Areas of expertise


Dr Mahmood Shafiee (CEng, PhD, MIMechE, MIAM, MIMA, MORS, FHEA, PGCAP) is a specialist in the area of “Engineering Asset Management & Data Analytics" with more than fifteen years of experience of research and consultancy in the fields of "Reliability Engineering", "Predictive Maintenance", "Risk Analysis", and "Uncertainty Quantification" within a wide range of industry sectors, including: Oil & Gas; Offshore Renewables; Railway Transport; Production Engineering; Automation; Mining; Healthcare; Water Utility; Finance; etc. He has been working for several years as MSc Course Director and Academic Lead in Engineering Risk Analysis at Cranfield University, UK. Prior to joining Cranfield University, he worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the field of Maintenance Optimisation at the Department of Mathematical Sciences and the Department of Energy & Environment, Chalmers University—one of the Sweden's largest and most highly acclaimed technological universities—where he undertook research on multi-disciplinary projects about developing predictive maintenance optimisation for the intelligent management of physical assets (including offshore wind structures and railway tracks and rolling stocks). Funding for the position was granted from Chalmers University of Technology and it's area of Advance in Energy/Transport, sponsored by a number of Swedish organisations and industries, e.g. Swedish Energy Agency (Energimyndegheten), Swedish Traffic Administration (Trafikverket), Swedish Wind Power Technology Center (SWPTC), Vindforsk - Elforsk and several industry partners, e.g., Göteborg Energi AB, Vattenfall, etc. He has also been a visiting researcher at eight European and American universities.

During his academic career, he has been the Director of a number of BSc and MSc Programmes (e.g., Risk Management, Maintenance Engineering; Renewable Energy Engineering; Business Analytics; Supply Chain Management; etc.) as well as the Leader of several MSc Courses. Some courses that he has managed at Cranfield University are listed below:

- “Safety, Risk & Reliability”

- “Advanced Inspection & Maintenance”

- “Engineering Asset Management”

- “Risk Management and Reliability Engineering" 

In total, the above modules have been attended by more than 1,000 learners from a wide ranges of countries across the world. Based on excellent feedback from students, Dr Shafiee has been awarded twice the Student Led Teaching Award (SLTA) at Cranfield University, once in 2014 as the Most Interactive Lecturer and another time in 2015 as the Best Lecture. He was also nominated in the years 2016 and 2017 as the Best Research Supervisor in the school. Dr Shafiee has also managed several successful bespoke training programs for other universities and industries. He is currently the Course Director for MSc on “Plant Reliability and Maintainability" at the University of Sheffield. He holds several training qualifications from awarding bodies such as The Higher Education Academy (HEA) of the UK.

The number of his scientific publications has considerably grown over the last decade. Up to now, he has authored more than 100 scientific papers in top-ranking journals and in major conference proceedings. His papers have won the “best paper award” in the years 2011, 2015 and 2016. The total number of his citations in scientific databases exceeds 800, and he has the h-index of 16 and i10-index of 21.

He has managed and led (as either PI or Co-I) several research projects on 'Real-Time' Scheduling of Inspection and Maintenance for Floating Offshore Wind (funded by EPSRC SUPERGEN Wind Hub 2018-9); Analysing the Reliability of Condition Monitoring Technologies for Offshore Wind Foundations under Uncertainty (funded by EPSRC Doctoral 2017-21); Optimising the Reliability and Maintenance of new Railway Tracks (funded by EPSRC, Network Rail, DfT and RSSB 2015-7), Quantifying the Added-Value of Condition Monitoring for Offshore Wind Foundations (funded by Carbon Trust and nine offshore wind developers including: DONG (Ørsted); E.ON; Mainstream Renewable Power; RWE Innog; Iberdrola; SSE Renewables; Statkraft; Statoil and Vattenfall 2016-7), Developing Data-driven Predictive Maintenance algorithms for ATM network infrastructures (funded by Santander UK 2016-7); Optimisation of structural health monitoring systems for offshore wind farms (funded by EPSRC REMS 2015-19); Designing Decision Support Systems for the Optimal Maintenance of Wind Power Plants (funded by Energimyndigheten 2012-3); Degradation of Rails and Wheels (funded by Trafikverket 2012-3), Big Data Analytics in the Oil and Gas Industry (funded by the Petroleum Engineering Company), etc. He has line-managed / supervised 1 Research Associate, 13 PhD theses, 4 MSc group projects, as well as +30 MSc thesis projects through to completion. He has been plenary speaker and program committee member of over 30 international conferences across the UK, USA, France, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, Spain, Germany, Denmark, China, Korea, etc. He sits as committee Chair in the European Safety and Reliability Association (ESRA) and also is a Committee Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). He is an active member of professional societies, consortia, and volunteer organisations, such as the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE); Institute of Asset Management (IAM) ; Institute of Mathematics and Application (IMA) ; Operational Research Society (ORS) ; Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE); Industrial Engineering and Operations Management (IEOM) ; Higher Education Academy (HEA), etc.

