Islam Shyha
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Prof Islam Shyha



Prof. Islam Shyha is Head of Engineering and Mathematics at Edinburgh Napier University's School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment. He is a Professor of Manufacturing Engineering.
Prof. Shyha has worked in higher education for over 23 years. He received his Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice from Northumbria University, PhD from The University of Birmingham, MSc, and BSc from Alexandria University. He also worked at Northumbria University, The Birmingham University and Alexandria University.
He has extensive experience in the conventional and non-conventional machining of composite materials. His work is supported by the UK Research Council, Innovate UK and industry. Prof. Shyha is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), teaches mechanical and manufacturing engineering courses and supervises MSc and PhD projects in advanced manufacturing Engineering.
He also held honorary posts at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom and the Vietnamese German University in Ho Chi Minh City. Prof. Shyha has over 130 publications in journals and international conferences to his credit, as well as a patent on a novel composite machining tool. He also contributes to the global research communities and actively participates as a reviewer for a number of manufacturing and materials journals.

Research Areas



Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Promotion reviewer and panel membership: Birmingham City University
  • Member of The Scottish Research Partnership in Engineering (SRPe)
  • Promotion panel membership: Anglia Ruskin University


Conference Organising Activity

  • International Scientific Committee Member


Editorial Activity

  • Associate Editor - Polymeric and Composite Materials
  • Guest Editor for a special issue on Piezoelectric Nanofibers: Recent Development, Challenges, and Applications, Materials
  • Lead Guest Editor for International Journal of Robotics and Mechatronics (Special issue on Advanced Manufacturing Technology)


External Examining/Validations

  • Periodic Review Panel Member - Anglia Ruskin University
  • External Examiner at The University of Wolverhampton
  • External Examiner at The University of Central Lancashire
  • External Examiner at The University of Derby


Fellowships and Awards

  • Student Led Teaching Award, Northumbria University at Newcastle, UK
  • Best Lecturer Award, Northumbria University at Newcastle, UK
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy


Grant Reviewer

  • Newton Fund/British Council, Institutional Research Links and International Workshops
  • Newton Prize applications for The UK National Commission for UNESCO
  • The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
  • The Royal Society, Royal Society Wolfson Visiting Fellowship


Invited Speaker

  • Preparation of Cellulose Nanocomposites with Addition of Recycled Alum Sludge As Separators in Energy Storage Device Applications - Sapporo - Japan
  • Production of Nanofibers at Napier for Multiple Applications - Yalova - Turkey
  • Micromachining of Polymeric Nanocomposites: Challenges and Opportunities - Bangkok - Thailand
  • The environmental impact of micro machining nano composite structure materials - Paris - France


Media Activity

  • Graduate Apprenticeships: Engineering Design and Manufacture
  • Arranging meeting with the Egyptian Higher Education Minister to discuss potential collaboration


Membership of Professional Body

  • Chartered Engineer (CEng) - Engineering Council, UK
  • Member (MIMechE) - Institution of Mechanical Engineers, UK
  • Research Affiliate (RA) - The International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP)
  • Certified Engineer – Egyptian Engineers Syndicate, Egypt


Public/Community Engagement

  • Invited to participate in the launch of the innovative green room in Kuwait


Research Degree External Examining

  • PhD External Examiner at the University of Birmingham, UK
  • PhD External Examiner at Sheffield University, UK
  • PhD External Examiner at Lancaster University, UK
  • PhD External Examiner at Newcastle University, UK
  • PhD External Examiner at Thapar University, Patiala, Punjab, India



  • Book Reviewer - Elsevier
  • Book Reviewer - CRC Press
  • Journal Reviewer - International Journal of Materials and Product Technology
  • Book Reviewer - CRC Press
  • Journal Reviewer - The International Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture
  • Journal Reviewer - International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology


Visiting Positions

  • Visiting Fellow, School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering, Newcastle University, UK


Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • Cladding and machining of steel / nickel super alloy stacks

Current Post Grad projects