Academic and professional qualifications
I am a Fellow of the Textile institute [CText FTI ] and the Higher Education Academy, UK. I am also a CSC (Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK) alumnus and a DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) fellow.
I obtained my PhD in Fashion Technology from the University of Manchester in 2012. I gained my MSc. in Textile and Clothing Engineering (2004) from the Dresden University of Technology in Germany. My first degree, gained in 1999, was in Textiles from the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh.
My present role at the Manchester Fashion Institute (MFI) includes conducting independent and joint research works; teaching at undergraduate (BA Fashion Courses) and postgraduate (MA Fashion Innovation) courses; supervising and marking UG and PG research projects including PhD projects; contributing to the RKE (research and knowledge exchange) projects with industry partners; mentoring MFI academic staff; and representing MFI at the faculty research ethics and governance committee (FERGC).
Before joining MMU, I worked as an Associate Professor in the textile department and as the Head of the Centre of Scientific Research and Innovation (CSRI) of the Southeast University Bangladesh. I led the textile department of the World University of Bangladesh from October 2012 to February 2014. I also worked as an Assistant Professor in the textile department of the Ahsanullah University of Science & Technology from 2006 to 2012.
Alongside my postgraduate research at the Manchester Univeristy, I worked as a graduate teaching assistant at the School of Materials. I covered both UG and PG material for teaching textile calculation, testing, knitting and clothing CAD. I prepared teaching material on the computer-aided pattern making program and helped deliver it to the MSc clothing course, taking a significant role in teaching and demonstrating clothing CAD and body-scanning technology to the students.
I also have more than three years of direct work experience in the clothing industry; I undertook product development, merchandising and sourcing roles in Bangladesh for European fashion retailers. As leader of a merchandising team, I was responsible for multi-million dollar international clothing contracts and also for production and shipping co-ordination, as a part of buying and sourcing on behalf of a Swiss retailer.
I founded the Clothinginstitute.org - back in 2012 as a virtual platform for the clothing and textile professionals and experts with an aim to serve the clothing industry and community. It has been organising a textile research conference every year in Bangladesh since 2014 through its network in textile academia and industry.
I teach virtual fashion prototyping in the MA Fashion Innovation programme.
Postgraduate research supervision
I am currenlty co-supervising one PhD project which is focusing on sizing and pattern cutting.
Projects and initiatives
“Canterbury Rugby – Body Scanning, Data Collection and Analysis”
"Gym Shark - Body Scanning and Fit Manikin"
Prizes and awards
- PhD in Fashion Technology (University of Manchester)
- MSc in Textile & Clothing Engineering (Dresden University)
- BSc in Textile Technology (Dhaka University)
1. Winner - MMU Knowledge Exchange Award 2015-Hollings Faculty -Body Scanning Research for Canterbury Sportswear.
2. Winner - IMB Innovation Award 2009 in"Students & Young Professionals" category, awarded at “IMB – World of Textile Processing“, by Koelnmesse GmbH, Cologne, Germany.
3. Recipient - Commonwealth Scholarship 2008-2011, by Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) in the United Kingdom.
4. Recipient - DAAD (German Academic Exchange Programme) Scholarship, 2002 - 2004.
5. Finalist - AATCC (American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists) student’s research paper competition in 1999.
Membership of professional associations
- CTexFTI: Chartered member and Fellow of the Textile Institute (TI), UK
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, England.
- Member of the Institution of Textile Engineers and Technologists (ITET), Bangladesh.
- Previously member of the American Association of Textile Chemists & Colorists (AATCC), USA.
At present, I am simultaneously working in one independent research project and two joint research projects. My ongoing research works focus on body-scanning, virtual clothing prototyping, e-textiles and textile-based engineered materials. I am collaborating with the School of Science & Engineering of MMU and the School of Materials of the Manchester University in joint research projects. I am a member of the Advanced Materials & Surface Engineering (AMSE) Research Centre and two cross-faculty research groups (sports engineering and wearable technology) at MMU. I am a key team member with a direct contribution in managing and delivering several RKE projects including the projects with fashion companies like Canterbury and Gym Shark. The “Canterbury Rugby – Body Scanning, Data Collection and Analysis” project, in which I played a key and central role, won the MMU Knowledge Exchange Awards in 2015. At the MFI, I supervise both UG and PGR research projects including PhD projects. I also act as a research mentor for my colleagues; my current mentees include two lecturers and two senior lecturers. As a member of the faculty research ethics and governance committee, I act as a scrutiniser for research ethics applications from throughout the Arts & Humanities Faculty.
