Dr Parvez Alam




+44(0)131 6504862


1.084 Sanderson Building

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Engineering Discipline: 

  • Mechanical Engineering

Research Institute: 

  • Materials and Processes

Research Theme: 

  • Materials Design, Processing and Characterisation


I am a Reader in Mechanical Engineering at The University of Edinburgh, UK. My activities and interests are in the fields of biomimetic design, mechanical metamaterials, comparative biomechanics, and composites engineering.


Fellowship of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, UK (Elected 2020)

Fellowship of the Royal Society of Biology, UK (Elected 2019)

Senior Fellowship: Marie Curie Very-Experienced Researcher (IAPP/MER), The University of Edinburgh, UK (2016-2018)

Fellowship of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, UK (Elected 2015)

Other Appointments:

Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Biology, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia

Adjunct Professor of Composite Materials and Biostructures, AAU, Finland

Chair: Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining - Natural Materials Group

Committee Member: Institute of Mechanical Engineers - Edinburgh and SE Scotland

Academic Qualifications: 

2017: Professional Certificate: Innovation and Technology - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

2013: Docent, Habilitation Abo Akademi University, FINLAND

2004: Doctor of Philosophy: The reinforcement of timber for structural applications and repair - University of Bath, UK

2000: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours): Materials Science and Engineering - University of Bath, UK

Professional Qualifications and Memberships: 

Fellow: Institution of Mechanical Engineers, UK

Fellow: Royal Society of Biology, UK

Fellow: Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, UK

Board Member: Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, UK - Natural Materials Association

Chartered Engineer: Engineering Council, UK

Member: Suomendosenttiliito (Association for Adjunct Professors in Finland)


Mechanical Engineering Group Project 4

Sustainable Energy Design Project 3

Mechanical Engineering Design 2A

BEng Theses (Year 4)

Group Projects (Year 4)

MSc Theses (Year 5)