Dr. Hamed Yazdani Nezhad

Dr. Hamed Yazdani Nezhad


I am an associate professor in mechanical engineering with expertise in aerospace engineering and aircraft structures, aerospace composites, composites manufacturing and multifunctional composites. I am a member of the editorial boards of several journals including the Nature publishing Journal of Scientific Reports. I am also the Editor/Author of book on ‘Composites Assembly for High Performance Fastener-less Structures’, and author of +100 high-impact journal papers and peer-reviewed conference articles in the area of aerospace, composite materials, structures, manufacturing and development of multifunctional composites with specific research interest in the study of smart and multifunctional polymer composites with applications in numerous sectors e.g. aerospace, automotive, and energy. I have secured multiple fundings from public and private sectors such as UKRI-Knowledge Transfer Partnership in collaboration with Airborne Composites Ltd. and City, University of London for Scalable Digitalisation of Automated Aerospace Composites (Ref. KTP013729), EPSRC Joint Manufacturing Hubs grant on Contact-less Dielectric Process Monitoring (CDPM) of Composites Manufacturing (EPSRC Composites Manufacturing and EPSRC Metrology Hubs), Ref. EP/P006930/1, the EPSRC New Investigator project on 'Self-Tuning Fibre-Reinforced Polymer Adaptive Nanocomposite (www.STRAINcomp.com)', Ref. EP/R016828/1, EPSRC DTP grant for 'Microstructural Study of Multifunctional Nanocomposites', Ref. EP/R513027/1, EPSRC DTP grant for ‘Bacterial Magnetosome Inspired Material Discovery for High Sensitivity to Ultra-low Magnetic Fields’, Ref. ‘EP/W524608/1, and the EPSRC Institutional Sponsorship Award for 'Dielectric Activated Resin Cure for Composite Repair (DARCRep)', Ref. EP/P511134/1. I have also led a H2020 European Regional Development Funded project, and numerous direct industrial sponsored projects. 

I have been leading numerous teaching modules for undergrad and postgrad programmes related to STEM including Composites, Finite Element Analysis, Aircraft Structures, Aeroelasticity and Flight Dynamics, Design and Manufacture, Failure of Materials and Structures, Composites Joining and Serviceability, etc., led CPD on Aerospace Composites Integration, Repair and Joining, and led development of new aerospace and mechanical engineering related modules.

I received my PhD in mechanical engineering on a collaborative project between the University of Limerick, Imperial College London and Helmholtz-Zentrüm Berlin. I worked at the Irish Centre for Composites Research as a post-doctoral researcher on three consecutive projects on composites materials, MAAXIMUS project funded through EU FP7 grant agreement nº213371 led by Airbus (www.maaximus.eu), Design of Optimised Composites for Impact Applications (OPTCOM) project funded by Enterprise Ireland (grant CF/2013/3012B), and the Science Foundation Ireland funded FALCOM project on a novel adhesively bonded composite joining technology.

I joined Cranfield University in UK in 2016 as assistant professor in Composite Engineering at the Enhanced Composites and Structures Centre, where I developed and led Aerospace Composite research with the establishment of the Aerospcace Composites Joining, Modelling and Repair research group, and developed the CPD/postgraduate module on Aerospace Composites Integration Repair & Joining (https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/-/media/files/brochure/composites-integration-repair-and-joining-cpd-brochure.ashx). In 2020, I joined the School of Science and Technology at City University of London as senior lecturer in aerospace structures, and moved my research group with me and renamed it to Adevnturous Composites Research Group which since then has been my research with updates that can be found on our twitter (X) page and ResearchGate:

AdventurousCompositesGroup (@AdventurousComp) / X

(1) Hamed Yazdani Nezhad's lab | University of Leeds (researchgate.net)

with emphasis on tuneable composite structures and smart composites, the areas that are continued during my current role at the University of Leeds. 


  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Chartered Engineer, IMechE: Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Memberships of committees

  • Academic liaison, Search Results Web results AMS CACRC Commercial Aircraft Composite Repair Committee
  • Member, European Society for Composite Materials
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  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering (Thesis on Creep Fracture Mechanics in Polycrystalline Materials)
  • MSc in Applied Design (Thesis on Bi-material Adhesive Bonded Structures)
  • BSc in Solid Mechanics

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow of IMechE