In addition to fashion technology, I have an interest in e-textiles and materials innovation. For a short period of time, I worked with the Plasma Technology Research Group at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) in Switzerland to investigate the plasma-induced graft polymerisation of multi-functional chemicals on cotton. My undergraduate research on the preparatory processes of industrial textile colouration reached the final three of the AATCC (American Association of Textile Chemists and Colourists) student paper competition in 1999. During my Master studies at TU-Dresden in Germany, I investigated into both clothing technology and eco-friendly water-free dyeing of textiles. My articles on “supercritical fluid dyeing” were published in Canada and Taiwan. In 2008, I took part in research concerned with the export of knitwear from Bangladesh and the outcome was published by the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA). My research on clothing CAD won an innovation award in the “IMB – World of Textile Processing 2009”, organised by Koelnmesse GmbH, Cologne, Germany.
Collaboration with School of Science and Engineering on wearble technology and fibre-reinforced composite projects.
Fashion and Textile Research: A Multidisciplinary Area, MMU Technical Service Conference, 14 June 2019, Business School, MMU
I am a co-chair of the organising committee of the Textile Research Conference TRC) [http://trc.clothinginstitute.org/] being organised annually in Bangladesh and I edit the conference proceedings "TRC Book of Papers".
Expert reviewer for journals and publishers
# I reviewed several research articles upon request from the Editors of
- International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education (Taylor & Francis);
- Journal of Industrial Textiles (Sage Publication);
- Autex Research Journal (AUTEX, EU).
- Advances in Materials and Processing Technologies (Elsevier)
# I also act as an invited reviewer for the following conferences:
- The annual conference of the International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institute (IFFTI)
- The Industry 4.0 Academia Summit (Smart Sustainable Manufacturing)
1) Project 113394: RKE Internal Funding 2017/18 - Wearable Sensors In Smart Clothing For Health And Performance Monitoring - RAG
2) Hosting a Faculty Undergraduate Scholarship Award holder 2019
Zerin, I., Farzana, N., Muhammad Sayem, A., Anang, DM., Haider, J., 2019. 'Potentials of Natural Dyes for Textile applications'. In Hashmi, S. (eds.) Reference Module in Materials Science and Materials Engineering 2019, ScienceDirect, Elsevier, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9780128035818116686#!.
Sayem, ASM., Haider, J., 2019. 'An Overview on the Development of Natural Renewable Materials for Textile Applications'. In Reference Module in Materials Science and Materials Engineering, Elsevier, The Netherlands.
Uddin, MA., Sayem, ASM., 2019. 'Natural Indigo for Textiles: Past, Present, and Future'. In Hashmi, S. (eds.) Reference Module in Materials Science and Materials Engineering, Elsevier, UK.
Sayeed, MMA., Sayem, ASM., Haider, J., 2019. 'Opportunities With Renewable Jute Fiber Composites to Reduce Eco-Impact of Nonrenewable Polymers'. In Reference Module in Materials Science and Materials Engineering, Elsevier.
Sayem, ASM., Shahariar, H., Haider, J., 2019. 'An Overview on the Opportunities for 3D Printing With Biobased Materials'. In Hashmi, S., Buggy, M. (eds.) Reference Module in Materials Science and Materials Engineering, Elsevier, UK.
Sayem, ASM., 2017. 'Objective analysis of the drape behaviour of virtual shirt, part 2: technical parameters and findings', International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education, 10 (2), pp. 180-189.
Sayem, ASM., 2017. 'Objective analysis of the drape behaviour of virtual shirt, part 1: avatar morphing and virtual stitching', International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education, 10 (2), pp. 158-169.
Sayem, ASM., Kennon, R., Clarke, N., Hayes, SG., 2016. 'The effect of link-length and vertex angle on mesh generation and pattern flattening for virtual clothing', International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology, 28 (4), pp. 503-515.
