Dr Syed T Hasan

Job Title

Head of School of Engineering

Faculty Faculty of Science and Engineering
School School of Engineering
Tel 01902 321733

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I am an ambitious and motivated individual with over 28 years research, teaching and senior management experience. I have been in senior academic position since 2007 managing international business and collaboration portfolio and subject group leader, managing a team of 16 full time academic staff and 10 associate lecturers. In 2012 promoted to lead the operations and resource management for the department of Engineering and Maths responsible for 90 FT academic staff, 50 associated lecturers and >2700 students. From 2013 till early 2014 led the department of Engineering and Maths as Interim Head of Department till April 2016 before joining University of Wolverhampton as Head of School of Engineering.

My interest and experience in engineering discipline have been vast. My education and academic developments have been held within broad discipline of engineering and my teaching and research experience spreads across mechanical, design and materials engineering disciplines. My current appointment as Head of School of Engineering, University of Wolverhampton allow me to apply my leadership skills to provide effective contribution in delivering strategic operating plans of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, responsible for setting strategic direction of the school and the implementation of the annual operating plans, contribute to the leadership and management of the faculty of Science and engineering as a member of the Executive Group. I am responsible for leading and developing the external profiles of the school, contributing to the University's external positioning (student experience, league tables etc.), business engagement and professional bodies. In my current role I have led national student experience in the school of engineering and made significant improvement over the past two years survey. I am responsible for academic work planning, resources, leading professional bodies visits and managing and delivering key information data set for the courses in the department. I have extensive international student recruitment and partnership developments experience. I have successfully delivered student recruitment derives in India, China, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Middle East. In addition to my administrative duties and international travel I have kept myself research active with more than 50 refereed journal/conference papers, 12 MPhil/PhD graduates to completion and more than 7 research associates for short to long term industrial contract research contracts for the total contract income of 1.85 million.

Personal profile:


My involvement and experience in Engineering is considerable. My educational history and academic career have spanned the broad discipline of engineering and include teaching and research experience across mechanical, design and materials engineering disciplines. I graduated with a first class honours degree in Metallurgical Engineering and successfully defended my PhD dissertation from The University of Sheffield. I spent approx. 3 years working as a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Leicester before I accepted an academic position at Sheffield Hallam University. I have over 28 years teaching, research experience at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. My teaching and research interests lie in the area of structural and component integrity, advanced competitive materials analysis for power applications and the modelling and prediction of the interfacial strengthening behaviour of composites
The principal aims of my research activities are to understand;

  • The physical processes occurring during fatigue and fracture of engineering materials.
  • Modelling of the interfacial strengthening mechanisms operating at the micro-interface of second phase reinforced metallic alloys.
  • Environmental damage modelling and life assessment of metallic foam material.
  • High temperature fatigue crack initiation and propagation when subjected to thermal shock
  • Subsea structures damage investigation and analysis
  • Vehicle Crash Simulation

During my professional career I have maintained my research interests and continuously supported a team of researchers at postgraduate / postdoctoral level. I have diversified my research activity by introducing new areas of research at Sheffield Hallam University, in particular my work on;

  • Study of metal matrix composites interfacial strengthening and characterization
  • Environmental degradation behaviour of metallic foam when used as core material in sandwich panels (alternative for honeycomb core)
  • High temperature fatigue crack propagation (experimental and Finite Element Modelling)
  • Vehicle crash modelling and damage estimation
  • New concepts to study sub-sea pipe lines for thermo-mechanical loading combined with environmental degradation (specific to Oil Industry)


I have actively maintained my personal research profile and presented research findings at national / international meetings and published in referred journals. A selection of publications suitable for REF 2020 submission listed below:


Hasan, S. T., 2017, “A study of investigating the effect of processing on conductivity of ABS/Nylon 6 blend with carbon as conductive filler”, under review for publication in Materials Science and Materials Engineering, Reference module published by Elsevier.


Hasan S.T., and Shah S.A.A., 2016, “Modeling Non-Linear Response of Sic Reinforced Aluminum Alloy”. In: Saleem Hashmi (editor-in-chief), Reference Module in Materials Science and Materials Engineering. Oxford: Elsevier; pp. 1-8. ISBN: 978-0-12-803581-8
Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. unless otherwise stated. All rights reserved.


