Mrs Sakineh Fotouhi
- Research Associate (Autonomous Systems & Connectivity)
Sakineh graduated with honours MSc (June 2015) and PhD (June 2021) degrees in mechanical engineering, her MSc was singled out for its quality in a nationwide assessment. She has over 25 high-quality journal and conference publications on designing, manufacturing, non-destructive testing, and finite element modelling of composite materials.
She is a member of the Materials and Manufacturing Research Group at the James Watt School of Engineering, currently working on a high profile EPSRC project (EP/V009451/1) to develop the next generation of high-performance impact-resistant composites with visibility of damage. She is also co-supervising PhD and MSc students, and acting as a teaching assistant for Composite Materials and Structural Analysis and Design courses. Sakineh is the University of Glasgow’s ambassador in Aurora which is Advance HE's leadership development initiative for women.
Before joining the University of Glasgow, Sakineh was a research assistant at the University of Girona, since Sep 2020, working on designing and characterisation of 3D printed laminated composites. She was a lecture in mechanical engineering, and she has over 3 years of experience in the industry as a research engineer in industrial sectors related to composite materials' engineering and finite element modelling.
Sakineh has established a broad international network, collaborating with important composite research institutes including Bristol, Strathclyde, Nottingham Trent, Bologna, and AMADE Girona. These collaborations have proven very fruitful, leading to high-quality peer-reviewed publications, and providing deep experience in research management and co-supervision of students.
Sakineh's research is concerned with designing, manufacturing, maintenance (non-destructive testing), and finite element modelling of composite materials and developing lightweight/smart/high-performance structures.
More recently, she is carrying out research on visible impact-induced damage mechanisms and damage-tolerant composite materials using finite element modelling, theoretical and experimental procedures.
• Endorsed by UKRI as a global talent, 2021.
• Won £1k award to enrol in Aurora HE’s leadership development initiative for women, 2021.
• Won two scholarships, £10k, to visit the University of Bologna and Bristol, 2019, 2021.
• Ranked firsts in the PhD entrance exam, University of Tabriz, 2016.
• Best presentation award, International Conference on AREMME. Iran, Tehran, 2016.
• Best presentation award, 4th Condition Monitoring conference. Iran, Tehran, 2016.