Dr. Amir Hosein Sakhaei (PhD, FHEA, PGCHE) is currently Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Advanced Materials and Manufacturing, Head of Mechanical Engineering Group, and Course Lead for Mechanical Engineering Program in the School of Engineering at the University of Kent.
He attained his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from National University of Singapore (ranked 9th according to QS ranking) under Singapore International Graduate Award in 2014. His PhD research was focused on Micromechanical Modelling of Shape Memory Alloys and its application in Smart Structures. He also was a guest researcher in the Aerospace Structures and Materials department at the University of Delft, Netherlands in 2013.
Upon finishing his PhD, Dr Sakhaei worked for almost three years as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Singapore University of Technology and Design within the SUTD-MIT International Design Centre (2015-2016) and Digital Manufacturing and Design Centre (2016-2017). There, he was working on different research projects on Modelling the Advanced Materials and Structures fabricated with Additive Manufacturing Technologies (4D Printing, High stretchable elastomers, Meta materials, …) and Soft robotics.
Before joining University of Kent, Dr Sakhaei was a Lecturer in University of Exeter for almost two years where he was teaching Mechanical Engineering modules to undergraduate and postgraduate students and performing research under EPSRC grant ADAPT (Analysis and Design for Accelerated Production and Tailoring of composites).
From January 2020, Dr Sakhaei has been the Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and he is a regular reviewer of multiple international Journals from Elsevier, Springer, MDPI. He was also the Guest Editor of the Special Issue of "3D Printable Soft Robotics and Soft Actuators" at Actuator, MDPI (2020-2022).
Dr Sakhaei has extensive research experience and rapidly growing international profile in:
This is evidenced by his strong publication records, his externally funded researches by the Royal Society, the Innovate UK, and EPSRC. Furthermore, his research outputs (published in Nature Scientific Reports and Advanced Materials) appear in popular media outlets, including the MIT News, Nature World News, ScienceDaily, and MaterialsToday.
Please check out his Google Scholar or ResearchGate Page for further information regarding his research.
Dr Sakhaei has several years’ experience in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate modules and mentoring under/postgraduate students in Mechanical Engineering courses.
His current teaching responsibilities include:
Dr Sakhaei obtained several awards including “University of Kent Teaching Award 2022 (as a team)” and nominated for “Kent Union Above and Beyond Award 2022 and 2023”. Dr Sakhaei is also the Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and holds the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE).
Dr Sakhaei has supervised/co-supervised/mentored several PhD students, research assistants and MEng/BEng students during his different academic roles. Some of the PhD projects he has supervised/co-supervised are listed below:
Please contact Dr Sakhaei directly, if you are a PhD candidate and interested in any of the following research areas: Smart Materials and Structures, Additive Manufacturing Technologies, 3D & 4D Printing, Composite Materials, Metamaterials Soft Robotics, Computational & Experimental Mechanics of Materials.
Funded Research Projects: