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Academic Biography

Foad is a Senior Lecturer in Engineering in the School of Computing, Engineering and Digital Technologies (SCEDT), Teesside University. He is a charted engineer and a member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), UK and Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA). 
Before coming back to Teesside to complete his PhD in "Energy Engineering" and provide teaching support, Foad was part of the quality control team at British Steel Special Profile Skinningrove providing support for the descaling project. Foad completed his MEng in Mechanical Engineering at Teesside University in 2016 with First-Class Honours. Foad has published in peer-reviewed journals about mathematical modelling, engineering application of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning and industrial application of Finite Element Method and Computational Fluid Dynamic.

Summary of Research Interests

Foad's main research area focuses on addressing engineering problems using Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning techniques for various.  

Foad's expertise and research interests include:-

  • Engineering application of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence 
  • Finite Element Methods (NX Siemens)  
  • Fluid Mechanics (Multiphase flow)
  • Statistical modelling 

Research Projects & External Funding

Foad is currently leading an external project in collaboration with an industry partner PSI Global aiming to develop a digital model to improve the performance of company's air/oil separators. The project recieved a research grant from UKRI.  

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

  • Computer Aided Analysis 
  • Finite Element Methods (FEM)
  • Subsurface flow modelling 
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
  • Applied Machine Learning for Engineerings
  • CAD/CAM and Product Developments

Academic Achievements

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Academic Responsibilities

  • Teaching and project supervision in Engineering department 
  • Research and enterprise activities 
  • Personal tutoring 
  • Link Tutor for the school's international partners in UAE and Singapour

External Roles and Professional Activities

  • Charted Engineer and Member of IMechE 
  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Mentor 
  • Member of Editorial board of Petroleum Science and Engineering Journal
  • IMechE mentor to supervise MPDS placement students


Education/Academic qualification

Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PGCLTHE), Teesside University

25 Sept 20211 Nov 2022

Award Date: 18 Nov 2022

PhD, Energy Engineering "Gas-condensate reservoir performance modelling" , Teesside University

1 May 201720 Jan 2021

Award Date: 16 Feb 2021

Master, MEng Mechanical Engineering, Teesside University

20 Sept 201125 May 2016

Award Date: 15 Jun 2016

External positions

Quality Control Engineer , British Steel

3 Jan 201730 Apr 2017

Manufacturing Engineer Intern , Thorn Lighting

1 Jun 201530 Oct 2015


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