ESR 12:
Muneer Ahmed

joined the THREAD project in February 2022 (read his welcome message)

I am Muneer Ahmed, a Pakistani national. I had meticulously planned my career path. I chose civil engineering because it is a renowned field around the world. I did my bachelor’s of civil engineering from top engineering university of Pakistan. I received numerous merit scholarships. I also worked part-time as a FEM structural designer for a reputable construction company in Pakistan for a year. Throughout my bachelor’s degree, I participated in several research projects and published two research articles in international conferences.

I have worked as a structural designer in a multinational Chinese company. I worked closely on construction plans and design with clients, architects and FEM analysis of different structural members and load bearing structures. After working for almost two years I got fully funded Chinese Government scholarship and enrolled in Tianjin University, China, which has a strong global ranking. I developed and anticipated ultimate strength and inelastic behaviour of composite columns by using different advanced numerical analysis methods, hysteretic characteristics of composite columns and mathematical formulations by considering different non-linarites and essential parameters. During my MS degree, I learnt different research approaches and sophisticated methodologies, which broadened and expanded my thinking in my field and enhanced my research aptitude and passion.

After my MS degree, I was appointed as a part time research assistant at Zhejiang University and worked on projects involving experimental and FEM analyses of dynamic and modal loading response of various structural members under different loading conditions, multi scale and multi phases, and stress reversals through simulation analysis under various loads and seismic excitation by shaking table tests by taking into account various non-linarites and essential parameters.

During my master’s and post-degree master’s research, I have published two research articles related to FEM study in international journals.  Before joining thread project, I was working as full time structural designer at a multinational company in China worked on multi- disciplinary projects and 3D numerical modelling, machine learning, programing and proto type experimental models of high performance spatial slender structures.

Thread ETN project will mark the start of a thousand-mile journey toward innovative, knowledge-based research and professional work. Position of early stage researcher (ESR 12) “Nonlinear dynamics response with nonlinear constitutive material models” which directly relates to my research experience, professional work experience, and research interests. Marie Curie ITN funded project was my first option since it provides a high-quality education and research environment. I am able to work and focus on my individual tasks despite of how banal and formulaic they are. However, this is merely the beginning, I hope to accomplish much more.

Muneer Ahmed, February 2022

Host Institution
Centre for Computational Continuum Mechanics (Slovenia)
Tomaž Šuštar


ESR will focus on nonlinear material models and their implementation in nonlinear dynamics within numerical analyses of deployable beam structures for space applications. The ESR will be trained to apply modern techniques for automatic differentiation in development of constitutive material models using symbolic approach that allows to derive accurate and efficient finite element (FE) routines including sensitivities with respect to the wide range of model parameters.

Expected Results

The results will have an impact on a wide variety of advanced space missions utilising deployable precision pointing antennas, solar sails, slender mechanisms for space debris removal and other deployable structures which must be compactly packaged for the limited size of launch vehicles and then expanded automatically in orbit. An optimal design of deployable structures is obtained from appropriate numerical models that assess the dynamic responses to vibrational loads during launch as well as their mechanical behaviour in space and the large geometric transformations.