Staff profile

Dr Tahir Sharif

Senior Lecturer in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Tahir Shariff


College of Science and Engineering




Markeaton Street, Derby Campus



I am an experienced academic with a strong research and industrial background in the manufacturing field. I hold a PhD in Composite Materials and a Master’s Degree in Advanced Manufacturing Technology and System Management from the University of Manchester, UK. My BE is in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering from N.E.D University, Pakistan. I am a fellow member of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). Before joining Derby University, I worked at Glyndwr University and with a reputable automotive OEM part manufacturer.

My area of research is Composite Materials and Manufacturing and I have invested more than a decade in design and development within this field. I have been involved in various externally funded projects (more than one million worth) from industry partners and Innovate UK in the capacity of Lead (PI) and KTP academic supervisor. I have worked with several industrial partners such as Bentley Motors, TaiSan Motors, SHD Composites, EPM Composites, Techman Engineering and Fifth Wheel Co. etc. 

Teaching responsibilities

I have taught a range of subjects in manufacturing/materials/mechanical engineering over the years.

I have experience in programme development and leading professional accreditation (IMechE) for both Bachelor and Degree Apprentice programmes. I have also served as a programme leader for Bachelor's programme and Degree apprentice programme for several years. In addition, I served as an external reviewer for Glyndwr University and the University of Cumbria for their MSc and Bachelor programmes.

Research interests

Most of my research work is aligned to a sustainable composite manufacturing research theme (Net Zero). For instance, two of my PhD students are working on bio-based composite materials and one student working on composite structural batteries. We have successfully produced our own bio-based PFA resin formulation, and the outcome of the research has led to a few companies approaching us and showing very strong interest in our work.

Recently, we have delivered a short multidisciplinary industrial project for TaiSan Motors related to prototype composite structural batteries which was not only able to store electrical energy but also simultaneously bear mechanical loads.

Broadly, my research and research supervisions falls under the following four thematic areas.

Note: PhD applications in the above areas or related areas are welcome.

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