Dr Ahmad W. Al Shaer

Dr. Ahmad W. Al Shaer


School of Engineering

Computing and Technology Building, CM022

+44 (0) 1772 89 3279


Subject Areas: Design, Engineering

Available for PhD students: Yes

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Dr Al Shaer’s is a lecturer in Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing and his research area covers materials laser processing including additive manufacturing, laser welding and cleaning for industrial applications. He closely worked on a number of projects with national industrial partners such as Jaguar Land Rover, Advanced Laser Technology ltd, InnovateUK and international partners including China Railway Corporation. The successful completion of the projects led to the application of the technology developed into the industrial partners’ production lines.

Beside the experimental work, he is investigating the modelling of the heat and mass transfer phenomena using Smoothed Particles Hydrodynamics (SPH). His rigour and novel SPH model, which modelled Aluminium laser ablation, is being used to investigate a different laser processing phenomena.

Dr Al Shaer is a member of the IET and the IMechE and he joined UCLan in 2017 after obtaining his PhD in laser welding of light-weight alloys from the University of Manchester (UoM). In 2016, he was nominated for the prestigious President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for his exceptional and dedicated work at the Faculty of Science and Engineering at UoM.

After obtaining his MSc. Degree (with Distinction) in 2012 in Advanced Manufacturing Technology and Systems Management from UoM, he worked in the industry for more than three years for different employers including Jaguar-Land Rover (working on launching the Discovery car) and Advanced Laser Technology Ltd. He worked during this period on various publically- and privately-funded projects for developing cutting-edge technology for laser additive manufacturing, welding and cleaning.

Dr Al Shaer is currently working closely with the IMechE’s Greater Manchester Area Committee for organising engineering events.


  • PhD Laser Welding of light-weight alloys, The University of Manchester, 2016
  • MSc. Distinction) Advanced Manufacturing Technology and Systems Management, The University of Manchester, 2012
  • BEng. (Hons) 1st, Mechanical Design Engineering, Damascus University, 2008

Module Leader:

  • MP3731 Engineering Design
  • MP3713 Mechanics & Materials
  • MP2721 Operations Management A


D. Harland, A.W. AlShaer and H. Brooks (2019) “An Experimental and Numerical Investigation of a Novel 3D Printed Sandwich Material for Motorsport Applications”. Procedia Manufacturing, 36, pp. 11-18.  
A.W. AlShaer, B. Rogers and L. Li (2017).“Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) modelling of transient heat transfer in pulsed laser ablation of Al and associated free-surface problems”. Computational Materials Science, 127, pp. 161-179. 

A.W. AlShaer, L. Li and A. Mistry (2015) “Understanding the Effect of Heat Input and Sheet Gap on Porosity Formation in Fillet Edge and Flange Couch Laser Welding of AC-170PX Aluminium Alloy for Automotive Component Manufacture” ASME J. Manuf. Sci. Eng. 137(2), 021011

A.W. AlShaer, L. Li and A. Mistry (2014) “The effects of short pulse laser surface cleaning on porosity formation and reduction in laser welding of aluminium alloy for automotive component manufacture”. Optics & Laser Technology, 64, pp. 162-171

More Publications


17th Nordic Laser Material Processing Conference (NOLAMP17), 27–29 August 2019, Trondheim, Norway.

11th International SPHERIC Workshop, 13-16 June 2016, Munich, Germany.

Welding Processes Technical Group Meeting, The Welding Institute (TWI), Cambridge, UK. October 2015.

Postgraduate Research Conference, The University of Manchester, UK. April 2014

Research Activities

  • Additive Manufacturing, Engineering Design, Laser-Material processing, Heat and Mass Transfer, Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics Modelling.

Postgraduate research projects (MSc. And PhD) are currently available in the above research themes, so please contact me to discuss your research interests.

External Affiliations and Roles


  • International Heat and Mass Transfer
  • ASME Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology
  • ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering
  • Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • Part B: Journal of Engineering & Manufacture
  • Optics & Laser Technology
  • Computational Materials Science

Academic Visitor:

  • The University of Manchester


  • Novel Sandwich Materials for Motorsport and Aerospace Applications.
  • DREAM: Distortion Reduction and Elimination for Additive Manufacturing.
  • Porosity Reduction During Laser Welding of Light Weight Alloys for Automotive Applications.
  • Laser Cleaning Prior to Welding of Aluminium Alloys for Industrial Applications.
  • Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics Modelling of Laser Cleaning of Light-Weight Alloys.


Research Groups

  • Computational Mechanics
  • JOST Research Group


  • 2016 -  A Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology
  • 2017 -  An Associate Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • 2016 - ISO 9001 Internal Auditor, Advanced Laser Technology Ltd.