Nasser, M.A, and Hasan, S. T, 2016, “Fatigue life and isothermal fatigue crack growth rate analysis of AISI420 martensitic stainless steel’, Int J Mech. Eng Res & Tech., vol 2, No. 1. ISSN 2454 – 553X


Shah, Syed A A. and Hasan, S. T, 2016, “Predicting micro-damage behaviour at a metal-ceramic interface in a reinforced alloy”, Key Engineering Materials vol. 665, pp 137-140, doi:10,4028/


Nasser, M.A and Hasan, S. T, 2016, “Analytical solution of isothermal fatigue crack growth in solid cylinder”,  Int J Mech. Eng Res & Tech., vol 2, No. 1. ISSN 2454 – 535X


Shah, Syed A. A and Hasan, S. T, 2015,“An empirical method of calculating interface strength in a second phase reinforced alloy”, International Journal of Advances in Materials and Processing Technologies, Vol 1 – Issue 3-4, PP316-326,


Nasser, M.A,  Hasan, S. T andShah, Syed A A, 2015, “Analytical solution of isothermal fatigue crack growth  in solid cylinder”,  International Journal of Advances in Materials and Processing Technologies, Vol 1- Issue 3-4, PP294-305,


Since I started my professional academic career at Sheffield Hallam University I felt fortunate to have been trained and allowed to develop as an industrial consultant within the broad discipline of Engineering. I have enjoyed customer interactions both at national and international level. I have planned, managed and delivered business contracts of various natures (I designed and delivered a series of workshops for Esfahan Steel to the value of £230 K over 18th months period) both individually and as a team member. I have gained extensive postgraduate research and management experience with my industry led research work. My project management roles have not only involved academic related issues but also rigorous financial control, team leadership and effective communications. I believe that vision and direction can be derived from an individual but for success you need a team effort and this can only be achieved if communication at all levels is transparent and clear. I have successfully attracted EPSRC funding as principal investigator at the University of Leicester and worked on number of SMART award project as a named consultant at Sheffield Hallam University. I have been lead academic for 4 KTP programmes of which 1 is on-going. I regularly receive requests from Industrial partners for problem solving exercises. I have not only been successful in attracting funds nationally but have delivered income generating international training programmes for Iran, Pakistan and India. I have demonstrated that I can design, negotiate and deliver successful research and training programmes. I have successfully supervised MPhil and PhD programmes and been invited to externally examine MPhil and PhD dissertations nationally and internationally.

In addition to areas of research interest listed above, three important aspects of my research philosophy are;

The first is my work on thermo-mechanical fatigue crack growth behaviour when subjected to thermal shock. The crack growth behaviour due to thermal loading is reasonably well understood but normal engineering practice for fatigue life estimation still depends on the empirical design rules. My work on thermo-mechanical fatigue is to develop a straightforward model to incorporate isothermal fatigue data to predict thermal shock response of the material. Recently concluded PhD programme studied the effect of bi-axiallity on thermal down shock fatigue crack growth. A new method of analysis based on plastic zone size ratio is being proposed to predict the crack growth behaviour when subjected to thermo-mechanical loading.

The fatigue and fracture analysis of advanced structural materials continues with our work on modelling impact damage in fibre reinforced composites and damage assessment with Non-destructive testing techniques, in particular ANDSCAN imaging system based upon ultrasonic principles. Accurate mapping of impact damage and developing fatigue life models to predict remaining life of composite structures is one of the objectives of our current research work.

The second example of our research theme is the study of interfacial strengthening behaviour of second phase reinforced metallic alloys. To study the matrix-reinforcement interface electron microscopy is used to investigate compositional variations and role of precipitates and segregation at interface boundaries. Grain boundaries energy criteria is being used to model the interfacial strength of the two phase system and compared with thermo-mechanically treated deformation data. An accurate understanding of the phenomena is achieved and further studies are planned to verify the theory.

Another area of interest is the environmental damage monitoring and analysis of metallic foam reinforced sandwich panels. For a recently concluded programme of research, damage modes for metallic foam and honeycomb cores reinforced aluminium alloys were investigated by using scanning electron microscope. The damage samples were fatigue tested and the effect of environmental damage on component fatigue life predicted. The programme is further extended to investigate effect of temperature on metallic foam characteristics when subject to environmental degradation.


Currently Running Research Programmes:



Khalid Rizwan

Aerospace Tool dies analysis




Nsini Udo

Structural Integrity of sub-sea structures

(Self sponsored)




Mohammed Ahssil

Hydraulic fracking

(Sponsored by Libya Government)




  • Member of IET
  • External Examiner for Loughborough University Egypt Campus for Department of Mechanical Engineering, British University of Egypt, Cairo, Egypt.
  • External Examiner for MSc Pipeline Integrity Programme (delivered in Saudi Arabia), Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK
  • Nominated European Grant Assessor
  • Member of American Society of Metals, USA
  • Editorial board member for 12th European Fracture Conference, UK
  • Member of Engineering Integrity Society, UK
  • Peer reviewed papers for International Journals, Conference proceedings.
  • External and Internal Examiner to more than 12 postgraduate theses (MPhil and PhD) at Sheffield Hallam University, The University of Manchester, Dublin City University, Ireland and University of Wolverhampton
  • Successfully supervised 8 PhD’s and 4 MPhil projects
  • Published more than 80 peer reviewed papers in Journals and conference proceedings