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, a lecturer in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and a member of the IET and the IMechE, 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’s research area covers materials laser processing including additive manufacturing, laser welding and cleaning for industrial applications. Beside the experimental work, he is investigating laser processing, and heat and mass transfer phenomena using Smoothed Particles Hydrodynamics (SPH) modelling. His rigour and novel SPH model, which modelled Aluminium laser ablation, is currently investigating different laser processing phenomena.

Dr Al Shaer is currently working closely with the IMechE’s Greater Manchester Area Committee for organising engineering events. Additionally, he is currently applying for the engineering chartership and working towards the fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

  • 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



A.W. Al Shaer, 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. Al Shaer, 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

A.W. Al Shaer, 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 ManufactureASME J. Manuf. Sci. Eng. 137(2), 021011

A.W. Al Shaer, L. Li and A. Mistry (2015) “Effect of filler wire properties on porosity formation in laser welding of AC-170PX aluminium alloy for light-weight automotive component manufacture”. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture 1–13, doi: 10.1177/0954405415578584

More Publications


Additive Manufacturing, Laser Welding, Laser Cleaning, Heat & Mass Transfer, SPH.

Teaching activities and responsibilities

Module Leader:

  • MP3731   Engineering Design
  • MP3713 Mechanics & Materials
  • MP2721 Operations Management A
  • MP3732 Operations Management B
  • MP3610 Automated Production B

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


  • 11th International SPHERIC Workshop, June 13-16, 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 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.