• 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

    Accepting PhD Students

    Personal profile

    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 a leading researcher in Sustainble Energy Systems modelling and evaluation. He is the Director of Engineering for Sustainable Development Research Centre, and the Deputy Head of Mechanical, Biomedical and Design Engineering Department at Aston University.

    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 60 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 and internationally from 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 SURGE project with GBSLEP aiming to make a significant contribution to growing the economic activity in the West Midlands. Abed delivered keynote sessions in different occasions, including internationally, about the role of engineers to support sustainable development embedding cases from his own research.

    Dr Alaswad is a strategic education leader and a Principle Fellow of Advanced HEA. He 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


    • Accreditted as a Principle fellow of Higher Education Academy (PFHEA) since Dec 2023.
    • Recipient of the VC award for Research Impact and Knowledge Exchange in 2023.

    Professional/editorial offices

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

    Funding Applications and Awards

    PI: British Council - International Science Partnerships Fund. A programme to host three early career researchers from the Philippines for 12 months. Fund: 180k.

    PI: UKSPF- Business Energy Advice Service with the West Midlands Combined Authority to support Energy Intensive Industries in the region. Fund 383k.

    PI: Transforming Systems through Partnership- Royal Academy of Engineering. Hydrogen- based Green Engine Enhancement. Fund: 70k.

    Co- I: UK-KSA Waste to Energy Research Cluster - FCDO Project with King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). Fund: 307k.

    PI: Going Global Partnership with Vellore Institute of Technology, India. British Council. Fund: 40k.

    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.

    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: 120k.

    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.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
    • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
    • SDG 13 - Climate Action
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Education/Academic qualification

    PG Cert, PG cert in HE Teaching and Learning, University of the West of Scotland

    Award Date: 1 Apr 2016

    PhD, Design and Optimisation of Bi-layered Tube Hydroforming Process, Dublin City University

    Award Date: 1 Mar 2013

    External positions

    External Examiner, Lancaster University

    External Examiner, University of Bradford


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