Dr. M. Ali Aravand
Dr. M. Ali Aravand received his BSc and MSc degrees in polymer engineering from AUT and TMU universities in Iran. He was then awarded his PhD in Materials Engineering in 2014 from KU Leuven in Belgium. His PhD was mainly focused on the design, manufacture and testing of hierarchically structured carbon fibre epoxy composites with enhanced fracture toughness and lower damage initiation threshold. This was pursued through micro- and nano- scale structuring of the epoxy based CFRP laminated composites using thermoplastic and carbon nano-tube elements. In 2014, he conducted part of his research work on CNT grafted (fuzzy) FRP composites, in collaboration with the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT in USA (NECST consortium) as a visiting PhD student. He was previously working as a technical consultant in polymer pipe industry and co-authored national standards on plastic pipes and fittings (2005-2007).
He joined Queens University Belfast in 2015 as a post-doctoral researcher to develop and conduct industrially-oriented research at NIACE (Northern Ireland Advanced Composite and Engineering) centre. Dr. Aravand is currently working on projects with Bombardier, B/E Aerospace, Denroy Plastics, CCP Gransden, and Datum Design.