Sam is a Professor in Structural Engineering who has 20 years experience in the university sector. He started at Victoria University in 2007 and has served in various roles including Head of school, Director of Engineering studies and current as Discipline Leader in Civil Engineering.

His main teaching expertise is in:

  • Structural Design
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Construction Materials
  • Engineering Mathematics.

His research interests are in:

  • High performance concrete
  • design and serviceability of concrete elements
  • fire performance of structural elements
  • sustainable building design.

Recent publications

Ngo, T., Fragomeni, S., Mendis, P.A., & Ta, B. (2013) ‘Testing of normal and high strength concrete walls subjected to both standard and hydrocarbon fires’, ACI Structures Journal: May-June2013.

Fragomeni, S., Doh, J., & Lee, D. (2012) ‘Behaviour of axially loaded concrete wall panels with openings: an experimental study’, Advances in Structural Engineering: An international Journal, Vol.15, No.8, 2012, pp 1345-1358.

O’Brien, K.,Venkatesan, S., Fragomeni, S., & Moore., A. (2012) ‘Work readiness of final year civil engineering students at Victoria university: a survey’, Australasian Journal of Engineering Education, Vol. 18, No. 1, pp. 35-48.

Fragomeni, S. and Doh, J. (2010) “Evaluation of the simplified concrete wall design equation in AS3600-2009,” Australian Journal of Structural Engineering: Special Concrete Engineering Edition, Vol. 10, No. 3, 2010.

Liang, Q. Q.and Fragomeni, S., (2010) “Nonlinear analysis of circular concrete-filled steel tubular short columns under eccentric loading,” Journal of Constructional Steel Research, Vol 66,  No. 2, 2010, pp 159-169. 

Teaching responsibilities

Postgraduate research students and fellows


1 Masters by Research (Principal supervisor), 6 PhD (4 as Principal supervisor, 2 as Co-supervisor)

Current supervision

2 PhD (1 as Principal supervisor, 1 as Co-supervisor)

Research grants

State-of-the-art Facility for Non Destructive Testing of Concrete Infrastructure (2014), Member CI, ARC LIEF grant, $800,000

Integrated Fire Engineering Facility (2013), 1st CI, ARC LIEF grant, $1.2million

Hybrid Testing Facility for Structures under Extreme Loads (2011-2012), member CI, ARC LIEF grant, $2.02million

Converting waste brown coal fly ask into sustainable building materials (2011), VURDGS Vic Uni grant, $30,000

Improvement of Spalling resistance & performance of slender RC walls subjected to fire (2010), VURDGS Vic Uni grant, $20,000

Structural damage detection in timber bridges using response signals (2009-2010) VURDGS Vic Uni grant, $30,000

Nonlinear analysis and behaviour of thin-walled concrete-filled stainless steel tubular columns (2009) Internal VURDGS Vic Uni grant, $27,000

Research Network for Engineering a Secure Australia (2005-2009), ARC Network grant, $1.95million

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of Engineers Australia (FIEAust) elected in 2012, (Member MIEAust since 1994).
  • Member Structural College, Engineers Australia, since 1994
  • Member of Concrete Institute of Australia, 2005 - 2012

Industry experience

1991 Structural Design Engineer (contract and private)
Casual: Beauchamp & Associates, Mr. Vic Siblin (Architect) and Mr. Ben Sano (Builder).

1989-1990 Structural Design Engineer, K.J.Klopfer & Dobos Pty Ltd., Consulting Engineers.

Areas of expertise

  • Construction materials and engineering mathematics
  • Solid mechanics
  • Structural design

Contact details

+61 (3) 9919 5212
+61 (3) 9919 4908