• Aston Triangle, Aston University, European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI)

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    • School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

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    Research Interests

    Modelling and Evaluation of Energy Systems

    Engineering for Sustainable Development

    Fuel Cell


    Dr Abed Alaswad is a Senior Lecture in Mechanical Engineering and the Deputy Head of Mechanical, Biomedical and Design Engineering Department, overseeing the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and co- managing the academic staff in the Mechanical Engineering discipline area at Aston University. He is an active researcher in sustainable energy modelling and leads the Conversion and Evaluation theme in the Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI).

    Since received his PhD in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering from Dublin City University, Abed has been working for DCU, University of the West of Scotland and Birmingham City University before he joint Aston in 2018. At Aston, he was the Prog Director for Mechanical Engineering before taking on his current position. During his career, Dr Alaswad has published over 50 articles in Peer reviewed International Journals and Elsevier books. He supervised 3 PhD students to completion, and currently is co-supervising two PhD students.

    He has a track record of leading/ contributing to research projects as funded by (EPSRC, KTP, ETP, GCRF, RAEng) working along with partners from the UK, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. Dr Alaswad is an Editorial Board Member for the Science of the Total Environment (IF: 10.753, Citescore: 14.1) and reviews for the Prestigious Newton Fund Prize. He currently leads on the delivery of the 1.4 m project (SURGE) with GBSLEP aiming to make a significant contribution to growing the economic activity in the West Midlands. Abed delivered keynote sessions in different occasions about the role of engineers to support sustainable development.

    Dr Alaswad is a passionate educator, a Senior Fellow of Advanced HEA, and has been active in leading transformation in other Universities towards implementing Conceive, Design, Implement, Operate (CDIO) philosophy. He acted as an External Panel Member and External Examiner in a number of UK Universities including Lancaster, Bradford, Surrey and Salford.

    PhD Supervision

    • Ahmed Al Makky: Prediction of the gas emission from soil media with concern of Energy and Environment with: A. G. Olabi, Feb 2013- July 2016.
    • Cristina Rodriguez: Improving biogas yield from seaweeds by mechanical pretreatment co-digestion with: A. G. Olabi, Feb 2014- July 2017.
    • Sherdon Ninio: Modelling the offshore wind resources in the Philippines (Newton Fund Project). September 2016- May 2020. 
    • Abdelnasir Omran (P/T): Techno Economic Study of PEM Fuel Cell Vehicles with focus on Efficiency and Power Consumption. Supervisor: Jose Sodre. January 2018- still

    Teaching Activity

    • Accredited as a Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy since early 2019. 
    • Previously, Programme Director for Undergaduate Mechanical Engineering Programmes.
    • Previously, Programme Leader for the Foundation year in Mechanical, Automotive, Electronic, and Civil Engineering programmes.
    • Previously, Link Tutor and Programme Leader for FdEng Programmes with EEF the manufacturers’ organization.
    • Currently module leader for Design Engineering and the Environment for final year students, and for the CDIO Prototyping and Development Module for first year students. 
    • Teaching experience include teaching Engineering Science, Engineering Principles, Mechanical Science, Operations and Supply Chain Management, Finite Element Analysis, Design & CAD/CAM, Materials Science, Computer Aided Manufacturing, Design and Applications, Mechanics of Machines, and Renewable and Sustainable Energy across levels (3- 7). 
    • External Examiner and External Panel Member in a number of UK Universties.

    Professional/editorial offices

    Editorial Board Member for Science of the Total Environment (Impact Factor: 10.753, Citescore: 14.1).

    Key research projects

    Co- I: Energy Catalyst Round 9: Hybrid Energy Powered Smart Irrigation System for Smallholder Farmers. Fund: £300k.

    Co- I: Energy Catalyst Round 9: Off-grid modular cold rooms and pre-coolers for remote and dry areas in Ethiopia. Fund: £280k.

    Co- I: EPSRC- UKMSN+: Restorative Business Models for the Automotive Sector and Beyond: Developing a predictive maintenance industrial symbiosis. Fund: 87k.

    UK PI: Transforming Systems through Partnership- Royal Academy of Engineering: A sustainable heating system using pyrolysis’ carbon black fuel source for Jordan’s refugee camps and rural areas. Fund: 80k.

    Aston PI: GCRF demonstrate impact in meeting the sustainable development goals: phase 1. Low Cost Filtered Drinking Water in Remote Areas in Pakistan. Fund: 60k.

    Co- PI: GCRF Research and Innovation: Cooling for life in sub-Saharan Africa, stage-1 (CL-Africa-1). June 2019. Income: £50k. 

    PI: Ingenious scheme- Royal Academy of Engineering: Birmingham City Engineering Festival. 11- 17th July 2017. Income: £30k.

    Academic support with A. G. Olabi: Knowledge Transfer Partnership, with PEAK Scientific: Development of in-house hydrogen cell for use in the company's range of Hydrogen generator. June 2015- June 2017. Income: £170k.

    Co- PI: Consultancy report on Waste Energy utilization for Mitsubishi Electric. May 2016. Income: £6.5k.

    Co- PI: Energy Technology Partnership (ETP): Utilizing Waste Energy from Restaurant Business (Chin Chin Ltd). January 2016- April 2016. Income: £15k.

    Co- PI: Msc students training in Renewable Energy technologies. The training was funded by the Italian Government for 6 Italian students. September 2015- March 2016.  Income: 53.500 €.

    Co- PI: Innovation Voucher: Energy Saving from Restaurant Business. A feasibility study. September 2015 (Chin Chin Ltd). Income: £5k.

    Co- PI: CPD Training course for chemical engineers in the Saudi Company (Al-Kefah). July- August 2015. Income: £13.5k.

    Education/Academic qualification

    PG Cert, University of the West of Scotland

    Award Date: 1 Apr 2016

    PhD, Dublin City University

    Award Date: 1 Mar 2013

    External positions

    External Examiner, Lancaster University

    External Examiner, University of Bradford


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