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Summary of Research Interests

Mohamad joined Teesside University in 2019 after working on various research projects as a Research Associate at Cranfield University and the University of Sheffield. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering and the Course Director for the MSc in Civil and Structural Engineering programme.

Mohamad’s research focuses on reducing carbon emissions by utilising heat recovery technologies, particularly heat recovery from sewer networks.  He has special interest in assessing the viability of heat recovery from large sewer networks by developing deterministic computational models. Recovering heat from sewers can create attractive opportunities from economic and environmental perspectives. However, the consequent reduction in wastewater temperatures may compromise its treatment quality. Therefore, simulating the heat transfer processes in sewer networks enables decision makers to determine the amount, time and location of feasible heat recovery operations that can create attractive eco-environmental benefits while maintaining high quality treatment of the wastewater.

Working previously with industrial partners, Mohamad has implemented some of his modelling techniques on a Belgian sewer network (managed by Aquafin) and advised local authorities (Kirklees Council) on effective techniques to enhance heat recovery applications.  

Mohamad is also interested in the water-energy-food nexus. He uses modelling techniques, including agent-based modelling, to quantify the interdependencies within the nexus. His other research interests lie in the area of urban flooding and the development of machine learning techniques to alleviate the urban flood risk.

Mohamad is a Chartered Engineer, member of the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (MCIWEM) and a Chartered Water and Environmental Manager (C.WEM)

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

Mohamad is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and is leading the following modules:           

  • Water and Wastewater Treatment Processes (MSc level - ENG4016)
  • Water Engineering (BEng 3rd year - CEN3009)
  • Hydrology and Hydraulic Systems (BEng-Tech 3rd year- MMD3046)
  • Hydraulics and Hydrology (BEng 2nd year - CEN2018)

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Heat Recovery from Underground Pipes, University of Bradford

Award Date: 1 Jul 2016

Master, MTech in Water Processes, Cranfield University

Award Date: 1 Sep 2011

Bachelor, BEng in Autmotive Engineering , University of Leeds

Award Date: 14 Jul 2008

External positions

Research Fellow, Cranfield University

1 Sep 201831 Mar 2019

Research Associate, University of Sheffield

1 Oct 201531 Aug 2018


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