Dr Amer Syed

Dr Amer Syed
Dr Amer Syed

Dr Amer Syed



367 Fraser Noble building
School of Engineering
King’s College
AB24 3UE


2011, PhD (Earth Sciences), Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of London, England.

2005, MS (Ocean Engineering), Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India.

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

School Disability Coordinator

Coordinator for UG and PG Projects

External Memberships

External examiner- Curtin University, Australia


Research Overview

Amer's research interests are broadly in the area of applied mechanics and is a member of the Centre for Applied Dynamics Research. He is also interested in the sociological aspects of engineering and social justice. 

Current Research

Performance of wave energy devices: 

The focus of this work is to improve the performance of wave energy devices through improving the efficiency of mechanical components. Recent work includes development of systems based model for the performance assessment of a wave energy device in heave.

Micromechanics of granular media – inferences through direct observations:

The focus of this project is on the understanding the deformation and failure of geomaterials through direct observations. Experimental technique is being developed to acquire and quantify observations at different spatial scales to develop a multiscale framework to understand the mechanics of geomaterials. This project is carried out in collaboration with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, USA for the acquisition of simultaneous X-ray and neutron 3-D tomograms of various geomaterials (different sizes of sand, sandstones and soil) under varied loading conditions. The microscopic observations from these tomograms are combined with the macroscopic observations from standard tests in rock/soil mechanics (i.e. triaxial tests).

Recent work can be accessed here: Micromechanics of rocks-  World Neutron Radiography Congress poster


Radiation Physics Group, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, USA.

Amer is interested in working with social enterprises, communities, charities and governmental organisations. 

Funding and Grants

Non-planar propagation of hydraulic fracture in transition zone of coal measure strata, IECNSFC181081, (2019-2021), Royal Society International Exchanges, £11,066 (Principal Investigator).
Retrofitting of offshore jacket structures with wave energy device in heave (2019), Scottish Funding Council Innovation Voucher, £5,000 (Joint Investigator).
Dynamic, in-situ imaging of capillary imbibition in rock using simultaneous neutron and X-ray computed tomography , EP/N021665/1, (2016-18), EPSRC Overseas Travel Grant, £20,610 (Co-Investigator).
Wall shear stresses during transport of non-Newtonian fluids through constrictions, University of Aberdeen Principal’s Interdisciplinary Fund, £3,000 (Principal Investigator).


Teaching Responsibilities


Dynamics- 1/Structural Dynamics - A/B


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