Ahmed Sameer Younus

Ahmed Sameer Younus


Ahmed Sameer is a PhD student at the University of Leeds, School of Civil Engineering. His supervisory team is composed of Prof. Phil Purnell, as the main supervisor, and Dr Han Fang, as a co-supervisor.

He graduated from Al-Nahrain University - Baghdad - Iraq, on 2008, and obtained his Master’s Degree from the same university in Structural Engineering on 2013. During his Master´s programme, he undertook his structural research entitled: Torsional Behavior of Square Concrete Columns Strengthened with CFRP Sheets. In addition to several courses in structural engineering analysis and design.

Ahmed has over thirteen years of experience in both the industrial and academic fields of civil engineering. After graduation, he worked in several constructional companies as a site engineer, quality control engineer, and follow-up manager.

In 2015, he was assigned as a faculty member in Civil Engineering Department - Al-Farabi University College - Baghdad - Iraq. He has been involved in teaching the following courses:

  • Reinforced Concrete Design
  • Structural Analysis
  • Strength of Materials
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Computer Applications

Moreover, he has supervised more than eight graduation projects, participated in several scientific conferences, and published two papers. Also, he is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

In 2021, Ahmed received a scholarship to pursue his PhD study from the Higher Committee of Education Development (HCED) - The Office of Prime Minister - Iraq.

Research interests

My research focuses on Structural Sustainability as one of the most trending subjects in engineering sciences, specifically civil engineering. Making buildings and infrastructures meet sustainable targets by reducing the carbon footprint is the general target of my research. It will develop eco-friendly and reusable structural systems for next-generation buildings and infrastructures in a circular economy.

The research will be conducted to develop and investigate structural systems formed with low-carbon, high-strength materials. Previous studies comparing different structural systems generated interesting results. However, there is room yet for improving accuracy and expanding the scope by, e.g. optimising design for re-use and using low-carbon concrete towards more sustainable buildings and, consequently, a sustainable environment.

The expected outcome would be a meaningful contribution to Structural Engineering, industry and society, demonstrating the potential for sustainable infrastructure by reducing the consumption of new materials and the generation of wastes. Due to the complexity of the material and design options, a life cycle assessment will be used for analysis. Its holistic approach can study the numerous impacts of using different products that fulfil the same function.


  • BSc. Civil Engineering - Al-Nahrain University - Baghdad - Iraq
  • MSc. Structural Engineering - Al-Nahrain University - Baghdad - Iraq