Essam Shehab, PhD

Head of Mechanical and Aerospace Department (Acting)

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Professor Essam Shehab attained his PhD Degree in manufacturing engineering from De Montfort University Leicester, which was carried out in collaboration with Ericsson Mobile Telecommunications Ltd, and was successfully completed within three-year duration of the project. He graduated in Mechanical Engineering with first class and MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Cairo, Egypt. He was awarded the Academic Excellence Award for his achievements in both degrees. Prior to joining academia, Professor Shehab has worked in industry for a number of years.

Professor Shehab has been invited as keynote speaker in a number of international conferences, won awards from a number of international conferences and journals. He is currently Associate Editor-In-Chief of Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) - Part B Journal of Engineering Manufacture. He is also an Editorial Board Member, a Guest Editor of special issues and a reviewer of a number international journals. He has acted as the General and Programme Chair of 8 international conferences.
Professor Shehab is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Association of Cost Engineers (ACostE), and a member of the Egyptian Engineers Syndicate. He was a member of the ACostE council and the Chair (2014 - 2018) of ACostE company members advisory board.
Professor Shehab is serving as an External Examiner over a 4-year period for Queens University Belfast (2012 - 2016), Teesside University (2014-2018) and University of Leicester (2018 - 2022) for MEng/BEng Mechanical and Manufacturing programmes. He acted as external examiner for over 30 PhD theses. He was elected as Vice-Chair (2015-2017) of Kimberley 16-19 STEM College Advisory Board and a Governor (2017- 2019) of the Holywell Middle School Board of Governors, Cranfield, Bedford.

Current activities

Essam Shehab is  a Professor of Digital Manufacturing and currently the Head of Mechanical and Aerospace Department (Acting) at Nazarbayev University. He has sustained his strong research leadership with Airbus and Rolls-Royce by collaborating consistently with both companies over the past 12 years and has generated an impressive 92 research projects with both companies. The strategic research projects with Airbus and Rolls-Royce span from very innovative research (TRL 1) to technology demonstration (TRL 6).

Professor Shehab produced 255 research publications in refereed journals and conferences papers which have received over 6000 Citations. i10-index of 58 and h-index of 20, 28 and 22 by Scopus, Google Scholar and Research Gate respectively. He has successfully completed the supervision of 26 PhD theses and 5 MSc by Research theses, 132 MSc theses, 25 MSc group projects and 3 PgCert dissertations. Thirty of Professor Shehab’s 70 EngD/PhD and MSc students who have been sponsored by Rolls-Royce have been employed by the company before or immediately after completing their projects. Ten of Professor Shehab’s MSc students have won Best Thesis, Royal Academy of Engineering Panasonic Trust Fellowship, BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce Manufacturing Excellence awards.

Professor Shehab has secured 110 research projects (£11.32m in total of which £4.52m as Principal Investigator) from Government grants (UK, EU and overseas) and industry. As principal investigator, his research projects include a €11.7m EU-FP7 project, £2m Innovate UK, 5 Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) EngD/PhD research projects with Rolls-Royce, 86 MSc projects with industry, one of five core projects funded by the EPSRC Centre in Through-Life Engineering Services (TES) project, a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project, and seven PhD projects with overseas governments. Professor Shehab is the co-investigator of £10.5m EPSRC Centre in TES, €7.5m EU-FP7, 6 Cranfield EPSRC Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre (IMRC) projects and 5 EPSRC studentships.

Research interests

Digital Manufacturing

 Aerospace Design and Manufacturing

Cost Modelling and Knowledge Engineering for Innovative Product Development 

System Design

Enterprise Resource Planning for Manufacturing

Education/Academic qualification


MSc (Research)

BSc (Hons)

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Costs Engineering & Materials Science
Industry Engineering & Materials Science
Aerospace industry Engineering & Materials Science
Product development Engineering & Materials Science
Manufacturing Mathematics
Rails Engineering & Materials Science
Enterprise resource planning Engineering & Materials Science
Life cycle Engineering & Materials Science

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Projects 2019 2021


Research Output 2001 2019

3 Citations (Scopus)

An effective uncertainty based framework for sustainable industrial product-service system transformation

Erkoyuncu, J. A., Roy, R., Shehab, E., Durugbo, C., Khan, S. & Datta, P., Jan 20 2019, In : Journal of Cleaner Production. 208, p. 160-177 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Sustainable development
service provision
human capital
Environmental impact
8 Citations (Scopus)

An autonomous system for maintenance scheduling data-rich complex infrastructure: Fusing the railways’ condition, planning and cost

Durazo-Cardenas, I., Starr, A., Turner, C. J., Tiwari, A., Kirkwood, L., Bevilacqua, M., Tsourdos, A., Shehab, E., Baguley, P., Xu, Y. & Emmanouilidis, C., Apr 1 2018, In : Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies. 89, p. 234-253 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

German Federal Railways

A Systems Approach for the Definition of Lean Workflows in Global Aerospace Manufacturing Companies

Abollado, J. R. & Shehab, E., Jan 1 2018, In : Procedia CIRP. 70, p. 446-450 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalConference article

Supply chain management
Analog to digital conversion
System theory

Dynamics of Cost Uncertainty for Innovative High Value Manufacturing Products - A Geometric Phenomenon

Schwabe, O., Shehab, E. & Erkoyuncu, J. A., Jan 1 2018, 6th CIRP Global Web Conference, CIRPe 2018: Envisaging the Future Manufacturing, Design, Technologies and Systems in Innovation Era. Simeone, A. & Priarone, P. C. (eds.). Elsevier B.V., Vol. 78. p. 225-230 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Cost estimating
Transport aircraft
3 Citations (Scopus)

ERP benefits capability framework: orchestration theory perspective

Badewi, A., Shehab, E., Zeng, J. & Mohamad, M., Jan 1 2018, In : Business Process Management Journal. 24, 1, p. 266-294 29 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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