Sayem, ASM., Kennon, R., Clarke, N., 2014. '3D grading and pattern unwrapping technique for loose-fitting shirt part 2: Functionality', Journal of Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management, 8 (4).
Sayem, ASM., Kennon, R., Clarke, N., 2014. '3D grading and pattern unwrapping technique for loose-fitting shirt part 1: Resizable design template', Journal of Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management, 8 (4).
Sayem, ASM., Kennon, R., Clarke, N., 2012. 'Resizable trouser template for virtual design and pattern flattening', International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education, 5 (1), pp. 55-65.
Sayem, ASM., Kennon, R., Clarke, N., 2010. '3D CAD systems for the clothing industry', International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education, 3 (2), pp. 45-53.
Sayem, ASM., Rossbach, V., 2004. 'Progress in Supercritical Fluid Dyeing (SFD)', Taiwan Textile Research Journal, 14 (4), pp. 259-267.
Sayem, ASM., Rossbach, V., 2004. 'Supercritical fluid dyeing (SFD): A green technology', Textile Journal, 121 (5), pp. 22-25.
Muhammad Sayem, A., 2019. 'Virtual Prototyping for Fashion 4.0', 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Smart Manufacturing (S2M 2019), part of the Industry 4.0 Academia Summit , 9-11 April 2019, University of Manchester and Manchester Central Convention Complex, UK, 9/4/2019 - 12/4/2019, in 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Smart Manufacturing (S2M 2019) & Industry 4.0 Academia Summit 2019.
Muhammad Sayem, A., 2019. 'Virtual Fashion ID: A reality check', IFFTI Conference, 8 -11 April 2019, Manchester Fashion Institute, Manchester UK, 8/4/2019 - 12/4/2019, in Proceedings of the Proceedings of the IFFTI Conference 2019.
SCOTT, E., SAYEM, ASM., 2018. 'Landmarking and Measuring for Critical Body Shape Analysis Targeting Garment Fit', 3DBODY.TECH 2018 - 9th International Conference and Exhibition on 3D Body Scanning and Processing Technologies, Lugano, Switzerland, 16-17 Oct. 2018, Lugano, Switzerland, 16/10/2018 - 17/10/2018, in Proceedings of 3DBODY.TECH 2018 - 9th International Conference and Exhibition on 3D Body Scanning and Processing Technologies, Lugano, Switzerland, 16-17 Oct. 2018, pp. 222-235.
Muhammad Sayem, AS., Haider, J., Sayeed, MMA., 2018. 'Engineered Material from Natural Fibre for Interior Design Applications', The 91st Textile Institute World Conference: Integrating Design with Sustainable Technology, University of Leeds, UK, 23/7/2018 - 26/6/2018.
Muhammad Sayem, AS., Sebastian, J., 2018. 'Avatar Morphing for Virtual Fashion Prototyping', Transitions 2: Material Revolution Conference, University of Huddersfield, UK, 11/4/2018 - 12/4/2018.
Muhammad Sayem, AS., Bednall, A., 2017. 'A Novel Approach to Fit Analysis of Virtual Fashion Clothing', 19th edition of the International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes conference (iffti 2017), IFFTI 2017, The Amsterdam Fashion Institute (AMFI), Amsterdam, 29/3/2017 - 30/3/2017, in Proceedings of the IFFTI Conference 2017: Breaking The Fashion Rules.
Muhammad Sayem, AS., 2016. 'A Reverse Approach to Virtual Shirt Prototyping and Pattern Cutting', The 90th Textile Institute World Conference, Poznan, Poland, 25/4/2016 - 28/4/2016, in PROCEEDINGS OF THE 90th TEXTILE INSTITUTE WORLD CONFERENCE, pp. 523-533.
Muhammad Sayem, AS., 2015. 'Advances in Virtual Prototyping: Opportunities for Clothing Manufacturers', 2nd Textile Research Conference (TRC), Dhaka, Bangladesh, 26/12/2015 - 26/12/2015, in TRC Book of Papers 2015, 1, pp. 15-18.
Muhammad Sayem, AS., 1999. 'Desizing with H2O2 and NaOH to develop a continuous desizing-scouring-bleaching process', National Technical Conference of AATCC, Charlotte, N.C., USA, 12/10/1999 - 15/10/1999, in AATCC Book of Papers 1999, pp. 35-42.
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