Dr Leila Khajenoori
Leila is a Lecturer in Civil Engineering. She teaches a range of subjects for our School of Engineering. Leila is also actively involved in a wide array of research relating to Hydraulic structures, Flood defence, River Engineering and Permeable Pavement. She is also involved in the CIRCLE project, which is a part of the France (Channel) England Programme.
Leila has been our course leader for Civil Engineering with Honours at SEGi University (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) since April 2018 (Franchise programmes). UCLan and SEGi University are collaborating to offer double-degree BSc programmes in Civil.
She is currently supervising PhD projects on Covid related Plastic Waste and Pyrolysis of Plastic Waste to Produce Environmentally Friendly Fuel.
Leila holds a BSc in Water Engineering (Irrigation and Drainage, 2003) and an MSc in Hydraulic Structures (2003) from Shiraz University. Her PhD in Civil Engineering was undertaken at Heriot-Watt University, researching the simulation of complete geobag revetment failure processes (2019). After completing her PhD studies, she joined us as a lecturer in Civil Engineering.
She is an experienced Water Engineer with a demonstrated history of delivering large, complex industrial and research projects. Leila's primary research interests lie in the area of River Engineering and Environmental Hydraulics, Rainfall-Runoff modelling, Sustainable Hydraulic Structures, Waste Management and CFD-DEM modelling. She is particularly interested in developing new sustainable solutions to limit environmental and carbon impacts using recycled waste products in flood management. A great deal of her research is focused on developing new solutions for permeable surfaces from novel concrete formulations with lower environmental impact and helping to decontaminate drained water (CIRCLE project).
As a Co-investigator, Leila contributes her experience in hydraulic and Hydrology engineering to the CIRCLE (Concrete solution dRaining for the Climate Environment) project under France (Channel) England Programme. CIRCLE project is an interdisciplinary project that aims to develop a draining cast-in-place concrete pavement based on shellfish co-products with low environmental impact and significant drainage properties. In addition, adding shellfish co-products by substituting natural aggregates reduces and preserves non-renewable natural constituents.
- PhD in Civil Engineering, Heriot-Watt University, 2019
- MSc in Hydraulic Structures, Shiraz University, 2006
- BSc in Irrigation and drainage Engineering, Shiraz University, 2002
- 5th rank in the nationwide MSc entrance examination in Iran, 2003
- Second-rank MSc graduate from Shiraz University, 2006
- Awarded a fully-funded PhD scholarship from Heriot-Watt University, 2014
- River Engineering and Environmental Hydraulics
- Rainfall-Runoff modelling
- Peramable Pavement
- Flood protection
- Sustainable Hydraulic Structures
- Waste Management
- CFD-DEM modelling
Having successfully completed her MSc, Leila was offered a fully funded PhD to develop a numerical model to simulate complete geobag revetment failure processes. The modelling platform she developed could numerically predict the performance of geobag revetments in rivers.
Leila is research active and contributing to two research projects at UCLan with international collaborations, specifically with partners from Sri Lanka and France. Besides the engineering and management activities to ensure the successful completion of projects, Leila has transferred project findings to a wide range of colleagues and students by designing and delivering technical workshops, organising conferences, and delivering lectures. Leila has also supervised several MSc and PhD students to conduct innovative research, publish scientific articles and dissertations, and prepare for future careers.
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- Centre for Waste Management
- Leila has received support from the following funders:
- As CO-Investigator: CIRCLE (Concrete solution dRaining for the Climate Environment) project under the France(Channel)England Programme, Interreg, £800k, 2020-2023
- Building Resilience in Tropical Agro-Ecosystem (BRITAE), Erasmus+Higher Education-International Capacity Building-Joint project, 2020-2023
- CIRCLE (Concrete solution dRaining for the Climate Environment) project under the France(Channel)England Programme, Interreg, £800k, 2020-2023.
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