree of Science in Construction Management.
Keywords: Computer simulations, industrialised building system, sustainable construction.

—Supervised by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Abdul Kadir bin Marsono and Dr. Masine Md Tape
—Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 2007.

3. Contractor Selection using Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP).
In partial fulfilment of Bachelor Degree of Engineering in Civil Engineering – Construction Management.
Keywords: contractor appointment method, government procurement, decision support system, decision-making software.

—Supervised by Dr. Arham bin Abdullah
—Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 2005


Journal article

1. Zainal Abidin, A. R. & Izzuddin, B. A. (2012) Meshless local buckling analysis of steel beams with irregular web openings. Engineering Structures, 50 (special issue), 197-206.

Highlights : ► Local buckling analysis via uncoupled planar/out-of-plane response and shifted local region. ► Formulation of unit cell response and discrete assembly for overall system response. ► Element Free Galerkin method and Rotational Spring Analogy for material and geometric stiffness. ► Buckling prediction in shifted region via reduced rank 2 iterative eigenvalue analysis. ► Favourable comparison against nonlinear FEA for several typical examples of perforated beams.

2. Drahman, S. H., Kueh, A. B. H., & Abidin, A. R. Z. (2015). Low-Velocity Impact of Composite Sandwich Plate with Facesheet Indentation Description. Jurnal Teknologi, 77 (16).

Abstract : ► Composite sandwich structures are applied in many engineering fields due to their high strength and stiffness but lightweight properties. There are currently not many studies that simultaneously consider both indentation and strain failure in the composite sandwich plate especially in presence of impact loading. Such knowledge is necessary to determine the facesheet strain after impact in order to find out whether the facesheet is totally failed as a result of indentation deformation. Hence, the purpose of this study is to model …

3. Zainal Abidin, A.R., Izzuddin, B.A. & Lancaster, F. (2017). A meshfree unit-cell method for effective planar analysis of cellular beams. Computers & Structures, 182, 368-391.

Highlights : ► Novel method for planar analysis of cellular beams, as a precursor to accurate local buckling analysis of web components. ► Proposal of a unit-cell approach, taking advantage of identical cells along beam. ► Adoption and enhancement of Element Free Galerkin method for application around irregular plates with openings. ► Development of novel unit-cell super-element formulation utilising flexibility concepts. ► Realisation of considerable modelling and computational benefits, paving the way for direct application in design. …

Conference Proceeding

3. Zainal Abidin, A. R. & Izzuddin, B. A. (2011). Buckling Analysis of Cellular Beams using the Element-Free Galerkin Method with the Rotational Spring Analogy. 19th International Conference on Computer Methods in Mechanics, 9–12 May 2011, Warsaw, Poland, CMM 2011. pp. 529-530.

4. Zainal Abidin, A. R. & Izzuddin, B. A. (2012). Meshless Local Buckling Analysis of Steel Beams with Web Openings. 7th International Conference on Computational Mechanics for Spatial Structures, 2–4 April 2012, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, IASS-IACM 2012.


a. Football, Inter-department Sports UTM
b. Futsal, Inter-department Sports UTM
c. Ping-pong, Inter-department Sports UTM
d. Chess club UTM

Community Services / Societies
e. Warden/fellow of Rahman Putra College (KRP), UTM.
f. Flood community rescue team in Johor


Computer Literacy
a. Programming (Visual Basic, Matlab, Maple)
b. Graphic design (AutoCAD, Adobe Photoshop, Flash, Sketch Up)
c. Structure analysis (Staad Pro, Abaqus, Ansys, LUSAS).
d. Simulation software (Witness, ProModel)
e. Web design (HTML, PHP, WordPress)

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