Dr Dina Awad

Dr Dina Awad

Associate Professor

BSc, MSc, PhD, FImanfUK, F SmeIR

Some of the courses I teach:

CSD GEP 3180 – Research and Writing I
CSD GEP 4180 – Research and Writing II

Dr Awad is an Associate Professor of Research and Academic Writing in the School of Liberal Arts at the American University in Richmond. She holds a Master’s degree in English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics (Kings College London) and a PhD in Applied Linguistics (Lancaster). She is also fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Dina is an experienced academic who has taught both undergraduate and postgraduate students in The UAE University, The University of Leicester and St. Mary’s University, London. Her research interests include second language acquisition, ELT methodology, test design as well as teacher education and development.

  1. Aboutorabi & H. Ghasemnejad, Book chapter; Handbook of natural fibre composites: Properties, processes, failure and applications, Chapter 13, Woodhead Publishing, 2013.
  2. Aboutorabi, H. Ghasemnejad, H. Hadavinia; Energy Absorption of GFRP Composite Crash Box in Structures Under Shock and Impact, ISBN 13:781845641078, WIT press, 2008.
  1. G. H. Liaghata, M. Sadighic,, A. Aboutorabi; “Static analysis of highly anisotropic laminated beam using unified zig-zag theory subjected to mechanical and thermal loading”, International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, Elsevier publishing, Volume 141, June 2018, Pages 491–501
  2. Aboutorabi, G. Liaghat, et al; “Static Analysis of Hybrid Laminated Beam Using Unified Zig-Zag Theory Subjected to Point Loading”, Journal of Aerospace Science and Technology, Elsevier publishing, September 2017.
  3. Aboutorabi, G. Liaghat, et al; “Experimental and Numerical Analysis of Penetration into Kevlar Fabric Impregnated with Shear thickening fluid”, Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials, May 2017.
  4. H Shanazari, A Aboutorabi, et al; “Analytical investigation of high-velocity impact on hybrid unidirectional/woven composite panels”, Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials, Sept 2015.
  5. Aboutorabi, Z. Khan, Nasim A. Khan; “Extraction of Metallurgical Grade Silicon (MGS) from Raw Mineral Quartz available in Pakistan”, SYLWAN issue Vol. 158, June 2014.
  6. H Ahmadi, G Liaghat, A Aboutorabi; “Quasi-static and dynamic compressive properties of ceramic micro-balloon filled syntactic foam”, Journal of Composite Materials published online, May 2014.
  7. Aboutorabi, A. Bagherzadeh;” Cross university collaboration model for Engineering and Technology education between developed and developing countries”, World Transactions on Engineering and Technology Education, Vol.11, No.3, Nov 2013
  8. Liaghat, A. Aboutorabi, et al; A Modified Analytical Model for Analysis of Perforation of Projectile into Ceramic Composite Targets”, GH, International Journal of Composite Materials 2013, 3(6B): 17-22 DOI: 10.5923/, October2013.
  9. Aboutorabi, H. Ghasemnejad; “Cohesive zone modelling (CZM) in prediction of transverse cracking in laminated composite structures”, Journal of Materials Science and Engineering, 5(1), ISSN 1934-8959, 2011
  10. Aboutorabi, H Singh; “Optimum Configuration of Compound Parabolic Concentrator (CPC) Solar Water Heater Types for Dwellings Situated in the Northern Maritime Climate”, International Journal of Ambient Energy, 31(1), pp. 47-52., 2010
  11. England, A. Aboutorabi; “Design of Automotive Metal and Composite Chassis Structures”, Recent Patents on Mechanical Engineering, Bentham Science, November2010
  12. Aboutorabi, H. Ghasemnejad; “Effect of Delamination Failure in Crashworthiness Analysis of Hybrid Composite Box Structures”, journal of Materials and Design, Elsevier, 2010
  13. Aboutorabi, H. Ghasemnejad, H. Hadavinia, “Analytical Approach for Progressive Failure Crushing Modes of woven FRP composite box structures”, World Journal of Engineering, ISSN 1708-5284, 2009
  14. Hadavinia, A. Aboutorabi, “Shear Deformation Beam Model for End Notched Flexure to Characterise Mode II Delamination Fracture Energy”, International Journal of Solids and Structures, 2009
