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Dr Maria Vahdati

Dr Marai Vahdati, Associate Professor in the School of Construction Management and Engineering
  • School Director of Teaching and Learning
  • Programme Director, MSc Renewable Energy: Technology & Sustainability
  • School Positive Minds Facilitator
  • Module Convenor for: Energy & the Environment (CEM241), Energy Research Skills (CEM19A), Energy Research Dissertation (CEM19B) and Renewable Energy Systems (CEM160).

Areas of interest

  • Wind, hydro, solar and biomass energy systems design and modelling

  • Earth Architecture

  • Ground source heat pumps and PV system hybrids

  • Energy in buildings.

Postgraduate supervision

Recent PhD supervision (completed):


  • Enhancing strength and durability of adobe bricks by introducing bio inspired stabilisers.

  • Innovative, integrated greywater and green wall systems for improving water security; treatment and recycling to provide alternative water resources.

  • Energy use and reduction in UK commercial kitchens.


  • The recovery of cassava waste for heat generation in cassava-based bioethanol plants in Thailand: social practices and environmental impact.


  • The development of an assessment criteria framework for sustainable non-residential buildings in Saudi Arabia.


  • Analysis of historical solar irradiance data and development of a virtual pyranometer method for real-time PV monitoring.

  • A computational fluid dynamics investigation of a vertical axis augmented wind turbine design for the built environment.


  • Classification methods for an ill-posed reconstruction with an application to fuel cell monitoring.


  • Analysis tools for urban wind turbines.

Academic qualifications

  • BSc 
  • PhD 
  • Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy.

Professional bodies/affiliations

Chartered Member of the Institute of Chemical Engineers


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