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Dr Sheida Afshan PhD, MEng CEng, MICE, MIStructE, FHEA

Associate Professor in Structural Engineering

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Sheida Afshan is an Associate Professor in Structural Engineering and Director of the MSc Civil Engineering programme in the Department of Civil, Maritime and Environmental Engineering at the University of Southampton.

Prior to joining Southampton, I was a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer at Brunel University London (2015-2019), having previously held a postdoctoral research position (2013-2015) at Imperial College London and obtained PhD (2013) and MEng (2010) degrees from Imperial College London.

My research interests relate to the resilience and sustainability of new and aging civil engineering infrastructure with particular expertise in the areas of experimental testing, computational modelling and design of steel and steel-concrete composite structures. My research in the area of high-performance steel structures, in particular stainless steels, has had major impact at national and international levels with a number of my research findings included in international design standards. My ongoing research projects at the National Infrastructure Laboratory in Southampton use the suite of state-of-the-art materials and structures testing facilities with the range of unique measurement technologies utilising imaging systems to conduct high-fidelity and data-rich material and structural testing.

I am a Chartered Engineer and a Member of both the Institution of Civil Engineers (MICE) and Institution of Structural Engineers (MIStructE). I am a member of the European Committee responsible for Eurocode 3-Part 1.4 (CEN/TC250/SC3 WG4 Evolution of EN 1993-1-4-Stainless steel).

Academic/professional career:

Academic and professional qualifications:

Research interests

  • Stainless steel structures
  • High strength steel structures
  • Steel-concrete composite structures
  • Deformation based design methods
  • Performance based fire engineering design
  • Experimental investigation of structural materials and components
  • Numerical methods in structural engineering
  • Structural safety and reliability analysis
  • Constitutive nonlinear material models

Research group

Infrastructure Group

  • Course Director for MSc Civil Engineering programme
  • External examiner at the University of Birmingham for MEng and BEng Civil Engineering programmes (2019-)
  • UK member of the European Committee for Eurocode 3-Part 1.4 (CEN/TC250/SC3 WG4 Evolution of EN 1993-1-4-Stainless steel) (2015-)
  • Associate Peer Review College Member, Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) (2019-)
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  • FEEG2005 Materials and Structures
  • Supervision of undergraduate and post-graduate individual and group projects.

There are a number of PhD research opportunities to join the Infrastructure Research Group based at the new UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC) National Infrastructure Laboratory at the Boldrewood Innovation Campus under the supervision of Dr Sheida Afshan.

We welcome applicants with an enthusiasm for experimentation, computer simulation and programming, as well as a drive to learn, discover and make a lasting contribution to the field of civil and structural engineering. For enquiries, please contact Dr Afshan directly:

Current funded projects:

Project: ‘Towards enhancing the design life of concrete structures with stainless steel reinforcement’

Funding: full tuition fees for EU/UK students plus for UK students, an enhanced stipend of £15,009 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years.

Dr Sheida Afshan
Engineering, University of Southampton, Southampton Boldrewood Innovation Campus, Burgess Road, Southampton, SO16 7QF

Room Number : 178/4021/B1

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