• School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

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    I am a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). From 2019-2022, I led the BEng (Hons.) Professional Engineering suite of programmes at Aston University's College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. In 2022, I was appointed as Associate Dean Education (ADE) for the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS) at Aston University.

    During my time as the Course Director for BEng Professional Engineering Programmes, I designed three level 6 BEng Professional Engineering Degree Apprenticeship Programmes (Control/Technical Support Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, and Science Industry Process/Plant Engineer) and added more than 20 major UK engineering companies including BMW, Fuchs, Alstom, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Collins Aerospace, Babcock, Ibstock, National Grid Gas, and Salts Healthcare to Aston University's Degree Apprenticeships portfolio. I also successfully re-structured the exisitng BEng Professional Engineering top-up programmes in 2020. 

    In 2020, I also co-led the design and implementation of Aston University’s MSc in Sustainable Engineering. In 2018, I founded and lead Aston University’s Engineering for People Design Challenge in collaboration with the EWB-UK.

    The programmes that I have led to design and implement are regarded as examples of best practice of programme design and collaborative industry-academica curriculum design and I have mentored colleagues at Aston University and other HEIs in designing programmes of study that meets the needs of industry.

    Prior to joining Aston University, I worked as a Doctoral Researcher and a Graduate Teaching Assisstant and Mentor at the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Social Sciences, and later on as a Teaching Associate at the University of Sheffield Management School. I completed my PhD in Renewable Energy Futures at the University of Sheffield in 2017. I did my research in Smart Grids in partnership with Northern Powergrid UK. My project was supported by the LCNF and the EPSRC.

    Previously, I did an MSc Degree in Water and Environmental Engineering and annother MSc Degree in Corporate Environmental Management at the University of Surrey. My 1st degree was in Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering.

    My two main passions are teaching and engineering for a sustainable development, so since 2012, I have combined my two main passions by embedding Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in the Engineering curriculum of both University of Sheffield and Aston University.

    I have had the pleasure of directly working with more than 2000 Engineering students at BEng and MSc levels from different disciplines and different companies over the past decade and I am committed to widening participation and increasing the diversity in HE Engineering Programmes.

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
    • Chartered Engineer (CEng)
    • Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (MIET)
    • Practitioner of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (PIEMA)

    Teaching Activity

    • Sustainable Engineering 
    • Sustainable and Renewable Technologies
    • Pathways to Net Zero
    • Engineering for People
    • Lifecycle Thinking and Circular Economy
    • System Thinking
    • Root Cause Analysis and Engineering Problem Solving
    • Environmental Management Systems
    • Environmental Impact Assessment and Regulations
    • Continious Improvement and Lean Manufacturing
    • Engineering Mathematics and Mathematical Modelling
    • BEng Final Project Modules and MSc Dissertation Project Modules

    Employment

    • July 2023-Present: Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor Education, Aston University
    • October 2023-Present: Deputy Dean for Education, College of Engineering and Phyisical Sciences, Aston University
    • March 2022-October 2023: Associate Dean for Education, College of Engineering and Phyisical Sciences, Aston University
    • 2021-Present: Senior Teaching Fellow, College of Engineering and Phyisical Sciences, Aston University
    • 2019-2022: Director of BEng Professional Engineering Programmes, College of Engineering and Phyisical Sciences, Aston University
    • 2018-2021: Teaching Fellow, College of Engineering and Phyisical Sciences, Aston University
    • 2017-2018: Teaching Associate, Management School, University of Sheffield
    • 2012-2017: Doctoral Researcher, University of Sheffield-Northern Powergrid
    • 2015-2017: Graduate Teaching Assistant and Mentor, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Sheffield 
    • 2012-2017: Teaching Assistant and Mentor, Faculty of Engineering, University of Sheffield 
    • 2009-2011: Teacher, Iran and Canada Friednship Association
    • 2009-2011: Teacher, Kish Institute of Engineering and Science
    • 2009-2011: Research and Development Officer, Iran Air Force
    • Industrial Placements:
      • Northern Powergrid
      • Thames Water
      • SSE Carbon and Capture Storage
      • Sheffield Solar Farm

    Awards

    • QAA Collaborative Enhancement Projects (£10k), 2022: In Partnership with WMG, Glasgow Caledonian University, and University of Strathclyde
    • Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Hub (£20k), 2022
    • Low Carbon Network Fund (£30k), 2012

    Professional/editorial offices

    • Reviewer, Journal of Energies
    • Reviewer, European Journal of Engineering Education
    • Reviewer, Journal of Innovations in Education and Teaching International
    • Reviewer, IEEE EDUCON Global Engineering Education Conference (2022)
    • Invited Reviewer, Journal of Education for Chemical Engineers

    Research Interests

    • Higher Education Pedagogy
    • Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
    • Sustainable and Renewable Technologies

    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 4 - Quality Education
    • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
    • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
    • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
    • SDG 13 - Climate Action
    • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

    Education/Academic qualification

    PG Cert, Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Aston University

    Award Date: 1 Dec 2019

    PhD, Energy Futures and Smart Grids , University of Sheffield

    Award Date: 1 Apr 2018

    PG Dip, Personal and Professional Skills, University of Sheffield

    Award Date: 1 Sept 2015

    MSc, Water and Environmental Engineering, University of Surrey

    Award Date: 1 Oct 2008

    MSc, Corporate Environmental Management, University of Surrey

    Award Date: 1 Oct 2006

    BSc, Natural Resources Engineering, Azad University of Tehran

    Award Date: 1 May 2005

    External positions

    Apprenticeship Provider Assessor

    1 Nov 2023 → …

    External Examiner, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, United Kingdom

    20232027

    Chair of Birmingham Regional Network, Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment

    1 Jul 2022 → …

    Member of the Engineering Ethics Advisory Group, Engineering Professors’ Council

    Professional Registration Interviewer (PRI), The Institution of Engineering Technology (IET)

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