Navid Zobeiry

Assistant Professor
Materials Science & Engineering


Navid Zobeiry was previously a research associate and lecturer at the University of British Columbia where he led manufacturing and testing for the Composites Research Network, a collaboration of academic and industry partners aimed at improving composite manufacturing and design. Throughout his research career, he has collaborated extensively with aerospace and automotive manufacturers and materials suppliers on a wide range of topics including material and process characterization, process simulation and optimization, and manufacturing-induced defects.


  • University of British Columbia
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Tehran

Previous appointments

  • Research Associate and Lecturer, University of British Columbia

Research Statement

Despite significant progress in development of new material systems, advanced and semi-automated processing methods, and high-fidelity process simulation tools, Process-Structure-Property relationships in advanced composites are not well understood. This is perhaps not surprising considering the complex and multiscale nature of composite materials. To address current industry needs, my research is focused at the intersection of materials science, data science, and manufacturing technologies. By taking advantage of combined science-based methods and machine learning approaches, my research ultimately leads to the development of self-optimizing and agile factories of the future. Currently, I am focusing on the following research topics:

  • Developing new and improved material systems
  • Developing accurate characterization and in-situ monitoring methods
  • Optimizing existing processing methods and mitigating manufacturing-induced defects
  • Developing next generation of AI-enhanced manufacturing methods
  • Developing high-fidelity and real-time process simulation tools

Select publications

  1. Zobeiry N., Reiner J., Vaziri R., Theory-guided machine learning for damage characterization of composites, Composite Structures, DOI: 10.1016/j.compstruct.2020.112407
  2. Zappino E., Zobeiry N., Petroloa M., Vaziri R., Carreraa E., Poursartip A., Analysis of process-induced deformations and residual stresses in curved composite parts considering transverse shear stress and thickness stretching, Composite Structures, 241:112057, DOI: 10.1016/j.compstruct.2020.112057
  3. Zobeiry N., Humfeld D., An iterative machine learning approach for discovery of theories underlying physical phenomena, arXiv preprint arXiv:1909.13718
  4. Farhang L., Mohseni M., Zobeiry N., Fernlund G., Experimental study of void evolution in partially impregnated prepregs, Journal of Composite Materials, DOI: 10.1177/0021998319883934
  5. Zobeiry N., van Ee D., Floyd A., Poursartip A., Theory-guided machine learning composites processing modelling for manufacturability assessment in preliminary design, NAFEMS World Congress 2019, Quebec City, Canada
  6. Mohseni M., Zobeiry N., Fernlund G., Experimental and numerical study of coupled gas and resin transport and its effect on porosity in partially impregnated prepregs, Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites, 0731684419865783
  7. Malek S., Zobeiry N., Dai C., Vaziri R., Strain-softening response and failure prediction in notched oriented strand board (OSB), Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 31(6):04019094
  8. Zobeiry N., Park J., Poursartip A., an IR Thermography based method for the evaluation of the thermal response of tooling for composites manufacturing, Journal of Composite Materials, 53(10):1277-1290
  9. Zobeiry N., Duffner C., Measuring the negative pressure during processing of advanced composites, Composite Structures, 203:11-17
  10. Fabris J., Zobeiry N., Park J., Poursartip A., Effect of tool design on thermal management in composites processing, SAMPE Journal, 54(4):28-37
  11. Bond T., Farhang L., Olson J., Fernlund G., Zobeiry N., Synchrotron-based 3d imaging of curing in carbon fibre prepreg, 11th Canadian – International Conference on Composites 2019 (CANCOM 2019), Kelowna, Canada
  12. Duffner C., Courteau-Godmaire H., Zobeiry N., Poursartip A., Characterization of prepreg initial morphology, 11th Canadian – International Conference on Composites 2019 (CANCOM 2019), Kelowna, Canada
  13. Zobeiry N., Gordnian K., Forghani A., Vaziri A., Fernlund G., Poursartip A., Modeling of modulus evolution for process simulation, Twenty-second International Conference on Composite Materials (ICCM22), Melbourne, Australia
  14. Farnand K., Zobeiry N., Poursartip A., Fernlund G., Micro-level mechanisms of fiber waviness and wrinkling during hot drape forming of unidirectional prepreg composites, Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 103:168-177
  15. Zobeiry N., Forghani A., McGregor C., McClennan S., Vaziri R., Poursartip A., Effective calibration and validation of a nonlocal continuum damage model for laminated composites, Composite Structures, 173:188-195
  16. McGregor C., Zobeiry N., Vaziri R., Poursartip A., Xiao X., Calibration and validation of a continuum damage mechanics model in aid of axial crush simulation of braided composite tubes, Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 95:208-219
  17. Zobeiry N., Forghani A., Li C., Thorpe R., Gordnian K., Vaziri R., Fernlund G., Poursartip A., Multi-scale characterization and representation of composite materials during processing, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, DOI: 10.1098/rsta.2015.0278, 374:20150278
  18. Zobeiry N., Vaziri R., Poursartip A., Characterization of strain-softening behaviour and failure mechanisms of composites under tension and compression, Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 68:29-41
  19. Malekmohammadi S., Zobeiry N., Gereke T., Tressou B., Vaziri R., A comprehensive multi-scale analytical modelling framework for predicting the mechanical properties of strand-based composites, Journal of Wood Science and Technology, 49:59-81
  20. Fernlund G., Mobuchon C., Zobeiry N., 2.3 Autoclave Processing, In: Beaumont P.W.R. and Zweben C.H. (eds.), Comprehensive Composite Materials II, 2:42-62, Oxford: Academic Press

Honors & awards

  • Certificate of Appreciation at the Boeing Distinguished Researcher and Scholar Seminar Series (B-DRASS), Boeing Company, Seattle, 2019
  • Recognized by the President of the University of British Columbia, Professor Stephen Toope, for outstanding contributions to student leadership and learning at the Access and Diversity center, UBC, Canada, 2009