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Shukri Afazov

Associate Professor

Department of Engineering

Staff Group(s)


Shukri's role gravitates around educating the next generation of engineers through teaching, mentoring and inspiring.

He is the module leader for "Materials and Manufacturing" and "Foundation Engineering".

He is the Employability Manager at the Department of Engineering.

Career overview

Shukri is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer who holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nottingham. He delivered fundamental and applied research during his PhD and postdoctoral period of six years at the University of Nottingham (TRL1-6).

Shukri spent two years in the railway industry consulting in life extension of railway vehicles, validation of designs, structural integrity and crashworthiness (TRL 6-9). He joined the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in 2014 and led industrial research projects for high-value manufacturing applications (TRL 3-7).

Shukri joined Nottingham Trent University in 2019 to support the development of the next generation of engineers in Mechanical, Materials, Manufacturing & Digital Engineering. His research vision is to deliver innovative solutions and their adoption in industry through collaboration.

2022 - Associate Professor of Manufacturing Engineering at Nottingham Trent University

2019 - 2022 - Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University

2014 - 2019 - Principal Engineer at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), Catapult UK

2012 - 2014 - Senior Mechanical Engineer at SNC-Lavalin

2009 - 2012 - Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham

2006 - 2009 - PhD at the University of Nottingham

Research areas

Key research topics:

  • advanced manufacturing technologies (additive manufacturing, precision machining, manufacturing process chains);
  • digital twins for design, manufacture and product lifecycle management;
  • digital manufacturing (A.I., deep machine learning, data analytics);
  • performance and structural integrity of systems (fatigue, creep, permanent deformations);
  • advanced computer-aided engineering (CAD, CAM, FEA, DEM, CFD).

PhD opportunities for the above topics are welcome. Information can be found at NTU Research Degrees.

Industrial Sectors:

  • Healthcare
  • Renewable Energy
  • Aerospace
  • Railway
  • Infrastructure

External activity

Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (MIMechE)

Member of the NAFEMS Manufacturing Process Simulation Working Group

Member of the NAFEMS Computational Structural Mechanics Working Group

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Sponsors and collaborators

Current Research:

Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), UK

Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), UK

3T Additive Manufacturing Ltd, UK

University of Bradford, UK

Past Research:


Industrial Research and Consultancy (Rolls Royce, GE, GM, Unilever, Marssura)


Shukri published over 50 papers in the open literature (Google Scholar).