Current activities

Dr Mahmood Shafiee (CEng, PhD, MIMechE, MIAM, MIMA, MORS, FHEA, PGCAP) is an internationally recognized thought-leader in the field of “Risk, Reliability & Maintenance Engineering". Over the last years, he has worked to position Cranfield University as a globally recognised research institute in the areas of:

- Engineering Asset Management;

- Reliability Engineering; 

- Risk Analysis;

- Advanced Inspection & Autonomous Maintenance;

- Product Life-cycle Management (PLM);

- Remote Condition Monitoring (RCM);

- Life Prediction & Extension;

- Digital Assets and Data Analytics;

- Diagnostics, Prognostics & Predictive Maintenance;

- Warranty and Extended Warranty for Complex Systems;

- Decision-making under Uncertainty;

- Big Data in Risk Management.

During last decade, Dr Shafiee has worked on several National and International projects in partnership with well-known organisations and companies across the globe. Some of his current projects include: 

- Reliability Centred Maintenance in the Oil and Gas Industry Sector (2005-2006);

- Reliability, Maintenance and Warranty Analysis for Second-hand Systems (2006-2010);

- Life Prediction and Extension of Offshore Energy Infrastructures (2010-2011);

- Maintenance Outsourcing in Railway Transport (2010-2011);

- Decision Support Systems for the Optimal Maintenance of Wind Power Plants (2012-2013);

- Progressive Degradation of Rails and Wheels (2012-2013).

- Life Extension Decision-Making for Safety Critical Engineering Systems (2014-2017);

- Optimisation of structural health monitoring systems for offshore wind farms (2015-19);

- Designing Steel Composition and Microstructure to better Resist Degradation during Wheel Rail Contact (2015-2017);

- Quantifying the added-value of Condition Monitoring (CM) for Offshore Wind Foundations (2016-2017);

- Risk-based Maintenance Optimisation of Rolling Stock (2015-2017);

- Data Driven Predictive Maintenance Optimsiation to Achieve Higher Levels of ATM Availability (2016-2017);

- Big Data Analytics in the Oil and Gas sector (2017);

- Reliability of Condition Monitoring Technologies for Offshore Wind Foundations under Uncertainty (2017-2021).

- Stochastic models to support Real-Time scheduling of Inspection and Maintenance for Offshore Wind (2018-2019).

Dr Mahmood Shafiee has established an international reputation for his high quality research in the field of “Engineering Asset Management & Data Analytics”, documented by a strong publication record. His research papers have been published in top-ranking journals and major conference proceedings, and have received very high numbers of citations. Majority of his research outcomes have been published in high impact factor journals, such as: Renewable Energy (IF: 4.357)  ; The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment (IF: 3.173)  ;   Expert Systems with Applications (IF: 3.928)  ;  European Journal of Operational Research (IF: 3.297)  ;  Reliability Engineering and System Safety (IF: 3.153);  IEEE Transactions on Reliability (IF: 2.790) ;  Energies (IF: 2.262)  ; The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology (IF: 2.209) ; Ocean Engineering (IF: 1.894); Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries (IF: 1.818) ; Proceedings of the IMechE, Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit (IF: 1.537) ; Proceedings of the IMechE, Part O: Journal of Risk and Reliability (IF: 1.084) ; etc.

The conferences in which Dr Shafiee presents his research findings include those organised by IEEE, European Safety and Reliability Association (ESRA), European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), Institute of Asset Management (IAM), RenewableUK, Operational Research Society (ORS), etc. The conference proceedings in which he regularly publishes include: European Safety and Reliability (ESREL), Mathematical Methods in Reliability (MMR) ; Modelling in Industrial Maintenance & Reliability (MIMAR) ; WindEurope Conference; IEEE PES Powertech ; IEEE Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management (IEEM) ; The Asset Management Conference ; Condition Monitoring and Diagnostic Engineering Management (COMADEM) ; etc.

