Muhammad Ayat

PhD (Industrial Engineering), FHEA, MIET , Mr

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I have joined the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) in August 2022 as a Lecturer in Engineering/Project Management. Prior to joining UWS, I worked for three and a half years as a Lecturer at the Department of Industrial Engineering, Dawood University, and for two years as a Project Monitoring and Evaluation Officer. I have also worked as Country Representative of UDEF in Pakistan for three years. 

I am working on divers subjects inclduing Private Participation in Infrastructure (PPI) Projects, Machine Learning Applications in PM, Competency Development,  Alignment of Project Management Standards to Industry 4.0, Circular Economy and Sustainability.  My research work has been published in various prestigious journals. The major focus of my work is the integration of engineering techniques with the project management approaches. My doctoral thesis titled "Machine Learning-Based Project Management Framework for Private Participation in Infrastructure Projects" is a successful example of combining two approaches. This have been widely recognized and praised by research communities and institutions in South Korea and the United Kingdom. It received the Doctorate of the Year Award 2023 from the Association for Project Management (APM) and recognized by the Graduate School of Engineering at Hanyang University as excellent PhD dissertation of the School. Similarly, I have been announced from the professors in the Department of Industrial Engineering at Hanyang University as the most productive and outstanding among all of the graduates the department has ever produced.

I have also successfully supervised to completion: 15 undergraduate and 17 master students as lead supervisor in both Engineering and Project Management programmes. Further, I am a regular reviewer for various prestigious journals of Emerald group.

Area of academic expertise - outline

  • Private Participation Infrastructure  (PPI) Projects
  • Project Management in Developing Countries
  • Project Management Standards
  • Competency Development for Industry 4.0
  • Competency Development for Circular Economy

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

External positions

Lecturer, Dawood University of Engineering and Technology

9 Feb 201525 Aug 2018

Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, (Basic Education and Employable Skill Training)

1 Sept 201025 Aug 2012


  • HD28 Management. Industrial Management
  • HD61 Risk Management


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