• 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

    Fuel Cell

    Engineering for Sustainable Development


    Dr Abed Alaswad is a Senior Lecture and the Deputy Head of Mechanical Engineering, overseeing the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and co- managing the academic staff in Mechanical Engineering discipline area at Aston University. He is the Module Leader for the Prototype and Development CDIO module for first year students and for the Design Engineering and the Environment module for final year students. He is an active researcher in the Sustainable Energy and Transport research group and a member of the Research Strategy Group in Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI).

    Dr Alaswad received his PhD in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering from Dublin City University (DCU), Ireland in 2012. After his PhD, he was involved in different teaching duties and research projects in DCU, before he moved to Scotland in 2014, where he was appointed as a Research Fellow in the Institute of Engineering and Energy Technologies in the University of the West of Scotland (UWS). During his career in UWS, he significantly contributed to the research in Biomass Energy and Biofuel Technologies. He also acted as the Secretary and the Co-editor of the 8th International Conference on Sustainable Energy & Environmental Protection (SEEP 2015) in which about 120 delegates participated from 40 different countries. Afterwards, Abed joined Birmingham City University as a Lecturer, and later as a Senior Lecturer where he acted as the Programme Leader for Foundation Programme, and established and led the FdEng Programmes with EEF- The Manufacturers’ Organization. In 2017, Abed was awarded the Public Engagement Award from the Royal Academy of Engineering. 

    During his career, Dr Alaswad has published over 50 articles in High Impact Factor International Journals, Elsevier Book, and International Conference Proceedings. He supervised 3 PhD students to completion, and currently is co-supervising one PhD student. His research has been contributing to several funded research projects (KTP, ETP, GCRF, RAEng, UKMSN) 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: 7.963, Citescore: 10.5). He reviews regularly in a number of prestigious journals and for the Newton Fund Prize. Abed delivered a number of keynote sessions including for the International Renewable Engineering Conference in Jordan and for the International Conference on Sustainable Materials and Energy Technologies in the UK.

    Dr Alaswad is a Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy, and has been acting as an External Panel Member resulting in validating different programmes that are currently running in Universities of Surrey, Ulster, Southampton Solent, Salford and Northampton, and as an External Examiner for both University of Bradford and University of Lancaster.

    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. 
    • 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: 7.963, Citescore: 10.5).

    Key research projects

    Co- I: 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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