Dr. Rehan Umer

Dr. Rehan Umer

Associate Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering

Address: Abu Dhabi, UAE, P.O.Box: 127788

Telephone: +971 (0)2 501 8337

Fax: +971 (0)2 447 2442

Email: rehan.umer@ku.ac.ae


Dr. Rehan Umer received his Ph.D. degree from The University of Auckland, New Zealand in 2008. He then worked as a Research Engineer at CRC and Airbus Helicopter, Brisbane, Australia. He started his postdoctoral research career at the Composite Vehicle Research Center (CVRC), Michigan State University, USA on polymer composites processing. In 2012, he was hired as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi UAE (KUSTAR). He is the co-founder of the Aerospace Research and Innovation Center (ARIC), a 15 million dollar joint venture between Khalifa University and Mubadala Aerospace.

After spending five years at KUSTAR, he joined the University of Southern Queensland, Australia as Senior Research Fellow, and now returning to the newly merged Khalifa University of Science and Technology as Associate Professor in Aerospace Engineering. Dr. Umer’s research has been focused on advanced composites manufacturing covering both experimental and modeling studies. Dr. Umer has several industrial collaborations including, Strata, Solvay, Boeing, GE, US Army and NLR, Netherlands.  Dr. Umer has two books, authored and co-authored many papers in refereed journals, book chapters, US patents and presented at number of international conferences. Dr. Umer’s research interest is in Liquid composites moulding (LCM), Pultrusion, Filament winding, multifunctional nano-composites, Automated fiber placement (AFP), lightweight lattice sandwich structures and Industry 4.0.

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, The University of Auckland (NZ), 2008
  • M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, Dalarna University (SWE) & TU Kaiserslautern (GER), 2003
  • B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, University of Engineering and Technology Lahore (PAK), 2000
  • Aerospace Materials and Manufacturing
  • Aerospace Materials
  • Advanced Composite Materials
  • Mechanics of Solids
  • Automated fiber placement using serial and parallel kinematic robots
  • Automation and control of composites manufacturing processes
  • Industry 4.0 initiatives.
  • Smart manufacturing of smart structures using graphene based sensors.
  • Modeling, simulations and augmented reality of advanced composite manufacturing processes such as liquid composite molding (LCM), filament winding and pultrusion.
  • Mechanical characterization and optimization of properties, µCT analysis of composites during manufacture, experimental characterization including compaction and permeability measurements.
  • Additive manufacturing using 3D printing of sandwich, lattice and bionic structures, and smart shape memory alloys and composites.


  • (2018) N.V. Viet, W. Zaki, R. Umer. Bending models for superelastic shape memory alloy laminated composite cantilever beams with elastic core layer. Composites Part B. 147: 86-103.
  • (2018) R. Umer, P. Schubel, E.K.G. Boateng. Modelling Heat Transfer through an Optical Fibre. Composites Part A. 109: 184-296. DOI: 10.1016/j.compositesa.2018.02.031
  • (2017) AR Aziz, MA Ali, X Zeng, R Umer, P Schubel, WJ Cantwell. Transverse permeability of dry fiber preforms manufactured by automated fiber placement. Composites Science and Technology, 152, 57-67.
  • (2017) MA Ali, R Umer, KA Khan, YA Samad, K Liao, WJ Cantwell. Graphene Coated Piezo-resistive Fabrics for Liquid Composite Molding Process Monitoring. Composites Science and Technology, 148, 106-114.
  • (2017) A Al-Antali, R Umer, J Zhou, WJ Cantwell. The Energy-absorbing Properties of Composite Tube-reinforced Aluminum Honeycomb. Composites Structures. 176: 630-639.

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