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Dr Mahdieh Dibaj

Senior Lecturer in Engineering Management


Dr Madi Dibaj is a Senior Lecturer specialising in Engineering Management. She holds a robust academic background, having earned her BSc in Mechanical Engineering, an MSc in Business Management, and a PhD in Engineering from the University of Exeter. Dr Dibaj's research interests are centred around the strategic management of engineering projects with a focus on cultivating sustainable urban environments and communities. Her work extends to the development of innovative products and technologies, primarily aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change. Dr Dibaj also excels in conducting in-depth life cycle assessments of emerging technologies, and she possesses a keen interest in the integration of waste, food, energy, water, and environmental considerations through the lens of sustainable material development and manufacturing. In recognition of her commitment to education and academic excellence, Dr Dibaj is honoured to hold the title of Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). Additionally, she actively contributes to the Department of Engineering's Equality, Diversity, and Inclusivity (EDI) initiatives, where she plays an instrumental role in championing the advancement of women in the field of Engineering. Dr Dibaj's dedication to research and education continues to leave a lasting impact on the Engineering Management landscape, fostering innovation and promoting a more inclusive future.  

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  • Dibaj M, Javadi A, Akrami M, Ke K-Y, Farmani R, Chen A, Tan Y-C. (2019) 3D groundwater model analyzing Seawater intrusion in Pingtung Plain coastal aquifer, 16th Groundwater Modellers’ Forum, Birmingham, UK, Birmingham, United Kingdom.
  • Dibaj M, Chen AS, Javadi A, Akrami M, Farmani R, Tan Y-C, Lin Y, Ke K-Y. (2019) Integrated model for flood forecasting and river inundation in Taiwan, 17th International Computing & Control for the Water Industry Conference, Exeter, United Kingdom, 1st - 4th Sep 2019.
  • Alotaibi DM, Akrami M, DIBAJ M, Javadi A. (2019) Smart energy solution for an optimised sustainable hospital in the green city of NEOM, Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments, volume 35, pages 32-40, DOI:10.1016/j.seta.2019.05.017.
  • Chan LC, Akrami M, Javadi A, Tabor GR, Dibaj M, Khanjanpour MH. (2019) Optimisation of a conceptual aircraft model using a genetic algorithm and 3D Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), UK Association for Computational Mechanics Conference 2019, London, United Kingdom, 10th - 12th Apr 2019,


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Further information

Research interests

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. My research interests and background are heavily engaged with such goals to provide clean water and sanitation to all, planning and economic evaluation of affordable and clean energy, through innovative solutions and improve the existing infrastructure. This helps to have sustainable smart cities and communities helping us to tackle climate change. My work contributes towards the following SDG(s):



ENG2015: Management Challenge Project (module lead) [2021-Continued]

ECM3153: Management of Product Development (module co-lead)  [2020-Continued]

ENG3019A: Management Design and Build - Research (module lead)  [2022-Continued]

ENG3019B: Management Design and Build - Development (module lead)  [2022-Continued]

ENG3020A: Entrepreneurship Design and Build - Research (module lead)  [2022-Continued]

ENG3020B: Entrepreneurship Design and Build - Development (module lead)  [2022-Continued]

ENG3007: Global Entrepreneurial Marketing  (module lead)  [2022-Continued]

ECMM164: Individual Project (MSc) (Supervisor)  [2020-Continued]

Previous modules: 

ECM3177: Market research and business analysis (module lead) [2020-2022]

ENGM023: Sustainable Manufacturing (module lead) [2021-2022]


I am interested in supervising under/postgraduate projects. Here is the list of students I am supervising/have supervised:

1. Kai Sheng (MSc Engineering Business Management): Analysing the cost-effectiveness of charging stations for electric vehicles in the UK's rural areas (2020-2021)

2. Yuning Wang (MSc Buisness Management): Managing the brine of desalination industry (2020-2021)

3. Tang Chao (MSc International Supply Chain Management): Policies and Measures for Sustainable Management of Photovoltaic (PV) Panels End-of Life in China (2020-2021)

4. Jiaqi Wu (MSc International Supply Chain Management): E-scooter sharing management and trip data analysis (2020-2021)

5. Rui Yao (MSc Engineering Business Management): Analysing the practical gaps in Mega-Project Management (2020-2021)

Students feedback

  • “Thank you very much for your guidance during this period which has brought great help to my paper writing” [ECMM164, 2021-22]
  • “I felt your enthusiasm and great passion for education. I believe that your patient guidance, encouraged me to successfully pass this module” [ENG2015,2022-23]
  • "The lecturer is especially helpful and enthusiastic about teaching the subject."[ECM3153,2022]
  • "The prototyping sessions are interesting and teamworking is helpful."[ENG2015, 2021-22]
  • "Nice how the group work continued onto the individual coursework."[ECM3153-2021]
  •  "I liked having the opportunity to work in a group and come up with a new product idea as well as how to sell and market it. This allows us to get creative and think of things in a real-world respect more."[ENG3019,2021-22]

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