Professor Kameel Sawalha

Kameel Sawalha

Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor

Phone number - +44 (0) 121 204 3607

Email- k.d.sawalha@aston.ac.uk

Room number- L79


I joined the University in 1985 as a PhD student researching metal fatigue of zinc aluminium copper alloys.  Prior to that I worked within the oil industry in senior management positions in the Middle East.

During the PhD Programme I undertook part time lecturing in Mechanical and Production Engineering.  After completing the PhD in 1990 I worked as a Senior Research Engineer working on projects for the DTI and MoD. 

I currently supervise students at Aston at Masters level across a range of programmes with the Schools of Engineering & Applied Science and also Life & Health Sciences in the use of electro microscopy...  I have also become involved in lecturing to students from industry on work based learning undergraduate programmes such as the Foundation Degree Gas Transmission Engineering.

I am also a Visiting Professor of Materials to Sakarya University in Turkey.

Qualifications & Education
  • BSc Mechanical & Production Engineering Napier Polytechnic, 1983
  • MSc, Manufacturing system Engineering, Warwick University 1986
  • PhD in Materials Engineering,  Aston University  1991
Research interests

Investigation into materials’ failure, corrosion, processing, plating, metallographic, microscopy and electron microscopy.

Work and Teaching activity
  • Visiting Teaching Fellow on a project funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering & Ove Arup Foundation

  • MSc Professional Engineering
  • Foundation Degree Gas Transmission Engineering
  • CDIO
Membership of Professional Bodies
  • Chartered Engineer
  • Fellow of the Institute of Mining Minerals and Materials
External responsibilities
  • National and International Consultant for the Materials & Engineering Industry
Selected publications
  • Electron Microscopy study into phase transformation 1990
  • Comparison of Fatigue of properties of commercial zinc aluminium alloys 1993 (International fatigue conference, ecole Polytechnic Canada)
  • Fatigue properties of ZA27 alloy, International Zinc conference Mexico 1994.
  • Patent on Continuous fibre metal matrix composite 1994
External engagement
  • I am a consultant metallurgist since 1991 I have dealt and solved various industrial problems ranging from as simple as a wall mounted screw to landing gears. Failure investigations into metal production and corrosion. Acted as an expert witness in various occasions. I work with the steel, and non ferrous foundries, fabrications and welding processes. I give advice on galvanising and plating for various industries including the jewellery industry. www.astonmicroscopy.co.uk