Mrs Sakineh Fotouhi

  • Research Associate (Aerospace Sciences)


I am an expert in the design, manufacturing, and characterization of polymeric composite materials. I am a member of Materials and Manufacturing Research Group, at the  James Watt School of Engineering.

I am 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.

I graduated with honours MSc (June 2015) and PhD (expected viva in June 2021) degrees in mechanical engineering. My MSc was singled out for its quality in a university-wide assessment.

I was a research assistant at the University of Girona, since Sep 2020, working on 3D printing of laminated composites. I also have lectureship and industrial experience related to the design and manufacturing of engineering materials. I have over 25 peer-reviewed publications, and I was awarded two best conference paper awards, currently co-supervise PhD and MSc students, and I have previously supervised 4 MSc and 5 BEng students. I have 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 early experience in research management and co-supervision of students.

Research interests

 I am currently working on creating visible impact-induced damage mechanisims in composite materials and making them damage talorant. This is done by developing FEM using both Abaqus and LS-Dyna softwares. Successful FEM leads to designing and manufacturing lightweight/smart/high-performace structures.

I also do non destructive testing of the developed manufactured composites (DIC, C-scan, CT-scan, and acoustic emission to validate the results.