Dr Zak Abdallah is a Technology Transfer Fellow at the Tata Steel/Swansea University Technology Centre (UTC) in Materials. This research centre is known as the Steel and Metals Institute (SaMI) which was established in February 2018 at Swansea University. As a University-led Institute, we can access funding for science and innovation research, as well as providing access to a vast range of expertise via our academic colleagues. In addition, we can support industry-led applications to various funding bodies as well as employ undergraduate and postgraduate students through the various schemes of Engineering Doctorate (EngD) and Masters.
The main specialist area of Dr Abdallah within the centre includes steel alloying and development, heat treatment optimisation, materials characterisation alongside fatigue and fracture. The centre is developing new steel systems for the automotive, construction and packaging applications. The development process of such new steel systems involves highly-skilled scientists alongside students from Swansea University (undergraduates and postgraduates). Dr Abdallah acts as the principal and lead research officer of fatigue and fracture within SaMI alongside being the supervisor of chosen undergraduate and postgraduate projects. Dr Abdallah also leads and deliver various modules within engineering at Swansea University on both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Over the past years, Dr Abdallah has been working for Rolls-Royce UTC as well as providing consultancy work for Swansea Materials Research and Testing Ltd (SMaRT).