Contact Dr Mahmood Shafiee

Areas of expertise

  • Energy Asset Management
  • Instrumentation, Sensors and Measurement Science
  • Oil and Gas
  • Operational Analysis and Simulation
  • Renewable Energy
  • Safety, Resilience, Risk & Reliability
  • Systems Engineering
  • Throughlife Engineering Services


Dr Mahmood Shafiee (PhD, CEng, MIET, MIMechE, MIAM, MIMA, FHEA, PGCHE) is currently a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University, where he formerly was the Head of a Research Group and Associate Professor; Director of a MSc Programme and Manager of a Laboratory between the years 2013 and 2019. He also has been a Course Director and Visiting Academic at the University of Sheffield since 2014.

Dr Shafiee has a very strong profile in the management and delivery of engaging teaching and effective learning strategies. He is Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy ( and also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE). During his academic career, Dr Shafiee has been Director of a number of BEng/MEng Programmes, including: "Advanced Mechanical Engineering"; "Renewable Energy " ; "Offshore and Ocean Technology"; and "Robotics". Based on students’ feedback, he has been awarded several prizes such as the Most Interactive Lecturer, the Best Lecture and the Best Research Supervisor of the University.

Dr Shafiee has more than fifteen years’ experience of research and consultancy in different fields of Mechanical Systems Engineering, including:

-              Mechanical Design

-              Reliability Engineering 

-              Robotic Maintenance

-              Failure of Materials and Structures

-              Autonomous and Remote Inspection

-              Mechanical Degradation and Life Assessment

-              Non-Destructive Testing and Evaluation (NDT&E)

-              Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) and Condition Monitoring (CM)

-              Digital Mechanics (Digital Twins, Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence (AI)). 

He has worked closely with a wide range of industry sectors, including Offshore Oil and Gas, Onshore/Offshore Renewables (Fixed and Floating Wind Power, Concentrated Solar Power, Wave and Tidal), Transport (Rail, Road and Shipping), Water, Space and Aerospace, Automotive (Formula 1 and Driveless cars) and Manufacturing. 

Dr Shafiee has an International reputation for his high-quality research, documented by a strong publication record. To date, he has authored 1 book and 7 invited book chapters, received 3 patents and published over 125 journal papers and conference articles. Majority of his research outcomes have been published in top-ranking journals (3* and 4*) and presented at international conferences. The number of his papers’ citations in scientific databases (like Google Scholar, SCImago, SCOPUS) has been growing steadily over the last decade. Up to now, his research papers have received near 2000 citations and he has the h-index of 23 and i10-index of 34.

Dr Shafiee has a very strong track record of developing research proposals and attracting external funding from a variety of funders to undertake research and knowledge exchange projects. He has managed and led several research projects and work packages about designing and developing integrated and intelligent through-life engineering solutions for complex mechanical systems. His projects' funders include EPSRC, NERC, NSERC, InnovateUK, Vinnova, EU H2020, BEIS, Alan Turing, Royal Academy of Engineering, BAE Systems, Bombardier Transportation, Vestas, Vattenfall, Ørsted, BP, Shell, Equinor, Carbon Trust, Catapult, RSSB, Network Rail, etc.

Dr Shafiee has supervised several PhD students, MEng/BEng group projects, and MEng/BEng individual thesis projects through to completion. He has acted as primary supervisor of 13 PhD projects, associate supervisor of 3 PhD projects, primary supervisor of 8 MEng group projects and over 70 MEng individual theses. He also has acted as the external examiner of over 30 research students from different universities, including: Aalborg and DTU (Denmark), Chalmers and KTH (Sweden), Seville (Spain), Grenoble (France), NTNU (Norway), Milan (Italy), and Edinburgh, Salford, Exeter, Surrey, Portsmouth, Strathclyde, Greenwich, Plymouth, Sheffield, Southampton, Aberdeen, Newcastle, Glasgow Caledonian, Sunderland (UK).

Dr Shafiee has a strong track record in disseminating research at high profile national and international conferences, congresses, seminars and workshops. He frequently is invited to speak at national and international conferences and scientific meetings. He has been a keynote speaker and a member of technical committee in over 50 national and international conferences. The conferences in which he presents include those organised by IEEE, European Safety and Reliability Association (ESRA), Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), Institute of Asset Management (IAM), RenewableUK, Operational Research Society (ORS), etc. He is an active member of professional societies, consortia, and volunteer organisations, such as the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) (80276436); Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) (#1100803137); Institute of Asset Management (IAM) (#1034745); Institute of Mathematics and Application (IMA) (#P0040641); Operational Research Society (ORS) (#020889); RenewableUK; EERA JP Wind; Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) (#4592924); and Industrial Engineering and Operations Management (IEOM) (#PS-142-9399).

Dr Shafiee sits on the Energy Committee in the European Safety and Reliability Association (ESRA) and is a Committee Member of the Offshore and Upstream Engineering Division at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). He also serves as an Associated Editor and a member of Editorial Board in several international journals.

Current activities

Dr Mahmood Shafiee currently heads the Mechanical Engineering Group and is a Programme Chair and Reader at School of Engineering and Digital Arts, University of Kent, UK. For further reading on his current activities please visit


Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

Innovate UK [Technology Strategy Board]


BAE Systems 

Bombardier Transportation

Vestas [Wind Turbine Manufacturer]

Vattenfall [Wind Farm Operator]

Ørsted [Wind Farm Operator]



Equinor [Floating Wind Turbine Operator]

Rail Safety and Standard Board (RSSB)

Network Rail

British Steel [TATA Steel]

Renewable UK

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Alan Turing

Royal Academy of Engineering

Santander UK

Carbon Trust

Rail Research UK Association (RRUKA)

Swedish Energy Agency (Energimyndigheten)

Swedish Railway Administration (Trafikverket)


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Conference Papers