Research Associate, Ethics and Safety Lead
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 reviewing Research Ethics Applications, providing research ethics training to staff and students, and contributing towards the activities of the Faculty Research Ethics & Governance Committee. I also conduct independent and joint research works, teach at undergraduate and postgraduate courses, supervise and mark UG and PG research projects including PhD projects, contribute to the RKE (research and knowledge exchange) projects with industry partners, and mentor MFI academic staff.
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 University, I worked as a graduate teaching assistant at the School of Materials. 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 speak and write Bengali, English and German.
A) Fashion Cultures 3 (316Z0049)
B) FBM Research Project (316Z0014_2021_9Z3)
C) Final Major Project (316Z9005)
Virtual fashion prototyping in the MA Fashion Innovation programme.
Postgraduate research supervision
I am currently co-supervising two MMU PhD projects focusing on sizing and pattern cutting, and one Leeds University PhD project focusing on 3D CAD and 3D Weaving.
External examiner roles
PhD Examiner for Cranfield University, Cranfield, Bedfordshire MK43 0AL (since 2020).
Projects and initiatives
“Canterbury Rugby – Body Scanning, Data Collection and Analysis”
"Gym Shark - Body Scanning and Fit Manikin"
Media appearances or involvement
Interviewed by Ràdio País, France on International Mother Language Day (21 Feb 2010)
Prizes and awards
- PhD in Fashion Technology (University of Manchester)
- MSc in Textile & Clothing Engineering (Dresden University)
- BSc in Textile Technology (Dhaka University)
Prizes & Awards:
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.
My research covers the areas of digital prototyping, sustainable materials and process innovation, and smart textiles. Recent projects and publications include Zero-Waste Pattern Cutting (ZWPC), Objective Fit Analysis, 3D to 2D Surface Flattening, Smart Electro-Clothing Systems (SeCSs) and Fibre-reinforced Sustainable Composites. The “Canterbury Rugby – Body Scanning, Data Collection and Analysis” project, in which I played a key role, won the MMU Knowledge Exchange Awards in 2015.
In the past, 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. At TU-Dresden in Germany, I investigated into both virtual clothing technology and eco-friendly water-free dyeing of textiles. My research on clothing CAD won an innovation award in the “IMB – World of Textile Processing 2009”, organised by Koelnmesse GmbH, Cologne, Germany. 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.
I have ongoing research collaboration with -
1) MMU Engineering department on wearable technology and fibre-reinforced composites.
2) Bangladesh Jute Research Institute (BJRI) on sustainable composite materials
3) University of Leeds on 3D anthropometry and CAD.
1) Keynote talk "Digital Design Technology and Sustainable Fashion" at the International Conference on Sustainable Development in Technology for 4th Industrial Revolution http://www.icsdtir.pciuconference.net/ took place on 12 March 2021.
2) Invited talk "Fashion and Textile Research: A Multidisciplinary Area", MMU Technical Service Conference, 14 June 2019, Business School, MMU
2) Co-chair of the organising committee of the Textile Research Conference TRC) [http://trc.clothinginstitute.org/] organised in Bangladesh and editor of the conference proceedings "TRC Book of Papers".
Expert reviewer for journals and publishers
# 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);
- Sensors, MDPI.
# Acted 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) Principal Investigator, GCRF QR 2020/21 (£26.4K): Research Capacity Building and Promoting Sustainable Fashion and Textile Practices in Bangladesh (Worktribe ID: 447793)
2) Principal Investigator, RKE RAG Funding 2017/18 (£5K): Wearable Sensors in Smart Clothing for Health and Performance Monitoring (Worktribe ID: 113394)
3) Faculty grant to host a Faculty Undergraduate Scholarship Award holder (2019)
Muhammad Sayem, AS., 2020. 'Virtual prototyping for fashion 4.0'. In da Silva Bartolo, PJ., Bartolo, H. (eds.) Industry 4.0 – Shaping The Future of The Digital World, 4, CRC Press, London.
Uddin, MA., Sayem, ASM., 2020. 'Natural Indigo for Textiles: Past, Present, and Future'. In Hashmi, S. (eds.) Encyclopedia of Renewable and Sustainable Materials, pp. 803-809, Elsevier, UK.
Zerin, I., Farzana, N., Sayem, ASM., Anang, DM., Haider, J., 2020. 'Potentials of Natural Dyes for Textile Applications'. In Hashmi, S. (eds.) Encyclopedia of Renewable and Sustainable Materials, pp. 873-883, Elsevier.
Sayeed, MMA., Sayem, ASM., Haider, J., 2020. 'Opportunities With Renewable Jute Fiber Composites to Reduce Eco-Impact of Nonrenewable Polymers'. In Encyclopedia of Renewable and Sustainable Materials, pp. 810-821, Elsevier.
Sayem, ASM., Shahariar, H., Haider, J., 2020. 'An Overview on the Opportunities for 3D Printing With Biobased Materials'. In Hashmi, S., Buggy, M. (eds.) Encyclopedia of Renewable and Sustainable Materials, pp. 839-847, Elsevier, UK.
Sayem, ASM., Haider, J., 2020. 'An Overview on the Development of Natural Renewable Materials for Textile Applications'. In Saleem, H., Choudhury, IA. (eds.) Encyclopedia of Renewable and Sustainable Materials, pp. 822-838, Elsevier, The Netherlands, UK, USA.
Shamsuzzaman, M., Kashem, MA., Muhammad Sayem, AS., Maroof Khan, A., Md Shamsuddin, S., Mazedul Islam, M., 2021. 'Quantifying Environmental Sustainability of Denim Garments Washing Factories Through Effluent Analysis: A Case Study in Bangladesh', Journal of Cleaner Production, 290 (125740), 13.
Tyler, D., Wood, J., Sabir, T., McDonnell, C., Sayem, ASM., Whittaker, N., 2020. 'Wearable electronic textiles', Textile Progress, 51 (4), pp. 299-384.
Sayem, ASM., Haider, J., Naveed, B., Sayeed, MMA., Sashikumar, S., 2020. 'Thermoplastic Composites reinforced with Multi-layer Woven Jute Fabric: A Comparative Analysis', Advances in Materials and Processing Technologies, pp. 1-25.
Ramkalaon, S., Sayem, ASM., 2020. 'Zero-Waste Pattern Cutting (ZWPC) to tackle over sixty billion square metres of fabric wastage during mass production of apparel', The Journal of The Textile Institute, pp. 1-11.
Sayem, ASM., Haider, J., Sayeed, MMA., 2020. 'Development and characterisation of multi-layered jute fabric-reinforced HDPE composites', Journal of Composite Materials, 54 (14), pp. 1831-1845.
Muhammad Sayem, AS., Hon Teay, S., Shahariar, H., Luise Fink, P., Albarbar, A., 2020. 'Review on Smart Electro-Clothing Systems (SeCSs)', Sensors, 20 (3).
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. 'Industry 4.0 – Shaping The Future of The Digital World', 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Smart Manufacturing (S2M 2019), Manchester, UK, 9/4/2019 - 12/4/2019, in Industry 4.0 – Shaping The Future of The Digital World.
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 Fashion ID: Proceedings of the Proceedings of the IFFTI Conference 2019, 2019 (1), pp. 230-239.
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.
Theses and Dissertations
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