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Personal Statement

Ali Mehmanparast is a Professor of Structural Integrity at the University of Strathclyde. He is a management committee board memeber of the £6.7M Strathclyde-Oxford-Edinburgh Centre for Doctoral Training in Wind and Marine Energy Systems and Structures (WAMSS CDT: 2019-2027) and was previously the Manager of the £4M Cranfield-Oxford-Strathclyde Centre for Doctoral Training in Renewable Energy Marine Structures (REMS CDT: 2014-2022), contributing to professional training of over 120 PhD/EngD specialists as the future leaders in the Offshore Renewable Energy sector. 

Prof. Mehmanparast received his MEng degree in 2008 and PhD degree in 2012, both from the Mechanical Engineering Department at Imperial College London. He also holds an MBA degree from Cranfield University. Prior to joining the University of Strathclyde in 2022, he worked at Imperial College London and Cranfield University as a Research Associate, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader between 2012 and 2021. He is a Chartered Engineer of IMechE, Chartered Manager and Fellow of CMI, and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is on Editorial Board of 6 international journals of "Applied Ocean Research" (Elsevier), "Engineering Failure Analysis" (Elsevier), "Forces in Mechanics" (Elsevier), "Materials at High Temperatures" (Taylor & Francis), "Journal of Multiscale Modelling" (World Scientific) and "Wind" (MDPI). He has published over 130 peer-reviewed journal articles, conference papers and book chapters in the field of engineering structural integrity, and has organised and chaired technical sessions at international conferences.

Research Interests

Prof. Mehmanparast's research is mainly focussed on the design optimisation, life extension and integrity assessment of Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) structures using advanced modelling, experimental, manufacturing and probabilistic techniques. Some examples of the past/current research projects that he has led as the PI/Co-I are:

-Offshore wind turbine foundation flange study (funded by Carbon Trust OWA Programme)

-Structural design and integrity enhancement of floating offshore support structures (funded by Supergen Wind Hub)

-Corrosion and fatigue protection of offshore wind turbine structures using additive manufacturing technology (funded by Supergen ORE Hub)

-Assessment of crack arrest behaviour in modern structural steels (funded by EPSRC, TWI and Lloyd’s Register)

-Residual stress effects on fatigue life assessment of Offshore Wind Turbines (funded by STFC)

-CoTide: Co-design to deliver Scalable Tidal Stream Energy (funded by EPSRC)

-SLIC JIP: Structural Lifecycle Industry Collaboration Joint Industry Project (funded by a consortium of 10 of the world's largest offshsore wind operators)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Business Administration, Cranfield University

20182019

Doctor of Philosophy, Imperial College London

20082012

Master of Engineering, Imperial College London

20042008

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