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Dr Muaaz Wright-Syed

Dr Muaaz Wright-Syed

Research Associate

School of Engineering

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Available for postgraduate supervision

Overview

RA working on circular eutrophication in Vietnam (50% FTE) as part of the CATALYST project (https://circulareutrophication.com/). Activities include conducting research, undertaking management-related activities and applying for further funding. Programme Grant Manager for RM4L (https://rm4l.com/) (50% FTE). Duties involve research into self-healing engineering materials and project management activities. 

Biography

Education 


2017 - 2020 Cardiff University. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Geo-environmental Engineering (OBTAINED) Thesis title: Enhanced Biodegradation of Model Lignocellulosic Wastes in Laboratory-Scale Bioreactors and Landfills.  


2012 - 2016      Cardiff University. BEng in Civil Engineering (Year in Industry) (OBTAINED) 
Classification: First (Top 5%). Thesis Title: The Effect of Lignin on the Generation of Methane in Synthetic Municipal Solid Waste with the Action of Manganese Peroxidase Enzyme. 

Honours and awards

Invited seminar at the University of Southampton-Technische Universitat Delft (February 2021) 

Nominated for International Solid Waste Association Publication (ISWA) Award 2020 (2020) 

Best Speaker – Young Persons’ Lecture Competition (Wales) (2018). IOM3 – Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining 

Best Speaker - Judge's Choice Award (2017). Speaking of Science Conference 

Best Speaker (2017). 9th Gregynog PGR Conference 

Emerging Engineers Award (Wales) - (2017). Institution of Civil Engineers 

Summer School Scholarship (2017). School of Environment, Tsinghua University. I also visited Professor Wenjing Lu and her labs, where we discussed our research ideas and possibility of collaboration in the future.  

International Travel Bursaries (2017). Cardiff University, School of Engineering funded my trip to Tsinghua University on a bursary. I also attended the Sixteenth International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium in Sardinia funded almost entirely on scholarships & prize money from the awards listed in this section.  

David Douglas Award - Outstanding Paper (2017). South Wales Institute of Engineers Educational Trust 

Wastepack Awards (2016 and 2017). Chartered Institution of Wastes Management  

Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) Scholar (2016). Environmental Research & Education Foundation’s second scholar in the world outside of North America.    

Postgraduate Research Scholarship - PhD (2016). School of Engineering, Cardiff University  

International Student Scholarship - BEng (2012). School of Engineering, Cardiff University  

Related news

Students and staff enjoy 9th Engineering Postgraduate Research Conference

Cardiff student scoops another award

Cardiff students' work recognised by South Wales Institute of Engineers

Engineers Without Borders Inaugral Panel Discussion on Globally Responsible Engineering

Professional memberships

UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships Peer Review College

Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM)

Engineers Without Borders

United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI) Early Career Researchers' Forum

Academic positions

June 2021 – Research Associate & Project Manager at Cardiff University (School of Engineering) 
RA working on circular eutrophication in Vietnam (50% FTE) as part of the CATALYST project. Activities include conducting research, undertaking management-related activities and applying for further funding. Programme Grant Manager for RM4L (50% FTE). Duties involve research into self-healing engineering materials and project management activities. 

February 2021 – Research Associate at Cardiff University (School of Engineering) 
Working on circular eutrophication in Vietnam as part of the CATALYST project. Activities include research, management and applying for further funding. 


Jan 2017 – November 2020    Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) Scholar  
My research involved the use of experimental and numerical modelling techniques to accelerate biodegradation of lignocellulosic wastes for enhanced biogas generation in municipal solid waste landfills. Teaching and supervision activities - 1st Year: Structural Mechanics, Attending University Talks, Lab work 2nd Year: Environmental Engineering Labs 3rd Year: Dissertation Supervision alongside Prof. Peter Cleall, Environmental Geotechnics, Civil Engineering Design, Summer Research Internships Supervision from the ERASMUS scheme. 
 
September 2019 – May 2020 Part-time Teaching Fellow at Cardiff University (School of Engineering) 
Working as a teaching fellow, delivering lectures and tutorial sessions for 4th year MEng civil engineering modules, as well as leading the environmental engineering labs for 1st year students. 


Jul 2016 - Sept 2016       Cardiff University Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CUROP) Recipient of the ‘Automated Compliance Checking of UK Building Regulations’ CUROP project.  Paper won the David Douglas Award and published on the South Wales Institute of Engineers  Website.   


Feb 2015 - Sept 2015   Research Assistant  INSPIRE Project, Geoenvironmental Research Centre (Cardiff)    
Responsibilities included research and modelling of municipal solid waste in landfills, production of bi-weekly reports and monthly progress presentations on my research.   

Speaking engagements

Engineers Without Borders Constructive Conversations inaugral panel discussion on Globally Responsible Engineering (Jul 2021)

Invited seminar at the University of Southampton-Technische Universitat Delft (February 2021) 

IOM3 – Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining. Young Persons’ Lecture Competition (Wales & South-West Region - at University of Bath, after shortlisting) (2018)

Speaking of Science Conference (2017)

School of Engineering, 9th Gregynog PGR Conference, Cardiff University (2017)

Institution of Civil Engineers' Emerging Engineers Award Competition (Wales) (2017)

Summer School Project, School of Environment, Tsinghua University (2017). 

South Wales Institute of Engineers Educational Trust, David Douglas Award Competition (2017)

Committees and reviewing

RM4L Conference Organising Committee

Reviewer for:

Chemosphere

MicrobiologyOpen

Journal of Cleaner Production

3rd International Workshop on Environment and Geoscience

Journal for the Air and Waste Management Association

Publications

2020

2019

2017

Teaching

Experience in the following during my PhD:

1st Year: Structural Mechanics, Introductory Talk

2nd Year: Environmental Engineering Labs

3rd Year: Dissertation Supervision, Environmental Geotechnics, Civil Engineering Design

4th Year: River Modelling/Flood Design, Industrial Practice

Interested and active in:

-Landfills

-Enhanced biodegradation for bioenergy

-Hydrological modelling for eutrophication & nutrient inputs into coastal water bodies

-Self-healing engineering materials

Supervision

Interested in supervision within the following areas, and happy to consider related tangential areas: Geoenvironmental engineering, organic wastes and their biodegradation, lignocellulosic wastes and their enhanced biodegradation, fluid flow through wastes, microplastics in waste, landfills, catchment modelling, modelling of nutrient inputs into water bodies.