Staff profile

Dr Rizwan Saeed Choudhry

Senior Lecturer in Materials/Mechanical Engineering

Rizwan Choudhry in the Fatigue Lab


Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering


College of Science and Engineering


School of Computing and Engineering

Research centre

Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering (IISE)




Markeaton Street, Derby Campus



I am a professional engineer (PE) and a passionate academic with research and teaching experience in the area of materials, solid mechanics, failure analysis and forensic engineering. My core specialization is in composite materials with specific interest in progressive damage modelling and testing of composites at various length scales. Key research experience includes FE based continuum damage modelling, cohesive zone modelling, NDT of composites using X-ray CT, ultrasonic C-Scan and mechanical property testing of 2D and 3D woven composites.

I have over 50 research publications and have won several funded projects. I have experience of teaching a wide range of modules related to materials, solid mechanics, stress and failure analysis, finite element methods and mechanics of composites and forensic engineering at all levels in HEIs.

I have supervised around 50 student thesis and design projects. Lead mechanical department for engineering council accreditation of its BEng program. Lead teams in terms of executing funded projects and for organizing international conferences and carried out knowledge exchange and CPD activities.

My PhD and MSc is from the University of Manchester, UK and have worked on research projects at the University of Bath, University of Cambridge and University of Manchester, UK.

Teaching responsibilities

I have taught a range of subjects in materials/mechanical engineering over the years. My current teaching responsibilities include teaching 'Advanced Engineering Materials and Applications', 'Materials and Manufacturing Processes', 'Failure Analysis' and 'Forensic Engineering failure analysis and prevention'

In the past I have taught courses including 'Finite Element Analysis of Composites', 'Mechanics of Composites', 'Finite Element Method', 'Mechanics of Materials I' (solid mechanics 1), 'Mechanics of Materials II' (solid mechanics II' and 'Design of Machine Elements'.

I have also been involved in teaching quality enhancement activities and have re-defined mechanical engineering programmes at NUST and CUST to bring them in line for the Washington accord accreditation.

Professional interests

I have been involved with various professional academic activities such as curriculum development and knowledge exchange activities including organizing conferences, workshops, and training such as:

Research interests

I have a rich and diverse research profile. In the start of my career, my research focused on FE modelling and testing of woven composite’s lap joints subjected to impact loading. Later, I expanded my research portfolio in both depth and breadth. Thus, currently my research and research supervisions falls under the following of five thematic areas.

  1. Progressive damage modelling in composites and composite joints using FE based as well as analytical methods
  2. Micromechanics of composites and multiscale modelling (both FE and analytical modelling)
  3. Software development for composites research, teaching and analysis
  4. Development of Composite testing standards, methods and equipment.
  5. Composites manufacturing and product design

Because of my research experience, I boast the following key research skills:

FE based analysis of woven composites including:

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

Experience in industry

Effective research collaboration and partnership with industry underpins success for academics. My experience of collaborative research and industrial engagement is at various levels. For example, my Post-Doctoral experience at all three Universities where I carried out research (The University of Bath, The University of Cambridge and The University of Manchester) was on projects that were heavily sponsored through the industries.

For example, the Cambridge project was funded by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), Japan and the Manchester project was funded by the Ministry of Defence (MOD), UK, respectively. The project at Bath was an EPSRC project however it also involved GKN and Airbus as industrial partners. As part of the project at Cambridge, I was involved in direct discussions and reporting to MHI on project deliverables while the work in Manchester required me to report my findings to MOD and Nanoforce. In addition, during the period of my Post Doc in Manchester, I also performed contract work on behalf of NCCEF, University of Manchester for industry clients such as Brook House for X-ray CT work. 

Several of my undergrad and postgrad projects have been completed with active partnership and help from local industries. As for example the three MSc projects related to developing testing standards of composites required active collaboration with our colleagues at NESCOM for completion. Another MSc thesis titled ‘Enhancement of mechanical properties of woven glass epoxy composites using aligned multiwall carbon nanotubes’ supervised by me, was based on the requirements posed by our industrial partner in a public sector aerospace manufacturing setup (AWC, NESCOM).

In this project, we worked on a novel method of using a magnetic field for the alignment of carbon nanotubes during vacuum-assisted resin infusion. Another example of collaborative project supervision includes supervision of two projects funded by heavy industries Taxila, for development of high-speed impact testing facility for body armor materials. In a similar manner my supervised BE project titled, ‘Indigenous development of pre-preg manufacturing machine for Uni-directional composites’ is a result of my interaction with the hockey stick manufacturers association of Pakistan and in Particular with Grays of Cambridge, who are the largest exporters of hockey sticks from Pakistan and extensively use in-house produced pre-preg for the production of their hockey sticks.

While reading the above examples, it must be kept in mind that all these projects have been completed with industry support in a third world country (developing country) where the culture of academic / industry collaboration is much less developed.

International experience

I have worked in both Pakistan and Britain, and have carried out international collaborations on research projects in Malaysia, Japan, UAE and USA. Some of the universities that I worked in, followed the British system while others followed the US systems. My international accomplishments include: 

International Faculty Achievement Award (IAUP - NUST) 2014
Winner International Association of University Presidents (IAUP), International Faculty Achievement Award of NUST for the year 2014.

Project Lead for the British Council - DFID sponsored award under the DelPHE scheeme titled, 'Capacity building for enhancing R&D in manufacturing, testing and certification of composite materials'

The project established a bilateral partnership between NUST department of Mechanical Engineering and National Composites Certification and Evaluation Facility at the University of Manchester, UK to improve capacity for carrying out high impact research in the area of composite materials with the long-term objective of contributing towards the attainment of millennium development goals of poverty reduction through industrial innovation. Thus, the key objective of the project was imparting training in design, manufacturing, testing and certification through workshops and seminars at three levels i.e. policymakers, academics and students.

It also aimed at enabling student/faculty exchange between NUST and Manchester through internship and guest researcher program.  A countrywide survey for requirements analysis for establishing R&D centre for composites manufacturing evaluation and certification was carried out as part of the project and report was presented to government and private industries during the Pakistan Composite Show and Policy Dialogue organised by PI as part of this project. The project resulted in introduction of new MSc/PhD level course in NUST curriculum, it increased awareness of the research and business potential for advanced composites and resulted in establishment of composites engineering research group.

Co-PI for the British Council - sponsored award under the InSPIRE - SPEKE scheeme titled, 'Sustainable energy solution for rural communities through community participation'

The project built on the existing strategic partnership with British and Pakistani Universities (INSPIRE) by focusing on two new objectives. On one hand it aims at using the theoretical and lab results of the existing project to create a demonstrator unit with the help of local industry (Chitral engineering works) and installing this demonstrator on a canal in rural areas leased from the KPK/Punjab government. On the other hand it aims at increasing the acceptance of technology in the rural communities and motivating school and college students for getting science and technology education, and convincing them of the positive role technology can play in their lives.

In addition I have ongoing international collaborations with University Petronas Malaysia and Khalifa University UAE.

Additional interests and activities

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