About

Dr Mahmoud Shafiee (PhD, CEng, MIMechE, MIET, MIMA, FHEA, PGCHE) is the Deputy Head of School of Engineering and Digital Arts, Head of Mechanical Engineering Group, and Programme Lead and Reader in Mechanical Engineering at University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. Prior to joining University of Kent, Dr Shafiee had several managerial and research positions, including: Head of a Research Group and Associate Professor at Cranfield University (UK), MSc Course Director at the University of Sheffield (UK), Senior Research Fellow at Chalmers University (Sweden), Research Associate at University of Alberta (Canada), Visiting Researcher at NTNU (Norway), Visiting Researcher at Aalborg (Denmark), Visiting Researcher at ETH (Switzerland), etc.
Dr Shafiee has gained a national and international reputation for his excellent research in different areas of Mechanical Engineering. As of January 2021, he has authored 1 book and 10 book chapters, co-invented 3 patents, and published over 200 journal papers and conference articles. Many of his research outcomes have been published in reputable journals (Q1, Q2) and major conference proceedings, including: IEEE Transactions, Advances in Mechanical Engineering, Renewable Energy, Reliability Engineering and System Safety, Robotics, Applied Energy, Energies, Journal of Cleaner Production, Wind Energy, Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit, International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Marine Structures, Ocean Engineering, Thermal Science and Engineering, Journal of Risk and Reliability, International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, Sensors, Flow Measurement and Instrumentation, Expert Systems with Applications, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries, etc. These papers have been cited for more than 4,000 times, with 10 papers cited more than 100 times.
Dr Shafiee has a very strong track record of research funding (over £10M) from national, European, and International programs – including the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), InnovateUK, the Swedish Agency for Innovation Systems (VINNOVA), Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), The Alan Turing Institute, Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng), The Newton Fund, EU 7th Framework Program (FP7), European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and EU Horizon 2020 (H2020).
Dr Shafiee has been plenary speaker and programme committee member of over 100 International Conferences and workshops in the UK, USA, Canada, France, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, China, Brazil, South Africa, etc. He now sits on the Committee of the European Safety and Reliability Association (ESRA), Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). He also serves as an Editorial Board member of prestigious scientific journals. 

Research interests

Dr Shafiee has more than 20 years’ experience of research in different fields of Mechanical Engineering, including: Smart Maintenance, Reliability Engineering, CAD/CAM; Robotic and Autonomous Systems; Failure of Materials & Structures; Prognostics and Health Management (PHM); Sensor Design; as well as Digital Mechanics, e.g., Digital Twins, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML).
He has experience of working in a wide range of industry sectors, in particular, Energy (Renewables), Transport (Rail, Road and Maritime), Aeronautics and Aerospace, Automotive (Formula 1 and Driverless cars), and Manufacturing. 

He has led and managed several research projects about designing and developing integrated and intelligent through-life engineering solutions for complex mechanical systems from conceptual design to 3D virtual simulation. He has also worked with several industry partners to transfer technology from the lab into the marketplace. 

Teaching

Dr Shafiee has a very strong profile in the development, management, and assessment of undergraduate and postgraduate Programmes as well as delivery of several BEng and MSc courses to learners. During his academic career, he has been the Director of several taught and research Programmes, including: "Mechanical Engineering” ; “Robotics” ; and “Renewable Energy”.
Dr Shafiee has more than 20 years of teaching and supervisory experience in various subjects of mechanical engineering, such as CAD (Fusion 360); Static; Dynamic of Machines; Mechatronic; AI and Robotics; Reliability, Availability and Maintainability (RAM); and Failure of Materials and Structures. He uses the most advanced and effective learning methods such as active learning and problem-based learning to teach his students how to apply their Engineering knowledge to everyday life. He is the Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/) and holds the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE). Based on students’ feedback, Dr Shafiee has been awarded several prizes such as the Most Interactive Lecturer, the Best Lecture, and the best Research Supervisor of the University. 

Supervision

Dr Shafiee has extensive experience in supervising and examining Master's and Doctoral research projects. He has acted as primary supervisor of 13 PhD projects, associate supervisor of 6 PhD projects, primary supervisor of 8 MSc group projects and over 70 MSc/MEng individual thesis projects, and also +500 BEng student projects through to completion. Some of the MSc and PhD projects he has supervised are listed below:

  • A Digital Twin Technology for Industrial Robots (funded by EPSRC)
  • AI and Robotics for Autonomous Maintenance and Inspection Systems (ARAMIS) (funded by EPSRC);
  • Enabling 5G for Digital Rail Transport (funded by Southeastern Railway);
  • Analysis of Rail/Wheel Degradation and Prediction of Rolling Contact Fatigue Life (funded by Network Rail)
  • Reliability of Condition Monitoring Technologies for Offshore Wind Foundations under Uncertainty (funded by EPSRC);
  • Mechanics of Floating Offshore Wind Turbines (funded by EPSRC and Equinor);
  • Designing a Sonar Technology for Maritime Survey (funded by InnovateUK)
  • Designing an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for Railway Inspection and Monitoring (funded by Network Rail);
  • Life Extension of Safety Critical Installations in Offshore Industry (funded by Petroleum Technology Development Fund);
  • Designing Subsea Blowout Preventers (BOPs) for Extreme Loading Conditions (funded by Petroleum Technology Development Fund);
  • Data Management in Structural Health Monitoring Systems for Offshore Wind Turbines (funded by EPSRC);
  • Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) of Mechanical Systems using Artificial Intelligence (AI) (funded by Petroleum Technology Development Fund);
  • Asset Integrity of Corroded Marine Structures (funded by Wood Group);
  • A Sustainable Decommissioning Strategy for Marine Assets (funded by Petroleum Technology Development Fund);
  • An AI-driven Remaining Useful Life (RUL) prediction model for Rotating Machines (funded by Rolls Royce Motor Cars)
  • Designing a Remotely Operated underwater Vehicle (ROV) for Inspection and Monitoring
  • Simulation of Collision between Maritime Ships and Wind Turbine Structures (funded by Damen Shipyards).

Professional

Dr Shafiee has a strong track record in disseminating the outcomes of his research to the community and industries at high profile national and international conferences, congresses, seminars and workshops. He often gives talks and presentations about his research at public schools, colleges, universities as well as conferences and scientific meetings. He has been a keynote speaker and a member of technical committee in over 100 national and international conferences and seminars. The conferences in which he presents his works include the ones organised by IEEE; Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE); American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME); European Safety and Reliability Association (ESRA); European Wind Energy Association (EWEA); Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI); Institute of Asset Management (IAM); RenewableUK; Operational Research (OR) Society; etc.
Dr Shafiee is an active member of professional societies, consortia, and volunteer organisations, such as the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) (#80276436); Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) (#1100803137); Institute of Asset Management (IAM) (#1034745); Renewable UK; EERA JP Wind; Institute of Mathematics and Application (IMA) (#P0040641), Operational Research Society (ORS) (#020889), Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) (#4592924), and Industrial Engineering and Operations Management (IEOM) (#PS-142-9399).
Dr Shafiee has acted as a PhD examiner at many universities in the UK and Europe, including: Aalborg and DTU (Denmark), Chalmers and KTH (Sweden), Seville (Spain), Grenoble (France), NTNU (Norway), Milan (Italy), and Edinburgh, Salford, Exeter, Surrey, Portsmouth, Strathclyde, Greenwich, Plymouth, Sheffield, Southampton, Aberdeen, Newcastle, Glasgow Caledonian, Sunderland, Durham and Nottingham (UK).

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