Areas of expertise

  • Computing, Simulation & Modelling
  • Manufacturing Systems
  • Product and Service Design
  • Structures and Materials


Dr Maryam Farsi is a Lecturer in Through-life Engineering Optimisation in the School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing. She joined Cranfield University in 2015 as a research fellow in Complex Systems Modelling and Simulation. She is a member of the Centre for Digital Engineering and Manufacturing. Dr Farsi gained her PhD in ‘Nonlinear Structural Mechanics’ from Imperial College London in 2015 and her MSc in ‘Civil Engineering Structures’ from City, University of London in 2010. Dr Farsi’s main research focus is on complex systems and system-of-systems simulation, modelling, optimisation and data analytics. Her research interests focus on digital technologies and advanced simulation and optimisation techniques to study complex manufacturing systems and supply chains to enhance long-term productivity, resilience, and sustainability. Her research includes asset management, product and service through-life cost modelling and analysis, risk analysis, uncertainty quantification and decision engineering using a wide range of techniques such as agent-based, discrete event and system dynamics. Her former research work at Imperial College London involved a thorough study of structural mechanics, stability analysis, resilience and structural integrity. The study entailed modelling buckling and post-buckling instabilities in light-weight metallic and composite material structures using numerical (FEA) and analytical (ODE) models. Maryam’s research involved developing a framework for establishing the zone where structural designers need to consider interactive buckling carefully in order to prevent catastrophic failures. Maryam is a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET) and a Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

List of successfully completed projects:

  1. Product-service systems and servitization applications in machine tool sectors (IUK funded - Jun 2019)
  2. Supply Chain Mapping for ATMP’s Manufacturers (IUK funded - April 2018)
  3. Through life Cost of a Component (Rolls-Royce funded - October 2017)
  4. Automation of Cell Therapy Cryo-storage Processes and Future Manufacturing Facilities (IUK funded - May 2017)

Research opportunities

Dr Farsi's research interests, comprising:

  1. Enterprise and supply chain simulation, modelling and optimisation
  2. Product and service through-life cost modelling for servitization
  3. Risk and uncertainty quantification for reliability and resilience
  4. AI & Digital Twin for data analytics
  5. Integrated sustainability assessment

Current activities

Dr Farsi is currently working on DO-TES (Digitally Optimised through Life Engineering Services) project. The project aims to create the world’s leading approach for Digital TES implementation with a view to improving the through-life service, efficiency, availability and productivity of the UK Aerospace sector. Dr Farsi is also actively involved in teaching, proposal writing and supervising postgraduate MSc and PhD projects.


Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI)

Babcock International

BAE Systems

Bombardier Transportation

Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult (CGTC)

Machine Tool Technologies Ltd (MTT)

Network Rail



Thermo Fisher, UK


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers

  • Wadee MA & Farsi M (2013) Analytical modelling of cellular buckling in stiffened plates. In: Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 4-7 August 2013.