  15. Ghasemnejad, A. Aboutorabi, “Energy Absorption of Thin-walled Corrugated Crash Box in Axial Crushing”, Journal of Structural Durability and Health Monitoring, Tech Science Press, 2008
  16. Aboutorabi, H. Hadavinia, et al; “Deriving Shear Correction Factor for Thick Laminated Plates Using the Energy Equivalence Method”, Journal of Structural Durability and Health Monitoring, 2006
  1. A. Aboutorabi, invited key note speaker, “New trends in Engineering education: training engineers for industries of future”, ICME 2018 International Conference, 22-24 October 2018, TMU, Iran
  2. Aboutorabi, “Transnational Engineering Education: A Collaboration model between UK and Greece universities”, 21st International Scientific Conference, June 2017, Burgos, Bulgaria.
  3. Ghasemnejad, A. Aboutorabi, “Theoretical Models to Predict Impact Response of Aircraft Composite Structures: Variable Stiffness Effects”, The 25th Annual International Conference on Mechanical Engineering, ISME2017, 2-4 May 2017, TMU, Iran
  4. Aboutorabi, “new approaches to design of educational spaces for effective learning”, key note speech, ICUDTS 2016, Iran, March 2016
  5. Aboutorabi, A. Bagherzadeh, “An Innovative Collaboration Model for PhD Studies between Universities from Iran and UK”, ASAIHL 2015, May 2015
  6. Fazel Larijani, A. Aboutorabi, “Development of an International University for D-8 Organisation” ASAIHL 2015, May 2015
  7. Aboutorabi, “Internationalisation of engineering education”, key note speech, ICUDTS 2014, Iran, March 2014
  8. Razmkhah, A. Aboutorabi, “Care of Elderly People: Hip Fracture Injuries”, The 19th Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics (ESB 2013), Greece, 2013
  9. Aboutorabi, “New developments in engineering education and research”, Proc. 3rd International Congress of Recent Advances in Engineering 2013, ICRAE2013, March 2013
  10. Aboutorabi, “Modern approaches to developing learning and teaching strategies”, Proc. Leadership in Higher Education, Oxford Academy for Education and Development, May 2013
  11. Ghasemnejad, A. Aboutorabi, “Advanced application of natural fibres in high performance automotive composite structures”, The 19th International Conference on COMPOSITES/NANO ENGINEERING (ICCE-19), Shanghai, China, 2011
  12. Aboutorabi, H. Ghasemnejad, “Cohesive zone modelling (CZM) of Mode-I & Mode-II interlaminar crack propagation in laminated composite structures”, The 8th International Conference on COMPOSITES/NANO ENGINEERING (ICCE -18), Alaska, USA, 2010
  13. Ghasemnejad, A. Aboutorabi, “Theoretical Prediction of Mean Crushing Force in Progressive Failure of Woven FRP Composite Box Structures”, The 8th International Conference on COMPOSITES/NANO ENGINEERING (ICCE-17), Hawaii, USA, 2009
  14. Aboutorabi, H. Ghasemnejad, “Study on energy absorption of GFRP composite crash box”, 10th International Conference on Structures Under Shock and Impact, Portugal, 2008
  15. Aboutorabi, et al, “Determination of Mode II Fracture Toughness in Delamination of Angle-Ply Composite Beams”, International Conference of Mechanical Engineering, London, UK, 2007
  16. Aboutorabi, H. Hadavinia, “Calculation of Energy Release Rate in Mode I Delamination of Angle Ply Laminated Composites”, The 14th ICCES Conference, Miami, USA, 2007
  17. Aboutorabi, “Benchmarking and Output Standards in Engineering Education”, Higher Education Seminar, Emirate Aviation College, Dubai, April 2005
  1. A. Aboutorabi, Michelle Morgan, “Joint and dual degree partnership between British and overseas universities: Convergence of QA models”, for AZU Dubai, June 2018
  2. A. Aboutorabi, T. Mir, N. Golzari, “Quality assurance structure for NHU compatible with QAA and Higher Education Commission of Pakistan”, Jan 2015
  3. A. Aboutorabi & H. Moghaddam, “Academic Structure of an international university for D8 Islamic countries”, June 2014
  4. A. Aboutorabi &H. Moghaddam, “towards 2020: Internationalisation strategy for Islamic Azad University of Iran”, February 2014
  5. A. Aboutorabi & J. Askari “Engineering courses towards development of a sustainable energy supply in Pakistan”, NH University executive board, August 2013
  6. A. Aboutorabi & P. Mason, “Quality assurance proposal for a new on-line university in Oman”, 2013.