fawad inam

Professor Fawad Inam


Professor and Head Of Department - Engineering & Construction, Engineering and Construction

Department of Engineering & Construction ,

Prof Inam came to UEL in 2018 as the head of department (engineering and computing) and professor of mechanical engineering. He is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE).

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Prof Inam moved from Northumbria University (Newcastle upon Tyne) to East London in 2018 as the head of department (engineering and computing) and professor of mechanical engineering. After 2 years of his tactful and strategic leadership, the department of engineering and computing expanded significantly, yielding more than 2700 students, 40+ courses and 55+ academics, and was transformed into two departments by the University executives, i.e. separating computing with engineering & construction.

At Northumbria, Prof Inam led engineering portfolio as programme leader, director of engineering and associate head of the department from 2013 to 2018.

Prior to that, he directed composite and aeronautical engineering programmes at Airbus' Advanced Composite Training and Development Centre (2011-2013) where he contributed towards the development of Airbus A350 epoxy composites.

From 2005 to 2011, he developed commercial products like Sugru and key armour/ nanostructured materials for British defence purposes as an R&D Technologist for Nanoforce Technology Limited in London.

Prof Inam is in receipt of two accredited postgraduate teaching qualifications and recognised as one of the leaders (PFHEA) in engineering curriculum design and technologies. As a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and an active Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE), he has advised/ quality assured over 45 different universities and institutes from all the four nations of the UK. Prof Inam has formed/ strengthened TNE partnerships, delivered engineering courses and influenced institutional higher education practice in other countries like China, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the Netherlands, to list a few.

With over 150 research (h-index of 31), he has presented several keynote speeches at various leading international conferences. He is a regular peer reviewer for over a dozen research journals and examined over 35 PhD theses in the UK and overseas. As a committee member of Engineering Professors' Council (EPC), Prof Inam is advising All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Teaching Profession, GLA (Greater London Authority) Adult Education Strategy and recently Local London forum, a partnership of eight London boroughs in the north and east of the capital.

He is the recipient of the 'Materials World Award' conferred by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3, UK) in 2008. In Dec 2020, he was also honoured with the 'Industry 4.0 readiness' award by the Vice Chancellor & President of the University of East London..       


In line with the University of East London's commitment (our Vision 2028) towards United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals - global challenges laid down in 2015 with the aim of ensuring peace and prosperity and leaving nobody behind, Prof Inam is supporter of OPEN ACCESS research and strongly believe that research should be accessible for the mass free of charge specially for those who cannot afford it.

Prof Inam's research and enterprise expertise is primarily focused around improving the performance and functionalities of engineering products using materials science and engineering, in particular nano-influenced smart materials.

His most recent efforts have been devoted towards the development of advanced materials (ceramics, polymers, metals and composites) and nanomaterials (including fullerenes and graphene) for aerospace, petroleum, industrial, defence and bio sectors. His expertise includes materials physics, processing, characterisation, performance evaluation, applications and sustainability.

He has conducted several consultancies and widely published research of great commercial and scientific significance in leading peer-reviewed journal for several types of engineering materials.

To date, with more than 150 publications (h-index: 31), he has contributed in achieving around £2.5 million research and enterprise income from government and commercial platforms (mostly as the principal investigator). Some of his funders include Royal Society, British Council, Innovate UK, Dstl/ MoD, University of London, Greater London Authority, Commonwealth Scholarship Commission etc.


Peer reviewed journal articles and book sections

  • Daoush, Walid, Albogmy, Turki, Khamis, Moath, and Inam, Fawad (2020) Syntheses and step-by-step morphological analysis of nano-copper decorated carbon long fibers for aerospace structural applications. Crystals, 10 (12). p. 1090. ISSN 2073-4352
  • Andrade-Guel, Marlene, Avila-Orta, Carlos, Cadenas-Pliego, Gregorio, Cabello-Alvarado, Christian, Pérez-Álvarez, Marissa, Reyes-Rodríguez, Pamela, Inam, Fawad, Cortés-Hernández, Dora and Quiñones-Jurado, Zoe (2020) Synthesis of nylon 6/ modified carbon black nanocomposites for application in uric acid adsorption. Materials, 13 (22). p. 5173. ISSN 1996-1944
  • Saharudin, Mohd Shahneel, Hasbi, Sayafawati, Nazri, Muhammad Naguib Ahmad, Inam F. (2020) A Review of Recent Developments in Mechanical Properties of Polymer-Clay Nanocomposites. In: Emamian S., Awang M., Yusof F. (eds) Advances in Manufacturing Engineering. Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering. Springer, Singapore. ISBN 978-981-15-5752-1
  • Luhyna, Nataliia, Rafique, Rafaila, Iqbal, Sadia Sagar, Khaliq, Jibran, Saharudin, Mohd Shahneel, Wei, Jiacheng, Qadeer, Quratulane and Inam, Fawad (2020) Novel carbyne filled carbon nanotube - polymer nanocomposites. NanoWorld Journal, 6 (2). pp.29-34. ISSN 2379-1101