Dr Shafiee’s research papers have won the “best paper award” for three times in the years 2011, 2015 and 2016. His paper on “the investment in reliability improvement program for warranted second-hand items” was nominated as the best paper of 2011 in IISE Transactions (IF: 1.451) by Taylor & Francis Group. Another research of him, entitled “Maintenance strategy selection problem: an MCDM overview” was granted a “Highly Commended Paper Award” by the Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering, Emerald Group, 2015. He has so far been awarded several honours and educational scholarships at the national and international levels (e.g. University of Alberta 2010; Rutgers University 2010; City University of Hong Kong 2011; Chalmers University of Technology 2012). He presently serves as an Associated Editor and/or a member of the Editorial Board in three International Journals (such as Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering) as well as a reviewer in >50 international journals.


    • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC);
    • InnovateUK [Technology Strategy Board];
    • RenewableUK;
    • Network Rail (NR);
    • Rail Safety and Standard Board (RSSB);
    • British Steel [TATA Steel];
    • Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy [Department of Energy & Climate Change];
    • Santander Bank (Produban UK);
    • Carbon Trust (Offshore Wind Accelerator partners including DONG Energy Wind Power, E.ON, Mainstream Renewable Power, RWE Innogy, Iberdrola, SSE Renewables, Statkraft, Statoil and Vattenfall);
    • Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS);
    • Rail Research UK Association (RRUKA);
    • Swedish Energy Agency (Energimyndigheten);
    • Swedish Railway Administration (Trafikverket);
    • Norwegian National Rail Administration (Jernbaneverket);
    • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC);
    • Makita Electric Company;
    • Pars Oil and Gas Company;
    • Nafta Oil and Gas;
    • Petroleum Engineering and Development Company;
    • RAJA Rail Transportation.


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers


  • Animah I, Shafiee M, Simms N & Considine M (2017) Techno-Economic Feasibility Assessment of Life Extension Decision for Safety Critical Assets. In: Risk, Reliability and Safety: Innovating Theory and Practice. Walls L, Revie M, Bedford T (ed.), London: CRC Press.
  • Dinmohammadi F, Alkali B & Shafiee M (2017) A Risk-based Model for Inspection and Maintenance of Railway Rolling Stock. In: Risk, reliability and safety: innovating theory and practice. Walls L, Revie M, Bedford T (ed.), London: CRC Press, p. 1165-1172, ed. In: Risk, Reliability and Safety: Innovating Theory and Practice. Walls L, Revie M, Bedford T (ed.), London, UK.
  • Enjema EM, Shafiee M & Kolios A (2017) A study on the reliability of oil and gas Blowout Preventer (BOP) technologies under deep-water erratic conditions. In: Safety and Reliability – Theory and Applications, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, p. 346-346.
  • Animah I & Shafiee M (2017) A risk based maintenance (RBM) interval decision making model to support life extension of subsea oil and gas facilities. In: Safety and Reliability – Theory and Applications, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, p. 76-76.
  • Shafiee M (2016) Optimum Proactive Maintenance for Critical Infrastructures subject to Multiple Degradation and Environmental Shocks. In: Current Trends in Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety. Kumar U, Ahmadi A, Verma AK, Varde P (ed.), , Springer International Publishing Switzerland, p. 27-37.
  • Shafiee M, Brennan F & Armada Espinosa I (2015) Development of a Whole Lifecycle Cost Model for Offshore Wind Farms. In: Safety and Reliability of Complex Engineered Systems. Podofillini L, Sudret B, Stojadinovic B, Zio E, Kröger W (ed.), London: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, p. 1019-1028.
  • Shafiee M & Kolios A (2014) A Multi-Criteria Decision Model to Mitigate the Operational Risks of Offshore Wind Infrastructures. In: Safety and Reliability: Methodology and Applications, Leiden: CRC Press, p. 539-547.
  • Dinmohammadi F & Shafiee M (2013) An economical FMEA-based risk assessment approach for wind turbine systems. In: Safety, Reliability and Risk Analysis: Beyond the Horizon, Boca Raton: CRC Press, p. 2127-2136.